Burnout Bikes Impressions

It's the Year of Paradise. Criterion Games is releasing hours and hours of new content for its users for free. The most recent update, formerly called Codename: Davis, has been released and it includes Day/Night cycles, weather, and, most importantly, Bikes, or motorcycles.

In-game shot of a bike at night
One thing you should know about bikes is that there is no boost. The bikes are more about speed and maneuvering than stunts.Two bikes are available from the start. One of them is rather slow, but it has a decent strength (at least compared to the other option). The other bike is a 9 for speed, but it only has one strength. I chose the latter of the two options due to the fact that motorcycles aren't meant to be aggressive. After achieving a bike completion rate of 50% (which isn't hard at all), you will be awarded with a new version of the first bike with less strength and more speed. There is a fourth motorcycle, as well, and I presume it's an upgrade of the fast motorcycle and is probably available at 100% completion (101% is possible). Also worth noting is that there are now both male and female riders, though at a crash these disappear and no damage is done to the bike, which is rather unfortunate for a Burnout game.

The update adds 20 new awards to the game, which PS3 gamers should be familiar with. On the 360, the awards for the base game were just achievements. Most of these, unfortunately, aren't very creative and rather easy to get. The update is also nowhere near as long as the ten hours promised. I've only put a few hours into it and I'm over 50% completion. Also, all of the "Burning Rides" and "Midnight Rides" are extremely easy. I have only lost one race so far, and that was the first one when I still didn't know how to control the bikes very well. On a similar note, I noticed I found steering in third-person much better than first-person, which is weird for me because I play the cars in first person. The main problem is that when turning in first person, the camera tilts as you'd expect it to, but it only reinstates the idea that your TV is not your eyes. The only somewhat challenging part of the game are the new Day and Night road rules, which require a somewhat more precise control of the bikes, but are still very easy.

All and all, the pack is cool, especially since it's free, but I hope that Criterion expands on bikes further in future updates, possibly the Islands DLC.
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Posted by AndrewGaspar

It's the Year of Paradise. Criterion Games is releasing hours and hours of new content for its users for free. The most recent update, formerly called Codename: Davis, has been released and it includes Day/Night cycles, weather, and, most importantly, Bikes, or motorcycles.

In-game shot of a bike at night
One thing you should know about bikes is that there is no boost. The bikes are more about speed and maneuvering than stunts.Two bikes are available from the start. One of them is rather slow, but it has a decent strength (at least compared to the other option). The other bike is a 9 for speed, but it only has one strength. I chose the latter of the two options due to the fact that motorcycles aren't meant to be aggressive. After achieving a bike completion rate of 50% (which isn't hard at all), you will be awarded with a new version of the first bike with less strength and more speed. There is a fourth motorcycle, as well, and I presume it's an upgrade of the fast motorcycle and is probably available at 100% completion (101% is possible). Also worth noting is that there are now both male and female riders, though at a crash these disappear and no damage is done to the bike, which is rather unfortunate for a Burnout game.

The update adds 20 new awards to the game, which PS3 gamers should be familiar with. On the 360, the awards for the base game were just achievements. Most of these, unfortunately, aren't very creative and rather easy to get. The update is also nowhere near as long as the ten hours promised. I've only put a few hours into it and I'm over 50% completion. Also, all of the "Burning Rides" and "Midnight Rides" are extremely easy. I have only lost one race so far, and that was the first one when I still didn't know how to control the bikes very well. On a similar note, I noticed I found steering in third-person much better than first-person, which is weird for me because I play the cars in first person. The main problem is that when turning in first person, the camera tilts as you'd expect it to, but it only reinstates the idea that your TV is not your eyes. The only somewhat challenging part of the game are the new Day and Night road rules, which require a somewhat more precise control of the bikes, but are still very easy.

All and all, the pack is cool, especially since it's free, but I hope that Criterion expands on bikes further in future updates, possibly the Islands DLC.
Posted by Joker

Its always more useful to shoot someone in the head.

Posted by AndrewGaspar

I don't get it, Joker. =P

Posted by Joker

Okay, its always more useful to shoot someone in the head with a revolver.

Posted by CombustionMan

I thought it was a good addition, but extremely easy. i managed to get 100% and all the Day/Night RoadRules in 6 hours, 36 minutes and 10 seconds. There should have been crash damage and at least online races.