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Feb 09

Burnout Paradise – the Party Pack!

Jeremy Chubb's Avatar Posted by

Community Manager, Criterion Games

Hey guys.  Great to be back on the blog, and we’ve got lots to tell you about. 

We released our first premium content for Burnout Paradise – the Party Pack !

Our Freeburn online play is a cool way to hang out with your online friends, but we wanted to give you a way to play PlayStation, when your friends comes to visit.  The game supports up to 8-players for pass-the-pad single-screen action.

You can find out more on the Criterion Games Network.  We’re now making use of PlayStation’s in-game browser to bring you all the latest news direct from the Burnout team.

Burnout Paradise Cops and robbers

Party is our first premium-quality content for Burnout Paradise.  It’s available now from the PlayStation Store for $9.99.  And if you can’t bear to stop playing Burnout, you can also pick it up from our own Burnout Store within the game.

If you’re new to Burnout, you can now get the whole game bundled with all our 2008 updates and the Party Pack on the PlayStation Store for $29.99.

You can hit this link to see the team playing a session in our latest video podcast – Crash TV.

And finally, we used the Criterion Network to bring Burnout players exclusive news of a new pack for 2009.

Slotting in soon after the Party pack, Legendary Cars, Toy Cars and Boost Specials, comes another premium pack – Cops and Robbers.  This one’s dedicated to bringing you the thrills and spills of cops and robbers car chases in Paradise City.

We’re keeping the gameplay under wraps for the moment, but in the meantime here are the first images in all their glory.

Burnout Paradise Cops and robbers

Burnout Paradise Cops and robbers

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February 9th, 1:49 pm


It is $20 NEW…buy the game.

Rampge76 said:

February 9th, 1:52 pm

Criterion games has set the bar for how games should be treated from here on out. Unbelievable support and amazing content. I love it!

mywhitenoise said:

February 9th, 1:55 pm

great support, guys! Just downloaded the game yesterday, haven’t tried it yet, though.

RuxR7 said:

February 9th, 1:57 pm

I’d buy the party pack. Too bad I paid $29.99 one day before the game price was lowered to $19.99. That was quite bad luck, if I waited a few hours could have bought both the game and expansion for the same price :(

Darkos87 said:

February 9th, 1:57 pm

I hope that you make a few booster packs like warhawk did, because I’m not paying for 2 different packs, I’ll buy both at the same time, thanks.

sainraja said:

February 9th, 1:59 pm

Thank you Criterion for supporting your game with free updates and new content. You are one of my favorite developers and your racing game is my favorite racing series!

Thanks guys!

PhoenixP3K said:

February 9th, 2:04 pm

I’m still weighing the price of entry. I feel a bit burned because I purchased Burnout Paradise last December for 30$. Now the Party Pack seems fun, but 10$…

I’d rather invest in Big Surf Island and the Legendary Cars. I don’t understand how you guys justify putting it at 10$, yes I heard about all those free upgrades you did in the past.

SpyDudeFX said:

February 9th, 2:08 pm

Awesome game, and ace add-on. Good price too, I expected it to be $14.99 for some reason. Very fun and I earned all the trophies already, really cool. Also the improvements are great, night is 100% better and the improved play is also much better. Overall this is such a great game. I can’t wait for more content.

Jeremy, I sent in a really good suggestion about smug/mugshots to mailbag. Try to look it up if you can, dated 1/18/09. Basically I’d like to see a static image feature where we take photos in advance and they are stored. I’m not always “camera ready” or in a dark room, and so more often than not I have mine unplugged. I think a lot of people do too. If we could take photos like in party mode doing various faces like one for when you take someone down, then the game could send the designated image to players rather than take a live shot. Thx Jeremy!

kdarkone said:

February 9th, 2:13 pm

got plenty of cars when does the island open give me more space to Burn!!!!!!!!!!!

Ftwrthtx said:

February 9th, 2:17 pm

Thanks for the continued support for a great game!

Dehshizknight said:

February 9th, 2:20 pm

Word up! I’m gonna be buying this once it comes out.

Smokey said:

February 9th, 2:25 pm

need more updates…party pack was a nice tease but need

GadoPnk said:

February 9th, 2:25 pm

I don’t even own this game (it’s just not my type of game…) and still I always check out the updates and articles about it, just to keep surprising myself with the amazing support Criterion has given to it.

If only all other devs put half as much love and effort into their games…

This is exactly how you build a solid community. Fans can appreciate all the dedication, and are more than willing to pay back.

