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Post by Dan @ 11:05am 28/03/11 | 34 Comments
EA have released a launch trailer for Shift 2: Unleashed as the latest Need for Speed branded simulation racing game preps for its worldwide launch in the coming days.
Frighteningly authentic physics and degradation of tracks and cars, thrilling night racing, and an eye-watering sense of speed combined with the helmet camera puts you right in the heart in the action. Feel every scrape, bump, and burn out in an all-out fight to the finish line.

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED sets the bar for realistic racing and gives all the excitement and exhilaration of race day in a groundbreaking authentic experience.
Watch the video below or click here for the HD option.

Shift 2: Unleashed is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Australia on March 31st 2011.






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Outlaw
Posted 11:11am 28/3/11
mmm... night time racing
elk
Posted 11:40am 28/3/11
what happened to the time of illegal racing in nfs (unhappy face) EA has really screwed NFS for me
Sc00bs
Posted 11:43am 28/3/11
im assumin u meant march 31st, not march 13st?

looks alright, wonder if it will handle like the usual s*** nfs games
Dan
Posted 12:19pm 28/3/11
what happened to the time of illegal racing in nfs (unhappy face) EA has really screwed NFS for me
That would be Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Shift is the simulation series, and EA seem to be trying to both continue to leverage the Need for Speed brand for Shift but distance itself from it at the same time, it's weird.

I only put Need for Speed in the headline for the benefit or people that might not be aware that it's technically a Need for Speed game. Here's the box art http://www.ausgamers.com/gameres/5233/images/source/shft2ulepcpftfront.jpg

Compare that to the art from the original shift: http://www.ausgamers.com/gameres/4722/images/source/nfsshiftpcpftfront.jpg

im assumin u meant march 31st, not march 13st?
Heh, thirteenst! Cheers.
Winston
Posted 11:53am 28/3/11
Appears to have no LAN play, which means I'll be skipping this as I did Hot Pursuit.
Outlaw
Posted 12:04pm 28/3/11
If you think NFS Shift is anything like NFS Hot Pursuit you are very mis-informed.
Shift series is nothing like the rest of NFS series.
Sc00bs
Posted 12:21pm 28/3/11
shift is where they care more about the inside c***pit car models than the gameplay
Outlaw
Posted 12:23pm 28/3/11
you are very misinformed.
Sc00bs
Posted 12:26pm 28/3/11
nah i remember playing shift and it was horrible to handle, physics where s*** house and the only thing they promoted in the promo videos was the inside view of the cars and how pretty it was.

NFS isnt a racing simulator franchise its a buy a car spend money on doin it up and take it 200km into a corner and somehow make it around. If ppl want realistic driving games they will buy gt5 or forza, nfs is completely missing their customer base with these games imo
Enska
Posted 12:38pm 28/3/11
If you think NFS Shift is anything like NFS Hot Pursuit you are very mis-informed.
Shift series is nothing like the rest of NFS series.


Who said they were both alike? I see no mention of that ITT.

Shift was cool, It nailed the whole racing feel so much better than GT5 imo.
Physics are another story all together but the atmosphere of it was great.

Edit* - Lulz, How do you reckon it would stand up against those two games scoobs? I think the devs are smart in balancing the game on the edge between the arcade and sim market.
Outlaw
Posted 01:00pm 28/3/11
I don't want a 100% simulation nor do I want another Underground1/2/Carbon/ProStreet/Hot Pursuit.
I own Shift(ps3) and I find your comments sc00b quite boggling.
The sounds, environment and even the way the car handles when you bank or hit another car or wall in Shift is like no other racing game I've played.

I don't want a car game where i can just hold down accel and bounce off the walls with my 800horse pwoered $1million $$ car rep
Fixah
Posted 01:28pm 28/3/11
After NFS3 Hot Pursuit i just couldn't keep up with all those dime a dozen titles..

Need for Speed: High Stakes/Need for Speed: Road Challenge (1999)
Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed/Need for Speed: Porsche 2000 (2000)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (2002)
Need for Speed: Underground (2003)
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)
Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)
Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007)
Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)
Need for Speed: Shift (2009)
Need for Speed: Nitro (2009)
Need for Speed: World (2010)
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
Shift 2: Unleashed (2011)

I think the only ones I gave a decent go was Underground and Most Wanted which I both enjoyed. The rest (excluding shift which i haven't touched) looked meh and totally skipped them.
Dan
Posted 01:37pm 28/3/11
2010 Hot Pursuit is worth a look if you like your arcade racing games. Unlike the rest of the NSF stable, it was developed at Criterion, so it's a pretty good meld of the Need for Speed and Criterion's Burnout games.
skythra
Posted 02:18pm 28/3/11
nah i remember playing shift and it was horrible to handle, physics where s*** house and the only thing they promoted in the promo videos was the inside view of the cars and how pretty it was.

Shift was s***. Regretted the purchase very very quickly. My weel felt unlinked to the car and they rewarded you after every race with damages that other s***head drivers hit you with.

I didn't want to race because i didn't want the f***ed up s*** house AI to ram my car while I had no money. But that was the point of the game. So i didn't want to play the game. All that was left was to uninstall the c***.

