Need for Speed: Shift
"Need for Speed Shift is a glorious return to greatness (and even excellence) for EA's seminal racing franchise." - IGN.com
"With the series' latest release - Need for Speed: SHIFT - the popular franchise doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon." - PCAdvisor.com
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Need for Speed SHIFT is an award-winning authentic racing game that combines the true driver’s experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks. Need for Speed SHIFT takes players in a different direction to create a simulation experience that replicates the true feeling of driving high-end performance cars.
Players are thrust into the loud, visceral, intense, athletic experience of racing a car on the edge of control from the driver’s perspective through the combination of perception based G-forces, the hyper reality of the cockpit view, and the brutal experience of a first person crash dynamic. Need for Speed SHIFT features an accurate, accessible physics-based driving model that allows you to feel every impact, every change of track surface and every last bit of grip as you push yourself to the edge.
True Driver's Experience - A variety of visual cues delivers the true driver’s experience including a three-dimensional HUD that mimics driver head movement, inertia and G-forces. The depth of field also adjusts based on the speed of the car; so when the car is traveling at high speeds the perspective will shift to the distance putting the car/cockpit out of focus.
Driver Profile - What kind of driver are you? Driver profile tracks the player’s evolution as a race driver from event to event. This system is made up of a driver’s personality on the track, their success rate and any profile points and badges accrued all of which work together to create a tailor-made career and game play experience. Driver profile is pervasive throughout all modes: career and online.
Dynamic Crash Effect - When the player hits a static object or opponent car, the player will feel like they are 'taking damage'. A combination of visual and audio effects will leave the player disoriented and briefly disrupt the race.
Total Customization - Need for Speed SHIFT features a comprehensive customization option that lets the player tailor every aspect of the cars performance and styling. Go under the hood to upgrade and tune your vehicle to increase its performance. The visual customization system allows players to personalize both the exterior and trick out the interior to reflect their individual style and preferences.
Photo-Realistic Cars and Tracks - Nearly 70 licensed cars are available including the Pagani Zonda F, Audi RS4, and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. There is also over 15 real-world locations like Willow Springs and Laguna Seca as well as fictional circuits like downtown London and Tokyo.
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.
A sequel that is not really a sequelcolonio | 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.
A decent game that is funrjb789 | 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.
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