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.
I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this game is, and the choice of cars is astounding. You can extensively alter your vehicle from major components like the engine to minute alterations in tyre pressure, although whilst this is great fun you really need to have a good knowledge of cars to tweak them effectively. The racing is pretty faced paced and you can throw yourself amongst the chaos by switching to the helmet mounted camera. The PC version'll set you back £15.95 if you're picking it up from either Blah DVD, 101cd, and DVD.co.uk, which should save you around £2 on the next best offer.
I can't believe how cheap this game is getting already! For, £14.99 you should definitely grab a copy on the PC, from either Play or Amazon, plus it'll save you £3 on the next best offer coming in from HMV. There are plenty of cars to take your pick from and that's just where things start, you'll be amazed at just how much you can customise and tweak them in order to create your very own streamlined track monsters. The view from the helmet mounted camera brilliantly throws you into the driver's seat, just brace yourself before any crashes!
There are loads of things that I love about Shift Unleashed 2 from the incredibly long list of cars, to the helmet mounted camera view that really throws you behind the wheel and lets you see the consequences of every single collision. The amount of customisation is pretty staggering and whilst this is by no means a bad thing, you've really got to know the ins and outs of car mechanics to get the best results possible. At £24.95, you'll be making a saving of just over £2 on the 360, and just over £2.50 on the PS3.
Game, Gamestation, and Gameplay have all dropped their prices for Shift Unleashed 2 on the Xbox 360 and PS3, which means that you can get your hands on some high quality racing for £24.99, saving almost £10 on the Xbox 360 version and exactly £7 on the Ps3 version. The list of cars is impressive to say the least and the racing is definitely fast and furious, especially when you view the proceedings through the driver's helmet mounted camera. Thanks to the gooner @ HUKD.
This week's chart update sees Crysis 2 maintain its top spot for a second week running, with players clearly digging on its versatile singleplayer campaign and multiplayer modes. However, it's clear that us gamers are also trying to make a concerted effort to get fit for the holidays, with newcomer Zumba Fitness blazing into second place. Shift 2: Unleashed has also shifted into fourth gear (and position), though sadly, fellow racer Motorstorm Apocalypse has failed to enter the top ten despite a strong marketing campaign. It's likely that the understandable delay has put it on the back foot.
Other newcomers include Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 and WWE All-Stars, which occupy sixth and seventh place respectively.
Pokemon Black has slid from the top ten, though White version is still clinging onto ninth position after dropping four places. We can expect these two to occupy the top 40 for some time yet. However, there are no 3DS exclusives anywhere near the top of the charts - which Nintendo needs to rectify with a third party push this summer. They'll be pleased with Art Academy, mind, which has skyrocketed 33 places into position number 10.Full chart after the jump >>
Platforms: Xbox 360 | PS3 | PC
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Lets get this out of the way right from the start, Shift 2 Unleashed is a highly tuned, racing focused machine, so if you're expecting to cruise around an open environment for a bit of a laugh, you're better off jumping into Test Drive Unlimited 2. Now, the real car enthusiasts amongst you will love the experience on offer in Shift 2 Unleashed because it's one of the best out there, which has a lot to do with a fantastic combination of tense, high speed, adrenaline fuelled racing, and the chance to really get inside the vehicles that are on offer to you and make little tweaks here and there to alter their performance.
Initially a large proportion of the game's locked off to you, in fact from what I can remember the only things I could select from the menu were the career mode and options, which immediately made me think that things weren't going to be quite as fun as I'd thought. However, this is just to guide you into the initial tutorials that test your abilities and assign your driving controls accordingly, and i have to say the assigned control system is probably the best out of any racing game I've ever played before. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the tutorial videos, they're probably the most irritating thing in the game and you WILL find yourself hammering every button on your controller to make them go away! Luckily, once they're gone the game becomes an open book and you can have a proper look around.Click here to read the rest of Tom's review...
Here's a deal for those of you who are waiting until March to get your hand on this game. Shift 2: Unleashed gives you the chance to get behind the wheel of over 130 different cars, around approximately 100 tracks, as you rocket yourself into first place in various types of races. Seeing as this is a sequel you might be asking yourself what's different this time round. Well, you'll be able to view footage from an in-helmet camera, burn rubber in the dark of night, and there's a new handling mode for the vehicles.
Heavy. That's the best word to describe Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed. Perhaps 'weighty' too. Not in a sluggish way, mind. Don't get that into your head there. Nicely heavy, satisfyingly weighty. Especially when you crash, and you will, because Shift 2, like its predecessor, won't be your typical slick arcade experience where you can glide to victory after smashing into multiple barriers and coming out unscathed.
Surprisingly few of you actually bothered to pick up the first Shift, a rather radical branching as it was from the main NFS tree. Focused on gritty realism, it didn't strike the correct chord with the punter, even though it was well reviewed and is still highly thought of in journalistic circles. Cash is what counts in this business, of course, and EA have continuously been jabbing forks into the eyes of Slightly Mad Studios' development team in order to make them 'friendly' the game up for more mass consumption.
With this in mind, NFS: Hot Pursuit's Autolog feature has been integrated into Shift 2, bringing with all manner of time tracking and social networking-type things that are supposed to make you want to buy the game more. As one of the developers quipped during the hands-on, “It doesn't mean much if you've got no friends, of course”. Couldn't have said it better myself.