Burnout Paradise PC Demo Will Offer Entire Game

By Chris Faylor, Dec 08, 2008 9:25am PST Rather than release a small demo of its open-world racer Burnout Paradise, developer Criterion has revealed that when the PC version arrives in February, the entire game, complete with online multiplayer, will be available for free through a limited trial.

"We want all our PC players to be sure it runs perfectly on their system, before they commit to buying it," Criterion wrote on its site. "But there's a lot of game to show you."

"So rather than restricting what you can do, we're letting you play through the start of the full game for a limited period...You can go anywhere in Paradise City and check out everything on offer," it clarified. All in-game events will be available.

"Obviously, there's a limit to just how much you can do and for how long...we hope you'll agree that there's plenty there to give you glimpse of what the full game has to offer." The restrictions were not specified, but time and or in-game progress are likely criteria.

The demo will be released via criteriongames.com and ea.com in February, as well as through "millions of disks." Once installed, the disk will no longer be required. A store within the game will let players upgrade to the full game.

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  • Disapointed, Not full game!....No Multilplayer in demo. :(
    I review games for clanmates and donations go to purchase multiple copies for clan members that are with us for 1 year or longer and downloaded this demo to review the multiplay aspect only to find it was restricted.

    Took longer on a 20 meg connection to download then time in demo given to install, set up controls and test diferent video settings. By the time i was ready for actual gameplay testing for my review i got nailed with buy it now....about 20 minutes....then a restart of the game is required about every 5 minutes thus making it impossible to explore anything after the boot sequence.

    If there ever becomes a multiplayer demo for this i may reconsider but for now i think i will pass as once again EA has epicly misled me again.

    No indication of dedicated servers is another neg in my book.....project torque anyone?