Yesterday, Electronic Arts held an event in London to show off some of its new games, including impressive iPhone and iPad titles like MMA, FIFA 11 and Yahtzee.
But the company also had a prototype Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet running a work-in-progress version of Need For Speed Shift. We played it, and it’s shaping up very nicely indeed.
The Android game offers the 3D slidey-corner racing action that Need For Speed fans have come to expect. We tried an easy mode where the racing line is highlighted for you with automatic gear-changing, and a more difficult mode where there’s no prompts and you have to change gears yourself.
We were excellent at one. Not so good at the other. It was ever thus with racing games. The controls worked well though – tilting the tablet to steer, and tapping on the screen to brake and boost, while swiping to change gears.
EA was keen to stress – so we’ll repeat it here – that this was purely work-in-progress, with no firm release date set, and a few bugs to be ironed out. But it didn’t feel far off being finished, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the game debut alongside the Galaxy Tab’s launch, or shortly after it.
It also shows that the Tab is going to be a contender when it comes to rich 3D games from the likes of EA. Another shot from yesterday’s event is below.