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Need for Speed Shift Trailer Visits Laguna Seca

Famed raceway Laguna Seca is analysed in this Need for Speed Shift trailer, a handy tool for those already preparing for the release of Slightly Mad's racer on September 15. NFS Shift is headed to PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PSP, published b

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Famed raceway Laguna Seca is analysed in this Need for Speed Shift trailer, a handy tool for those already preparing for the release of Slightly Mad's racer on September 15.

NFS Shift is headed to PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PSP, published by EA.

From The Chatty

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    August 17, 2009 3:22 PM

    This looks like EA is pushing to compete with GRID1/2. Might be a tad more realistic in the physics department though..

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      August 17, 2009 3:37 PM

      EA? NFS? Realism? Oh-no-you-din't.

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        August 17, 2009 5:09 PM

        I submit to you, Porsche Unleashed.

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      August 17, 2009 3:53 PM

      nfs compete with GRID ? EA is in for a huge FAIL in that dept.

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      August 17, 2009 3:55 PM

      The physics are being done by Eero Piitulainen (of Richard Burns Rally fame).

      And the development studio is basically the same development group that made GTR 1 and GTR Legends (while working for SimBin), and GTR 2 (while under the name of Blimey! Games). The lead is the same guy too, Ian Bell. He's not /the/ Ian Bell, BTW (apparently wikipedia used to have an article for "Ian Bell (game developer)" to reference this one vs "Ian Bell (programmer)").

      They're promising that this will be the sim racer that has enough optional "driver's assists" to appeal to a mainstream audience and justify a huge budget, but is still a sim racer at heart (after a few settings tweaks). But on the other hand, that's what Codemasters said about GRID and DIRT, and I notice whenever it's EA speaking instead of Slightly Mad, they're playing down the Simulation-aspect. I don't know if that's a good sign or not.

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        August 17, 2009 4:00 PM

        Not holding my breath. And with Forza 3 and GT5 imminent, I don't see why they would want to try to put out a sim racer. No way they can compete.

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          August 17, 2009 4:17 PM

          forza3 and gt5 are sim racers? :DD

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            August 17, 2009 4:24 PM

            I think he means that since EA probably wants a chunk of that pie, they'd be crazy to put out a sim instead.

            And come to think of it, pre-release claims of being the most realistic release yet are right out of the marketing books for both of those series.

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            August 17, 2009 9:52 PM

            Which aspects of the physics simulation do you feel are unrealistic?

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            August 17, 2009 10:57 PM

            I think their driving physics are realistic enough to be considered a simulation.

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              August 18, 2009 3:50 PM

              we'll see. at least it's possible to flip the cars in these new versions :O forza3 at least

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        August 17, 2009 4:16 PM

        "and I notice whenever it's EA speaking instead of Slightly Mad, they're playing down the Simulation-aspect. I don't know if that's a good sign or not."

        marketing magic

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          August 17, 2009 5:12 PM

          Just as long as the CARS don't pivot like they are on the end of a pencil.