I was actually pretty excited about NFS Shift 2 when I saw the previews. Unfortunately it didnt even come close to living up to even the most conservative expectations I had. The menu's dont flow at all. The car customization was fun at first untill an accidental button tap later lost all the paint and graphics i had set. Not only that, the graphics are extremely sub-par of the hype from the videos. The music was repeditive and annoying. The load times between the menus and each race event is way too long. The last straw was the terrible commentary from the racer that they plastered between every single race.
All in all, I was quite disappointed with how Shift 2 turned out. I guess we cant expect much from a company that spits one of these games out every year and refuses to take the time to make a quality game.
So at first I really loved this game, the driving is superb, the physics were amazing, the graphics are up there, but its lacky in so many other aspects its just not enough to buy this game. The fact that there is only like maybe 50 cars is a pretty big issue when you play a driving game because the more cars you have mean the more playing time. The tuning and the customization is there definitely but they're not enough cars to really care for it. The A.I. on medium is ridiculous, you can upgrade a charger to the max with a high acceleration tuning job and still get smoked even with a 70 and above perfect launch so i'm pretty sure thats something they can fix. The story has maybe 20 different races with multiple tracks but they're all very strict like so if you like supra's and you want to max it out upgrade wise, there are like 2 races you can do, as to forza there were alot more than 2 races. This game to me is way less boring than forza, but its rather short and there not much you can do. The drifting is hard at first its gets alittle easier but like Shift 1 its way harder than any other game. I think you should just wait till Dirt 3 if your looking for a Sim/Arcade style driver.
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I have to agree with all the other reviews on here criticizing the controls/handling/driving in this game. I've played and enjoyed many a quality racing title, from full sims to the arcadeiest of the bunch and have NEVER played a racing game with as laggy, sluggish and unresponsive controls as this. Throw in some clinically static AI and its like this game was designed specifically to frustrate you.
To add insult to injury, the graphics are merely passable, the load times are painfully long and the menus are too clever for their own good ("floating" choices around a three-dimensional car at the main menu even make changing game modes a pain).
I don't understand how this happens in a studio where we can assume there are paid creative professionals who are "experts" in their field. Did no one play-test this thing? It's unforgivably bad.