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Shifting Through The Gears
Need For Speed: Shift (PS3)
Member Name: sparksteroid
Need For Speed: Shift (PS3)
Advantages: Excellent graphics and effects, addictive racing gameplay
Disadvantages: Drift mode is awful
After initially downloading the demo version of this game from the Playstation store I must say I wasn't too impressed at all, at least not with the playability of the game itself. The graphics were excellent, literally quite stunning but there seemed to be this line of arrows on the road indicating the bends. Useful as a guide but when the line changes colour from green to yellow it means you need to brake and when it changed to red I suddenly found the game automatically braking for me which in turn sent me off course and I ended up crashing. It was extremely frustrating.
However, I recently had the opportunity to pick up a copy of the game for a reasonably cheap price and I wanted a racing game anyway so I pursued it. Thankfully, although the colour-changing line is still present throughout the game you can turn off the setting that brakes automatically. In fact, this setting is only swicthed on if you do badly on the test race and the very beginning of the game.
As already mentioned, graphically the game is literally quite stunning. Everything is crisp and clear and well drawn and the fine attention to detail is quite astounding. From shadows to lighting everything has been taken into consideration and it all adds to the playability of the game. The only thing I find a little annoying is the way the screen blurs when you crash before gradually coming back into focus. However, this does make the game more realistic and this seems to be the type of approach that is going to be used with video games from now on.
The sound effects are probably the most realistic aspect of the game, they sound absolutely perfect. You can even hear your turbo and nos kicking into action.
There is one major flaw to the game though and it's a very annoying one: drift. The drift races appear to be virtually impossible. Even if you don't steer at all and just accelerate, even at a minimal speed, you will find that the car still swerves ridiculously for you and it makes nearly all the drift races impossible. However, I have successfully managed to make it to level 10 (out of 50) without having to do more than three drift races.
Shift also gives you the opportunity for online play. Although I haven't actually tried this feature yet I can only imagine that it would prove to provide very addictive gameplay with your friends.
If it wasn't for the major flaw in the drift races then I would highly recommend this as the perfect racing game. However, the drift mode desperately needs to be addressed, it would be worth re-releasing the game purely for this reason.
Summary: A superb racing game but with one major flaw
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