Summary: EA and Criterion have finally delivered the first true next-gen Burnout, and the results are pretty impressive for the most part. The game maintains the blazingly fast racing, slick visuals, and bone shattering crashes of the past, but adds in a few new bells and whistles to keep the series fresh. Not all of the changes were for the better, however, but even with a few lackluster race modes, Burnout Paradise is still an excellent racing game overall that is worth a look.
Excerpt: I was once in a traffic accident, you know. A small fender-bender, in which I slightly dented the back bumper of the white van driving in front of me during a hectic Belfast rush-hour. The driver and his helper tried to sue me for a combined total of £32,000. Of course, they got nothing from me, given that I was a) fully insured and b) I’ve never even seen £32,000, let alone owned it. What’s my point?
Conclusion: Catch the Fever—Cure your need for fever with an Extreme Fever. (Except Duel) (5 points) Go ULTRA!—Clear all the pegs in a level. It’s pretty extreme, but you look up to it. (Except Duel) (15 points) Be Cool—Hit the last orange then the last blue to rack up a Cool Clear. (Except Duel) (10 points) Free! Free! Free Ball!—Rack up the score or hit the bucket for 3 free balls in one shot.
Conclusion: But maybe straight-ahead snowboarding is all you really want. If so, Stoked: Big Air Edition might be a great option for you. The mechanics are fairly solid, from the basic sensation of carving through powder to pulling off tricks, keeping the controls simple to learn, but rewarding those who are patient enough to learn them well.
Excerpt: It’s funny how things change. Save for a handful of universal truths almost everything is susceptible, either becoming all the better for it or suddenly made obsolete by the misguided alterations. It can happen in all manner of ways – sudden and drastic changes that lead to shock and confusion, or inevitable changes that we can all see coming, but are unable to predict their effect until they’re finally made…
Excerpt: It was always going to be hard for Criterion Games to produce this fifth installment of Burnout and still make it fresh. Speculation ran rife as to how it could be done and thankfully, they have done the series proud once again. It’s bigger, faster, meaner and more challenging than before, yet is sure to divide fans like a car ripped in half by well-placed t-bone at 200mph.
Conclusion: All in all Adam's Venture: The Search for the Lost Garden is a entertaining puzzle adventure for young and old. After getting used to the controls and understanding how the puzzles work, exploring the caves becomes a lot of fun. It's a shame those puzzles aren't always that challenging, but the fantastic music and the humor make it a great game to spend some time with on a rainy Sunday afternoon.