VIDEO | X360, PS3, PC Thursday, February 24, 2011 | 10:15 AM

SHIFT 2: authenticity and realism

SHIFT 2: authenticity and realism

"Racing is exhausting. Racing is violent. Racing is fluid. Racing is not muted, static or uninspiring . . . " In this new video of SHIFT 2 Unleashed, the developers put forward the realism of the driving sensations by comparing live footage with actual gameplay. Obviously they have done a pretty good job.
Update: Images added.

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Commented on 2011-02-24 01:40:49
OMG...I just cant wait!!!
Commented on 2011-02-24 01:46:34
LOL the telemetry screen is just copied from Forza. Not that it's a bad thing, it's a great addition to Shift 2. The same for time-attack with those great cars.

Hoping they improve the gameplay here and there and make it more playable...
Commented on 2011-02-24 02:24:30
Visually, this game looks phenomenal, the lighting is insanely natural and they really doing a great job of producing ture immersion. However, "The most advanced physics system in a racing game" LOL!! I hope that was some kind of joke, even just by watching that video, you can easily tell that the way the car shifts about isnt very realistic at all!
Commented on 2011-02-24 02:27:08 In reply to Jin187
Posted by Jin187
Visually, this game looks phenomenal, the lighting is insanely natural and they really doing a great job of producing ture immersion. However, "The most advanced physics system in a racing game" LOL!! I hope that was some kind of joke, even just by watching that video, you can easily tell that the way the car shifts about isnt very realistic at all!
Some of the off track camera footage of the cars taking a turn looked a bit awkward and stiff.
Commented on 2011-02-24 02:39:23
Shift2, it seems, has the in-cockpit head movement on automatically. I don't know how well that would work, but I'd certainly hope they have an option to set it off or on manual control.

I've always felt that racing games with in-cockpit views need to have the right stick control the head movement. I haven't played a racing game that has done that correctly, and it seems like such an obvious thing.

With Forza3 one could control the head movement, but had to first push up on the right analog and then run it left or right along the edge. Which is just far too fiddly to use.
Commented on 2011-02-24 02:41:04
geeez.. did GT5 just get surpassed in its visuals after only a few months? As that did look pretty damn sweet.

Hopefully it controls alot better than the first shift
Commented on 2011-02-24 02:51:20 In reply to bleachedsmiles
Posted by bleachedsmiles
geeez.. did GT5 just get surpassed in its visuals after only a few months? As that did look pretty damn sweet.

Hopefully it controls alot better than the first shift
I heard that Shift 2 will actually have damage as well! I'm kind of burnt out on racers at the moment, but I will definitely be picking up either this or DIRT3 depending on which turns out better.
Commented on 2011-02-24 03:00:57
That looks AWESOME. But I did take a little issue with the "we've got the most sophisticated physics engine in any video game" thing- and then showing all the readings and tire physics that we've seen (exactly the same way) since Forza Motorsport 1. And again in FM2 and even better in FM3. And always in real time- always rendering out hundreds of times per second. Not that this doesn't look awesome- but Forza's been on top of this sim game thing for many years.
Commented on 2011-02-24 03:15:12
im not impressed,just like MOH,its just another biased game with videos with tons of "EA propaganda" to make us buy it.
Commented on 2011-02-24 03:38:25
you mean they're trying to sell their products with these videos?? no..way
Commented on 2011-02-24 03:38:59
the game is biased? how so?
Commented on 2011-02-24 05:48:53
Gotta give it to EA, they really know how to bullshit their way, almost makes ME believe it.
Commented on 2011-02-24 06:00:46
Interesting- they are even calculating the physics @360fps, just like Forza 3 as well. Awesome looking game, but like many are saying, I'm a bit pooped out on the racing games for the moment...
Commented on 2011-02-24 06:07:41
awesome

being a huge fan of cockpit view, this seems to take it to another level! loved Shifts sense of speed and this looks like that but on steroids. love it
Commented on 2011-02-24 08:07:16
The helmet cam and overly sensitive shake in cockpit view makes the experience less realistic IMO, normally the the bumps of a track translate to the driver not just in vision but in all aspects of feel and position, but what you have here is the car/ view shaking with the gamer being rather static. I hope it translates well but it made shift 1 a jarring experience especially since I hate playing games with assists on. But it is obvious to tell that alot of effort has gone into this sequel.
Commented on 2011-02-24 09:22:58
Yeah, never been a fan of the cockpit view outside of the interior of the car looking purty, it does nothing for me. It is the greatest example of the flaw of being in First Person in video games. There isn't any peripheral vision like I would normally have if I was actually driving a car. And the helmet cam doesn't alleviate that.

I also find it funny that they're now bragging about how realistic the game is when months ago they were trying to step away from Forza and GT. Also, the idea that they're the first multiplatform sim racer is hilarious. Pretty sure Codemasters has 3 by themselves. And a final 'lol' to them complaining about the fact that they're 'car encyclopedias'. THAT'S WHAT THE SIM RACING FANBASE LOVES ABOUT THEM.

Everything about this seems like a desperate attempt to make a faux sim racing game for the arcade racer market.
Commented on 2011-02-24 09:36:09
they completely missed the point... They made a game "realistic" cos its like watching a race recorded ona camera from inside a car.

Thats NOT realistic racing! thats realistic watching a race on TV.
Commented on 2011-02-24 09:38:28 In reply to PlumbDrumb
Posted by bleachedsmiles
you mean they're trying to sell their products with these videos?? no..way
Posted by PlumbDrumb
the game is biased? how so?
ha ha this is hilarious, keep'em coming guys.
Commented on 2011-02-24 11:22:56 In reply to max_enzo
Posted by max_enzo
im not impressed,just like MOH,its just another biased game with videos with tons of "EA propaganda" to make us buy it.
Actually i'm playing MOH right now on my PC and love it. I'm enjoying this a lot more than COD. It's a different type of modern shooter and that's a good thing.

edit
Holy crap this looks awesome. Easily the best looking racer if that 'in game footage' is not a lie. May be PC.
Commented on 2011-02-24 13:36:02
im impressed, but will it be fun?
Have to get a steering wheel now
Commented on 2011-02-24 14:26:51
Sounds and looks as if they took physics-engine of Forza and made: CtrlC, CtrlV.

Would be a good thing, but I doubt that they really dit it.
Commented on 2011-02-24 14:48:30
i wonder if the t500rs will work with this.
Commented on 2011-02-24 15:09:41
Great trailer. NFS games always sells well
Commented on 2011-02-24 15:39:32
Crappy PR again.As with Forza 3 we will get half-sim packed with glamour and agressivity.
Commented on 2011-02-24 16:48:12 In reply to alucard0712
Posted by alucard0712
Crappy PR again.As with Forza 3 we will get half-sim packed with glamour and agressivity.
huh? I am not an expert but I was under the impression Forza was pretty much a racing sim.
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