"Truly, falling in love with Burnout Paradise does take a bit of time. For most, it's not the kind of game you're going to hop into and fall head over heels for after fifteen minutes of play. Hell, after a few hours of gaming you may still be on the fence. But once it hits, it hits hard, and you'll find yourself trawling Paradise City for hours after you've said "Just one more event." Old-school Burnout fans in particular may have a hard time coming to terms with the changes Criterion has made. For you folks, I say enjoy Paradise for what it is – you can play last-gen's Burnout 3: Takedown on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, if that's what you're looking for.
But just like that, Criterion has really changed the way you'll look at the structure of racing games. While other racers have tried open worlds (Test Drive Unlimited, for instance), there have been none that have offered the same sense of freedom, ease of use, and level of polish. Criterion has finally taken off your training wheels, and after playing Burnout Paradise, there's little doubt that you'll never want them back on."