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Need For Speed: Shift

by Electronic Arts
 Ages 3 and Over
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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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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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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Platform: Xbox 360 | Edition: Standard | Format: Box
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  • ASIN: B0021AEKO4
  • Item Weight: 27 g
  • Release Date: 18 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,447 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360 | 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.

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

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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Access Method:Box|Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is very similar to the likes of Race Pro, Grid and most of all; Forza 2, it's perhaps even more realistic than any of them, so if you are the typical NFS fan who likes the previous easy handling style games, and doesn't like your racers too realistic this may well be frustrating.

At first I found the game a little unexciting, it has all been done before with Grid and Forza, but I have to say it does grow on you hugely the more you play.
The career is pretty pointless unless you like that kind of thing, the only purpouse of it is to get the BMW M3 GT2 which the game gives you when you have completed and beaten the very last NFS live tour race at Brands Hatch, apart from that all the tracks and cars are already available to play in quick race mode right from the off, and if you find this sort of mode tedious, it gets worse, as it gets tougher the further you progress into the career, the easy mode here is most definitely not for absolute beginners new to racing games and is challenging at first, especially with the new tracks.

Graphics are good and although the aren't mindblowing I have to say that the game leads the way in trackside detail and objects, there is just so much more stuff around the tracks that you just don't see in other games, Donnington for instance, has been done dozens of times in other games, but here you will find yourself noticing new things all around the track.

I have to say I don't like the gimmick of blurring the cockpit when the car goes above 100mph, since when do drivers get blurred vision inside their cars when they go this fast?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars crap 6 Feb 2011
By Arpad
Access Method:Box|Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
To me this game is crap..The car is oversteering all the time even on straight road ..Cannot enjoy it..I was waiting for this game as I like need for speed games because they are not so lifelike like forza but this is ridicoulus ..That bloody car just cant behave..not fun to me at all..there is another review here explaining this better then me I just wanted to help pull down the stars so other can consider..thanks..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A balanced view... 9 Oct 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Well I've had this game for a week now and thought I'd chip in with my view given the 1 star being offered by others.

I've thoroughly enjoyed this game. Yes, it is different from recent NFS incarnations but that was what I expected having read up on it prior to purchase. The game looks fantastic making full use of HD and plays superbly. There's a great selection of cars and tracks to choose from with a range of game options to cycle through. Car battle in particularly had me on the edge of my seat as you try to stay within 5 seconds of the car in front - a real challenge in some cases!

It is tough in places but that makes it all the more rewarding when you overcome that challenge. Last thing you want is a game that is too easy in me view. So, in summary I'd recommend giving NFS a go - it's somewhere in between PGR and Forza and in my view combines the best of both to give great value and longevity.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure adrenalin fueled fun 17 Oct 2009
By lankey
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've seen quite a few reviews from people who have been slagging off the handling of the cars, for various reasons. Only thing i can say about that is, did you expect the cars to go round the tracks as if they are on rails???

I tried the demo on xbox live and loved the whole experience, albeit a short one. Bought the full game and have been even more impressed with it. The sound is great, although the pit-crew guy gets a bit annoying at times as he talks to you in-car. The visuals really add to this game, especially when you hit something at speed and the whole screen goes grey, shaking madly, leaving you unable to do anything of substance until you are no longer disorientated. A nice touch is having to move your head slightly in-car to fully view the rear-view mirror.

The only way to view this game, when racing, is with the in-car view, anything else dilutes the experience imo; just a pity the makers included the out of car views as i can guess that a lot of users will use these instead and miss out.

A word for the AI; definitely the most realistic AI opponents i've raced against. Its refreshing to see computer controlled cars going off the track due to their own mistakes/accidents when racing each other.

You can pick this up and have a race or two and have fun, but you can also get further into it and try to achieve all the star awards, which is a real challenge, but worth it when you conquer a particular track, opponent, or race. You dont need to get involved in any tuning unless you want to.

There are a good selection of race types (time/lap elimination, head-to-head, standard, time attack, etc) so you wont get bored with a particular type.

Definitely recommended for anyone who wants a challenge on track.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Need for Speed Drift! 12 Oct 2009
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I fear that my review may be glazed over as another crazed rant, however I also feel that I am obliged to tell people of this game's massive floor.

Let me start by saying that the graphics, the cars and the environments are superb. I like the feeling of speed and I think the crashes are brilliant. However, no matter how hard I tried to get into this game, I could not get past the fact that the cars drift all of the time. The level of oversteer on every car in every situation is just wrong. Take the Mitsubishi Evo 10, turning a reasonable hairpin at 30mph with very little throttle usage, ah, understeer and grip I hear you saying. But no, armfulls of oversteer, and not cure-able either, no matter how gentle, rough or anything you are, not even full downforce will help the problem. This even happens in a straight line.

I am not here to bash the game, only to warn others who seek something fun but also realistic. I am a big fan of the gameplay of Race Pro, floored as the game is, the realistic driving experience is superb, however I understand the need for pickup and play. That is why I would strongly recommend waiting for Forza 3 as it walks this line perfectly for 90% of gamers out there. It also will have a much better tool for editing car liverys, something that is not very good/flexible on this game.

Needless to say, I have never done this before, I traded it in and got ODST instead. Not the same genre, but miles more fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun...drifting is hard!
Great fun...you can make the game as difficult as you want, and the selection of cars is pretty good although not as extensive as the Forza Motorsport games.
Published 4 days ago by Mike Brooks
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good condition
Published 20 days ago by clare smitheman
3.0 out of 5 stars The Demo is better than the actual game...
Best thing about this game was the demo with the 'helmet camera' and crashes. The actual game itself rapidly becomes boring. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Parkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox game
Some times I sit up all night playing this I love it it is very addictive for me and the kids.
Published 7 months ago by joseph phillips
1.0 out of 5 stars it didnt work
i put in in and it refused to load i think its broken and i cant be bothered in going to the trouble to return it but none should buy from this person
Published 10 months ago by jemz1
5.0 out of 5 stars still unbeaten for driving feel
Of all the driving games I have played in the last 4 years, only 2 stand comparison with the original SHIFT for exciting all the senses in a way that feels as if I am actually... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very gd game
I love this game wish there was more like on it ps3 as well I love racing games. And smashing cars up I love burnout as well
Published 12 months ago by lynda jane upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine.
LOVE THIS GAME! Really good racing/simulator game for an amazing price. It was this or Forza 4. This is better.
Published 13 months ago by Arthur Christie
4.0 out of 5 stars good game
This is a really good gane with decent graphics and game play as well and would happily recommend it to any one
Published 14 months ago by Richard Edmond Sserwanga
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
very good it was the best driving game i have ever played.the graphics were brilliant and i liked going in to the garage to get upgrades.
Published 15 months ago by mark sargent
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