Posts Tagged ‘Need For Speed’

Defending Gran Turismo’s AI.

Someone's got to do it.

Someone's got to stand up for the numb and unresponsive AI.  The black mark on Gran Turismo's otherwise stellar name.  Polyphony Digital's own Edsel.

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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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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.