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Need for Speed: Shift Review

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Musicboffin 18th September 2009, 10:50 Quote
I think you'll find it's a "Whole new ball game"
Combatus 18th September 2009, 11:18 Quote
;)
BentAnat 18th September 2009, 11:22 Quote
Compared to Forza?
Graphics aside (i don't care), how Sim-my is this? we talking tyre pressure making a difference or we talking more GRID?
Dave Lister 18th September 2009, 11:30 Quote
I always found real life driving much easier than game driving so i will be sticking to racers like grid.
This game sounds alot like the gran turismo games on playstation.
BentAnat 18th September 2009, 11:38 Quote
from the review it sounds like a bit of a schizophrenic mix of PGR and Forza...
Combatus 18th September 2009, 11:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by BentAnat
Compared to Forza?
Graphics aside (i don't care), how Sim-my is this? we talking tyre pressure making a difference or we talking more GRID?

Yes we are talking tyre pressure making a difference - this is adjustable in the tuning options. It's much more realistic than GRID.
Naberius 18th September 2009, 11:52 Quote
This has to be the best need for speed game in some time, although the steering doesn't feel quite as direct as it does in a real car. Still a huge improvement over the past 5/6 games.
wuyanxu 18th September 2009, 12:39 Quote
is it me playing too much GRID or Shift is really, really hard to turn?

the damage model doesn't change much compared to Grid, and doesn't affect performance enough even on Full damage.

apart from those, it is the best non-police NFS ever! Most Wanted is the best police orientated NFS while Shift is the best racing NFS.

what i love about it is the tweaked controls, unlike Grid, controls with this has been made very easy to wave in-out of cars at relative high speed.

anyone else noticed PhysX on the DVD? does this game use PhysX at all? i don't see any settings and the game slows down when a lot of cars crash into each other.
V3ctor 18th September 2009, 12:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu

anyone else noticed PhysX on the DVD? does this game use PhysX at all? i don't see any settings and the game slows down when a lot of cars crash into each other.

That's your graphics card screaming :D:D Still love GRID, this seams a good option... I'm waiting on Dirt2 for PC and HD5870... Hen I'll see what to buy
Teq 18th September 2009, 13:35 Quote
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You'll also get points for being aggressive and adopting a Michael Schumacher style of driving so trading paint, causing other drivers to spin out and blocking will see you progress through the ranks too.

Jason Plato surely? You can't easily trade paint in a Formula One car...
Claave 18th September 2009, 14:12 Quote
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You'll also get points for being aggressive and adopting a Michael Schumacher style of driving so trading paint, causing other drivers to spin out and blocking will see you progress through the ranks too.

Jason Plato surely? You can't easily trade paint in a Formula One car...

Kazuki Nakajima begs to differ... :D
OWNED66 18th September 2009, 14:13 Quote
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FU bit-tech u gave it a 7 how dare you
this rapes GRID

emm opps
i ment WTF not FU
ehh sry
M7ck 18th September 2009, 14:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Teq
Jason Plato surely? You can't easily trade paint in a Formula One car...

Mr Schumacher has 'traded paint' on several occasions (quite a lot deliberatly). Villeneuve and Hill are the two that spring to mind.
Bindibadgi 18th September 2009, 14:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by OWNED66
emm opps
i ment WTF not FU
ehh sry

1) You can edit your posts (bottom right hand corner)

2) You are entitled to your opinion and I see you withdrew the comment but the first one was overstepping to trollish behaviour and has been removed.

3) Constructively please, tell us why.



4) You have a full keyboard in front of you and ten fingers: USE them. ;)
Combatus 18th September 2009, 14:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Teq
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You'll also get points for being aggressive and adopting a Michael Schumacher style of driving so trading paint, causing other drivers to spin out and blocking will see you progress through the ranks too.

Jason Plato surely? You can't easily trade paint in a Formula One car...

