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This is for our writers/readers in or near Chicago. I have 4 passes for a exclusive sneak peek at Need For Speed Shift. This is only open to a very small, hand-selected group of influential site editors and media. But I was given permission to give 4 passes to you guys! The game will be released on September 17th in Europe and September 22nd in North America.
I’ll pick 4 at random this Saturday night.
Sept. 10 – Chicago (venueTBD)
I would assume at night like the last one, and it’s probably 18+ to.
AUSTIN EVENT UPDATE: To piggy-back on this post, there is also a similar Need For Speed Shift press event in downtown Austin (where I, Darrin, live) tomorrow. It might be too late, but post your info if you want to join and I’ll try to get arrangements. Ages 18 and up only.
September 3 – Downtown Austin. 5-9 PM.
For hands on impressions of the game check out this post. Will you be picking this title up?
The GameStop & EA Store Pre-Order bonuses are still available. Reserve Need For Speed Shift and receive exclusive access to the BMW E92 M3 GT2 when the game hits shelves September 15th. Available online and in-store while supplies last.
All the winners of the Need For Speed Shift – NYC Press Event managed to make it. Here are there thoughts on the event and game. None of you guys meet up at the event though. I should have planned that better, ah well.
Here are Jason’s thoughts on the event and the game.
For the uninitiated, Need for Speed: Shift is not your typical NFS title. Fundamentally, you still race those cars you dream of owning at speeds you wouldn’t dare attempt to. What’s different this time around is how you’ll be doing it. Shift is more akin to racers like Forza and Gran Turismo and reflects a departure from the “Arcade” sub-genre. The event was held at Blvd; a swanky night-spot that was modified for the occasion with LCD screens hooked up with 360 dev-kits running the game. Electronic music set the mood as you made your way through the club to the stations, passing the open bar (drinking and driving anyone?) and the beautiful NFS-Ladies offering you tips and tidbits about the game.
Now to the game. Before you even let loose from the starting line, you can’t help but notice how bright and vivid the colors/graphics are in the game. Paused in photo-mode, or speeding along in motion; the game is gorgeous. Audio-wise it doesn’t come up lacking either, though there’s nothing new in that regard. Then the race begins. I must note, I’m sure the build we were playing was locked to a “professional” driving mode, so I can’t comment on if there is an easier way to drive. However, I was told that most of us attending – myself included – ended up steering off track on the first turn. As I mentioned, we’re in Simulation-territory this time around. Even with Forza 3 arriving a month after, hardcore race-fans still will find a bunch of reasons to pick this one up come September. The cars are as detailed as they come, inside and out. I crashed a couple times, not because I didn’t break early enough, but I was too preoccupied staring at the well articulated cockpit of the Lamborghini Reventón I was driving.
Looks pretty good. Hopefully the winners of the Need For Speed Shift NYC Event are having fun playing it tonight. Looking forward to your feedback guys.
Here is a zipped up file showing 72 different cars in the game! File is 104.7 MB