Burnout Paradise

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Burnout Paradise
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Developers
Criterion Games
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
RenderWare
Release dates
Windows February 5, 2009
Burnout Paradise on Wikipedia

Key points

The game will use any connected webcam for various online features. There is an option in-game to turn off webcam use.
The retail version of the game is limited to five activations.
Neither the 'Cops and Robbers' game mode and cars, nor the 'Big Surf Island' DLC packs were released for PC.[1]
All other DLC packs are only available to North American players from Amazon.com and Green Man Gaming.

General information

Burnout Wiki
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
CD key
Can only be used x times
Limited to five activations.
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Amazon.com
Origin
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Green Man Gaming
Origin
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Origin
Origin
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Steam
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Can be unlocked on Origin.
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Steam and Origin users can play together in multiplayer.[2]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Bonus Vehicle Pack Contains the following packs:
  • Time Savers Pack (unlocks all in-game vehicles, their Burning Routes, and gold and platinum paint jobs immediately)
  • Toy Collection (nine smaller versions of in-game vehicles; eight cars and one motorbike)
  • Boost Specials Collection (two cars with unique boosts)
  • Legendary Cars Collection (four cars based on famous cars from pop culture)
Only obtainable from a third-party in either the US and the UK.
Windows
Party Pack Included in-game by default on The Ultimate Box release (the only version released on PC).
Windows
Big Surf Island Never officially released on PC; recreated by modders (see Vanity Pack).
Windows
Cops and Robbers game mode never released on PC; cop cars recreated in mod (see Vanity Pack).
DLC works on both Origin and Steam versions of the game (provided that an Origin account is used in-game).

Essential improvements

External options menu.
External options menu.

Patches

Patch 1.1 is the latest version.

Burnout Paradise Advanced Config Tool

This tool can disable intro videos and music, in addition to make available all game video settings outside of it.

Vanity Pack

Extensive mod (currently in active beta) to bring Big Surf Island to the PC version. It also comes with many additional features
May result in a performance decrease in-game to run required background program and render the area.
Instructions

Achieve DLCs

In all countries, except North America (see above) Burnout Paradise's DLCs are now abandonware.
Instructions

OR

Instructions
Instructions

Game data

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location

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System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24740/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

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System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/24740/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings

In-game general video settings.
In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Option to select where HUD appears on multiple screens
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Bumper cam available
Windowed
Use DxWnd[3]
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Input settings

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game advanced gamepad settings.
In-game advanced gamepad settings.
In-game force feedback settings.
In-game force feedback settings.

Audio settings

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Russian
Partial audio
Spanish
Thai

Network

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Hot seat
Party mode
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus, Co-op
Includes co-op Freeburn Challenges.

Connection types

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Burnout Paradise.

Issues unresolved

No audio

Instructions

Issues fixed

Game crashes on startup

Instructions
Instructions
Instructions
Instructions

How to go Online

Anyone who has played this game knows that the online is completely broken for most. Here is a step by step guide about how to fix it.
Instructions

"The product key you are using is invalid"

Upon attempting to log into an EA/Origin account in order to play the game online, some users encounter the error "The product key you are using is invalid". This occurs if you are using a retail version of the game which you have registered online via Origin/EA Download Manager. The game recognizes that your CD key is already in use (on Origin), and thinks it is invalid.
  • The only solution is to download and reinstall the game via Origin.

Controller not recognised at launch

  • Delete controls.ini in folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise, and restart game.[4]

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium IV 2.8 GHz (XP)
Intel Pentium IV 3.2 GHz (Vista)
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP)
1.5 GB (Vista)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6600
ATI Radeon X1300
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/24740/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (24740) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References