As if all of its titles aren’t enough, the Need for Speed franchise is coming out with yet another video game for video game junkies to get their much-needed fix.
The latest title is called ’Need for Speed: The Run’, and is scheduled to hit shelves on November 15th of this year. While carrying the same NFS title as all other of its contemporaries, The Run will be different in such a way that you play the character of Jack, a man on the run - hence the title - that participates in a number of races from San Francisco to New York. The choices of exotics at Jack’s disposal will be based depending on what’s available at a given time, but the roster of supercars that are scheduled to be included in the game are the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 , the just-released Lamborghini Aventador , and even the still-to-be-unveiled 2012 Porsche 911 that’s been penciled in to debut in Frankfurt this coming September.
As a preview of what to expect when the game hits the shelves, Need for Speed has released a pretty spectacular trailer of their new game, one that should make fans of the franchise extremely anxious for the game to be released.
For anyone that isn’t all that impressed with the latest Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed , this news should be rather interesting. A new version of the famous NFS game is under development and is set to be released on November 15th, 2011.
The new game is called "The Run" and is an illicit, high-stakes race across the country. "The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world’s most notorious drivers on the country’s most dangerous roads."
For the street racing gamers out there, The Run will allow you to take on other street racers all over the continent while the cops race to hunt you down. The graphics have been improved for this version so vehicles like the Audi R8 V10 and the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, as well as some Mustangs and Astons (as seen in this trailer) can be easily identified.
As many of you already know, Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed is already out on the market and we don’t doubt that many have already staked their claim on many of the vehicles offered. Thankfully, EA has prepared an optional Legends Pack that will add a number of legends from the 1960s and early 1970s to the already impressive car list.
The Legends Pack includes 14 classic cars (see the list after the jump), five of the world’s most challenging classic race tracks, a whole new career branch, and a bunch of new achievements/trophies to earn.
If you are interested in purchasing this Legends Pack, it can be purchased for 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace or $9.99 on the PlayStation.
You think you know what it’s like to be sitting behind the wheel of a race car as it blasts along a race track in preparation of a sharp corner? Try listening to Time Attack champion Chris Rado and see if you have what it takes.
In the latest promotional video for the just released Need for Speed SHIFT 2 Unleashed , Rado talks about the fine line between successfully navigating a corner and flying off of the apex. There’s more to it than skill. Every corner of every race track provides a different element of danger to it, one that all drivers should be well aware of.
People talk about racing as a sport of inches and they’re right, even down to the slightest twitch of a car that could either cost them the race or worse, their lives. Learning this understated yet important skill is something that separates a good racer from a pretender.
The Need for Speed – Slightly Mad Studios partnership that resulted in the first Need for Speed SHIFT game brought a whole new level of freshness and detail-oriented approach to the fabled racing franchise. Obviously, with the success of the first game, the second installment became a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.
Anybody that has played the first NFS Shift game will be familiar with the dynamics of the game, especially the prevalent way in which car crashes seem to occur. While the second version is pretty much a refinement of the original, there were a couple of tweaks and modifications done to make a little less crunchy and a lot more dynamic.
Make no mistake; there’s still plenty of carnage to go around and there seems to be some sort of infatuation with wrecked vehicles that it almost feels as if it hurts us to play this game.
But at the end of the day, this is NFS SHIFT 2 Unleashed’s winning-formula and as they say with a good thing, there ain’t no way to fix it. So instead of overhauling the whole game, Slightly Mad went on a slightly conservative approach, giving the game the same overall framework while adding some tweaks and refinements along the way.
Details on Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed after the jump.
If this game had any more trailer videos, we probably would be soiling our pants by now. Fortunately, good wits came through when we needed it and we managed to keep ourselves dry.
Of course, it also helps to know that the new Need for Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed game is set to be released here in the US today, March 29th, 2011. The wait is finally over, people. All those sleepless nights will finally come to a head and if you haven’t made reservations for the game yet, then you better get those orders done as soon as you can.
But if you already have all of your bases covered and you’re just set for the game to hit the shelves, then we invite you to take a look at the final trailer for the video game, one that we’re pretty sure will amp up your excitement a few notches higher - if it hasn’t already.
