Reviews for Need for Speed: Shift

85

Great pro racing arcade game.

fishey334 | March 5, 2014 | See all fishey334's reviews »

I played this for quite a while and I loved despite it being a far cry from what NFS produces in terms of racing genre. This is probably one of the best since the original Most Wanted and I loved how when playing with all the driving aids turned off using my G27 wheel I could really get into it. This would be worth whatever you pay for it. Though one downside is that when you are doing staged events you couldn't resume from you left off and sometimes you have something like 6+ races in a go which all maybe 5 long laps each. And the Nissan 350z is a great car to get due the level of customization in the game it can rival other cars in Tier 3 races.

77

A sequel that is not really a sequel

colonio | Oct. 30, 2013 | See all colonio's reviews »

Strange game, this Shift. It shares the name of some heavily arcade games that were based on illegal road racing. Shift, however, is different. Let's begin with the setup. It takes the illegal road racing idea, and it throws it away. The game concentrates on track racing, with some real life tracks and some invented one (that are not bad either). Graphics wise, it's undoubtedly a pretty looking game (despite not being new), but that was never a concern with the Need for Speed series. The physics are the strange part of the game: it isn't the standards NfS arcade physic engine, yet it's not a simulation. Sim-arcade, they call them. With pros like the car's "weight", understeering/oversteering, and some cons: colliding cars tend to "stick" toghether, causing embarassing moments; controls are twitchy, and even though there are plenty of settings, it's still hard to setup them to be able to feel the car (at least with a steering wheel). As a final note, the game offers plenty of customization for the cars (both visual and performance wise), and the modding community did some good work, even with the physics engine. Recommended, as long as you know what you're going into.

77

A decent game that is fun

rjb789 | Sept. 26, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »

If you are after a Need For Speed game which recreates the thrill of racing powerful, sporty, good looking cars and sets you down onto hundreds of original racing track and all of them help to re create the adrenaline rush you get from driving a sports car at one hundred miles and hour. Added to this is the gorgeous graphics and the undeniably authentic roar of each engine as you line up at the starting line with the other cars surrounding you, each of them revving their engines in anticipation. This is what this Need for Speed game does best. It makes you feel like a boy racer and this is a great feeling.

70

A good NFS game.

jeyko | July 2, 2012 | See all jeyko's reviews »

Unlike recent NFS games, Shift is worthy of the NFS title. I would say this is the highest-quality Need For Speed game since 2005's spectacular Most Wanted. It may not have that free-roam style of Most Wanted and Carbon, it's a sophisticated game nonetheless. One of the most appealing parts of Shift, is the cars' sounds. They sound like roaring beasts, exactly what I like a car to sound like. Also, the controls are pixel-perfect, you will never blame controls when you lose a race. It also retains the other NFS games' huge customization, and even improves on it with more options. Overall Shift is a solid game, with fantastic looks, tight handling and a lot of customization. I recommend it to all racing games fans and others alike