Burnout Paradise

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Burnout Paradise
Burnout Paradise Box.jpg
Developers
Publishers
Engines
Release dates
Windows
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

Availability[edit]

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
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]

DLC[edit]

Disadvantage The DLC servers have been shut down, there is therefore no way to obtain the DLC directly through the game. It's still possible to buy the Bonus Online Vehicles in the US and the UK, but all other DLCs are not available.
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.

Patch[edit]

Information 1.1 is the latest PC version.
More information Download link

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.

Unlock DLCs[edit]

Information In all countries, except North America, see above, Burnout Paradise's DLCs are now abandonware.
Disadvantage Can't be applied on existing savegame

Fix Use DLC unlocker[3]Link

  1. Download the unlocker
  2. Run the game through it

Vanity Pack[edit]

This is an extensive mod to bring Big Surf Island to the PC version. It also includes many additional features not standard to the original game.

Information Currently in active beta, while fully functional is not a finished mod.
Information This does not unlock pre-existing DLCs

Fix Vanity Pack 2.0[4]Link

  1. Download the Vanity Pack
  2. Unzip/rar it
  3. Follow onscreen instructions and use passwords provided when downloading to install
  4. Launch the game through Vanity Pack

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Criterion Games\Burnout Paradise

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
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 Impossible
Borderless fullscreen windowed Impossible
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Hackable Force in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native Has heavy impact on game performance with some setups
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native
High frame rate Impossible Frame rate is capped at 60 FPS.[5]

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
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

Localizations

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

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Native 8
LAN co-op Unknown
Online co-op Native 8 Freeburn challenges
Hot-seat Native 8 Party mode

Connection types

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

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes on startup[edit]

Fix Issues with recording softwareLink

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 DriverLink

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 issuesLink

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 solutionLink

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 onlineLink

  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.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
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.

References

  1. Wikipedia: Burnout Paradise Premium Content
  2. http://www.reddit.com/r/AskGames/comments/1kdys5/can_a_copy_of_burnoutparadise_on_steam_play_with/cbo736l
  3. http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=31052482&postcount=38
  4. http://burnouthints.webs.com/apps/forums/topics/show/8225725-vanity-pack-2-0-0-beta-is-available-for-testing?page=1
  5. New 120Hz Games Report