Need for Speed Shift: Hands-on test with Triple Head 2 Go system and D-Box racing seat
At the Gamescom our German colleagues of PC Games Hardware had the opportunity to play Need for Speed Shift with a Triple Head 2 Go system while sitting in a D-Box racing seat.
Publisher Electronic Arts did not only show Need for Speed Shift on several Xbox 360 and 24 inch screens but also with racing seats made by D-Box and three screens (Triple Head 2 Go) including 7.1 sound. Our colleagues tried all versions and were torn between enthusiasm and frustration.
On the one hand the racing seats make you really feel sitting in a car. For instance centrifugal forces push the player around depending on whether he is accelerating or braking. In combination with the bombastic sound Need for Speed Shift appears to be very realistic. On the other hand the graphics and the very arcade-like gameplay were disappointing. The Triple Head 2 Go systems offered nice pictures but they could not reach the quality of the trailers at all. The Xbox 360 graphics even looked worse: Fuzzy textures without AF, heavy flickering Alpha tests and aliasing everywhere. Although our colleagues deactivated all driving assistance options it was still very easy to steer really big PS monsters and they hardly managed a pulling of the vehicle. On the other hand Need for Speed has never been a simulation which is good though - Shift is a lot of fun indeed. And that's the main thing.
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