Gran Turismo 5 may be today’s standard-bearer as far as racing games are concerned, but there’s something that’s become pretty evident about its competition with Need for Speed. The former could learn a few things from the latter on the art of the ‘hype’ machinery.
Unlike GT5, which was subjected to more delays than a Charlie Sheen rehab stint, the folks over at Electronic Arts are building up the release of Need for Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed in such a seamless manner, we’re actually getting more excited for this game than we were when GT5 finally dropped on shelves late last year.
With the release of NFS: SHIFT 2 Unleashed just a few days, the people behind the game’s marketing has released another promotional video of the game – quite arguably, the best one we’ve seen – featuring Time Attack champ, Chris Rado. In the video, Rado discusses the thrills and dangers that come with some of the most breathtaking and dangerous corners in auto racing today. From the world famous Eau Rouge at Spa-Franchorchamps to the sharp corners of ‘The Mine’ at the Nurburgring, these corners are both famous and infamous, with the latter serving reminder that the slightest twitch of the car ends up becoming a one-way ticket to the concrete walls. No ifs and buts about if; these corners have taken many a racecar. Need for Speed wants to know: are you up for it?
The hotly anticipated release of the Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed game is a week away so it only seems right that we drum up the interest on the game further to ensure that there’s enough hype to justify making a purchase. Of course, a game like this certainly doesn’t need the ‘added’ help considering that the NFS franchise speaks for itself as far as racing games are concerned.
Then again, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a few more previews of the game. The latest to come out of Electronic Arts’ marketing department is a video of Tommy Milner, the driver of the Corvette Racing Team, taking on a hot lap at Laguna SECA while driving his own Corvette C6.R GT1 race car.
The video shows Milner basically flying around Laguna Seca with a lap time that’s as clean as a whistle, including a smooth run around the infamous ‘Corkscrew’. It looked like he could have driven around the lap while eating a bucket of chicken on one hand. That’s the kind of talent he has.
In the end, Milner posted a lap time of 1:21:709, which for a GT1 car is mighty impressive. But if you think it’s not fast enough, you can take a shot at Milner’s time courtesy of the game’s Autolog Challenge and see if you can beat one of the sport’s promising young stars in a lap around Laguna Seca.
If you needed any more reason to sweat out the wait for the new Need for Speed SHIFT 2 Unleashed video game, this trailer should drive up the anxiety levels a few notches higher.
The latest in a long line of trailers, this particular one features the game’s Autolog Drift Challenge being played by two of today’s most popular drifters, 2010 Formula Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr and Team Need for Speed’s own, Matt Powers.
Powers took to the controls first, customizing a Toyota Corolla to suit his whims. Despite all the tinkering, Powers’ performance was anything but stellar and not up to what he’s capable of in the real world, racking up a pretty pedestrian score of 324. To Power’s good fortune, Gittin. Jr. didn’t fare a whole lot better despite using his usual Ford Shelby GT500 . In the end, the champ’s 337 score was enough to drift past Powers’ best efforts.
Do you think you have what it takes to post higher scores than our seasoned pros? Scoop up a copy of Need for Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed when it drops in stores on March 29th, 2011 and find out.
Even if Need for Speed doesn’t get as much publicity as its Gran Turismo counterpart, it doesn’t mean that the former’s game titles don’t come with some powerful and mouth-watering machines. On the contrary, the latest trailer for the new Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed game features an exclusive look at one of the newest and most powerful cars on the planet: the Pagani Huayra .
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, the Huayra will be the eventual successor to the Pagani Zonda and comes with an AMG-sourced V12 engine that produces a mouth-watering 700 horsepower. If you’re talking about a car that belongs on anybody’s wish list, the Pagani Huayra is one that should take permanent residence at the top of that list.
The trailer for NFS Shift 2 Unleashed features the Huayra pouncing along its natural habitat - the streets and race tracks of the world – and unleashing a fury that is befitting of its name as the Andean God of Wind.
The game is set to be released on March 29th, 2011 in North America with pre-orders currently underway. Make no mistake about it, Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed has come to play, and they’re bringing one of the fastest, most powerful, and most exclusive cars in the world to their game.