- Estimated Achievement Difficulty: 6/10
- Offline: 41 850
- Online: 19 400
- Approximate amount of time to complete: 70-100 hours
- Number of playthroughs needed: 1
- Number of missable achievements: 2 (Requires Vision Camer)
- Glitched achievements: 0
- Do cheat codes disable achievements?: No
- Does difficulty affect achievements?: No
Burnout Paradise is an excellent game if you are a fan of free roam racing games or were a fan of the previous Burnout games. The game automatically loads the only save file, thus limiting the game to one playthrough, unless you delete your save file, but that is all that is required for the achievements. In order to unlock all of the achievements the only outside requirement is that you have an Xbox Live Vision camera hooked up to your console. There are sponsor product codes, but these in no way disable your achievements. They have been disabled with one of the game updates released.
Step #1: Preparation
The first step to do is to build yourself a checklist of billboards, smashes, and super jumps that are in Paradise city. Make sure that whenever you get a billboard, super jump, or smash that it is noted in one way or another, otherwise it can become very tedious trying to find that one last discoverable. Maps displaying all discoverables can be found in the guide below. The only other major step is to find a good partner to achievement trade with online as many of the achievements can be completed in this manner. You can find a boosting partner in the achievement trading thread HERE.
Step #2: Campaign
The first order of business is to repair the Hunter Cavalry that you start off with. The auto repair can be found one block east and then half a block south of where you start. After doing this, the location of the burning route will be unlocked on your map. Complete it to unlock your next car. From here I would suggest getting accustomed to driving either a stunt, speed, or aggression car and sticking to the relevant event type be it stunt runs, races, or road rages and marked mans. From there, just keep finding the events and completing the ones according to the vehicle type you are most comfortable with.
As you progress, vehicles for you to take down will appear. If a car is driving on the wrong side of the road or faster than the other cars, most likely it is one of them. Just hit the car into something to take it down and it should be added to your junkyard. From there take the car to an auto repair and complete its burning route. Repeat everything several times over until you get to your burnout license. From here the cars start to get a lot better, but at the same time the events get harder. Continue what you were doing with your events before, but now you will have to move onto another type which may present a new type of challenge to you, but with all of the cars unlocked up until now it should not be too difficult.
Eventually you will unlock the Racing WTR. That is the last car you will unlock by taking it down. That also means you will face the last burning route. The only way to win it is to stay in oncoming on the I-88 and to not let go of the boost or gas. Near the last stretch of the I-88 that is right underneath Webster Avenue you need to take an exit to reach the baseball stadium, be sure to watch out for the cross traffic. It can take several tries but you should get it eventually, unlocking you the PCPD Special. From there continue with the events until all of them are completed unlocking you the Elite drivers license. By now you should have at least 325. If not go back and check to see what you could have missed.
Step #3: Offline Cleanup
Now is the time that you should be working on cleaning up all the little things that you either cannot do online or are just easier offline. Use your checklist and make sure that you get the rest of your billboards, smashes, and super jumps. Not only do those provide you with some achievements, but they also lead up to Criterion Elite achievement and give you a new car for each of them. Check to make sure that you have all achievements related to events. If not, this is the time to get them. These achievements include Perfect Rage, Rising From the Ashes, Duckin’ and Weavin’, Rampage!, and Millionaire’s Club. Millionaire’s Club can be difficult for inexperienced gamers, but try taking out a good stunt run car, the Toy P12 is good if you bought it, and try to stick around areas like the quarry, the railroad, and the airfield.
By now you should have found all of the car parks, drive thrus, and events. In the rare case that you have not found all of the drive thrus just by chance, now would be a good time, as they can become quite helpful to know where they all are if you need boost or to switch your cars once you start online. The last thing to do offline can only be done if you have downloaded the Party Pack. It requires only one controller. Set it up for eight players and eight rounds, and make sure that you never mess anything up with letting one player lose. The design of this mode allows you to do it all by yourself without the eight people, even though it is set to eight players. If you make sure that each of the eight players score in each of the eight rounds you can get both of the Party Pack achievements done in one session. Now you should be at 565 if you have the Party Pack.
Step #4: Online with a Friend
If you happen to have an Xbox Live Vision Camera make sure that it is always hooked up when you go online with this game, it will give you some of the achievements. The first thing I would recommend is for you and your friend to get the Boosting Around the World achievement. There was a patch so it is no longer possible to get constant burnouts by drifting in one area. An easy way to get this is to start a race between the two of you, make sure you turned off the traffic, and then head to the I-88. Stay in oncoming while boosting and you will eventually reach your 20x burnout with little trouble, just make sure that you do not crash into the toll booths. Once both of you have gotten that achievement feel free to finish the race, but make sure to give each other enough time to finish.
