Posts Tagged ‘EA’

Shift can beat ‘sterile Gran Turismo 5’ – EA

Patrick Soderlund, a senior vice-president at EA, spoke with "Computer and Video Games" about the Need For Speed: Shift series, and his confidence that it will defeat the Gran Turismo series in driving authenticity.

Our idea is that if we can offer the most authentic driving experience and portray what it feels like being inside a race car, then I think that's where we can excel and where we absolutely will beat them [Gran Turismo]. That I know for sure.

EA is throwing down the gauntlet. Between the NFS Shift series and the Forza series on the Xbox 360, if Polyphony Digital steps up to the plate, we could certainly be seeing some absolutely amazing console-based driving/racing simulators in the coming years.

Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED announced

EA has announced a sequel to the successful Need For Speed: Shift, called Shift 2 Unleashed, planned to release in Spring of 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. The game will still incorporate the features that made the original game a success, as well as the new "autolog" social networking feature found in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED features an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul that puts the player in the heart of the racing action. With an innovative helmet camera view simulating the physical experience of driving at 200mph, the thrilling experience of night racing and authentic degradation of tracks and cars, this is tomorrow’s sim for today’s adrenaline fueled racer. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED also incorporates the next generation of Need for Speed Autolog – the groundbreaking network that connects friends for epic head-to-head races and compares player stats for the ultimate social racing competition.

And here, for your viewing pleasure, is the trailer video for NFS:S2U

The full text of EA's press release can be found beneath the "read more" link.

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Medal Of Honor

Game: Medal Of Honor
System: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Release: October 2010

I have played through the campaign on normal, and attempted two levels of Tier 1 (a hardcore SP mode). I have also played some multiplayer, but not enough to make a valid critique.

Medal of Honor. A series that sparked the World War II craze in the first person shooter genre. A franchise that started with such promise yet fell far behind the giants: Call of Duty and Halo. Now EA is attempting to reboot the series by telling the story of a modern conflict. The developers at EALA are very proud of the campaign story (MP was done by DICE studios), and the realistic depiction of the current war in Afghanistan. Did they succeed? Will this title be the rebirth of Medal of Honor, or will it become the final nail in the coffin?

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IGN reviews Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Ryan Geddes over at IGN has put up his review of the latest installment of the Need For Speed series, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit is pure over-the-top driving entertainment. The cars and environments are gorgeous, the crashes are spectacular, and the new Autolog feature breathes new life into the time-honored tradition of video game competition among friends. The single-player races can become somewhat repetitive and there are some presentation issues, but overall, Hot Pursuit is a blast. If you’re looking for a high-octane racer that grabs on tight but doesn’t take itself too seriously, give this one a shot.

IGN: Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Review

Demo Review: NFS Hot Pursuit

Both the Crown Vic and 370z handle horribly. They're not F1 cars, but driving them feels like you're trying to navigate a Panamax shipping boat. Not surprisingly, the AI rubberbands if you wreck or spin. Also, unless you have a friend who has downloaded the demo, the other race track is locked out. Since no one I know plays these kind of games, I'm SOL. Good job EA.

NFS:HP is like Facebook and a racing game had a baby. It's shiny, vapid, and wants you to water their Farmville crops. Not very impressed.