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Need For Speed: Shift

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 3 and Over
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation3
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  • 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 travelling at high speeds the perspective will shift to the distance putting the car/cockpit out of focus
  • Enhanced AI – A sophisticated AI system will mean that your races are more exciting than ever before. AI opponents will react and perform based on the player's aggression and overall driving skill thus creating race experiences for all skill sets
  • 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 disorientated and briefly disrupt the race
  • Total Customisation – 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 Real 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
  • Additional gameplay features including career mode to be unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June 2009.

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard | Format: Box
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  • ASIN: B0021AEKNU
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 13.4 x 1.6 cm ; 27 g
  • Release Date: 18 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,346 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard | Format: Box

Manufacturer's Description

Need For Speed is one of the best-loved and most successful driving game franchises ever – but you can forget everything you knew about it, as NFS Shift – the clue is in the name -- takes a radical new direction. You could argue that it has grown up – it has moved, by and large, from the streets to legendary race-tracks like Spa, Donington and Laguna Seca (although there are street circuits, too), and gives you the chance to pilot drool-inducing machinery like the Pagani Zonda and Koenigsegg CCX.

The shift in emphasis becomes immediately apparent when you start a Career in the game: there’s not a cop-car in sight, but instead, NFS Shift assesses your driving skills by putting you in a BMW 3-series and dropping you into a short race around a gloriously detailed reconstruction of the legendary Brands Hatch. Buy a car and you instantly have a choice of five races. What initially strikes you are the stunning, mega-crisp graphics, best enjoyed through NFS’ famous cockpit view, which now has a level of attention to detail that beggars belief.

You swiftly come to appreciate the structure of Need For Speed Shift’s Career Mode, which sounds complicated but has been cleverly designed to work in your favour. To progress through the game, you must win stars, which are given out for finishing on the podium (three stars for a win and so on), but also for passing thresholds for Profile Points in each race. Profile Points are awarded for two opposite aspects of your driving: aggression and precision, and the balance between them defines your driving style. This system works brilliantly, as you actually get awarded for indulging in driving that would be frowned on in real life, such as punting opponents off the track or four-wheel slides. Those who fancy themselves as budding pros will undoubtedly want to earn more points for precision than aggression, though.

There are four Tiers to negotiate before you even get to the NFS Live World Tour, the two-series culmination of the game, in which you compete in the world’s most exotic cars – to move up the Tiers you need to collect specified numbers of stars. And your Profile Points let you level up as a driver, to a maximum of Level 50. Each time you level up, you get rewards like sponsorship, new rims and vinyls, plus invites to extra races.

NFS Shift boasts straight Races, Time Attacks – in which you get a certain amount of time to post the fastest lap – Eliminators, Drift events, Driver Duels – in which you pick one of two cars and must defeat the other over three races – Endurance races, Manufacturer races – in which you’re given an identical car to everyone else on track – and Hot Laps, where you have three target times to beat in order to grab the stars on offer. You earn plenty of Invitational Events along the way, and you can see who out of you and your Friends owns each event in Career Mode. NFS Shift is sure to be a big draw online: up to eight players can compete in Races, Time Attacks and Drifts.

Factor in realistic handling with bags of feel, AI that makes rival drivers improve steadily through the game and extensive customisation of both mechanicals and bodywork, and you have what must be the most complete, best structured and best-looking racing game ever, whether you’re a serious petrol-head with dreams of becoming the next Lewis Hamilton, or an enthusiastic amateur who tends to favour arcade-style racers. With Shift, Need For Speed has stepped up several gears at once.

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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new direction, a startling new perspective... 18 Sep 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The direction that NFS has taken with Shift, whilst not certainly the new direction the franchise is expected to take permanently, has certainly raised a lot of eyebrows for what seem to be all the right reasons.

This game offers what I would consider to be the truest driving experience offered by any game to date. This is obviously a hugely bold statement, and this game is by no means perfect, but for the target market that this has been aimed at it really is something very special.

The re-inclusion of the in car/cockpit view has been pivotal. This is undoubtedly the way to play this game - and it is this view that truly conveys so much about track racing that you can expect. It is a truly immersive experience, making you feel everything and see everything the way you would given a racing situation. Whilst this might sound on face value like a forced situation you are placed in, in fact it is so intuitive and rational in its outcome that you are left truly feeling deep in the action at all time. Firstly, the graphics are stunning The cockpits are meticulously recreated, allowing you to see, when the racing is at its least chaotic, all of the detail from the dials to the gear knobs to the foot wells! The tracks look so polished; stands, walls and some battered wall-banners in certain places look excellent. The tracks are not barren and no detail is spared, unlike the graphically disappointing Race Pro. One of the most exemplary circuits is Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Offering both areas of tight near-walled circuit and open, sweeping circuit you are thrown from the light parts of the circuit to the dark as you descent into Au Rouge and back up the hill again. It's just a brilliant piece of racing you simply must experience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NFS Shift 17 Nov 2009
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game has excellent features, from car building options and presentations which can be totally unique, the graphics are also of a high standard, i find from racing inside the car gives a realistic visual experience.

