"The term "open world" gets tossed about so much lately that it is often met with skepticism from discerning gamers. Criterion's decision to abandon the linear formula of old in favor of an open world, however, proved to be a stroke of genius. From the first time you load up Burnout Paradise a massive city is opened up for exploration. From the traffic congested city blocks of eastern Paradise City to the winding mountain roads to the west, no area needs to be unlocked. Over 250 miles of roads, railroads, dirt trails and hidden areas are waiting to be explored."