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38 Great Games Like Burnout Paradise

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Burnout Paradise and have found the following:

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.

Unfortunately, Burnout Paradise is not available on Android, Mac or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (4 online)

Genres: Open World, Race and Simulation

Developer: Criterion Games (@CriterionGames)

Costs: Purchase cost

37 Hand Picked Video Games Like Burnout Paradise

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Burnout Paradise. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Burnout Paradise. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Cruis’n Blast

Release Date: 14/09/2021

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Cruis’n Blast is a brash over the top racing game based on a series of big arcade machines. Competing with games like Ridge Racer, OutRun and Daytona USA, it offers whacky racing with big and bombastic visuals and characters.

The Crew 2 (Series)

Release Date: 02/12/2014, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

The Crew is a series of open-world racing and exploration games set in a scaled down version of the United States. The emphasis is on enjoyable and exciting driving more than realism. It's a lot like Forza Horizon, although can be played on PlayStation...

Rocket League

Release Date: 28/08/2018

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Forza Horizon 5 (Series)

Release Date: 05/11/2021

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Forza Horizon 5 is a fast-paced racing game where you drive all manner of different vehicles in races and across the vast open landscape. Building on Forza Horizon 4, this fifth entry to the series is set in Mexico,...

Crossout

Release Date: 15/05/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Crossout is an online vehicle combat game set in a Mad Max, post-apocalyptic world. Players design modular vehicles combine weapons, armour and engines. As you progress in the game you earn currency to upgrade components and access more powerful parts....

Descenders

Release Date: 08/05/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Descenders is a downhill mountain biking game with a focus on skill. In each downhill run, your goal is to score as many points as possible by completing skill based challenges and executing as many tricks and flips as you can, all while you try to...

The Simpsons Hit and Run

Release Date: 16/11/2003

Platforms: GameCube, PS2, Wii and Xbox

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Platforms: PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

SnowRunner

Release Date: 28/04/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

SnowRunner is an off-road driving simulation game that follows up MudRunner. You drive all-terrain vehicles to traverse between locations and complete deliveries. You need to use the vehicle's gears, all-wheel-drive, fuel levels and other features to...

Horizon Chase 2 (Series)

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Horizon Chase 2 is the latest game in the Horizon Chase series of arcade racing games with a focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo...

Gran Turismo (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PSP

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...

Dirt (Series)

Release Date: 01/01/2007, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Dirt 5 is the latest game in a series of the extreme sports racing game. Like Forza Horizon or the older MotorStorm games, the series focuses on exuberance and party atmosphere rather than just...

Inertial Drift

Release Date: 11/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Inertial Drift is a racing game set in an alternative 90s retro future. Unusually, you use two sticks to control the direction with one stick and the drift with the other. Choose to either enter races or play the single player story mode, where you...

KartRider (Series)

Release Date: 31/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...

Fuel

Release Date: 02/06/2009

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Fuel is an open-world racing game set in a Mad-Max style post apocalyptic United States. It was one of the first driving games to let you drive anywhere on the huge map without loading times. With a day-night cycle and weather, you can take all manner...

Skate 3 (Series)

Release Date: 14/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Skate is a skateboarding series with innovative controls. One stick is used to control the skater's body and the other his feet. This resulted in the need to quickly motion different patterns to intuitively achieve different tricks - what become coined...

Disney Speedstorm

Release Date: 01/09/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Disney Speedstorm is a kart racing game like Mario Kart but with high-speed Disney and Pixar-inspired characters and racetracks. It's also different as it's a free-to-play with in-game purchases provided in seasons that offer new characters, circuits...

Motorstorm (Series)

Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012

Platforms: PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PS4 and PSP

This series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing game. Whether...

SuperFlight

Release Date: 09/11/2017

Platforms: PC

Superflight is a game where you control a risk-taking man in a flight suit. You control your flight with the aim of buzzing the landscape. The closer you come without crashing the more points you get. If you can do this a few times in a row you get...

Trials (Series)

Release Date: 26/02/2019, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...