Alternate winning races from there until both of you have won 10 races, but make sure that you let each other finish each race also so that you finish a total of 20 races. From here the two of you should make an attempt to finish all of the two player challenges. If you like you can also get as many of the two player timed challenges done that you are capable of. Do not worry about the bike challenges at all, they are just for fun. If you happen to have the Cops and Robbers pack, you can also achievement trade with that. Just set it to one round, let one person be the cop and the other person be the robber and let one of you win. Then redo that letting the other person win. After that, switch from cop to robber and robber to cop and repeat. If you have the Big Surf Island downloadable content the next thing that you will want to do is go through the 10 online island challenges. You should now have 800 if you have the Party Pack, the Cops and Robbers downloadable content, and Big Surf Island.
Step #5: General Online
The rest of the online is pretty much cleaning up achievements in whatever order they become available. Depending on who you join online, you could end up doing just about anything, but always try to take advantage of the situation. If they happen to be doing races, take advantage of it and try to go for the win, especially if there are eight players. While racing, takedowns are also a bonus. If there are stunt runs or marked mans then take advantage of people taking each other down to get some extra mug shots. Just try to focus more on the people with cameras. If they are doing challenges get as many in as possible. Quite often people will be friendly enough to do ones that both of you need, so ask for them if you happen to have a mic. In the occasion that people are just being stupid taking each other down when you do not want them to, just play along so that you can try to make more rivals until you get fifty. This is also a good opportunity to trade more mugshots. In the rare occasion that the other players are doing nothing from which you can benefit achievement wise this is a good chance to work on your showtime scores and your road rule time scores.
If someone else happens to be working on them also and you both have cameras try beating each other’s to trade even more mugshots. In the rare occasion that you run out of stuff to do try leading a bunch of the games scores such as most near misses in one go, most oncoming, biggest flatspin, etc. If you can lead six of the scores, which pop up in the upper right corner of the screen, when there are eight players there you get an achievement. This is usually not too difficult unless someone else is trying to do this too. You want to make sure that you have attained 500 takedowns, completed all roadrules, sent 50 snapshots, received 50 snapshots (maximum of 20 can go towards each type of snapshot as viewable in “The Lineup), completed 250 challenges, completed two sections of freeburn car challenges which can be most easily done with two players and three players, and have completed all specific instructions in this section.
Step #6: Big Surf Island
This step can be skipped if you do not have the Big Surf Island downloadable content. There a few things to do here but they do not need to be completed in any particular order. You will need to find all of the island events. There is an event at each intersection that has traffic lights. They should not take to long to find if you just drive down each street from one end to the other end. The next step is to find 20 island smashes and 15 island billboards. To find them just drive around watching for the glowing red. Considering that these are just small fractions of the totals you should find them in no time at all at times even by accident. The last thing that you will need to do is to take the Crash TV Ski Jump and manage to get 4.5 seconds of air time off of it. Just about any car stunt type car should work and many other cars will to. A good suggestion would be the Carson Duststorm that you will start off with on the island. To find the ski jump just head east from the island’s only junkyard. Right before the first major bend in the road you should see to off road trails and a billboard in between them, you will want to take the left path. Follow the paths while sticking to the left and you will quickly notice a sign that says ski jump. Take the ski jump at full speed acquiring 4.5 seconds of air time and you will be done the island.
Step #5: Final Cleanup
If you have completed everything up until now and do not have all of the achievements, here are some possibilities. Check your discoverables section in the game menu and make sure that everything is found. If you have not yet earned a 10x multiplier in showtime this can easily be accomplished by starting showtime in an area with lots of buses, there are lots of these in the mountains to the west, and focus on hitting them, if you run out of buses continue down the road hitting cars to keep up your boost making sure to hit any buses that come down the road.
Due to having completed enough challenges you should have earned a 100% power park rating. If you have not, there is an easy way to do this. It is a common misconception that you have to spin your car around into the parking space but this is wrong. It is possible to go straight in between two cars and just use the handbrake to straighten the car out. This technique is helpful for some and confusing for some, if it works for you it can be quite helpful although extra space can be sometimes required to slow down enough. A 2x barrel roll should also have been achieved. An update has been added that automatically levels out your car. To keep the car rolling hold the in the direction that you happen to be spinning until two rolls have been completed and then level it out. An easy place to do this can be found at the quarry among several other places throughout the game.
You should now have every achievement that is available to you. This can be an entertaining and rewarding game to play. Overall, this is not too hard of a game to complete, it just requires time. The biggest variable for how long it takes to complete this is how cooperative the other players online are which varies greatly. Lastly, the only thing preventing you from completing the achievements 100% is that you will require an Xbox Live Vision Camera and some of the downloadable content.