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Burnout Paradise on Playstation 3, PC, and Xbox 360 This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

By Xahnant, Yuba City, CA

You’re racing down a packed city street; your opponents are neck and neck with you, as you desperately weave in and out of traffic at one-hundred thirty miles per-hour. All of a sudden, your opponent car slightly nudges you and your car is sent spinning out of control. Slamming into a wall, your car’s hood crumples like paper and glass and twisted metal spray everywhere. Crash and Burn. Normally, in any other racing game, those two words mean epic failure for the player. When their car resets, the player is usually hopelessly left in the dust with no choice but to restart and try again.
However, fans of the Burnout franchise know that crashing in these games is considered the name of the game. Game developer Criterion completely rewrote the racing game genre by blending fast cars and actually encouraging spectacular crashes like the one written above.

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