Keep up the good work Criterion.

stennex said:

February 9th, 2:27 pm


Moosehole said:

February 9th, 2:34 pm

Thanks for everything you have given us for free up to this point, and I’ll definately be buying the island pack, cars pack, and cops and robbers pack, but I cannot purchase the Party Pack because you can’t play party mode online.

linebeginstoblur said:

February 9th, 2:46 pm

I think I speak for most of the gaming community when I say,


I’m still shocked at how much effort you’ve put into this game, both in content and in customer service. I bought Party Pack the day it came out and I’ll do the exact same for every other pack that comes out. Funny that you guys decided to post today, because I JUST got the Platinum trophy (along with all DLC trophies) last night! And when I get home, I feel the need to beat all the Road Rules. This game doesn’t seem like it was released an entire 13 months ago. You guys just keep finding ways to make this amazing game more and more relevant as the months go on. THANKS!

Vengeful-Chaos said:

February 9th, 2:54 pm

I can’t wait for the Legendary Cars as well as cops and robbers.

starBlinky01 said:

February 9th, 3:13 pm

yeaaa I already knew all the stuff.. unfortunately I’ve been playing Burnout for nearly 20 hours in the past 5 days. I am so freaking addicted to it!

I almost have my Elite license, and play a lot online too. Cant believe I never bought this game, I rented it and decided it wasnt for me, but the new $20 price tag was more then enough for me to buy the game, and now im so hooked I cant stop playing!

The thing I probably look forward to most out of all the things announced so far is probably the new cars, I am just so damn curious to see what they do and how they drive etc.

I also am excited for the Cops n Robbers thing you guys are bringing back, I LOVED Burnout 2, me and my brothers/friends played it non stop back in the day (especially crash mode). I told everybody I am so good because I “never blink when you play, you aren’t allowed to blink or you die.” heheh.

I really hope you guys are bringing the old crash mode back, but I really dont have high hopes for that, because you would have put it in the Party Pack if you were bringing it back..

Anyways, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new online modes, marked man online is so flippin fun!!

I’ve talked enough now, hope you guys bring crash mode back :) :)

lilbuddy said:

February 9th, 3:23 pm

I have both Need for speed undercover and Burnout Paradise City. Now that police chases are coming to ‘PC’ I’m gonna dump NFS…yeeeehaaaaa!!!!!

xXCrazyFishXx said:

February 9th, 3:44 pm

Cops n’ Robbers?! On Burnout?!?!

There is a God.

jkiuyt said:

February 9th, 4:31 pm


EddyxMob said:

February 9th, 4:37 pm

this game just keeps giving its so awesome

afrsoul said:

February 9th, 4:43 pm

u guys rock….. keep up the dlc stuff…..

Carl-G said:

February 9th, 4:46 pm

Any chance of a 4 player off-line split-screen mode? (or for Burnout Paradise 2?)
I want to use the ‘X’ button to Accelerate and the ‘Square’ button to Brake? ;)
(Not sure if you can play it that way?)
Sorry i’m old skool!!!!! :D

DropD said:

February 9th, 5:39 pm

love the new colors in the game, good job.

GGCAN said:

February 9th, 6:00 pm

Thanks Jeremy.

A great game and fantastic support.

Anyone that doesn’t have this game and is thinking about it, get it.

The price is quite low and I don’t think you’ll regret it once you play.

AtomicNutshot said:

February 9th, 6:12 pm

Now we just need some crash challenges!

Midgetguy said:

February 9th, 6:19 pm

I keep playing this game at my friends house, lol Actually, I honestly do not know why I haven’t bought this game yet!!!!

It’s weird, because you guys seem to hear a lot of, “I haven’t bought this game yet, BUT this is amazing!!!!” lol But, honestly… I think it might have something to do with the fact that I could always borrow the game from a friend…

Hey, maybe when you guys stop releasing all of these huge new and amazing updates I’ll finally pick up the game in a nifty “EVERYTHING IS INCLUDED” disc at a great price!

pudgenet said:

February 9th, 6:46 pm

I am a big Burnout Paradise fan. I have 101% in both bike and car. The Party Pack lets me let other people share the joy when they come over. Hooray.

$10 seems a bit steep to me. But I did it anyway. It might mean I don’t get some of the car packs though, or the PCPD Pack.

foolio_67 said:

February 9th, 6:50 pm

I’ll be all over the Cops DLC!! Keep up the good work guys! Love the game :-)

pudgenet said:

February 9th, 6:56 pm

I promise I will get the Cops and Robbers pack if:

a. I can get a news helicopter view of the action, and
b. I can drive a white Ford Bronco.

