The latest and greatest from two of the biggest racing game franchises are back to do battle again. Those being Forza Motorsport 3 and Need For Speed Shift. Both of these games boast amazing graphics that surpass their predecessors by leaps and bounds. Need For Speed provides the ultimate feeling of driving a real race car, from the shaking of the camera after hitting a bump in the road, to blurred vision and disorientation after hitting a wall or another car. Forza Motorsport 3 brings a massive amount of tracks and cars to play with, not to mention unlimited customization options through the new "Storefront" option, which allows players to buy and sell paint jobs, tuning setups, in game photos and much much more with the whole gaming community.
Over the last few years the Need For Speed franchise has been severely lacking in the fun factor, many players will argue that Need For Speed: Most Wanted was the last good NFS game, which was released over 5 years ago! So the NFS crew really had to hit it out of the park with this game. They accomplished just that, they took the failed concept of their last game, Need For Speed: Pro Street, and completely revamped it, adding everything that Pro Street should have had. But by no means is this a re-badged copy of Pro Street! Shift brings a lot more to the table with new cars, tracks, and realism that will suck you out of your chair and right into the racing experience!
The first installment of Forza Motorsport was developer Turn 10's first entry into the gaming market, and they did it flawlessly, and as many new developers fail in their first attempts, Turn 10 really stepped up! And they did not disappoint with their Sophomore effort, Forza Motorsport 2, which completely turned the racing genre on its head. But with Forza Motorsport 3 Turn 10 unleashed the floodgates with new features, tracks, and cars. In fact there were so many cars and tracks a second disc had to be shipped with the game which allowed the player to unlock every car and track. Turn 10 also changed how the custom paint job was made by creating the "Storefront" option. Think of it as Walmart for cars, you can buy almost anything from the storefront, from custom paint jobs, to custom tunes and game replays. This is by far their best work to date, and by many is considered to be better than the daddy of all simulators, Gran Tursimo.
Now, the question of the day is, which one is best? Well, as with any comparison, both have their strong and weak points, so I have made this list which covers all the high and low spots of each game, I have also included a video review of both games that you may watch to get a feel for both games. ENJOY!
Forza Motorsport 3
-Extremely vivid and solid gameplay
-Ridiculous amount of cars and tracks
-In car view is one of the best I've seen
-8 player drifting on Fujimi Kaido is the most fun you'll ever have
-Awesome damage effects
-Getting to use a clutch is awesome! (clutch kick FTW!!)
-Driver shifting animations were added through an Xbox Live update
-Medium difficulty A.I. is too easy and hard is too difficult, there is no decent middle ground between the two
-Achievements are a little too easy
Need For Speed: Shift
-Awesome capturing of the real racing experience
-Driver duels are a great addition
-It feels like each A.I. character has its own personality
-Speed blur is very cool
-Not enough cars
-Glitchy (I had a problem with the speedometer needle disappearing, and in drift events there would be no sound unless I restarted the race)
-Choppy frame rate at times
-Vinyl editor is downright annoying!!!!!
-Very basic customization
-Speed blur and crash effects get tiresome after about 30 minutes
For the average racing fan, or fan of racing simulators, I would recommend Forza 3 over Need For Speed. Its sheer number of cars and tracks makes Need For Speed almost invisible, and its gameplay provides a more enjoyable experience. I would only recommend NFS for someone who is really into professional racing, otherwise, just rent it, trust me!
Forza Motorsport 3: A-
Need For Speed: Shift: B-