The trails: they're seen in both the Story mode and Multiplayer. They're not so intense in Story mode. They would appear on a car you're chasing (red), or behind your car if you shift out of it (blue). In multiplayer they're horrible however. Red is for enemies, blue for allies, and yellow for the Trailblazer car. Ok the trailblazer ones obviously need to be there. I also read that there's pink ones but don't know in which mode that is.
The shields: they very rarely appear in Story mode, I think mainly in missions / challenges where Jericho throws cars at you. I don't think they ever appear in blue in Story mode. But in multiplayer, everyone has them sadly. Again, red for enemies, blue for allies, yellow for the Trailblazer car, and pink again I don't know, I guess it's unused, or maybe for some split screen modes.
Let me show you some pics.
Red shield, no trails:
Red shield, red trails:
Blue shield, blue trails:
It's the car that is chased that always has the trails. Here a Capture The Flag match, and you can see that I have not only blue trails, but also a blue shield, which isn't as noticeable on a blue car, except that it has this ugly plastic look:
And now take a look at those pics without shields. See how much better it looks! I have this bug sometimes when they don't appear. The first pic has another bug, because the names appear in red instead of blue (cops are allies in this case, so they should be blue).
You never see the shield on your own car except in some cases. That is when you have the tag, when you have the flag, or when you have the torch. Oh, and when you're in the trailblazer trails. They will turn blue (hinting you're making points right now) and it will also add a blue, glowing shield to your car. The trails you see them on your own car when you're the chased one (in Tag, Capture the Flag, Takedown, whatever).
Alright, the thing is, I want to get rid of that. I want to make this a project and everyone who wants to join can join! Seriously, we need to do everything to get rid of this. To get rid of the trails (well, except on the trailblazer car) and especially of the shields. I have no idea how to find this or what could be done here.
But I've researched a bit in the game files, and I found some stuff that is related to this I think. It says Blue 32, Blue 128, Red 32, Red 128, Yellow 32, Yellow 128, Pink 32, Pink 128. I think for one of them there's only 32 or 128. I don't know what this means, it's probably for the pink one. Oh and, I remember seeing the pink one now. I don't remember the pink trails or the pink shield, but I remember the name box above the car in pink. Someone was playing with a girly name and I thought it's maybe for female players. But now I know lots of girls who play it and they all have the blue shield / box / trails. So it was most likely a bug, a bit like when you get the Trailblazer colours.
Over 2 years ago, on Driver-Dimension, people were already complaining about it, and so was I. (they're seen in the E3 demo)
I think we had even done a letter with questions to Reflections, or a letter with wishes I think, as the admin of the site was going to visit Reflections, and I think we asked for an option to remove / disable this, but I don't see an option for that. So it was left. A shame, because in another early but not-so-early gameplay video of Takedown, you can see that no police car has the red shield. You can also see that there's no red walls in this version of Takedown, and the player goes really far away. What a shame! Now I also want a feature to turn off red walls. (we'll do that later…)
So, who's in? The game looks so much more beautiful without it. It ruins it all if you ask me. Let's do this!!!