Excerpt: "Need For Speed – Shift puhaltaa puhkikuluneeseen brändiin uutta eloa. Se vie luksusautoilla kaahailun pois naiiveista katukisoista, kohti suljettuja, oikeasta maailmasta lainattuja autoratoja. Pelisuunnittelun painopiste on muovisen katu-uskottavuuden sijaan realismissa ja immersiivisessä ajokokemuksessa, mikä näkyy mm. hienosti mallinnettuina virtuaaliohjaamoina sekä uskottavasti toteutettuna ajofysiikkana.
Pros: + Ajotuntuma, + Toimivat virtuaaliohjaamot
Cons: - Tekoäly ajaa romurallia, - Ajan kelaus puuttuu, - Vauriomallinnus voisi olla parempi
Summary: The Need for Speed franchise has had its wheels stuck in the mud as of late. With Shift, EA abandons the arcade racing of the series in favor of a solid racing sim in the vein of Forza that offers a lot of content, from fast cars to great track variety. The core driving experience is a drastic change from previous titles, moving the series away from easy arcade play to a gritty challenge.
Excerpt: It’s no secret that the Need for Speed series has been driving all over the place. NFS Underground , NFS Hot Pursuit , NFS Carbon and NFS ProStreet were drastically different from each other, encompassing gameplay types as varied as police chases and dragster street races. Now, with yet another adjustment, one more variation can be added to that list with the release of Need for Speed SHIFT .
Excerpt: When EA announced the direction for their next Need For Speed racing game, I’ll admit I was a little concerned with their aim to focus on the ‘racing experience’ and tilt the overall theme of the game towards more of a simulation approach, while still retaining the ‘jump in and race’ arcade feeling of previous entries to the long running series.
Conclusion: Shift certainly isn’t perfect nor is it as realistically accurate as it wants to be. What it does do, however, is make you almost feel the g-forces of racing and encapsulates that adrenaline rush like no other game of its genre – this alone makes it essential for racing fans. The fact I am saying that about a Need For Speed title is complimentary in its own right.
Conclusion: Concept: The Need for Speed series goes more sim, and ends up going down the same one-way street
Graphics: When you crash the screen goes hazy and grey for a few seconds to simulate your disorientation
Sound: Nothing you haven’t heard from every racing game going up and down the street
Playability: I really didn’t like the HUD, from the race map to the Driver Profile updates that splash up on the screen
Entertainment: This game gets you revved up pretty easy, but you...
Summary: Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers, delivering an authentic and immersive driving experience.