video is broke for me :(
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People continue to pay for it, so MS will continue to charge for it. it's really stupid because you're the one paying for internet and hooking it up to your Xbox, just like you would to your PC, but then out of nowhere there's this extra fee that goes to MS just because they know they can get away with it. Look at PSN, look at Steam, they all do the same things with friends and chat, it's not super crazy and new nowadays. I don't pay for XBL anymore, I just play PS3 online and I like it. I just play whenever I want, wherever I want, there's no stupid subscription fee.
I'd like to like this for some reason, but I find it hard to see the sustained appeal of racing a ship down a tunnel for hours to techno music. I dunno...Well if you sum up any game like that it'll sound boring. Like shooting a billion bad guys on a linear path until the game ends.
Hey guys I made a Steam group for folks who want to take advantage of Shift 2's autolog feature. Anyone can join, and when you do just leave a comment on the group page to say what your in-game username is. And if you don't know, to access the autolog feature it's on the main menu of the game at the bottom of the screen, just click on it to open it up (and to get back out, click on where it says "Autolog" again). I made the group because the game uses your EA account for the autolog stuff, not your Steam account, so it's kind of hard to find people to do that stuff with.
Join up and add me in-game, my name there is JoelTGM.
"I'm playing on the PC so no frame rate issues here at max graphics. The XP points are still here, but they don't do the stuff like in the first Shift where it was about driving aggressively or cleanly. I don't think having XP and unlocks to look forward to is stupid because it's done well here. A track will have a set of objectives, like master all corners, do one clean lap, and lead for an entire lap. Completing these objectives gives you XP, and when you level up you get a chunk of bonus cash, and unlock stuff to customize your car with. It's just kind of cool because you can see the map of the track with green check marks on the corners you've mastered, and gray X's on the corners you haven't, so it gives incentive to go back and master those corners.
2009 Dirt 2 was my game of the year with SHIFT an honourable mention, by the sounds of it this should be up there as well, how is the framerate? and is that stupid RPG points system still in there?"
Seriously it's my new favourite racing game. Driving from the helmet cam is super immersive and gives an incredible sense of speed. At first it was very hard to judge corners because the driver looks toward the apex, so just aiming the center of your screen at the apex doesn't really work because while you may be looking directly at the corner, your car might be slightly off and you'll feel like you took the turn way too wide. Once I got used to paying attention to the cars direction, and got a sense of how the helmet cam works, then I could really enjoy it. The cockpit of the car will blur out as you're taking a corner or hitting high speed because, just like in real life, you are focused on the road. The physics are fantastic. I'm driving with zero assists and manual transmission (with clutch pedal and stick) and it feels great. I went full speed off a steep hump in the road, and I got air, then the car actually nosed into the ground and spun into the wall. In the replay it looks very realistic, unlike other racing games where the cars feel like bumper cars that bounce off things and never really roll or carry momentum properly in a crash. The helmet cam really adds to it as well because your view gets pulled by the g-forces and then knocked around in a crash. The lighting looks really good too, and it'll even shine on the corners of your helmet which is a nice touch. At night you are driving with your headlights, barely able to see what's coming, and damn does it look impressive, and also really scary.
This game is just so different than the standard racing sims out there, just to see it in action is impressive, and the feel of the driving is spot on. I highly recommend this game to anyone who likes driving fast. And just remember, the helmet cam is really disorienting at first (it was pissing me off and causing me to miss turns completely), but once you learn to drive with it, you'll LOVE it.