The reason for a HDD is because Paradise needs to do a bunch of environment caching and streaming to make the online experience as buttery smooth as possible. But before you jump on EA's back for hiding such an important detail, know that that they didn't. It actually says, clear as day on the back of the box, that online multiplayer requires a HDD. So, no fault to them. We just wish Microsoft would mandate a giant "HDD Required for (insert word here)" sticker on the front of the game box. Though, we're sure Microsoft wouldn't want that either. It wouldn't be feng shui. Then again, no sticker would fix the "problem" that Burnout Paradise online play requires a HDD. Sorry Xbox Arcade owners, we feel for you.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
2-01-2008 @ 12:19PM
next gen games without harddrive caching is a joke.
2-01-2008 @ 12:24PM
I feel the lack of the HDD severly limits games that could be played on the 360. This is one reason the PS3 hasn't went under yet and is now gaining momentum.
Yes it sucks for those who have a none HDD 360, but don't whine, complain, and hold back developers who want to make games that require a HDD.
2-01-2008 @ 3:11PM
If the requirement actually held back developers, they wouldn't have been able to do it. I find more disturbing the fact that there is no local or LAN multi-player so I can play my wife now, or later when the next Burnout comes out and EA shuts down their crappy servers.
2-01-2008 @ 3:13PM
If that wasn't clear, what I meant was that when they shut down their servers, there will be NO multi-player. Even though my friends own the game there isn't any type of LAN support to force you to buy the next version.
2-02-2008 @ 5:49PM
Surely you can find other ways of taking down your wife up against a wall.
2-01-2008 @ 12:26PM
I guess I'm crazy, but I could have sworn online gameplay IN GENERAL always required the HDD. How is this different? At the least, in order to play a game online you have to be able to download the latest patches to the game which requires the HDD, so relying on being able to play online without one seems rather naive to me...
2-01-2008 @ 2:13PM
Yeah, you have to have a harddrive to connect to Xbox Live anyways, so this "news" is pretty much pointless.
Also I bought a Core at first then a harddrive seperatly but if people bitch so much about buying a harddrive then they should've just saved up for the Premium in the first place because its a better value too
2-01-2008 @ 2:33PM
uh, no, i'm pretty sure you can get on xbl with a memory card. i'm not too sure about downloading patches and all that jazz, but i know you can at least connect without an hdd
2-01-2008 @ 12:27PM
People without hard drives buy games and want to play them online? I didn't know that they could afford the games, let alone Live.
2-01-2008 @ 1:08PM
You're one judgmental retard.
2-01-2008 @ 12:50PM
MS could technically create a 4GB Mem unit for around $35 to $50 with 1GB for the user and the rest for caching....
And its not caking btw.....
2-01-2008 @ 12:51PM
Honestly who doesn't have a hard drive for their 360 yet?
2-01-2008 @ 12:56PM
Who cares if you don't have a HD i doubt very much you're very interested in online anyway, what with all the downloads and updates to games and what not.
2-01-2008 @ 1:13PM
hmmm who would care about not having a hard drive
oh i dunno, maybe all the people who bought the Xbox Arcade because it was 300$, and they were like 'oh i think me/my kids/my brother-in law/my uncle in california would like this for xmas' and now they can't play a game that they want because of the perpetual ass raping microsoft likes to give to its user base.
oh and fyi I have an xbox elite
2-01-2008 @ 2:00PM
Urmom your totally full of crap. Thats like saying you bought a car and your angry that it didnt come with power steering. You didnt research the product before laying $300 of your hard earned money down, then your a chump. I hate how people blame companies for their own idiocy.
2-01-2008 @ 2:42PM
well before this generation, nobody ever opened up their new console and turned it on only to see on the screen a big "LOL!!!" i mean, how can the average consumer (who sure as hell doesn't visit this website) be aware that their core xbox is missing a few features found in the other models? we all obviously know the ins and outs of the xbox sku's, but john q public probably doesn't. it's cheaper and still technically an xbox, he thinks what the hell does he need a hdd for, right?
2-01-2008 @ 3:18PM
When the Playstation, Saturn, Dreamcast, and Playstation 2 came out, you couldn't save a game unless you bought a memory card. For the PS2, you also had to buy a modem to go online. You don't need a memory card or HDD to use most of the features of the 360 (you can even stream media from a PC without one), but if you want to use them all, it does help.
2-01-2008 @ 1:13PM
who cares... also, u you can't have future DLC or many game saves without a hard drive anyway. whoever has no hardrive, has probably never played on live anyway
2-01-2008 @ 1:23PM
Microsoft didn't make the game.
You can still play this game without a hard drive, so your uncles and nephews can still enjoy your X-Box Arcade on your SDTV in the sticks, or wherever.
2-01-2008 @ 1:27PM
does this game have any local multiplayer over a LAN?