You Suck at Parking

Release Date: 14/09/2022

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

You Suck At Parking is a tactical racing game where the ultimate goal is to stop in a parking spot. The game features cartoon style parkour racing tracks with loops, sharp bents, bombs and other hazards, on the route to a parking spot.

Art Of Rally

Release Date: 23/09/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Art of Rally is a racing game that focuses on stylised off road motion from the creator of Absolute Drift. Slide through the hand-crafted stages set in Finland, Japan and Spain with varying weather and time of day.

F1 Race Stars

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

Platforms: PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and shortcuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.

Wreckfest

Release Date: 14/06/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Wreckfest is a racing game where you aim to destroy other people's cars. It focuses on demolition modes with classic American muscle cars and other unusual vehicles. Rather than racing, this is a physical challenge with cars crammed onto a small track,...

Chocobo GP

Release Date: 10/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Chocobo Go is a racing game where fantasy characters compete to get around the circuits first. Each of the Chocobo characters (characters from Final Fantasy universe) have unique abilities and can equip Magicites items to delay or take out the...

Crazy Taxi

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Crazy Taxi is a series of games where you take people to different locations in a city, as a taxi driver. It sounds a little dull, but in this brighter and bigger world it's a joy rather than a chore. When you complete a fare you get money based on how...

LumbearJack

Release Date: 14/06/2022

Platforms: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Lumbear Jack is a puzzle game where you slice and dice through machinery, humans, and work with wacky woodland critters to stop the industrial giant Evil Works.

Agent Intercept

Release Date: 16/06/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Agent Intercept is an arcade-style racing game where you control a transforming spy vehicle in order to save the world. It is a bombastic, simple to play driving game that requires you to drift, dodge, smash and destroy your way through to victory. It...

Hot Wheels Unleashed

Release Date: 27/09/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Hot Wheels Unleashed is an arcade-style racing game where you race toy cars around sprawling, looping tracks through rooms and garages. Its controls, while child-friendly, offer enough nuance to reward practice. It's a game that focuses on ingenuity and...

Skate Story

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skate Story is a skateboarding game that focuses on the skill, weight and locomotion of controlling the board. Running through the game is a story where you explore the underworld beneath New York City.

Twilight Drive

Release Date: 16/06/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Twilight Drive is a racing game where you turbo, drift, and use a grappling hook to turn corners and get fast lap times. Along with racing your own times, an on-line leaderboard lets you compete with friends and family. It's a cross between Micro...

Crossout Mobile

Release Date: 14/01/2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

Crossout Mobile is a smartphone version of the popular online vehicular combat game Crossout. While it retains all the core mechanics of the main version, including the modular vehicle designs, customisation and skilful gameplay,...

Tectonic (Dreams)

Release Date: 12/07/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Tectonic is a timed single-car racing game. It starts out as an ordinary race through an American city, but soon develops into an exciting experience as you drive through the city while it is being wrecked by an earthquake. Buildings fall all around you...

Buck Up And Drive!

Release Date: 10/01/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Buck Up And Drive! is a retro racing game that double's down on the surrealism of 90's arcade games. It's driving meets skating by way of destruction derby and offers a great distraction from a sometimes over serious world.

REKT! High Octane Stunts

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...

Swordship

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Swordship is an action game where you control a ship hauling stolen cargo, often under attack from security forces. As you have no weapons yourself, you must use enemy attacks against them - making them shoot their own ships and destroy themselves. It's...

1 Video Game Like Burnout Paradise Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Burnout Paradise. This includes games from the Simulation, Race and Open World genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

4 Easier Video Games than Burnout Paradise

If you like the sound of Burnout Paradise but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

Burnout Paradise is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Burnout Paradise in the following lists:

Game Time Has Day-Night Cycle

Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.

These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.

Some games, like The Long Dark, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.
 

Happy Brain With Endorphin Games

You can aid the happiness of your brain by taking on activities that generate key experiences and chemicals:
  • Dopamine for motivation, learning and pleasure.
  • Oxytocin for trust and building relationships.
  • Serotonin for significance and importance.
  • Endorphins for euphoria and elation.

