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Gran Turismo 5 has too many cars. That's the controversial opinion of Marcus Nilssen, executive producer on EA's forthcoming Shift 2: Unleashed.

"I think it's ridiculous, I do," said Nilssen, speaking to at a recent showcase event. "How many of the millions of people who will buy GT5 are going experience all those cars? None!

"I don't think people are interested in driving a Polo 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 - if that would be in such a game, I don't know. I think that people want to drive the original cars that are out there, and those are the cars that we're building: everything from the car-porn cars that you see in the street - the Porsches, the Maseratis - to the race monsters that race around Spa or Monza. It basically caters to all those consumers."

Sony's flagship racing title finally arrived in stores last week, containing a massive 1031 cars. But despite his criticisms, Nilssen professed respect for his Polyphony Digital-developed rival:

"We're competing on the same turf. I would be foolish not to be concerned about GT5. GT5 is a beast. It's hard to understand what you should be worried about - it's so big and they have so many features."

Aside from Gran Turismo, Shift 2's main competition in 2011 is likely to be Forza 4, expected towards the end of the year. But for the time being, Nilssen is confident that his game will beat Turn 10's previous racer.

"I fundamentally think that if you look at Forza 3 and you look at Shift 2, they're not in the same division. Shift 2 is just so far ahead."

Shift 2: Unleashed will have somewhere in the region of 130 cars, Nilssen added. You can read our first impressions of the game here.

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I agree with Nilssen on GT5 having too many cars. Some cars people have no interest in driving regardless of whether or not the car is acurately simulated. The truth is you can find cars in every simulation that you drive ONLY because you have to for a certain event. Granted, there is the player who collects every car in game. In GT3, a there were players who collected every color of every vehicle. Personally, I prefer a game that focuses on the cool cars, sporty cars for racing.

Now, if Nilssen is saying Shift 2 is much better than Forza 3, that is saying a lot and, at the same time, not really not saying much. First, Forza 3 is a great racing game. Of course, it had its issues as all games do. Second, Forza 3 released in October 2009. Thus, any racing game that releases in 2011 SHOULD be much better than Forza 3 especially if that is Shift 2's target audience.
Posted 12:58 on 30 January 2011
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I'd happily hand over 900 of the cars in the game right now for online leaderboards.
Posted 10:27 on 01 December 2010
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Wido@ Neon-Soldier32

I don't think you can say the Shift 2 developer is jealous due to polyphonic not doing a sterling job. I know its my outside opinion but with the 6 years in development. Gran Tourismo is certainly a game I wouldn't be impressed by if the ending product isn't up to scratch to entertainment value's.

Though what he did say:

"I fundamentally think that if you look at Forza 3 and you look at Shift 2, they're not in the same division. Shift 2 is just so far ahead."

That might bite him back in the ass if Shift 2 fails to perform. The game has now given me something I want to see, and see if Shift 2 is in a total new league to Forza 3. Forza 3 is one of my favourite racing games, so the ball is in Shift's court now.
Posted 07:41 on 01 December 2010
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I guess he does have a point. Many of the cars in GT5 I know I will never drive, let alone buy, but GT has always been about a huge selection of cars. It's just doing what it has always done.

Let Gran Turismo be Gran Turismo. That at least should never change.
Posted 21:14 on 30 November 2010
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Clockpunk@ mikejosh1978

Ah, that's me told then! Whoops. :p
Posted 20:26 on 30 November 2010
mikejosh1978's Avatar


The is ( well owning 1000 cars ) PMSL .
at the rate you get Xp/ Cash its same old spam a certain race till you get what you need to buy em.
Posted 20:25 on 30 November 2010
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Imagine if there were a trophy for driving (or even buying!!) them all... ;)
Posted 20:14 on 30 November 2010
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MJTH@ Woffls

You got me there man, having having model then one model car counting as engine types does kinda push,.... but still ;)
Posted 20:10 on 30 November 2010

Neon-Soldier32@ mikejosh1978

I think that they were being a little pressured to release it before Christmas, and if that hadn't (possibly) happened then they probably would have delayed: Again!
Posted 20:06 on 30 November 2010
mikejosh1978's Avatar


GT5 has too many pointless cars & i really do thinK PD spent 6 yrs on holiday then realised they had to cobble a game together .
As for NFS i think they just have car envy.
Posted 19:56 on 30 November 2010


IMO Sheft 2 dev is jealous that they couldn't do as good of a job as Polyphonic has
Posted 19:30 on 30 November 2010
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Woffls@ MJTH

You can if it means sacrificing things like enjoyable career progression, steady difficulty curves, intuitive menu design, leaderboards, functional online and a thematically consistent soundtrack xD

I get having loads of versions of the TVR Tuscan or whatever, but a VW Polo? Who gives a crap? Apart from Polo owners, but who cares about them, right? ;p
Posted 19:20 on 30 November 2010
MJTH's Avatar


Hmmm.... you can never have to many cars, in game and real life :)
Posted 19:10 on 30 November 2010

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Release Date: 24/11/2010
Developer: Polyphony Digital
Publisher: Sony
Genre: Racing
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