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The series has been shifted in a new direction...,
This review is from: Need For Speed: Shift (PS3) (Video Game)
To start off i'd like to point out how much of a let down NFS: Undercover was. It was short, dull, predictable and the the graphics weren't exactly the best around. I was left very disappointed and also with a very big hole left in my pocket from the price I payed as soon as it came out.
I didn't think that NFS: Prostreet was all that great either so when I heard that NFS: Shift was being launched less than a year after Undercover I did feel a little torn between getting it.
Eventually I caved in...there was such a gap until Gran Tursimo 5 after all. And I'm glad I did. Shift has totally reinvented the seires changing the format from an open-world, cop chase kind of game to the a realistic and track based game they probaly should have been doing years ago.
The story is minimal. But this is a good thing. Your told of an NFS World Tour, and how your goal is to get there. You start of by racing a lap of Brands Hatch and from there it decides the difficulty you have the game on. Then your thrown headfirst into the action with a race. The prize-money you win here gets you a car, and straight away your away.
The career mode is divided into 5 tiers. Tiers 1-5 and then the NFS World Tour. This works well as you unlock the next tier by getting the no. of stars needed. This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to do every race in a tier...I've reached the NFS World Tour and still have uncompleted races in Tier 1.
Another feature is the points that you acquire in order to level up and unlock new viynls, car slots etc:
They are split into Precision and Agression points which means that tactics like ramming other cars and pushing them off the road are all encouaged and it adds to your reputation.
As for the array of tracks, I feel they are all good although maybe some are kinda silly. Maybe more F1 circuits like Monza, Catalunya and Imola could be in there. However the majority of the classics like Silverstone, Donnington, Spa, Nurburgring (that's the really really long one) and Laguna Seca are all in there. They look great, especially Spa, for me the stand out track.
Then onto the cars. There are loads (about 65 I think) and my personal favouraite is the Viper SRT10. They look awesome and a great feature is you don't have to spend 20 minutes using the fiddley and confusing controls to add vinyls yourself...you can just click on some ones the game prepared earlier. The cars also sound like real racers...they creak and wail and shudder as you roll through the corners really giving the impression of a true sportscar. My favouraite for this is the Porsche GT3RS which looks and sounds awesome when it's fully kitted out.
And finally the unlockables...there are loads of trophies and medals and badges that you aquire during the game. They may not matter much but it's kinda cool. You can also spend your time "mastering" each corner on a circuit. Something which may sound simple but believe me Spa's Eau Rouge corner took me a while. This gives you a real sense of accomplishment when you finally drift round the bend at the right speed and with the right line.
My only little con's are very little...
1) At the later stages of the game it gets sorta hard to control the cars if the start bouncing around because of the back splitter/body kit. Can get fustrating.
2)Unlike Motorstorm if you use the camera mode to look at the car in the pause menu, you can't save the pictures to the PS3 only upload to EA Nation and as I have never been online it means this feature is totally pointless to me.
Overall though NFS: Shift is great. A real step foward for the whole franchise