@ Synthballs: i think you may be right, i loved Paradise and still do but ever since they put the bies and the toy car packs in i've almost lost faith in it :s still hasn't stopped me from playing it for like 400 hours between xbox and ps3 :)
Takedown was, quite simply, the greatest arcade racer ever made - they lost me with Paradise as I just didn't have time to memorise the map, something that was absolutely essential for high level play and an issue that apparently a lot of players had. Appreciated the ambition, the game less so.
I've never played 1, 3 or Dominator, but am I correct to believe dominator and legends are basically the same?
If I were to put the games I have played into order, it would go
2 > Revenge = Legends > Paradise
I still fucking love paradise so that should tell you how much I love this series.
Burnout 3. Paradise may have looked better, but it's another tragic case of unnecessary 'open world' crowbared into a game that really didn't benefit from it. Burnout is all about going really fast and battling each other not getting lost. Reading maps at 90 miles an hour just isn't fun.
Paradise was fun but Takedown is the best. Me and my friend spent so much time doing everything there is to do in that game and I have such fond memories of it. The car checking in Revenge took too much of the challenge out of it and it was just too ridiculous, even for a Burnout game