Summary: It’s yet another racing game for the new Symbian platform! It makes a lot of sense for Nokia to ensure this genre is strongly represented – it shows off the graphical capability of the N8 (and the rest of the devices in that family, including the C7) and they are strong brand names that give the platform legitimacy. Even though it’s more 'arcadey' that GT Racing: Motor Academy ( reviewed here ), Need for Speed: Shift feels a touch more realistic and a lot more fun.
Excerpt: When EA announced that it would be giving its Need for Speed games more development time to ensure the series would become known for quality, the racing community clapped politely, but weren't hysterical. Over the years the franchise has had far more critical flops than hits, with the arcade brilliance displayed in Most Wanted generally being overshadowed by the mediocrity of ProStreet and Undercover.
Excerpt: Nothing makes you feel less manly than seeing some suped up car go past with a group of friends and, as they rave on about ‘horse power’, ‘nought to sixty’ and ‘dump valves’, about the only thing you can interject into the discussion is something like ‘yeah, what lovely racing stripes.’.
Pros: Great 1st person view, Excellent graphics, Can feel the speed
Excerpt: games started out on the PC, and after a grueling yearly cycle for the last five-plus years and sales starting to dwindle, EA decided it was time to change up one of their longest-running franchises.
Excerpt: The Need for Speed games started out on the PC, and after a grueling yearly cycle for the last five-plus years and sales starting to dwindle, EA decided it was time to change up one of their longest-running franchises. They've split everything up into three teams creating entirely distinct games under the NFS banner and decided that at least one of them should get away from the illegal street racing theme that's dominated arcade-style racing for almost the last decade.
Excerpt: Racing games are a tricky bunch. Get too arcade-ish and purists start to complain, but get too sim-heavy and you risk alienating a huge group of casual gamers . Need for Speed: Shift attempts to find a happy medium between these two worlds, and while it is a valiant effort – the game never really manages to get either right. What results is a fun yet unfinished feeling of racing that somehow manages to alienate both groups of racing fans.
Conclusion: I will have to say that NFS:S has met and gone beyond my expectations. I always thought that the game wouldnt be a sucess as EA was releasing too many NFS games in a short span of time. And releasing more and more games which did not get a good review, made me think that the new one will be the same as the old ones.
Excerpt: Okay, hands up who’s been let down or disappointed by a Need For Speed game in recent years. Alright put your hands down. It’s no secret that the NFS franchise, although reasonably popular with the masses has lost the faith with some in the racing genre community. Full credit to EA for evolving the series and trying new things with their NFS releases. But they’ve been missing that ‘wow’ factor, that special something that makes it hard to put the game down.
Excerpt: Серию Need for Speed при всем желании не получается оценить однозначно. Проблема в том, что качественные игры этой линейки получаются ровно раз в два года. Underground — самый революционный для серии проект; вторая часть не принесла ничего нового, кроме свободного, пусть и мертвого, мира.
Excerpt: Все автогонки можно грубо разделить на две категории: симулятор и аркада. Первые стремятся дать игроку аутентичное удовольствие от управления виртуальным суперкаром, вторые делают то же самое, только без слова «аутентичное».