Mike Stevens | Aug 6, 2008

If you've ever been into ridiculously fast boost driving, there's a fair chance you've played one of the games from the Burnout series. An update released recently (codenamed "Cagney") for the latest in the series, Burnout Paradise, included some new game modes and support for custom soundtracks on the PS3 version.

That's not what this news item's about though. It's about bikes. And night-time racing.

Due this month, the latest update ("Davis") will breathe some life back into Paradise with the inclusion of night-time racing (as if zooming through Paradise City wasn't hair-raising enough already!), and motorcycles.

Unfortunately, the bikes may lose a bit of their excitement with a lack of dramatic crashes and airborne bodies that one would expect with such from a game like Burnout, with the game's developer Criterion opting for a much more child-friendly crash-and-vanish when you take corner just a little too fast.

I'm certainly not complaining, though. With motorcycle-only events included, I can't see how this won't make current Paradise owners grin even more when they can battle their friends online on two wheels rather than four.

And another thing... it's free!


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