There are 5 category levels of racing cars to proceeded through, and the structure of rewards are in three parts, the first are for driving ability on each track in the form of stars, the challenges vary from track to track, some of these are near impossible to obtain, and the second is money to buy new cars with, and the third is points from following the racing line, these points open up new driving challenges and rewards which is limited to 50 levels, this could have been much more.

The amount of space available in garage is limited, which is annoying after development time needed for each car in tuning and painting, and this lack of space means that after a short period of time you will soon have a excess of money with nothing to spend it on. You constantly need to sell and redevelop new cars, you can only buy a car once and have it stored in the garage and this doesn't allow you to develop a car to a lower level point rating to enter a race (say at a 14 value) without reselling that car and redeveloping it once again, the garage doesn't have the ability to organize your cars into categories, which would be helpful in the online mode for quick selection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game could be so good. The cockpit view is ground-breaking in its concept of introducing depth of field, superb engine sounds with all the ambient noise of the car and track, the acceleration/braking movement, dirtying windscreen, etc. Whack a helmet on, recline in your racing seat, take a hold of your Logitech G25 and you could be there!

Now the down side! This game was released with so many bugs and glitches, EA must have decided to make their beta testers redundant and let Joe Public do the job.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3's top racer 19 Sep 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A string of new racing titles are hitting the shelves now, Dirt 2, Supercar challenge and this, with Gran Turismo who know's where in the distance. Despite having never played any of the previous NFS titles I chose it for the good reviews and excellent video's - and money well spent it is too.
Right at the start of the game you are prompted into a practice lap and judging from your performance in this the game adjusts it's settings to the most appropriate level, an opening example of the depth of detail and thought which has gone into this game. Graphically shift is superb, the in car views are particularly good, but across the board everything is such high quality - in the past Gran Turismo has really led the way in this aspect, but now Shift is clearly better than prologue, GT5 has it's work cut out.
However, all this is totally secondary to the gameplay, but again shift is worthy of all the praise being heaped upon it. Grid is very good, and Burnout even better, but shift is a step up on both. Shift is much more biased towards simulation rather than arcade, yet it stops short being an outright simulation - after all it is a game and we're all playing it for fun! Shift is judged really well, just arcade enough to be great fun, but erring more to a proper racer, and all the better for it.
In all early impressions are really good, games are a lot of money and the disappointment when you fork out and are let down is a shame. In my opinion the PS3 has needed a quality racer for some time - perhaps developers have been scared of the all conquering GT on PS1 and 2; shift is the quality racer we've been waiting for. Obviously a real step up on Grid, miles better than prologue. Money well spent, shift will take some beating, if you're looking for a racing game get this one - it really is class.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hours and Hours of Fun!
This was the first racing game I purchased on the PS3, and to put it simply, it has provided hours and hours of racing fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tahir Usman
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and challenging game!
Having played both NFS Most Wanted and GT6, I feel this sits nicely between the two. The graphics are not GT6 standard, but they are good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steveosnapper
5.0 out of 5 stars great game
get used to a complete new way of driving. it will challenge the best console drivers, and sets the new line for fast paced racing games. I love this
Published 11 months ago by matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Speed game.
This is a very good game and I love playing it.would recommend it to anyone.I have a lot of games and this one meets the standard of the rest.
Published 17 months ago by alexander 17
4.0 out of 5 stars Good.. a rival for Grid
I am a 50 something PS3 user -but only flying and driving games. I have been a keen player of Grid for it's realism, and ability to network two PS3s together and race head to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by P. Osborne
1.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY AWFUL!!!!.
Awful.awful game.The cars feel like they are made of tin foil,they handle like crap,the graphics are garbage,and its just plain boring!!.WASTE OF MONEY AT ANY PRICE.
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by Bendigo36
4.0 out of 5 stars NFS SHIFT ps3
This is a BRILLIANT game, no doubt about it, but just a few things to remember:
1. when going over 170 k/ph on the inside camera, the graphics inside the car become blurred... Read more
Published on 29 Dec 2011 by TOm g
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphics good and simple fun game
Review of 13 year old boy is this is a fun game which is easy to follow and not confusing.
Published on 17 July 2011 by Julia
1.0 out of 5 stars From arcade fun to a bad driving sim
If you like any of the previous Need For Speed releases don't buy this game. It is the complete opposite to some of the quality semi arcade racers that the series has produced,... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2010 by Snooooooooop
1.0 out of 5 stars Uncontrolable, just like everybody else says!
It is in fact true. Once you get to Tier 3 - supposedly when it'd become fun - the cars are IMPOSSIBLE to control. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by J
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