I loved underground 1 and 2. Best games ever (in the NFS series IMO). I'd just drive around for the sake of it, was perfectly arcadey enough to pick up by friends and family on the wheel intuitively but complicated enough to keep you fighting the wheel in tough fought races. I'd play them again.

Edit: not best game ever by a long way, but i enjoyed it
I also played NFS Prostreet and completed it on the xbox with a controller. It was actually quite fun but no underground. They didn't give many achieve points iirc. All the points were for racing online, and i didn't think it was really a competitive game..
Sc00bs
Posted 02:33pm 28/3/11
I own Shift(ps3) and I find your comments sc00b quite boggling.

yer i played it on ps3 at a mates house and thought it was total dog balls, was too arcady to be a sim but not arcady enough to have fun on (like underground 1&2)

each to their own, u might like fat black chicks, whereas i like tight blondes
Dethon
Posted 02:49pm 28/3/11

each to their own, u might like fat black chicks, whereas i like tight blondes


I'll have one of each thanks.
Khel
Posted 02:52pm 28/3/11
Snakes frighten me, scary movies frighten me, but I dunno, authentic physics rarely frighten me.
Outlaw
Posted 02:54pm 28/3/11
You played at your boyfriends and thought his dogballs were to arcady and not sim enough for you Scoob??what?

Skythra: Im not surprised you didnt enjoy it. Racing on a PC offline? ehh

I didn't want to race because i didn't want the f***ed up s*** house AI to ram my car while I had no money. But that was the point of the game. So i didn't want to play the game. All that was left was to uninstall the c***.
er.. oh god. You can drive agreesive or passive. They have a point system for both. And Its practically impossible to run out of money, they give you hundreds of races in different tiers. Sounds like you didnt play it for long.
Sc00bs
Posted 03:27pm 28/3/11
you are one witty mofo outlaw, i see how u change a few words around and came up with a totally funny comment :/

its just a s*** game deal with it
Trauma
Posted 03:29pm 28/3/11
Looking forward to this, shift is the best the NFS series has had in a long while.
Outlaw
Posted 03:34pm 28/3/11
you are one witty mofo outlaw, i see how u change a few words around and came up with a totally funny comment :/

its just a s*** game deal with it



This coming from somebody who reviews games by going to his friends house and playing it for a minute on his console.

Youre a s*** reviewer. You shouldnt comment when you have nfi
Kf
Posted 03:39pm 28/3/11
Any news on the Steam version?
Enska
Posted 04:32pm 28/3/11
Lulz

Outlaw, the number 1 shift fanboi for life. Way to turn a half decent discussion into insults f***tard.

+1 to Steam info, do want.
Gaz
Posted 02:26pm 29/3/11
Developers really done a great job with their research to get the atmosphere spot-on with the lighting for the night racing.. a big kudos.

Compared to GT5 or any other before it this has the most natural look and feel.

Line-up of cars is spectacular even though it can't compete with that of GT/Forza.
Sc00bs
Posted 11:30pm 30/3/11
was bored so i aquired this last night, god i hope this game drives better either with a wheel or on console, cause its totally gumby on pc with keyboard.

3rd person view sucks car is so sensitive and the drifting is really wierd. Really feels like you need a wheel.

graphics are pretty and inside car view is nice as usual, the helmet view is so hard to drive with cause he moves his head in the car and u have to compensate how much u turn. on the other hand lookin out the side window while driftin is pretty cool.

from what i played its no gt5 or forza tho, maybe some tweaking and a wheel would make it better :/
Crakaveli
Posted 11:52pm 30/3/11
yeah driving with keyboard is retarded. if you lose traction you just end up with a tank slapper because you cant change direction quick enough.
BladeHunter
Posted 08:56am 31/3/11
I think the only ones I gave a decent go was Underground and Most Wanted which I both enjoyed. The rest (excluding shift which i haven't touched) looked meh and totally skipped them.


You should try Carbon too, I only really liked Underground and Most Wanted but then I tried Carbon and it has similarities.

Shift took me AGES to get used to the driving physics, by the time I was used to it I was over it.
Trauma
Posted 09:01am 31/3/11
Scoobs really... Clicky
euphoria
Posted 09:10am 31/3/11
What's the name of the song in the vid?
Trauma
Posted 05:13pm 31/3/11
What's the name of the song in the vid?

Help is on the way by Rise Against. Album cover at the end of the vid.
euphoria
Posted 09:42pm 31/3/11
Thanks Trauma!
glynd
Posted 09:50pm 31/3/11
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaVLq0Xwj3U&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_820481

Song in the video is heavily remixed ... early Rise Against is awesome.
EniGma
Posted 10:42pm 31/3/11
Forza > *

Even with a wheel Shift isn't that great.
Turn in is kinda slow. Then at high speeds it's overly sensitive.

Drifting feels really unnatural, kinda like you're fighting for control of the car. =\

Graphics and sound are top notch though!
Brilliant s***.

It'll be interesting how this one will go, since they are featuring Mad Mike's RX8. They better get that quad rotor noise right!
Strik3r
Posted 10:56pm 31/3/11
i would have sex with a very ugly girl for a 24b quad rotor to drop into an FD RZ
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