Burnout Paradise Remastered

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Harsh crashes dominate in intense, exciting racer.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 54 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players encouraged to drive dangerously. You earn rewards for driving in oncoming traffic, nearly missing vehicles, forcing cars to crash.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players take on the role of a driver tearing up the streets. No positive role modeling to be found.

Ease of Play

Simple racing controls complicated by event, race difficulty, handling of different vehicles, motorcycles.


Some crashes will elicit a cringe, but nothing graphic. No blood, gore shown.


Some car decals feature female models in revealing outfits.


Songs have edgy lyrics, but they're the kind typically found on radio.


Now includes previously available downloadable content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Burnout Paradise Remastered is a fast-paced racer that glorifies reckless driving for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PCs. Players are rewarded for driving in oncoming traffic, slamming into other vehicles, and creating overall citywide carnage. Parents of new teen drivers might want to consider that research suggests that playing some racing games can increase your willingness to take risks while driving in real life. Collision carnage is shown in great detail, but no person is ever shown injured. This game also features an online component that allows for chat, so kids will be exposed to whatever other online racers care to say. The Remastered version includes content from eight previously released downloadable packs, as well as enhanced visuals to take advantage of 4K TVs. The Nintendo Switch version doesn't output in 4K, but will display in full HD when docked. It also runs at 60 frames per second, just like the other versions of the game.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTorrrrri November 17, 2018

Exciting fun

Aside from the driving at the speed of sound(which your kids should already know is dangerous),i think its just an awesome and exciting racing game.It also has... Continue reading
Adult Written byTechViper July 22, 2015

Best Racing Game EVER!!!

This game is really good but has very realistic crashes but no people. That is why I rate it 8+ You should definetly play this game
Teen, 13 years old Written byHonmeg287 January 6, 2012

Commonsense is too sensitive

Commonsense's rating for this game is WAYYY to high. There is a lot of crashing (basically its is the whole point of the game) but there are no people in t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanormyth April 9, 2008

This Game Rocks!!!

I love this game!!! There are a few pauses. In online mode the players can say WHATEVER they want so that is an issue. Also "Girlfriend" by Avril Lavi... Continue reading

What's it about?

BURNOUT PARADISE REMASTERED takes the concept of causing mass highway carnage a step further, replacing the linear driving campaign with the open-road world of Paradise City. Players can navigate a large map, choosing their own path to conquering this large metropolis. Each stoplight in Paradise City represents a different event. Challenges vary from races to road rage, with the latter being an event where you must wreck a specific number of opposing cars. In Stunt Run, you'll speed over ramps and through billboards to rack up points. Each victory earns you points on your license. After completing a certain number of challenges, you'll get an upgrade. The Remastered version adds in content from eight previously released downloadable content packs as well as visual enhancements to take advantage of 4K TVs. On the Nintendo Switch, while the game doesn't run at 4K, it displays at full HD, while maintaining 60 frames per second to keep the action fast paced and smooth for racers tearing up the streets.

Is it any good?

For kids old enough to know that reckless driving only has a place in video games and not in real life, this game can be an exciting fantasy to explore. In Burnout Paradise Remastered, cars are categorized based on speed, strength, and stunt ability. This also determines how to increase their boost meters. Stronger cars, for example, will use an aggression boost meter, which rises with overly assertive driving. The natural fallout of this aggressive driving are the explosive crashes. Wrecks look cinematic, as glass shards and chunks of metal shoot across in slow-motion before the full effects of your collision are realized. Sometimes this can be accidental, like when you turn a corner and accidentally collide with a car or a ramp. In other cases, you have to cause as much mayhem as possible, like Road Rage events where you need to take out as many competitors as you can before your car is demolished.

Burnout Paradise Remastered's greatest achievement is eradicating almost all downtime. Load screens and menus are rarely seen. Cars can zip into repair shops and gas stations with no break in action. The gameplay has been significantly expanded with the inclusion of the eight previously released downloadable content packs as well. Now drivers have access to 150 cars and motorcycles to race through the streets. The inclusion of Big Surf Island adds new challenges and new roads to tear up as well, further expanding the racing mayhem. Plus, the enhanced 4K visuals makes the gameplay look incredible, whether its the vistas of Paradise City or the slick sheen of the paint on each car. The Nintendo Switch doesn't have the same fidelity that the PS4 or Xbox One versions do, but it manages to run at 1080p when it's docked and at 60 frames per second, which just feels buttery smooth. The biggest downside on the Switch is that in handheld mode, the screen can appear to be a bit darker than normal, which can make judging the distance of oncoming vehicles and some hazards harder than it needs to be. (Much of this issue is alleviated when you dock the Switch to a TV screen, by the way.) If you're a racing fan, Burnout Paradise Remastered will easily rev your engines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of this type of driving game. What makes a title focused on reckless driving like Burnout Paradise Remastered so entertaining? How do it compare to more realistic racing titles? Do you think there is any connection between playing this kind of game and becoming more reckless when driving in real life?

  • Which do you like more: arcade-like racers where there are no consequences for your high-speed driving, or simulation-styled racers closer to the real-life sport? Why?

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