Forza 3 and/or NfS Shift

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by Dr. McKay, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. Dr. McKay macrumors 6502a

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    We were in doubt as to what console to buy for our kids (well, a bit for me as well). A Wii or a 360...

    Our kids will be 5 years old on 17th March, but we do think that they're still a bit too young for even a Wii.
    So our (or should I say, my) attention turns back to the 360. In any case, we can always buy a Kinect add-on next year or maybe even for Christmas.

    I already have a Gamecube and PS2 with around 35 games (both systems combined), but I would sell those and put that money towards a 360.

    Obviously, I'd like some games to go with it. Super SF4 and Marvel vs Capcom 3 are definite buys, and probably the lastest Halo FPS, and I'd like a racing game or two.
    I immediately thought Forza 3, but then there is NFS Shift. Are they different enough to warrant purchase of both games ? Or should I just buy NFS Shift now and wait for Forza 4? Is there, besides these two, another worthy racing game ? I'd kill for a game like Daytona USA or Scud Race (ie arcade racer) on the 360 but that will never happen, I guess...
     
  2. SevenInchScrew macrumors 6502a

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    I would get Forza 3. It has been out for over a year now, and you should be able to find it fairly cheap at this point. It is a really great game. The handling of the cars, the sounds, the livery editor, photo mode, etc. There is a lot to like in that game. Forza 4 isn't going to be coming out until much later this year, so between now and then you could get a lot of good time with Forza 3.

    Shift, on the other hand, is a weird game, in my opinion. It falls into this weird in between zone for racers. It isn't really a full-on arcade racer, but it isn't a super realistic sim racer either. And that is the biggest problem I have with it. I like both arcade and sim racing games, but this one just feels off because it tries to be both at once. Now, granted, I haven't played a TON of the game, but what I have so far is not really that fun, personally.

    If you want an arcade racer, you really can't go wrong with either of the recent games from Criterion; Burnout Paradise or NFS Hot Pursuit. I own Paradise on PS3 and Hot Pursuit on 360, and they are both very fun games. Unlike Shift, both of those games KNOW they are arcade racers, and fully exploit that with excellent gameplay. Paradise is fun for all those classic "Burnout" elements; speed, boost, crashes, drifting, etc. The online mode is excellent as well. Hot Pursuit is an awesome throwback to the NFS games of old. You can race as either Racer or Cop, and both have their own specific event types. The online mode in it is excellent as well. Either of those games would be a good purchase.

    So, my suggestion would be to buy Forza 3 for your sim racing needs, and then either Burnout Paradise or NFS Hot Pursuit for your arcade racing fix.
     
  3. Dr. McKay thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'll get Forza 3, it's really cheap these days.
    NFS Hot Pursuit : I'm sure it's a great game, but the lack of a cockpit and/or hood view is a deal breaker for me.
    Burnout, hmmm, I have Burnout Revenge on my PS2 now, and to tel you the truth, I don't really like it all that much. If Burnout Paradise is anything like this, I won't like it either. I want to race, not crash...

    And what about Project Gotham 4 ?
    I remember playing the Ridge Racer series on my PS1 and Daytona USA (CE) on my Saturn. Those were fun games...
     
  4. SevenInchScrew macrumors 6502a

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    I always play racing games in "Front Bumber Cam" but I play Hot Pursuit in "Chase" cam mode. It was a little odd at first, but its the best view for controlling drifts and avoiding objects. But if you are dead-set on wanting a cockpit or hood view, then yea, skip it.
    I've only played small amounts of PGR4, but I know many people rave about it. It is more arcadey than Forza, and as it has been out for quite a while, I'm sure it can be found for next to nothing these days. Probably worth picking up just for its low price.

    Other than that, I haven't played too many more racers on the 360. I did play the BLUR demo when it was out, and that game was quite fun. It is essentially Mario Kart, but you are racing in real cars, not go-karts. Sounds weird, but it was quite fun. Though, if you say you don't like Burnout games because of the crashy nature of them, you might not like BLUR, because with all the weapons and powerups, you do crash a lot. Just a thought.
     

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