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Event Coverage: Need For Speed Movie Red Carpet Premiere El Capitan Theater Los Angeles

US Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures "Need for Speed"
People sometimes forget that the Need For Speed franchise started back in 1994. There have been around 20 games in the series with Need For Speed Rivals being the latest addition, and also the first to punch in the latest console era.
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SHIFT 2 DLC Incoming; Standing Mile and Drag + More

[tab:DLC Info]Yeah, I am pretty much PS3Blog’s local gearhead, so bear with me as I express my excitement for the newly announced DLC pack for SHIFT 2 Unleashed. The new, upcoming pack (which is scheduled to be released on the 17th, PSN service availability pending, of course) is called the Speedhunters Content Pack (named after the car tuning website of the same name), which not only includes new cars and tracks, but two new racing modes as well, of which, I was hoping for in the past (as I’ve talked to another site grease monkey, Kane112, about just a few days ago). Also expect to have to heat up your tires properly to help ensure maximum traction at launch.

So what are the new events? They’re basically drag events (one being a full mile where the highest trap speed wins the event, and the other a standard, heads-up quarter mile). And since drag racing is all about shift times, there is no automatic transmission option in these modes, as it is all done with a manual transmission (and traction control is turned off). It might not be as realistic as, say, the IHRA Motorsports titles (those go way too in-depth to be user friendly; you have to really know what you’re doing in those games), but awesome for drag racing fans nonetheless. For these events, the HUD will be changed up a bit with a new gear indicator and rev counter.

What sounds really interesting is the 8 player head to head races, and the fact that you can now unlock 1000HP+ tuning options. Should be a lot of fun figuring out gearing and the like, having dedicated cars for each event (which is usually what I like to do; GT5 being a prime example of having specialized cars in my collection), etc.

Now all I need is a dedicated classic muscle car and/or hot rod pack and I will be a happy man.

There are 14 new cars, including two boss cars (1 for each event), and 6 new tracks, with 9 events per race mode. For a list of those, check the next tab.
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New Cars
New Tracks
• Dodge Challenger R/T Speedhunters
• Lexus LFA Speedhunters
• Mazda RX-7 (FC3S) Speedhunters
• McLaren MP4-12C Speedhunters
• Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 Speedhunters
• Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Speedhunters
• Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION IX MR-edition Speedhunters
• Nissan Fairlady 240ZG (S30) Speedhunters
• Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (C10) Speedhunters
• Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) Speedhunters
• Pagani Huayra Speedhunters
• Toyota Supra Speedhunters
• Dodge Viper GTS by Twins Turbo (Rival/reward car)
• World Racing Pro-FWD Reaper Scion tC (Rival/reward car)
• Miyatomi Drag Strip
• Miyatomi Mile
• Aguera Drag Strip
• Agueda Aerodrome
• Nevada Drag Strip
• Nevada Freight Yard

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SHIFT 2 Unleashed – Attacking Corners

This was a new video released by EA earlier this week, with Chris Rado talking about taking corners at 190MPH and racers pushing their cars to the limit. He makes it sound like pulling into the driveway is deadly :lol:. As soon as I get my PS3 back, and churn out my WWE All-Stars review (expect both sometime late next week or so), I will go on to review this one for you! Too bad the car they used here is butt-ugly :P.

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SHIFT 2 Unleashed Launch Trailer

Next week, SHIFT 2 Unleashed will be released, and EA has made the launch trailer for the title public earlier today, which shows off some racing (of course), as well as review scores and comments from said reviews.

As a fan of the first one, and hearing about the improvements in this one, I will likely be picking this one up as soon as I can. First, though, is getting my PS3 fixed, which is currently in transit to Minnesota for repair.

If you like racing games, keep an eye out for my postponed day-after-Christmas tournament :lol:.

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