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Gran Turismo Has Competition Dubbed Need for Speed: Shift


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303w ago - For years the Gran Turismo franchise has been the king of driving simulators. From it's days on the PlayStation to it's last release Gran Turismo 5: Prologue.

It has usually been the best looking driving game on the market and the most realistic driving expierence for racing fans. Though the guys at EA, and Slightly Mad Studios have a game that's coming for Gran Turismo's crown.

The game is Need for Speed: Shift. Now over the past couple of years, the recent Need for Speed's have continually gotten worse and worse, but the guys at Slightly Mad Studio plan to change that trend. Members of the development team once worked at Simbin Studios, and worked on the GT Legends and GTR2 games.

The guys at Slightly Mad are taking this game in a slightly new direction. Instead of focusing on the street racing aspect that made Need for Speed famous, Shift is going towards a more realistic driving expierence; as seen in Forza and Gran Turismo.

The game is beautiful. This game will easily challenge Gran Turismo 5 as the most beautiful racing game when they both come out. In Shift, the driver will have an effective rear view mirror while in the cockpit view. You will even be able to see the reflection of opponents cars on your hood.

Unlike Gran Turismo, in Shift your cars will collect dust and dirt, and when the driver hits a wall or another car their car will be damaged. In past Gran Turismo's, this wasn't available. The inside of the cars will also be fully modeled down to the tee.

The game will come with between 60 and 100 cars at launch. At the time, it is unknown how many maps will be available, but the game will feature both real world racing tracks and real world locations like London. This game could be a good option for 360 owners who want a Gran Turismo-like expierence, or PS3 racing fans who want another expierence.

This game is already being praised in it's current stage of development, and can only improve between now and this Fall. Daniel Bloodworth of Gametrailers said, 'I would actually buy this game today, and it's still in development. It looks great and is a lot of fun.'

Will this game be better than Gran Turismo 5? Only time will tell, but it looks like it has a lot of potential to revive the Need for Speed series.

Need for Speed: Shift is coming out this Fall for the PS3, 360, and PSP.



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#10 - RobG - 298w ago
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I loved GT3(?) for the PS2... when I got my PS2 back in 2000, the first games I got were SSX and GT3. I was amazed at how good the control was even using the DualShock controller.

I just got a PS3 last week and was thinking about getting GT5:Prologue, but I figured the full GT5 should be out soon. I went looking around for a release date and couldn't find one. Anybody know?

There was no release date on NFS:Shift either, at least according to the EA site. BTW I wish they'd bring SSX out for PS3. I've been thinking of selling my PS2 but it's hard because I love SSX.

Rob

#9 - Mikep - 298w ago
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i prefer NFS games cuz i think is better the history that those games have

#8 - acepilot12 - 298w ago
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Personally I perfer the Gran Turismo series, i find it the be more realistic, except the one flaw that your car can't be damaged. The Need For Speed series is probably too much of a Just for Fun, Kids game. (Just a personal Opinion)

#7 - dookie11 - 298w ago
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this game better have multiplayer offline, so I can play with my cousins at home. the other racing games on ps3 (except motorstorm and gt5) failed to include such an important feature. what are these developers thinking?

#6 - wesv1971 - 302w ago
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I've played all GT versions and have'nt found anything that has compared. They always seem to just get better and I'm sure if NFS has gotten more realistic then GT has gotten even better.

 

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