Burnout Paradise

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Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise Box.jpg
Release dates
February 5, 2009
Burnout Paradise at WineHQ
Burnout Paradise at Steam Charts
Burnout Paradise at SteamDB
 Burnout Paradise at Wikipedia

Key points

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

General information

More information Burnout Wiki
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail CD/DVD key (no activation)Can only be used x times Limited to five activations. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Amazon.com Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg Can be unlocked on Origin. Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Advantage Steam and Origin users can play together in multiplayer.[2]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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)
Disadvantage Only obtainable from a third-party in either the US and the UK.
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
Disadvantage Cops and Robbers game mode never released on PC; cop cars recreated in mod (see Vanity Pack).
Information DLC works on both Origin and Steam versions of the game (provided that an Origin account is used in-game).

Essential improvements[edit]

External options menu.


Information Patch 1.1 is the latest version.

Burnout Paradise Advanced Config Tool[edit]

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

Vanity Pack[edit]

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

Fix Vanity Pack 2.0

  1. Download the Vanity Pack.
  2. Decompress it using a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR.
  3. Follow onscreen instructions and use passwords provided when downloading to install.
  4. Launch the game through the Vanity Pack.

Achieve DLCs[edit]

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

Fix Nonetheless it may be possible to trick Amazon[3]

  1. Try to buy the DLC unlock code through the shop
  2. If successful, redeem it with your EA/Origin account
  3. Use the same account in the game (also work with retail and Steam versions)


Fix Step 1a: Automatically patch your save game[4]

  1. Download the Steam DLC unlocker (even if you have other versions)
  2. Run it and press "Patch Savegame"

Fix Step 1b: Manually patch your save game[5]

  1. Open Profile.BurnoutParadiseSave with a hex editor
  2. Go to 0001d4a2 address.
  3. Add 11 to the existing byte value (17 if converted in decimal)
  4. Every car should be stored afterwards, starting from: 00 00 36 3a 1a 0f e6 a7 ff ff 01 02 .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
  5. Look for the last 01 02 instance (that should be followed by some zeros)
  1. After exactly 12 bytes (address positions) paste this (overwrite)
00 00 51 30 cb 01 66 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 d8 13 92 02 66 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 c0 63 70 ac 03 66 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 40 9d 9b 02 66 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 36 62 56 95 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 80 85 74 56 95 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 f6 a8 08 b4 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 36 a8 19 b9 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 36 b7 c5 53 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 36 32 69 a8 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 c0 17 76 d2 59 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 16 63 90 5c 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 80 10 80 73 8d a7 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 96 c9 e6 a6 6c a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 76 b5 16 13 23 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 7f f2 16 13 23 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 80 99 f8 16 13 23 a5 ff ff 01 02 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

Fix Step 2a: Run a trainer every time you play the game[6]

  • Retail users: use DLC unlocker
  • Steam users: can also use either that or the aforementioned Steam DLC unlocker

Fix Step 2b: Permanently patch the game files

  1. Download the required files.


Information A completely clean (already patched) profile is included in this last archive

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise\*.ini

Save game data location[edit]

Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise\Save\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Impossible
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings (1/2).
In-game advanced video settings (2/2).
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native WSGF MM Gold.svg Option to select where HUD appears on multiple screens
Ultra-widescreen Native WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native WSGF 4K Gold.svg
Field of view (FOV) Impossible Bumper cam available
Windowed Hackable Use DxWnd[7]
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[8]

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game advanced gamepad settings.
In-game force feedback settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller support Native
Full controller support Native
Controller remapping Native
Controller Y-axis inversion Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native
Surround sound Native
Subtitles Impossible
Closed captions Impossible
Mute on focus lost Native


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


Multiplayer types

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

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Native
Peer-to-peer Impossible
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Unknown

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D Unknown
Nvidia 3D Vision Hackable Use Helix Mod: Burnout Paradise.
TriDef 3D Unknown
iZ3D Unknown

Issues unresolved[edit]

No audio[edit]

Fix Temporary fix

Alt-tab out of the game and then back to it. This is necessary every time the game is run.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Fix Issues with recording software

Information Burnout Paradise may crash on start-up if you have screen recording software running, such as Xsplit. This occurs because the game sees the software as a webcam.
  • The easiest way to rectify this issue is: close the screen recording software, load Burnout Paradise, Alt + Tab out, then run the screen recording software. If this is not effective, you may need to uninstall the screen recording software entirely.

Fix Issues with CL Eye Driver

Information Users with the CL Eye Driver installed (to enable support for the PlayStation Eye Camera as a webcam) will encounter crashes when loading Burnout Paradise.
  • Currently, the only solution is to uninstall the CL Eye Driver entirely. You may encounter further problems even after doing so; it is most likely not your fault. This game is a low-quality PC port, you may have to experiment with trial and error by closing some Windows Services in the Task Manager, then running Burnout Paradise.

Fix Nvidia graphics issues

Information Users with Nvidia graphics may have Nvidia's Streamer Service installed (used for streaming to Shield).
  • You may have to end nvstreamsvc.exe via the Task Manager for the game to load.

Fix Windows 7 solution

Information Windows 7 users have reported crashing when attempting to run the game.
  • To rectify this, set the game to run in Windows XP SP3 compatibility mode, or Windows Vista SP2 mode. It may also help to reduce or disable Anti-Aliasing in the game's launcher.
  • As a last resort, the game may be fixable by entering -multithread into the launch options.

How to go Online[edit]

Information 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.

Fix Getting online

  1. Try connecting online normally. If it connects, ignore the rest of the guide. Otherwise, go to Step 2.
  2. After the connection fails, go to the login page again but click "Create new account" instead.
  3. Enter the same credentials (ex. email and username) used for the current account into the new one.
  4. Once all information is entered in, try creating a new account.
  5. If entered correctly, an error message should pop up that says along the lines of "account already exists".
  6. Reboot the game and try logging in again with the same account info used in the create account page.

"The product key you are using is invalid"[edit]

Information 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.

Controler not reconised at launch[edit]

  • Delete controls.ini in folder %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise, and restart game.[9]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7, Server 2008 (R2)
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 Windows XP / 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Windows Vista 2.4 GHz Celeron Dual Core / Athlon X2 2.4GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB (XP) / 1.5 GB (Vista) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia 6600
Radeon X1300
128 MB of VRAM
AMD HD6670
Nvidia GT550Ti or equivalent
1 GB of VRAM
Information This is not a very demanding game. It will run well on almost anything you can get these days. For maximum settings at 1920x1080, a little bit above the recommended configuration is going to serve you well.


  1. Wikipedia: Burnout Paradise Downloadable content
  2. Can a copy of Burnout:Paradise on Steam play with someone on Origin? : Reddit
  3. 100% Legal way to earn the missing DLC - Steam Users' Forums
  4. B0nk3rZ – Burnout Paradise – Ultimate Box
  5. Unlocking DLC for PC - View Single Post - Steam Users' Forums
  6. Burnout Paradise DLC Free Unlocker Hack / Crack / MOD - Gamer Hintz (retrieved)
  7. Run Burnout Paradise (& Other Full Screen Games) In A Window (Windowed Mode) - DuncsBlog
  8. New 120Hz Games Report
  9. Xbox controller not working? :: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box General Discussions