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PostedOct 15, 2012 12:42 pm

Drag Mode – Anatomy of a Drag Race

Yesterday we give a basic overview of the new Drag mode so today let’s get into all the different stages of a drag race in Need for Speed World!

Once you join the new pre-race lobby you’ll notice a few changes from the lobby you’re used to seeing. It’s been simplified with a new and improved layout that gives players the ability to toggle their transmission (Automatic or Manual). Additionally, when you click on an opponent’s name you’ll get a full 3D view of the player’s car as well as its Class, Performance ratings (HAT ratings) and what parts are installed on it.

Once you’re in the drag race you’re going to be introduced to an entirely new HUD in NFS World:

1. Gear Indicator
Displays the current gear your car is in

2. Shift Zones
Ranges in the RPMs that when you shift gears in will either benefit or hinder your race:
- Yellow zone: Good Shift
- Green zone: Perfect Shift that will give you an added nitrous boost
- Red zone: Over rev resulting in a slow shift

Note: When the RPM enters each shift zone a shift indicator light will appear at the top of the screen with the corresponding color to provide a secondary notification of when to shift.

3. Tachometer
Displays the cars current RPM

4. Race Information
Displays key race information such as race time, current position and opponents in the race.

If you’ve ever seen a drag race in real life you know that the countdown at the starting line is one of the most important parts of the race. It’s all about getting that perfect start off the line! Like all other races modes in NFS World, you need to time the RPM to be in the green zone for a perfect launch!

Once you get off the line you’re going to need to simultaneously manage your gear shifts while keeping an eye on the race to ensure you don’t hit any opponents or traffic cars. Great gear shifting is vital to any victory on the drag strip so you’re always going to want to change gears in the green zone to get a perfect shift and that added nitrous boost!

It is very important to note that if you’re running the race with an automatic transmission you’ll get good shifts every gear change. Therefore, if you’re going after that perfect shift you’re going to need to run in manual. Use the Left Shift, or Flick up on the XBox 360 right analog stick to gear up and use Left Ctrl, or Flick down on the Xbox 360 right analog stick to gear down.

Once you’re off the line you’re always going to have to manage your cars’ lane position during the race. Cars will stay in their current lane while moving forward, no steering required even when the track itself goes around a bend in the road. To change lanes move right/left to switch to the next available lane. This is especially important because you need to avoid traffic cars at all costs and even though you start off with your own lane doesn’t mean it’ll be there throughout the race. There is always the possibility your lane will end and you’ll be forced to change lanes or suffer the consequences.

If you’re successful you’ll make it to the finish line and if you’re good, you’ll win the race. Once the race is finished you’ll be advanced to the new and improved post-race screen. Like the pre-race screen, the post-race screen has been simplified with a greater focus on the top three placed drivers in the race.

And that’s the basic anatomy of a drag race in Need for Speed World. Tomorrow we’ll be discussing the new Drag Skill Mods…
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