SirTrigalot said:

February 9th, 7:22 pm

I got this game on day 1 and have enjoyed every single update you guys have released. This is the type of support that makes people want to buy DLC because of the great support the company puts behind there game. I have no problem buying every DLC you guys release for Burnout. I love this game and I bought the party pack the day it was available.

DustyBlue said:

February 9th, 10:54 pm

I think this should cost $4.99. This is something the game should have already came with. Nonetheless, I still might buy this.

Chr1zzly said:

February 9th, 11:41 pm

This game is really great, just bought it and it’s really addictive. Can’t wait for the new DLC.
One question though, in Europe we’re used to the $1 = 1 euro conversion used in the Store, but why is the Ultimate pack $30 in the US and 35 euro in the EU? 35 euro is like 45 dollar?

VictorWYC said:

February 10th, 1:07 am

Cops and Robbers – that’s what I’m looking for… wanna know how close criteriongames work with NFS team.

Carnivius_Prime said:

February 10th, 1:37 am

Best racing game ever made. Have been playing it regularly since I purchased it at the end of December. Looks great, plays great, easy and quick to play online, and loads of things to do. Loving it, and looking forward to the future content.

CartBlanche said:

February 10th, 3:17 am

Now that you guys have a YouTube channel, I hope the CrashTV episodes can be watched through the PSN browser, and in HD.

Slacker2002 said:

February 10th, 8:51 am

With the price drop, i’m gonna buy the game. However, i’m not gonna pay $10 for something that should have been in the orginal release.

almighty-slayer said:

February 10th, 11:14 am

And you guys are STILL supporting this title.

Even if this DLC was the worst ever released (though what was the likelihood of that?) i would have still downloaded it just to thank you for all you have done with this game.

Criterion Games, certain developers could learn a lot from you. I look forward to more Premium content to buy, to support you! I think this “Cops and Robbers” content will be awesome. Though, i will buy it anyway.

Thanks a lot!

stlthriot said:

February 10th, 11:44 am

I agree, I did love the look of the old news page, with the weather and slick graphics. just would have been nice to have control over the scrolling or content. So, maybe mix the new site version together with that more graphically pleasing one! :D

Oh, and since this Party Pack is bundled with the new pack for PC, PS3 and 360 for $29.99, I feel it should have been a little less or even free for those who bought the game at $59.99 prior to that bundle.

Other than that, I am more than happy to buy the remaining upcoming DLCs! :)

Thanks for an amazing game and great support for over a year now!

PullusPardusUS said:

February 10th, 1:27 pm

One of the VERY LITTLE multiplatform games that i keep playing. =]

OddyOh said:

February 12th, 2:01 pm

Yes! I loved Need For Speed Hot Pursuit 2…hope you guys have re-invented that wheel! “Spike strip, deployed!”

lilbuddy said:

February 14th, 5:43 am

Too funny. I can’t believe people are complaining about paying 29.99. I paid 59.99 and i’d gladly toss out another 9.99 because this game is by far the best ‘arcade’ style game out there. Also, the support for the game has been unbelievable. Instead of just forgetting about the game after 6 months they just keep giving and giving :-)

SLICK_T said:

February 16th, 4:20 am

Looks cool!

tatts111 said:

February 17th, 8:45 am

I ordered the Party Pack this morning,, downloaded & installed it. But when I go to Start a Party, it says I haven’t purchased it yet, or that if I have purchased it , to make sure I have downloaded and installed it, which I have. Did anyone else have this problem?

tatts111 said:

February 17th, 9:13 am

Yes I agree with lilbuddy, I also paid 59.99 and I don’t regret a penny of it. How can anyone complain about the price??? The game is evolving all the time, it’s a great place to be sociable. I’ve met lots of really cool people on burnout. Anyone who buys this game will get years of fun out of it. There is an on-line charge for some pc games where you have to pay a yearly subscription fee. So whoever is complaining about the price needs their head testing.


March 6th, 4:02 pm

i realise this may be some what off topic, but i cant play burnout paradise on this account anymore for some reason, it started freezing up every time im signed in to psn & every time i try to free burn online, ive noticed though that the the road rules thing isnt on my easy drive menu anymore, i think this is causing it to freeze up, I NEED HELP, i really would like to play burnout again, i bought the DL version & add ons & im starting to think it was a waste of money.

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