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SHIFT 2 image frenzy

SHIFT 2 image frenzy

Here is a whole new batch of images of SHIFT 2 Unleashed and it seems EA decided to crank it up a notch, photo mode-wise. Apparently they have managed to get close to the level of realism as Gran Turismo 5 in that department.
Update 3: More images added, again.

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Commented on 2011-02-09 17:39:13
Wow, very impressive.
Commented on 2011-02-09 17:49:03
Day 1 baby!! Looks amazing.
Commented on 2011-02-09 17:52:28
Hope they sorted the loading times, they were awful in the first game. Looking nice tho.
Commented on 2011-02-09 18:05:23
dont think they reached the same level as GT5! Though is looks nice!
Commented on 2011-02-09 18:19:20
Imagine a NFS Underground with the graphics of the second set of image Nr 5.... Nice ...
Commented on 2011-02-09 18:36:11
forget about crappy NFSU. Imagine NFS:HP with those gfx.
Commented on 2011-02-09 19:14:54
the tracks look unimaginative and boring...I hate EA for brining real life boring tracks into Need For Speed >:-(
Commented on 2011-02-09 19:48:19
Looks simple AMAZING. I hope that cars will handle better this time. Day 1 for sure.
Commented on 2011-02-09 20:02:21 In reply to captfuture
Posted by captfuture
dont think they reached the same level as GT5! Though is looks nice!
Of course they won't, it's a multiplatform game. Be surprised if the car polycount was even half of the 500k per car that GT5 featured. Still looks great though! Remember the console versions will look nothing like this, even the PC version during gameplay won't stack up to these screenshots.

@Doom_bringer: Look at the last picture - the real track looks very little like that. They're still in keeping with the 'alter real-world tracks to make it easier' motif they and other arcade game devs have. The corner is much harsher at Le Mans than that and the track is substantially thinner, too.
Commented on 2011-02-09 20:43:22 In reply to shazui
Posted by shazui
Look at the last picture - the real track looks very little like that. They're still in keeping with the 'alter real-world tracks to make it easier' motif they and other arcade game devs have. The corner is much harsher at Le Mans than that and the track is substantially thinner, too.
This is Zolder, BTW :)
http://www.needforspeed.com/shift2unleashed/track/...

Would be great if they include Le Mans, though.
Commented on 2011-02-09 21:29:36 In reply to logos128
Posted by logos128
This is Zolder, BTW :)
http://www.needforspeed.com/shift2unleashed/track/...

Would be great if they include Le Mans, though.
Wow, no wonder - I was so confused as to why the tent was there :S lol cheers. However the point still stands - the shift team purposefully widen the tracks/increase track elevation/decrease corner intensity/redesign surroundings to make the race more dramatic and easily accessible.
Commented on 2011-02-09 22:26:42
Oh yeah, welcome to my country's track: SPA ! Lovely images.
Commented on 2011-02-09 22:32:08
not too bad looking tbh. nothing i'd mistake for reality. but decent non the less.
Commented on 2011-02-09 23:18:03 In reply to Doom_Bringer
Posted by Doom_Bringer
the tracks look unimaginative and boring...I hate EA for brining real life boring tracks into Need For Speed >:-(
Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most exciting tracks in the world. It has everything and is loved by allmost every race driver in the world.
It is especially awesome for FIA GT1 and GT3 races!
For anyone who lives near belgium i recommend the 24 hours of spa in july(28-29-30-31).
Hearing a BMW Z4 with a V8 speed by sends shivers down my spine... and back up btw.

And this is a day 1 purchase for me! I'm just hoping for the new SLS, which will be competing in the new GT1 and GT3 2011 season!
Commented on 2011-02-10 00:09:07
Omg! This is what we need in Forza - wide body kits for all cars. Nice
Commented on 2011-02-10 04:06:37
Love that header image, looks awesome. Nice shots!
Commented on 2011-02-10 05:43:20
I hope they do away with that retarded menu system that made no sense. I mean why the hell do you have to go to the main menu options just to switch between manual and automatic transmission or things like traction control. This was a real problem when your playing the game and need to do adjustments, you'd be waiting for the menu to go clunk clunk clunk with screen swipes Warcraft 3 style.

Urggh don't get me started with that stupid 5minute intro everytime you started a new profile.
Commented on 2011-02-10 22:20:15 In reply to KORNdog
Actually I think EA is bring out a new Underground NFS game aswell in the future for people like you who want a pure arcade experience
Posted by KORNdog
not too bad looking tbh. nothing i'd mistake for reality. but decent non the less.
Commented on 2011-02-11 01:44:43
Looks very impressive, the lighting engine is the best out, definitely the most natural but the LOD on the cars is too low to compete with the likes of Forza 3 and GT5.
Commented on 2011-02-11 03:34:56 In reply to captfuture
Posted by captfuture
dont think they reached the same level as GT5! Though is looks nice!
They reached it, the car models looks impressive, the rest is....... another story, just like GT5.
Commented on 2011-02-11 05:50:40
Those car models are whacked compared to Forza 3 and GT5, and for being photomode, those shots don't look impressive at all. I should not see a single damned jaggy anywhere. Reflections look crappy too.
Commented on 2011-02-11 08:33:45 In reply to LEBATO
Posted by LEBATO
Those car models are whacked compared to Forza 3 and GT5, and for being photomode, those shots don't look impressive at all. I should not see a single damned jaggy anywhere. Reflections look crappy too.
At least this will have all premium cars, not like that pos GT5 did with low poly ps2 game models. Nonetheless game looks great and we know this shots aren't some bullshots.
Commented on 2011-02-11 08:59:40 In reply to crnky_MF
Posted by crnky_MF
At least this will have all premium cars, not like that pos GT5 did with low poly ps2 game models. Nonetheless game looks great and we know this shots aren't some bullshots.
Not really, they are good looking, but no where near the standard you get in Sim like racing games.

http://www.gamersyde.com/pop_images_shift_2_unleas...

Look closely at the lights, some cars use a simple texture, which are on par with the "standard cars" you clearly hate.

Quite frankly the whole Shift series is one whole bullshot thanks to over use of motion-blur and colour filtering techniques.

I praise games where they are deserving, certainly graphics ain't an area I'd buy this for.
Commented on 2011-02-11 16:18:49 In reply to crnky_MF
Posted by crnky_MF
At least this will have all premium cars, not like that pos GT5 did with low poly ps2 game models. Nonetheless game looks great and we know this shots aren't some bullshots.
The premium cars in GT5 look far better than any car in any game on any platform period and there are 284 of them so I don't see any reason to call it a "pos" and yes, these are bullshots, if by bullshot you mean in photomode like every other car game's screenshots. Derp.
In addition, the standard cars in GT5 are of a high quality anyway - most on par with current other racing game's car models. The lighting and reflection system is superior, also. Complaining about GT5's graphics, outside of certain shadows, makes you look silly.
Commented on 2011-02-14 00:14:12
I think bullshots.. Nice, but still miles from in-game. I don't even need another racingsim. Hopefully this will fix the flaws of part 1, but I'm still not buying. Got nor the time nor the money.

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