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2.0 out of 5 stars SHIFTed again towards full blown arcade with poor AI, 20 Jun 2010
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Need For Speed: Shift (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I got this game from Steam, and was really looking forward to playing 'so called' realistic racing game. The truth is: It's never ever been close to a sim. It's complete arcade, with very aggressive AI, terrible control system (if you don't have a wheel), only decent sound, lag in online play and lack of post release support. Many challenges are simply unbeatable, because of poor AI that outruns you and outturns you all the time in slower cars and with much worse handling. When using keyboard, it always causes a drift, no matter how much you tap the key instead of keeping it pressed, there's no way to make it more fluid, apart from decreasing sensitivity which in turn causes heavy lag while steering - it's not a bug - it's the way it was designed. AI is poor and most arcade of all aspects in the game. It leaves you angry and frustrated, because there's no clean rules whatsoever. E.g. you can drive Bugatti Veyron worth 1mln, and get wrecked all the time by AI, trying to get you out of the truck - in a race - simply ridiculous. So, the actual feeling when playing the game in career mode is terrible, as AI is simple and straightforward, something that devs have spent 5 minutes designing.
Apart from one major crash (system lock), I didn't have any problems with this game which is kinda good. That one crash never happened to me playing any other game.
Online play is somewhat good, as you play against real life players, and that's much more realistic. Although there's a 0.1 second lag = half a car, it's quite fun to play.

If one can get it for $10 then go ahead. Anything more than that and it's a rip off.
Pros:
- nice graphics
- fairly stable
- good selection of cars
- tuning
- online play
- cockipt view
- decent physics and destructible cars

Cons:
- terrible control system when using keyboard - you can never get car to turn, it always drifts when using keyboard
- ridiculously aggressive AI, wrecking half a million worth cars like paper planes
- medium difficulty feels like very hard when playing car wars - unless you manage to tap opponent out of the track and gain 5 secs - there's no win for you, especially if using keyboard. Even slower cars than yours with worse accel are overtaking you easily.
- lag in online play
- lack of post release support
- no TrackIR support
- no way to quit the game while playing some races - no quit option - only kill
- sluggish "as always" menu system - again, every NFS has it - they will never learn
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