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Criterion announce Burnout dates, store and restart

Submitted by on Friday, 16 January 2009One Comment

burnout new Criterion announce Burnout dates, store and restartNot content with picking up the Best DLC gong at the PS3 Attitude 2008 Awards, Criterion are back with more details that may just put them in the running for some 2009 accolades.

You may remember back at the tail end of 2008 when the Burnout Boys announced a number of upcoming Burnout Paradise packs and, as promised, today sees the official release dates announced.

Check after the Dead Man’s jump for details of Burnout Paradise Party Pack, the Ultimate Box and yet another free update featuring a slew of new enhancements including one feature many people never thought they’d see happen: the elusive reset button.

The big one is The Ultimate Box which infuses the normal game with all of the free downloadable content that was made available throughout the previous year (bikes etc.) along with the new premium offering, the Party Pack. This hits us on February 6th, and if you’re not a Burnout owner already, we highly suggest you are after this date.

For those of us who answered the early Burnout cry and just want the new Party content, never fear. The stand-alone pack will be available for download a day earlier on the 5th of February.

The other big news is how you’ll be getting this content onto your PS3. February 5th also sees the launch of Criterion’s in-game store along with a host of other new upgrades and doohickeys sure to excite the hardened Burnout fan. The guys over at Criterion announce:

We’ll bring you full details over the coming days, but this overhaul to the game includes the introduction of our all-new in-game website and awesome in-game store.  We’ve also worked on changes to game modes, visuals, the entire vehicle dynamics system.  Oh, and we’ve added a restart !

That’s right folks. One of the most maligned and discussed “issues” present in Burnout (the inability to simply restart a race when it’s obvious you haven’t a snowballs chance of winning and hence must drive back to the start to try again) has been “fixed”. With the simple press of a “chicken-out” button you can now restart any challenge.

What do you think of this news? Will you be picking up Party? Maybe you haven’t got Burnout already (we won’t ask why) and are really excited about The Ultimate Box? And how about that restart button? Do you think it’s long overdue or a complete cop-out that flies in the face of the very mechanics of an open-world racing game? Scroll down a little. There’s a comment box. We want to know what you think.

[Thanks Magnuw]