As a HUGE fan of the first game, everything I see about Shift 2 has me drooling or batting-off. While not the greatest experience with a wheel, with a controller plugged in I find that Shift gave me more of a visceral thrill than Forza 3, GT5 or any other racing game... and I'm pretty sure this isn't just me when I say it's the best looking racer to ever grace our screens on Xbox or PC. Shift 2 will also include Autolog, the 'offline is the new online' stat-tracking system first seen in NFS Hot Pursuit and confirmed by the publisher as being 'part of the NFS-DNA'.
Shift 2 (thank you Wikipedia) Developer: Slightly Mad Studios Executive Producer: Marcus Nilsson (you know, that guy from DICE) Release Date: 29/3/11 Platform: PC, 360, PS3
Cool - maybe I'll leave my hardcore simmin on the PC and pick this up on the xbox. Will be interesting to see a comparison of it running on different hardware. Does indeed sounds like a game more suited to a controller.
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One of the vids does have a dev stating they have extensively reworked the handling on the higher-speed vehicles. My main issue with Shift on the G25 was that playing against mates with a controller was a losing proposition because the steering was so ridiculously twitchy.
Went back and played some Shift today, so damn fun.
**** me this is the FIRST time i've ever been excited about a NFS game that gameplay video alone send shivers down my spine, i just hope it's not a major let down like the first shift (considering the engine the game uses is created by simbin) it so much potential but it went no where.
Using no assists, manual + clutch on a G25. - The FFB is almost non-existant even on 100%. - The car feels like it has basically no contact with the ground. - The car handling overall is quite 'floaty'. - Helmet cam sucks, it's too hard to judge corners properly, and makes the car handling feel even more floaty than normal. - The menus are retarded. - The fat dude in the videos is annoying. Reminds me of how much I hated DiRT 2's constant talking from 'professional' (read; annoying) race-car drivers. - The game auto sets it to automatic transmission for the first race with AI cars if you don't set the top time on the initial 2 laps, and there's no way to change it until you complete the race and listen to that annoying fatty some more. - AI cars are still too aggressive, like the first SHIFT.
That's all I can think of so far, and I've only done is the first 4 races of the career.
Bought a Focus ST, did some minor upgrades... raced a bit, got annoyed with the car handling and AI.
Most realistic racer ever, my ****. What a horrible marketing strategy. Also they misspelled the game title... need to remove the F.
They've said so often it's about simulating the experience so for them now to attempt to have it looked at as a sim is a bit disappointing.
IDGAF in the end, I know I'm going to enjoy it because I loved the original. Was comparable to GRiD imo but eminently more enjoyable. Now I need Forza 4 (slated for April wtf), F1 2011 and DiRT 3 and my racing needs are satisfied for the year.