• Sep 3rd 2009 at 12:29PM
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Make no mistake about it: the racing games are coming. But while it may be all to easy to get lost in all the hype over the latest from Microsoft's Forza or Sony's Gran Turismo franchises, Electronic Arts has a trick of its own up its sleeve. (We're just kidding, everyone knows gamers don't wear sleeves.) And they've just given us a glimpse of what to expect. Three of them, actually.

The benchmark of any good racing game is how faithfully it reproduces some of our most favorite race tracks. And if that's the gold standard, then Need for Speed SHIFT is shaping up to be a great one. If you'll follow us after the jump, you can enjoy three new videos outlining EA's take on three of America's best circuits: Laguna Seca, Willow Springs and Road America – complete with run-downs of each track's histories and intricacies. The game launches in North America on September 15, but you can check out the videos now.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to know about the new online NFS. I could really do with a new Motor City if it's done right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would anybody care about any of these "realistic" racers when there is a far superior product in iRacing
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not everyone has a gaming quality computer, while others simply don't want to deal with the headaches of PC gaming, and still others would rather not pay a monthly fee for their games. Someone needs to release a truly incredible sim on a console for gamers aren't so keen on PC gaming. Race Pro comes close, but it's not quite up to the quality of the GTR series on the PC.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As brilliant as iRacing is, There's not enough content that I'm interested in to justify paying the subscription AND the cost of all cars/tracks...
      • 5 Years Ago
      EA is making this one as a sim, but I really hope there is a demo before release. It's currently on my list of games to get but the NFS franchise has sucked (in my opinion) since Porsche Unleashed so I'm a bit worried..
        • 5 Years Ago
        PU for life.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GTR2 is the best sim around , the team that made GTR2 will make this new NFS , but i have doubts EA will let them go for the full simulation effect, the game will be too difficult for children , will require a serious steering wheel and it won't sell many copies.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Porche Unleashed was freaking great. They should have done a folow up with a different brand(Ferari) soon afterwards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just preordered this on Amazon... and will apparently get another $10 credit after its release. Then can use that $10 for GT5!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool videos, but where's the demo?

      I'm really curious if this is a PC-grade racing sim, as the pedigree of the developers leads me to believe, or if this is a "racing limbo" GRID clone that uses some odd compromise between arcade and sim physics to try and appeal to everyone. There's a lot of potential behind this game, hopefully they don't squander all of it away like they did with ProStreet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Sparrk - Yeah, ProStreet left such a bitter taste in my mouth that I don't trust this game for a second. PS had everything going for it, and it looked pretty awesome in the preview videos - then the demo came out and it was shockingly dull and awful with wonky physics to boot. This is definitely a title I'm going to have to try before I buy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        knowing EA , this will be something for the kids , not a simulator. i hope i'm wrong.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have actually played this, its actually a good realistic racing game, not quite forza but it comes fairly close.
        • 5 Years Ago
        oh , it sucks then , i was hoping for GTR2 realism.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um, Willow Springs HAS changed much if the video is any indication. What's with all the decorations?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've driven on Laguna Seca, and this game is the first to get the elevation changes on that track right...it looks dead on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I live 3 miles away from Road America. When the cars are running on the track, you can hear them outside. I have driven on the track itself in real life. Soon I will able to virtually as well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      theyre racing reventons and veyrons, either their crazy or are loaded with virtual money
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not excited, this isn't what NFS is about.... can't they remake Porsche Unleashed? I don't think Shift will deliver, especially with Forza 3 and GT5 around the corner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know, this one's weird. It seems like a sim but the videos just scream arcade-y. This one's really a wait and see.
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