Well I wasn't really refering to all three, but surely he's a contender for latter two! ;)
Combatus 18th September 2009, 14:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by OWNED66
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Originally Posted by OWNED66
FU bit-tech u gave it a 7 how dare you
this rapes GRID

emm opps
i ment WTF not FU
ehh sry

Shift was slightly dissapointing visually compared to GRID which is also a much older game. Realism and gameplay are good, yes but we have to consider everything. It has something for everyone but chances are because of that you'll find something you don't like too.
The Growler 18th September 2009, 15:30 Quote
While I normally tend to agree with your reviews, this is the second one in the last few weeks I have to disagree with (the first being Wolfenstein). I think Shift looks great (maybe you need to dump the AMD cards and go with Invidia?). You have the ability to tweak the settings to make the driving as realistic or as arcade as you want and if you want to run practice laps with your own cars, just go to "quick race" and set the number of opponents to "0". You not only get to practice on different tracks with your own cars, you can make a few bucks (quid) too.
Buy the way, I thought Wolfenstein was great and you didn't give it the credit it deserved.
The boy 4rm oz 18th September 2009, 16:22 Quote
I have been looking forward to this ever since they released the fail that they called "Undercover".
OWNED66 18th September 2009, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
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Originally Posted by OWNED66
emm opps
i ment WTF not FU
ehh sry

1) You can edit your posts (bottom right hand corner)

2) You are entitled to your opinion and I see you withdrew the comment but the first one was overstepping to trollish behaviour and has been removed.

3) Constructively please, tell us why.



4) You have a full keyboard in front of you and ten fingers: USE them. ;)

well it feels like grid looks ,better than grid, u can tune ur car and feel more life like when ur in the drivers seat
isnt that enough for an 8
and i still dont know how to edit can u upload a pic and post a link of it
sry again
knuck 18th September 2009, 16:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by The boy 4rm oz
I have been looking forward to this ever since they released the fail that they called "Undercover".

which unfortunately didn't go undercover


... see what I did there ? :D
tron 18th September 2009, 16:53 Quote
This is definitely the best Need For Speed.

I like the 'simulation' direction. Skill is required for a game like this.

But I think the arcadish point system is 'pointless'. The rewards for bad driving and 'trading paint' would more suit a game like GTA. Also, trading paint is easy. Anyone can trade paint. A 3 year old kid can trade paint. I wouldn't expect a reward for crap driving. I would also agree with the review in terms of the graphics lacking. Some of the graphics are very bland and in need of some serious HDR or something.

Since the previous Need For Speed 'Undercover', I completely wrote them off, as the games were starting to get too far fetched and very unchallenging and boring. I'm not sure if Shift can be a pound for pound GRID beater, but it's definitely an 'Undercover', 'Underground', 'Most wanted' and 'Carbon' destroyer.
impar 18th September 2009, 17:14 Quote
Greetings!

PC demo is out.
Combatus 18th September 2009, 17:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by The Growler
While I normally tend to agree with your reviews, this is the second one in the last few weeks I have to disagree with (the first being Wolfenstein). I think Shift looks great (maybe you need to dump the AMD cards and go with Invidia?). You have the ability to tweak the settings to make the driving as realistic or as arcade as you want and if you want to run practice laps with your own cars, just go to "quick race" and set the number of opponents to "0". You not only get to practice on different tracks with your own cars, you can make a few bucks (quid) too.
Buy the way, I thought Wolfenstein was great and you didn't give it the credit it deserved.

We've actually run it on several systems, both using high end ATI and Nvidia cards not including the one EA had ready for us when we did a hands on preview earlier this month. Running side by side with consoles that day I can honestly say they look better because they have more HDR when the PC version is much more sterile. I didn't say it looks crap though, it's just a few elements spoil what's otherwise a great looking game and imho GRID and Dirt 2 look better.
SchizoFrog 18th September 2009, 18:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus

Running side by side with consoles that day I can honestly say they look better because they have more HDR when the PC version is much more sterile. I didn't say it looks crap though, it's just a few elements spoil what's otherwise a great looking game and imho GRID and Dirt 2 look better.

Something is definately wrong somewhere either with your eyes or with the game for a PC version to look weaker than a console. But then EA hates the PC anyway so I guess it is no real surprise. THIS is the real reason for a fall in PC games sales... not the lame whinging about piracy.
BioSniper 18th September 2009, 18:58 Quote
Interesting. In Page 3 it says about the FOV being wide, this makes me think that the reviewer spent the predominant quantity of the review playing with ONLY the outside view.
From all the other reviews I've read the game only really starts to shine when viewing from inside the car as that's how it was initially designed (or something like that).
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