is an excellent game and we love it to bits - but one thing about it bothers us and that's the apparent requirement for the Xbox 360 version to have a hard drive. There seemed to be no reason for that particular demand, or so we thought - developer Criterion has now explained how the HDD will be used.
In a statement to MTV
, Criterion and EA Games revealed that the hard drive is needed for the rather innovative implementation of downloadable content in Burnout Paradise
Basically, even if gamers choose not
to buy the new downloadable content when it becomes available then they will still be able to see those who have bought it when they play online. So, for example, if a new pack of cars is released and you choose not to buy it but your friend does then you'll still be able to race each other - the game will download the content to your hard drive so you can see it.
"We didn’t want to split the playing community between those that have updated data and those that don’t. We saw this as vital in maintaining simplicity to all online users; different players having different content packages wouldn’t be able to play online with each other,
” said Criterion in a public statement.
“It’s our intention to extend the life of Burnout with additional DLC in the near future. As mentioned, we don’t want to split the online community between those that have content and those that don’t. Our intention is to offer both free and paid for DLC in a way that enables everyone to ’see’ the content, even if they have not paid for it,
” said an EA spokesperson in a seperate statement.
Ooh - free content!
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, or are crash-sims really not your thing? Let us know what you think of the game in the forums