There's a big fat EA racing sale going on over on Steam, and Hot Pursuit is probably the pick of the bunch. Of course, that all changes if you somehow don't own Burnout: Paradise, because The Ultimate Box is only £1.24. If you're only just dipping your toes into this sort of thing, definitely plump for Paradise.
Or you could buy the whole EA Racing Pack (Need for Speed Undercover, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed: Shift, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Shift 2 Unleashed) for £13.74.
Need For Speed: Shift's a pretty good racing game and you'll need to drive your best in order to get stars, which'll reward you with a load of cash and'll unlock more races for you to take part in. You've got a choice of over 60 cars, including the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Bugatti Veyron, to take out on a total of 19 tracks such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone, and Donington Park. Gameplay and Gamestation are parting with Xbox 360 copies of the game for £6.99, which'll make you a saving of just over £2.50 on the next best offer coming in from Game Gears.
Need For Speed: Shift is a solid racer that cuts out much of the grind to create a focused and intense driving experience. While the experience isn't necessarily great, Shift has managed to nail the fundamentals of rewarding the player for driving skill. The bare-bones singleplayer career is overshadowed by the excellent online suite, though getting a game could well prove difficult these days.
Either way, Steam have the cheapest price around by a about a fiver. Probably worth a look if you haven't already played its superior sequel to death.
I'm liking the approach EA is taking with Need for Speed, each annual release a different spin on the series, be it Shift's faithful simulation or Hot Pursuit's arcade thrills. If you're more fond of the former, then Shift on the 360 is now just £6.99 at Game. That's a great price, especially with Shift 2 just on the horizon, so if you're looking to brush up on your NFS skills this is the deal to go with.
Nintendo has announced a new Kirby title to investors in the latest IR report. According to our intel, it will be a traditional platformer that focuses on using abilities from popular Nintendo characters to defeat enemies and solve obstacles. Why not check out the small yet mighty trailer?
My Japanese is a little rusty (and Google isn't much better in this case), but from what I can make out, this new title will release in Japan by the end of the year. And features something about "smoking vomiting stationary game machines." Seriously, if you speak the lingo, feel free to give us the translation!
In case you desperately need more Kirby in your life, Kirby's Epic Yarn will finally hit UK shores next month. [Nintendo Investors]
We're all over Sony's newly announced (if persistently and correctly rumoured) NGP, and have bundled all of the pertinent details into our comprehensive first look roundup. However, Sony Euro boss Andrew House has clarified an interesting grey area in the press presentation: the fact that the NGP will ship with at least two separate SKUs at different price points. 3G will only be available in the more expensive models; hopefully allowing Sony to roll out the more basic version at their "affordable" price level.
Stay tuned for our reactions to the NGP announcement!
Whoops. High Voltage has confirmed that Conduit 2, their anticipated Wii shooter, has been delayed once again in order to polish up its multiplayer modes (as well as, we assume, the overall package). At least we now have a firm release date to look forward to: April 22nd.
The game is now scheduled for release on April 22, 2011, which allows for the team to continue to balance and enhance the game’s multiplayer, one of the key features and focuses during the development of this ambitious sequel.
In my hands-on preview last year, I suggested that The Conduit 2 could use a lot more polish in order to deliver on its impressive potential. We'll happily wait a little longer for a great Wii shooter. [VG247]
Excellent. We love it when game developers fall out and deliver juicy, inflammatory judgements against other franchises. This latest angst-bite comes courtesy of Need For Speed: Shift producer Jesse Abney, who informed Videogamer that Gran Turismo 5 isn't technically a game. Because games are supposed to be fun, apparently. Who knew?
I've never really considered GT5 a game. A game to us equals fun, equals entertainment - and Need For Speed has always been about entertaining and fun.
You play GT5, you get a scientific approach to driving. Physics simulations are often subjective, and again - we find we're not presenting the same kind of physics simulation in the race day environment that GT5 is doing in their driving simulation.
Okay then. Anyone fancy taking a crack at that one? [Videogamer]
Do you feel the need? The need for... well, you know. Velocity. If so, you should probably save up for Hot Pursuit, but the capable NFS: Shift is currently being sold at under eight quid. Need For Speed: Shift does everything well without ever being truly spectacular, but at least it makes a point of rewarding players for various styles of driving. It's solid, slick and probably worth your time if you're craving another racing game.
As we patiently wait for the latest instalment to grace us with its presence, what better way to fill the time than to revisit the latest entry to the Need For Speed series which surprisingly made up for the sheer ridiculousness of some of its previous titles. Getting back to its roots of being a track racer and with a whole host of car customisation options, SHIFT lets you power your way around 19 tracks of pedal-to-the-metal action. And if you happen to ram someone off the track while you’re on your merry way to the finish line, it’s okay, we won’t tell anyone.
The Xbox 360 4GB Arcade is soon to be upon us and, frankly, I can't really understand why anyone would want one. The new machines are utterly brilliant and soothingly silent, but why oh why would anyone plump for the version with the tiny hard drive is completely beyond me. Mind you, the Xbox branded flash drives are there if you find you ever need more space...which I'm almost certain that you will.
However, regardless of my withering scepticism, if you want to jump into the Xbox hotseat, this is a pretty good pre-order deal to go for, getting you up and running for under £160 with three fantastic games - Mass Effect 2, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands and Need For Speed: Shift - worth at least a tenner each if not more. With the console itself going for around £140 at the moment, you'll be saving yourself somewhere in the region of £10-30.
It's worth noting that this item gets released on the 20th August.
I bought an Xbox just so I could get my hands on Mass Effect, and the sequel is an excellent game that manages to tighten up the action whilst still retaining BioWare's trademark concerns of choice and consequence. True, the main plot twist passes with more of a wet fart than a fanfare, but it's still a cracking game.
This deal is an absolute winner for anyone thinking about dipping their toes into Microsoft's take on console gaming. I'm actually jealous that you get to have a spanking new console with everything working and built in. I may have to arrange an 'accident' for my Jasper model so I can do the same.
Nod to borofc at HUKD for the tip
If you've been waiting for NFS to get back to what racing should really be all about - you know...the racing - you might like to know that you can finally pick up the game for under a tenner...if you have an Xbox 360. The Game Collection is currently offering X360 versions of the game for just £9.95, saving you over £3 on HMV's price (£12.99), itself two quid away from the next cheapest.
Get ready for performance tweaking, a garage of over 60 cars and 19 tracks to choose from. This is by far and away the best NFS for petrolheads yet. The customisation options are all there, the singleplayer campaign has some real depth to it and the speed...well....once you've had a taste, you need some more.
Ultimately, though, racing games are getting a little similar these days - kudos to Split/Second and Blur for shaking things up a bit - and therefore quality is all a bit relative. Unfortunately, Need For Speed's pitch for seriousness has put it squarely in the same league as Forza 3, which is around the same price and offers a whole lot more bang for your buck. Unless you've clocked Turn 10's motoring masterpiece completely, I'm not sure why you'd go for this one.