Need for Speed™ SHIFT is an award-winning authentic racing game 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...
User reviews: Very Positive (296 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
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Includes 5 items: Need for Speed Undercover, Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed: Shift, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Shift 2 Unleashed

 

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Need for Speed™ SHIFT is an award-winning authentic racing game 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.

  • 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 traveling at high speeds the perspective will shift to the distance putting the car/cockpit out of focus.
  • Driver Profile - What kind of driver are you? Driver profile tracks the player’s evolution as a race driver from event to event. This system is made up of a driver’s personality on the track, their success rate and any profile points and badges accrued all of which work together to create a tailor-made career and game play experience. Driver profile is pervasive throughout all modes: career and online.
  • 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 disoriented and briefly disrupt the race.
  • Total Customization - 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-Realistic 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.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) / Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Core2 or faster/AMD X2 3800+ or faster
    • Memory: (Windows XP) 1 GB RAM; (Windows Vista/Windows 7) 1.5 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 3.0*
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Controller Support: USB Steering Wheel/Dual Analog Gamepad
    • Online Multiplayer: 512 Kbps or faster; 2-8 players
    • INTERNET CONNECTION, ONLINE AUTHENTICATION AND ACCEPTANCE OF END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT REQUIRED TO PLAY. TO ACCESS ONLINE FEATURES, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE. ONLY ONE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE PER GAME. EA ONLINE TERMS & CONDITIONS AND FEATURE UPDATES CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.EA.COM. YOU MUST BE 13+ TO REGISTER WITH EA ONLINE. EA MAY RETIRE ONLINE FEATURES AFTER 30 DAYS NOTICE POSTED ON WWW.EA.COM.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This isn't really necessarily a review, but more of a comment.

I honestly prefer this other than Shift 2 probably because they don't try so hard to be a racing simulator. This game is a mixture of a racing arcade/simulator. Shift 2's racing and flow was just not up to par with this. The racing in this game it actually FEELS really good. The cars look beautiful. The cockpit even more beautiful. If you're not satisfied with a car or parts you've added to it you can just SELL it and get every single cent you've put in that car. UNLIKE Shift 2. Oh yeah, that reminds me too, money in this game isn't hard to get UNLIKE Shift 2. And the fact that you can get a 100% refund for your fully customized car feels good. I don't have to worry about wasting my time putting blood and sweat into a car that I probably can't use 60% of the time due to tiers and specialized events. Of course the engines, transmission, skidding, etc sounds all amazing.

The customization is pretty in-depth giving you the option to go up a tier if you have all of your tiers vehicle enhancements. Which is AMAZING because you get to bring your favorite vehicle to more races. What saddens me is that the game doesn't have any night races or courses. Well, at least from what I've seen. This game also encourages ramming or playing clean. You get points which gives you bonus money and experience for playing either aggressive or clean. Yeah, pretty ♥♥♥♥ing ironic mainly because in Shift 2 they try to act like the game also encourages ramming with their spectacular Shift 2 announcement trailer. (No really. I really loved Shift 2's trailer. It was amazing.) But really you couldn't do none of that ramming ♥♥♥♥ in Shift 2 without crashing your ♥♥♥ into the rail. I'm not a Shift 2 hater at all. I actually do like it and think Slightly Mad Studios did a good job with it. Especially with the head-cam which I wish this game had, but it's just that this game is better in many other aspects and ways than Shift 2. I also like the in-game trailers showing off each type of event and music in the game. The AI's aren't really that hard to handle. I haven't really tried max difficulty to know though. Also the replay camera in this game is INCREDIBLE. It really gets you into the spot when you see yourself in a TV like position racing across the screen. I think this game has the best replay camera for any racing game I've seen.....Well, maybe not better than Assetto Corsa's replay camera. I think it's because the sense of speed on camera is set perfectly to make you feel like you're actually watching someone race. But yeah, overall. The game is totally worth it. You won't regret it. Also, don't think I was talking down Shift 2. I just think this game is just superior to its sequel in many ways.

Sorry about grammatical errors. Too lazy to edit.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
very good very fast but easy to get into it and play all the time good look who ever plays this
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
i like this game, but there is MAJOR input lag....i cant seem to fix it......wait for it to go on sale...not worth 20 bucks
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
It's far more serious than other Need For Speed games and lacks the arcade Style driving of NFS: Carbon and a few others. It is fun at first but gets repetitive after a while. I also had an aproximate half second lag for my keyboard in this that I don't have in other games. It's good but wait for the sales to buy it.
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
An excellent balancing act between arcade racing and simulated driving, with shudderingly fast cars. I'm addicted to it!
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39 of 53 people (74%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
daily reminder that matte black paint and bronze rims will make your car go faster no matter what
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Need For Speed is one of my favorite Need For Speeds. It has the customization that we all love. You may be able to only use body kits of 2 or 3, but the custom vinyls make up for it. You can buy custom performance packages for your car, and rims you probably have never even heard of! The tuning is amazing. You can turn your 425 HP 1969 Dodge Charger R/T into a 625 HP Charger that can drift with traction control on without the drift gamemode on. It has multiple controllers that this game supports. Everything from Logitech Wheels from a few years ago, to wheels from over 10 years ago. The graphics are amazing for the game, even though it was made in 2008 or 9. The sounds for the cars are not that bad for the year this game was made too ! Its not as bad as need for speed hot pursuit. I guess you can say this is the best need for speed that was made before criterion came in and decided to screw up everything with need for speed. Buy this game, and you wont regret it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
nice game.
nice griphics, LOTS of cars, lots of tracks, nice effects... I like this game

there are some annoying UI things, annoying "intros" but that is minor.
I have some problems with drifting (at G25 wheel) which was easier on keyboard.

thing is, dont believe people that this is simulation. it is not. it is not complete arcade, but hey, I can easily hoon McLaren F1 on nurburgring on PRO settings (no driving aids) without crashing and spinning in each corner. and that is why this is not simulation...
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25 of 48 people (52%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
I honestly can't recommend this game. In the beginning I was enjoying it but the time exposes the weak gameplay and campaign.

