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Need For Speed: Shift

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 3 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation3
Edition: Standard
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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

Product details

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 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,665 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation3 | Edition: Standard | Format: Box

Product Description

Need for Speed SHIFT is an all-new simulation racing IP 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.

Need for Speed SHIFT is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios in collaboration with Black Box and senior vice president Patrick Soderlund at EA Games Europe. Slightly Mad Studios includes developers and designers that worked on the critically acclaimed games GT Legends and GTR 2.

 

  • 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

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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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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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new direction, a startling new perspective... 18 Sept. 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but frustrating at times 11 April 2010
By Revenga
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm not a hardcore fan of racing games. I like them, sure, but I'm not crazy about them. When, after much self-deliberation, I finally decided to buy the new PS3 Slim edition last Christmas, I bought a bundle which, in addition to the console and connections, contained this game: "Need for Speed: Shift".
As I say, I'm not a hardcore fan of the genre, nor am I a particularly experienced racing gamer (though by no means do I consider myself ignorant of the genre and of its general concepts); however, after having spent a considerable amount of time playing this latest instalment in the NFS series, I have arrived at the following conclusion(s):

GRAPHICS: 6.5/10. These are not outstanding. You would expect from a next-generation console such as the PS3, combined with the stunning effects produced by HD technology, to actually experience a quasi-like feeling of being in the car, driving at a high speed on the track, etc. Not so in this game. The graphics are not "bad". It's just - they've not been properly developed. They don't do justice to the console. You will realise this by just playing the game first time round.
You may not be put off by this - I personally don't attach much importance to the visuals, but it's only fair that you should know that this particular aspect of "NFS: Shift" has not been given much consideration whilst developing the game. That's the impression I got.

CONTROLS: 8.5/10. The controls are good. They're quite realistic and require careful dosage in applying the right commands. In that respect, the developers were clearly aiming at giving a more realistic, simulation-like experience at the expense of the arcade element which, in "NFS: Shift" has been almost entirely eliminated.
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