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Two Big Sales to Honor iPhone 4 Release

In celebration of the imminent iPhone 4 release, Gameloft and EA have dropped the price on many of their games.  Several of these have never seen the $0.99 price point before.  EA’s sale is for 48 hours as of yesterday and there is no word on how long Gameloft’s sale will last so if there’s a game on the list you want it is recommended you pick it up as soon as possible.  Here’s the full list:

By Gameloft:

GT Racing: Motor Academy

Gangstar: West Coast Hustle*

N.O.V.A. – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance*

Brothers in Arms 2: Global Front

UNO

Shrek Kart

Assassin’s Creed – Altair’s Chronicles

By EA:

Madden NFL 10

Need for Speed Shift*

Need for Speed Undercover*

NBA Live

FIFA 10

Tiger Woods PGA Tour

BATTLESHIP

Trivial Pursuit

Command & Conquer Red Alert

SimCity

The Game of Life: Classic Edition

CLUE

CONNECT 4

Yahtzee Adventures

*Notes games that have received our Must Have award.

Need for Speed Shift Review: Half Sim Half Arcade Works Its Charm

Need for Speed Shift was yet another title that was majorly hyped.  But I wasn’t exactly excited for its release seeing EA’s previous track record of disappointing games such as NBA Live and Command and Conquer.  They were releasing mediocre title after mediocre title, following the releases of Must Have titles such as Tiger Woods PGA Tour and Need for Speed: Undercover.

But with the release of Need for Speed Shift, they’ve somewhat redeemed themselves, showing promise for what EA Mobile has in store for the iPhone platform.  I was mightily impressed with Need for Speed Shift, and while mightily similar to Undercover, it successfully strays away from the arcade racer genre while still dipping its toes ever so slightly into arcade.

I honestly didn’t think they could pull it off with Undercover being developed for over a year while Shift significantly less, but they did it once again.

Likes

Graphics: NoDPad author Jeff and I were arguing about which racing game had better graphics: Real Racing or Need for Speed Shift, and you know it looks good when you’re comparing it to Real Racing.  While I personally though Real Racing looked a little better, there’s no going back on the fact that Need for Speed Shift is quite impressive.

The first-person view could have been a little bit better as the gloves looked more like transparent outlines, but otherwise, I was satisfied with the way the game looked.  The cars were all sleek, and it looked even more sophisticated whenever you collided with an object.  The development team behind Need for Speed Shift did a good job of competing with the competition and churned out their best; displayed through a graphically intense game.

Content: I’m just going to say the game will last you a long time.  It has taken me a little close to forever to complete the first city, let along the other 5 or 6 cities.  By the end of the game, I don’t think anyone would complain about the game being too short or too lacking.

Controls: As with many racing games, controls don’t seem to be a problem with the accelerometer in place.  While I would have liked an implementation of touch controls, the accelerometer controls were accurate and worked well.  The brake was also another feature that I liked: touch anywhere to break.  You shouldn’t have any problems with the controls other than the fact that there aren’t any touch controls or different options for controls.

Customization: Now this is an area that Real Racing fails and Need for Speed Shift exceeds.  Just like its predecessor Undercover, Shift features tons of customization options including paint jobs, body kits, and increase of car stats.  Many people including me love customizing their cars, and this area was a big plus for the game.  It isn’t anything different from Undercover though, and all they really did was transfer the customization from one game to the other.

Dislikes

Cars: There aren’t many of them, and only 20 is quite pitiful when compared to Real Racing’s boastful catalogue of over 40 cars.  While they aren’t licensed, it’s still more than Need for Speed Shift.  It would have been nice to add some more in there instead of the same cars that are available in Undercover.  There are some new ones, but most of them are pretty much the same from the previous Need for Speed.

It’s the Same: I couldn’t help but feel how similar Need for Speed Shift was to Need for Speed Undercover.  Sure one was an arcade racer pitting you against cops while Shift was more about racing, but the controls, style, feel, design, and cars were too similar.  There was an added profile along with “leveling up”, but other than that, it felt like Undercover.  I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing; I’m just saying that I wished that it felt a little different.

Power Hog: Just a warning: this will eat your battery like mad.  And heat your device quite a bit as happened to my device.  It truly shows how much power this game requires, and my iPhone was pretty hot by the time I stopped playing the game.  I also went down from 100% battery life to 43% in a matter of one or two hours, definitely eating up much of my battery.  I’m sure this can be fixed, but for now, just a warning to those planning to play Need for Speed Shift for a lengthy amount of time.

I was surprised with this title, and EA Mobile did a great job of bringing yet another great racing title to the iPhone.  While I can imagine someone else (cough cough Real Racing 2) beating this out, it’s still a worthy racing title.  With an early sale of $6.99, it’s cheap enough to consider against Real Racing.  And while it isn’t a Real Racing killer by any means, it’s definitely very close.

Need for Speed Shift was developed by EA Mobile, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $6.99.


‘Need for Speed: Shift’ Now $6.99

In an interesting turn of events, EA Mobile has put their sim racer, Need for Speed: Shift, on sale after not even one week of the game being released.  While some may feel ripped off, I think it’s time for others to pick up the game at this price.  The original $9.99 price tag was difficult to swallow for most, and personally, in these times it may be a bit too much for a mobile game.

Either way, people who haven’t picked it up yet should think of considering it now.  While there are many other “awesome” games available, racing fans should be happy with their purchase.  Among the features include 20 different cars, WiFi and Bluetooth multiplayer, an extensive career mode, and more.  It should take an average person around 7 or 8 hours to complete the game, and content shouldn’t be a problem for most.

We should have our review up, but for now, check out the screenshots reproduced below.  It looks as if the $6.99 price tag will be permanent.

‘Need for Speed: Shift’ Races Around the World, Available Everywhere

When I read that Need for Speed: Shift was available in Aussie, I was stunned.  I’ve been waiting all day for its arrival, and it’s finally here in the US Store (and I’m assuming everywhere else).  Most have been waiting with high hopes with this game also as Need for Speed: Undercover was one of the best iPhone racers of all time.

Need for Speed: Shift seems to stray away from arcade racers though, and while it does feature a nitro boost, the controls and visuals seem to be quite different.  The game also features 20 licensed cars, 16 different tracks, and iPhone 3GS exclusive physics-based accelerated graphics.  Local WiFi and Bluetooth are features that are also available throughout 6 different game modes.

While the price tag may set off some, the game itself seems to be quite worth it.  $9.99 seems quite reasonable, and there doesn’t seem to be any DLC available at the moment.

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Need for Speed: Shift Information and Screens

EA Mobile announced Need for Speed: Shift coming to the iPhone through their console trailer, and yesterday they released screenshots for the game along with a full car list.  From the screenshots, the game definitely looks impressive on a technical standpoint, and I really hope this doesn’t turn into another NFS: Undercover incident where the game took forever to be released (almost one year after announcement).

Here is the full car list:

  • BMW M3 GT2
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Mazda RX-8
  • Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • Porsche Cayman S
  • Nissan 370Z (Z34)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
  • Dodge Challenger Concept
  • Ford Shelby GT500
  • Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro
  • Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
  • Ford GT
  • Porsche 911 GT2
  • Lamborghini Murciélago LP640
  • Pagani Zonda F
  • Aston Martin Racing DBR9
  • Maserati MC12 GT1

It seems to be a lot more extensive than NFS: Undercover, and I cannot wait for this to be released.  It may even be the new racing king right next to Real Racing.

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