Without endorphins we can struggle to cope with pain and stress. We also need endorphins when we want to push ourselves beyond our discomfort in chosen activities. They are also needed to help with sleep, particularly when there is anxiety or worries on our minds.

Along with getting outside for exercise, eating well and nurturing conversations, video games can also help. Games that help create endorphins are those that let us experience excess emotions. Video games that make us laugh or cry do this. Also, games that let us feel the exhilaration of creating something beautiful or being part of that creative process help generate endorphins. Horror games can do this for some, offering the stress of fear and jump-scares before the euphoria of escape and mastery of both the situation and our fears. Extreme racing games can also generate endorphins as you narrowly escape a catastrophic crash, or if you take on a super long challenge like Le Mans 24 Hours.
 

The Great British Video Game

There are 2,277 active games companies in the UK employing 20,430 people. The biggest concentration spread through the country in cities and towns like London, Manchester, Brighton, Guildford, Aldershot, Bristol, Sheffield, Glasgow and Liverpool. The UK market for video games reached a record £7bn in 2020.

Many of the biggest video game franchises have been created in the UK. Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider, Football Manager, Elite Beat Agents, Fable and Batman: Arkham Asylum. But along with these well-known titles are some amazing games for families and children.

There are some amazing (and huge) series of games made in the UK that are perfect for families. Forza Horizon, Lego Games, Fall Guys, LittleBigPlanet and Viva Pinata. Then there are games from smaller and independent UK game studios: Overcooked, Wilmot’s Warehouse, TerraTech, Phogs, Snake Pass and Chime to name a few.
 

Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.
 

Bend Time To Your Advantage

Time in video games is a valuable thing. Unlike in the real world where it proceeds in a linear fashion, in a game it may speed up, slow down or even go backwards. There are some games where controlling time becomes a crucial and fascinating game mechanic. The best of these integrate your time travelling powers with both characters and narrative to create a compelling experience.
 

Game Time Uses Real World Clock

Video games create fantasy space in which we play. These are often enjoyable because they are an escape from everyday life. Some, however, want to become a part of our day. One way they do this is to make things happen in the game in accordance with the time (and sometimes date) in the real world.

This can be games like The Longing or Animal Crossing that tie events in the game with the passing of real world time. Maybe you have to wait for a certain number of hours, or maybe you need to come back at a certain time of day. Either way, your in-game play is linked to the real world by the hands of time.

Other games use the real clock to reward you for not playing. Neo: The World Ends With You for example, offers certain types of pins (upgrades) that level up the longer the game has been off. Games like Pokemon have creatures that change form based on the season on your DS clock. Cozy Grove is synced to real world time, and provides 30-60 minutes of new quest content each day.

Mario Party 6 has certain mini-games and game boards that are different in day and night. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker's start-up screen varies depending on the time of day you were playing. In Simpsons Hit and Run, during Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year in the real world you get game characters dressed up in a special outfit. Simpsons Hit and Run also has a different start screen depending on whether it's Christmas or another holiday. Finally, how about Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP that uses the real world lunar cycle so that certain puzzles can only be completed during a full moon, and other elements only during a new moon.

This is a novel thing for games to do. It's also quite useful for families as it means you are usually limited in what you can do in a game in any one day. These games encourage players to pop in for 30 minutes or do, do their tasks for the day, and then leave until tomorrow.
 

So You Enjoyed Top Gun? Now Play These Video Games

Top Gun Maverick has taken more than $500 million at the box office. We loved revisiting the thrill of high speed flight and the nostalgia of Tom Cruise in flight gear. So we set ourselves the task of finding the best Top Gun inspired video games of recent years.

Fly super fast in Exo One's emergent crafts. Soar through the skies in The Falconeer. Test your reactions in Jet Lancer's high pressure shooting. Be a real pilot in Flight Simulator. Race to the beat in Aaero. Or give a nod to Maverick's beloved moustached wing-man in Untitled Goose Game.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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