Need for Speed

Need for Speed

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 question is: which one are you?

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.

Take that, GT5.

Source: Need for Speed

Isn’t it refreshing to head into a new year without having the cloud of Gran Turismo 5 and its “will it/won’t it” argument hanging over our heads. We say yes and it’s a resounding Y-E-S.

Not only is this good for our sanity, but it’s also a good thing for all other auto video games that have taken a backseat to the circus that is GT5. One game that’s getting ready to pounce in 2011 is the new Need For Speed SHIFT 2 Unleashed. As the latest incarnation of the only racing franchise that can stand up to Gran Turismo in the mythical title of “most successful racing video game,” NFS SHIFT 2 Unleashed will come petrol full of some noteworthy features, including over 40 unique career events, as well as a bonus pack for those who pre-order the game ahead of its debut later this year.

If you end up being one of those people that’s already itching for the game, you can order it ahead of time and receive access to some pretty special rides, including the Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero (S15), the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 .

EA Games has likewise announced that the game is scheduled to premiere in Europe on March 24, 2011, followed by the US premiere on March 29, 2011. In the meantime, you can check out the new trailer for the game. Chances are, you’re going to have that itch to play it after watching it.

Need for Speed Shift is one of those games that’s easy to get addicted to, especially if you start playing it on a console like the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3. However, the downside to enjoying a game so much is that it builds ridiculously high expectations for the game to live up to. Suppose Electronic Arts decides to make a version for the iPad, how much of a letdown would it be if the graphics and the gameplay were significantly altered and you end up playing with boxed cars racing in straight line race tracks? Fortunately, none of that happened when EA did release an iPad version of Shift, and contrary to our fears, the game has certainly exceeded our expectations.

Among the new features you’ll find in the iPad version include eight new cars, a couple of additional tracks, and even a more personable style of play that, we’re not ashamed to say, is borderline addicting.

Just the way we like it.

Details after the jump.

A couple of weeks ago, we chanced upon some still photos of Electronic Art’s new trailer for Need for Speed : Hot Pursuit, featuring a scintillating car chase between a renegade Pagani Zonda Cinque and a law enforcement-issued Lamborghini Murcielago along the breathtaking roads of the Italian Alps.

Guess what, the live action video trailer has just been released, and true to the expectations we’ve set for the vid, the trailer is nothing short of mesmerizing. Two of the most powerful supercars on the planet twisting, turning, and drifting on the mountain-side roads of the Italian Alps is the stuff legends are made of. Heck, even a police helicopter joins in on the fun, making this police chase all the more amazing.

The whole trailer was shot to promote the Need for Speed franchise’s new video game, Hot Pursuit, and if this trailer is our only basis on whether to buy the game or not, then consider us scooping up a copy the soonest chance we get.

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