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Need for Speed Shift: Willow Springs

Need for Speed Shift: Willow Springs

EA introduces us with one of the tracks of Need for Speed: Shift in this new punchy trailer.

Willow Springs

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Commented on 2009-09-03 16:21:58
intresting...
Commented on 2009-09-03 17:34:53
Im sure its gonna have more arcade feel that one would like to have... it is a NFS game so, its bound to disapoint. If not, kewl but ill stay pesimistic when it comes to NFS.

Btw, who cares how good a cockpit looks? ur not gonna sit there and look at it anyway... It shud be there but all this hi res and very good looking cockpits is kinda silly to me. ppl even discuss it, what looks better in cockpit. Forza3 or NFS shit. Oo
Commented on 2009-09-03 17:55:34
This game was being developed outside of the NFS franchise and was picked up to have the label slapped on. I wouldn't worry about it being anything like the other NFS'.
Commented on 2009-09-03 18:10:49
The track looks alright from down in the car's view, but they need to avoid those sky-views, because it's pretty bland from that angle.
Commented on 2009-09-03 19:50:33
Nice. I've been on that track.
Commented on 2009-09-03 23:40:18
The game always looks like it has so many things going for it, but those vids gamersyde showed with all assists off still looked pretty lame. It's a little hard to say through a video, so I wont' write this game off until I play it, but I don't have a good feeling about this game being much better than Grid at this moment.
Commented on 2009-09-04 02:21:53
I figured out what EA is doing wrong with all NFS games lately..
They are so obsessed and focused about getting their games to "aww yeeeehhhh" look cool and appeal to some wannabe-gearhead 16-year-olds-pretending-to-be-streetracers crowd, with their entire BS about "respect" and shit like that..

If they spent all that PR/style effort on making a racing game for the sake of racing, they could very well create a masterpiece along with Forza, GT or PGR.
NFS isnt about racing anymore, its like MTV.
Commented on 2009-09-04 02:51:28 In reply to Baleur
Posted by Baleur
I figured out what EA is doing wrong with all NFS games lately..
They are so obsessed and focused about getting their games to "aww yeeeehhhh" look cool and appeal to some wannabe-gearhead 16-year-olds-pretending-to-be-streetracers crowd, with their entire BS about "respect" and shit like that..

If they spent all that PR/style effort on making a racing game for the sake of racing, they could very well create a masterpiece along with Forza, GT or PGR.
NFS isnt about racing anymore, its like MTV.
I think the gearhead stuff has been fun so far, especially in Most Wanted where it served an important purpose beyond just messing around.

NFS history is interesting.
They had a seemingly realistic game in natural environments with the first one, then went arcade action after that.

Loss of realism and police chases became a large part of the series, then tuning and openworlds.
Now we have circuit racing, or whatever.

They haven't been consistent AT ALL, though a lot of people have [foolhartedly] come to think of NFS as the "go to" racing/cop chasing game, and I'm one of them.
This game better be one helluva ride because the lack of an open environment, cops, tuning.... I don't know, is this trying to be the next Daytona, or something?
Commented on 2009-09-04 04:27:14
I agree with PlumbDrumb in that EA is way too all over the place with this franchise. They will never build up a fanbase for the series simply b/c they never stick to any one formula. If they are gonna put out all these half-ass efforts every year, it's never gonna catch on.

I'd rather them stick to the cop chasing/open world theme and just get really good at that one formula, or stick to more realistic racing and keep at that until they get really good at that formula. But changing gears (pun intended) so often is keeping them from ever being able to polish up a certain idea.

I thought that the best game so far this gen was Most Wanted. Sure it was arcade as hell, but the cop chases and racing types were still a lot of fun for an arcade style of fun. But instead of keep that up, they just try something a little different every year and somehow get worse every year as well.

If Shift turns out good and does well in terms of sales, I just really hope they stick to this theme and really work on perfecting this style of game.

I will say though, that I usually don't enjoy arcade racers that much. Flatout, Burnout, Ridge Racer, none of those games appeal to me all that much, but the most wanted NFS game was actually pretty fun. So either do sim/arcade mix right or just go back to the open world genre and make that formula as good as possible.
Commented on 2009-09-04 04:33:54
This game keeps creeping up my list . . .

The sounds are fantastic.
Commented on 2009-09-04 09:38:36
I bet with the driving wheel it'll be blast to play. Bring on the demo!

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