One of the drawbacks associated with pirated copies of PC games is the inability to play online. Even though game pirates manage to defeat the DRM protection in games and play the single player component without issues, a legitimate serial or CD-Key is almost always required to play online multiplayer. However this is not the case when it comes to recently released (and cracked) Burnout Paradise; You don’t need a CD-Key to play online!
So how can pirates play Burnout Paradise multiplayer? It seems to be very simple – you only need to have a free EA account. Even an EA account you created for previous betas or demo downloads should work. Note that you need to have Internet Explorer 7 in order to setup the multiplayer component online (this applies to both legitimate and pirated copies of the game).
Let’s hope that this does not hurt the game’s sales because Burnout Paradise seem to be one of the best PC optimized game engines to be released in the past 6 months. I did not experience any framerate slowdowns, crashes or any other annoyances that I encountered with several recently released poor PC ports (Saint’s Row 2, GTA 4, etc) Props to developers on this one – buy it if you can!
By the way, here is a common problems that you may have to deal with when trying to set up Burnout Paradise multiplayer:
You get the error message “burnout server isn't available” when trying to create an EA account though the in game menu
If you have PeerGuardian installed, disable it for now. PG seems to be blocking EA server’s IP range. If this still does not solve the problem, try disabling your firewall/add burnout to exceptions and try.