March 9, 2009


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.

I don’t think that Grand Turismo has anything to wear as this game looks good it is by no means Grand Turismo.


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