Starting with the principal, I didn't like the gameplay, cars behave strangely and even by customizing options of difficulty and assistance I couldn't find a better way to get used to the drive mechanics and physics. The campaign started promising but became frustrating, there are a few extra goals that are impossible or don't make sense, and thus those who like to leave the game complete is frustrating, win races isn't enough, by the time I gave up and I just collect the stars needed to get to the last level and beat the game.

I positively highlight the licenses, there is a wide variety of vehicles and good circuits, although because of the gameplay and frustration with the campaign I could not fully enjoy this aspect.

I also emphasize that it's impossible to play on the keyboard, joystick or steering wheel is highly required.

6/10
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Pretty good if you want something realistic with nice cars, pretty bad if you want to wreck other cars or customize your own cars.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Сначала я поиграл в SHIFT 2: Unleashed и наиграл примерно 100 часов, потом на распродаже купил первый shift и был приятно удивлен тем, что игра оказалось лучше в некоторых аспектах, чем ее продолжение. Из-за сосноле-инвалидов графика во втором шифте немного просела, да и физика не такая уже. После всего этого, первая часть показалась мне божественной, а второй шифт я так и не прошел до конца - играю в первый. Поведение автомобилей и ощущение скорости здесь немного иное. Во втором же шифте, изменения больше коснулись интерфейса и удобства при тюнинге автомобилея для гонок на определенных ивентах, ну и инновационная технология, когда подьезжаешь к повороту, то пилот сам поворачивает голову и направляет взгляд в сторону этого поворота, что делает дрифт и просто прохождение поворотов намного удобнее, словно за рулем настоящего автомобиля. Лучшая часть серии Need For Speed за прошедшие годы аркадного шлака. Советую!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This game blows my mind! Totally amazing and I have only just started playing it. Addicted.

Recommend it to anyone that wants a car racing simulator for PC, you can't go past this.

5 Stars!
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Need For Speed Shift is one of my favorite racing simulators.
Pretty Graphics
Many Cars
Good Driving
Fine-Tuning
Nice Soundtrack
Leveling

This game is amazing!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
i dont usualy plays racing games, but this one got me adicted for the past fe days. overall 9/10, the sounds is great, graphics urmm yeah still great, and....idk its a great game :D
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Let me review this game while it's still fresh in my mind. After 29 hours, I finished the game. Granted - I'm missing about 10 stars out of 1125 or something, but the requirements for those stars are so arbitrary, I'm not even going to bother.

Graphics: 4/5
Sound: 5/5
AI: 2/5
Replayability: 2/5
Online: 0/5
Soundtrack: -20/5

This game has its highs and lows. I will say that the interior views for the cars are amazing - NFS: Shift is the only game I've played that featured a cockpit view of the AE86, which not even Polyphony Digital (makers of Gran Turismo) could not do. Aside from the cool interiors, decent HUD effects, and sound, the game is not really all that great.

The AI is absolute trash, and WILL ram you on turn one of any track. The thing that disgusted me the most was the gratuitous use of rubberbanding, which only activated once the AI realizes you have a good chance of passing them.

The in-race missions are okay, except for the ones that require you to spin out/tap out an opponent. As a racing game veteran, there is nothing that I hate more than dirty racing, and this game requires you to smash opponents for stars in certain races. To add insult to injury, when you DO attempt to smash the enemies, you might as well be crashing your car into a wall, because pit maneuvers and other various tactics do not work, and instead will spin you out.

Sometimes, races require you to perform clean laps as a mission. This is extremely do-able on tracks with more than one lap. This is NOT do-able on Nurburgring. Because of Nurb's narrow track, and the AI's awful racing line, you will either be hit, or you will hit someone. If you try to race clean, you will never make it into first. That was another mission I did not bother doing.

Online was non-existent. I selected quick match at peak online gaming hours (10pm EST - 2am EST) and did not find a single match. The game still gave me the option to create a match, and I could post my leaderboard stats online, so I arrived at the conclusion that the servers are up, but nobody plays this online.

I completed this game because I enjoyed NFS as a kid. If I had to rank it out of games that I've played out of the franchise, I'd rank it NFSU2 > Pro Street > Shift > NFSU1.

I picked this game up for $5 because it was on sale, and I think that is the only circumstance that you as the reader should pick this up. This game is NOT worth $20.

The soundtrack is ridiculously ♥♥♥♥ too. I just played the game with my Eurobeat collection running in the background.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
46.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
When you find the right control configurations, nfs shift is a great game with lot of races and amazing cars.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Didn't work on my Windows 8 Computer.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
AWSOME!!!
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
the controls set for the game are not changeable and the defaults suck this game would be worth my time if i could have actually played it, it was a waist!
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
i can not play this game. do not buy
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