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: Mostly Positive (516 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 15, 2009
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Includes 5 items: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed Undercover, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed: Shift, 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
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Helpful customer reviews
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
A good balance between a racing sim and arcade. Need for Speed Shift is all about racing on a racetrack, and fighting through the pack to place in the Top 3. There is also drift mode, where you score the most combined points in three rounds to win. The driving physics are decent, not too bad, but not great either. There are a good selection of cars that you can own (although it sucks that you can only buy 1 unit of each car) and a range of real world tracks (Nurburgring, Spa, Silverstone, etc.). Those make a pretty good legal racing game.

The annoying thing is cheap AI in car battle mode, especially in Autopolis GP. They can just tackle a tight hairpin (turn 4) at 100+ km/h without understeering... Also, there are some unfair car battle matchups, when 1 car is a lot faster than the other (Audi R8 vs Aston Martin V8 Vantage for example) and no matter how good your driving is, you'll still lose in the slower car (unless you play dirty).

Overall, it is still a good racing game to play if you are looking for a mixture of simulation and arcadey style of racing.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Summary.
A bad balance between realism and arcade.

The Good.
Great graphics.
Fun for the first few hours.


The Bad.

Menu with a controller is extremely clunky.
Because, unlike other NFS games, SHIFT doesn't bother to change menu buttons, like "7", for "X". It thinks you want to navigate the menus with your keyboard and mouse, instead of the obviously hooked up XB1 controller, because I'm driving with that.

Controls are just ♥♥♥♥.
Unlike most other 'realistic' racing games, SHIFT thinks that you want to go into full lock when you're at top speed, instead of progressively lowering sensitivity the faster your speed is. No, what this game does, is force you into a dumb as ♥♥♥♥ slide, as your TCS activates, because apparently it thinks you want to... you know what, I don't even know what the game thinks you're attempting to do, because that ♥♥♥♥ing TCS goes on constantly, because your car is constantly out of control at the slightest steering input. It's probably easier if you have a steering wheel, but there's no reason for the controls to be this bad on what a majority of users would be using, which is a XB or PS controller.

Physics are questionable.
Rear ending cars with another car, in real life, doesn't cause them to get shot 20ft into the air. Flipping, sure, but even that isn't simulated right in this game. Cars flip, because some part of it digs into dirt/grass, or they are really sideways when their tire suddenly gains a ♥♥♥♥ ton of grip. In this game, it's like the cars become cardboard boxes once none of their tires are touching the ground, as in they have no mass, so they just get launched 20 ♥♥♥♥ing ft into the air when you bump them right and it's ♥♥♥♥ing dumb.

And then there's the handling between these ♥♥♥♥ controls and questionable physics. Apparently, when you go into a banked corner at 'just the right speed' your car bottoms out, as evidenced by the long trail of sparks underneath the car, which causes your car to go out of control and not accept any sort of steering input. I don't know what ♥♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ suspension these cars use, but you can't adjust that at all in the game. I have never seen any racing cars just absolutely bottom out through the entire corner, unless it had no wheels. In fact, this is the first game I have ever played that does this. It's not like the cars doing this are F1 or other low ride height cars either, they're just tuned tier 1/2/3 cars, which should never have this problem, ever.

Game Modes
♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥ing DRIFTOOOOOOOO ♥♥♥♥, it's so ♥♥♥♥ing dumb, because the controls and CAMERA switch, randomly, between 'oh, you want to corner' and 'DRIFTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO'. As if the car wasn't hard enough to control already, there's a whole new dimension added with drifting events. Instead of a linear transition, or you know, a complete physics/control system, this game has a very strange camera and control transition between the start of your drift and what it considers a 'drift', which makes it unnecissarily difficult to do these events. In fact, it felt so clunky and stupid, that I totally lost interest doing any of them.

Camera
OH MY GOD, I can't complain enough about this. Okay, I get that crashing hard will disorientate you, I've had that happen in real life, but this game goes overboard with it. Tapping another car or kissing the wall does not do that in real life, yet this game does. It was fine at first, but gets extremely annoying after the 10th race with ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI drivers that decided to randomly ram you or brake check you. and like ♥♥♥♥ I am going to hit the brakes for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI getting in my way.
Oh, hey, do you like simulated frame drops? This game does that when you hit things. At first, I thought it was my PC, but turns out, that's a feature effect this game has.
And if you want to point out that I can just drive smoothly, I do when I can, but the ♥♥♥♥ing controls and handling become ♥♥♥♥ on some courses, that I can't be bothered to drive smoothly around the AI.

Map
LOL. A map that tells you if you've 'mastered' a corner or not, it's nothing more than a distraction. Mastering a corner doesn't mean ♥♥♥♥, you just have to finish in first place, because there is no smooth cornering in this game, just the disappointing sight of smoke coming from all 4 tires, because the game thinks you want full lock instead of minor inputs.

Progressing through the game
Don't like to do some events you don't consider to be fun? well, too bad. Unless you do those, you're not going to be able to progress through the game. And that's where I said '♥♥♥♥ this game' and went ahead and uninstalled it.
I don't care about drifting events in this game, it's done terribly and I want no part of it.
Racing is fun, until you get the go-kart map with nearly zero opportunity to overtake.
Time trials, didn't even bother with those, I want to race against other cars, not the clock, especially when the controls and handling are so clunky.
Endurance. LOL, a ♥♥♥♥ing '8' shaped course for endurance? that was the most hilarious ♥♥♥♥ I've seen.
Battles. Just choose the OP car, there's no point in using the ♥♥♥♥ one, because it's going to lose 100% of the time.

Concluding remarks
NFS: ♥♥♥♥
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Cars handle like bars of soap, the AI is braindead and will run directly into you, not even trying to avoid you at all, and when you start it up you will be deafened every time.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Need for Speed Shift has the title of not being a Need for Speed beside his name on the store page
Why this is not a Need for Speed?

Customization
Why in the world is impossible to tune Tier 4 cars? This is unacceptable.
Let's not talk about the customization, instead let's talk about the driving. Is it good?

Hehehe, of course NOT
I know, i know... It's a racing simulator right?

Well tell me if you car JUMPS EVERYTIME in each turn or going 200 km/h in a straight line?

In short:
+Cockpit view in every car
+Nice detail on the tracks
+Somewhat rewarding driving
+When racing there's no music, i guess for more realistic felling? Well some some realistic feeling?

-NO CUSTOMIZATION ON TIER 4 CARS
-Fast cars for some reason FLY instead of remaining on the road which makes braking almost impossible when you have to turn
-No Xbox controller support
-Drift mode is unplayable
-Sometimes the game crashes for some reason

That's all i have to say... Well this is 2008 i can't say anything but i suggest you to avoid it

I give this game a 5 out of 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Fun to play. If you actually get to play it that is. Started crashing like a piece of ♥♥♥♥ in mid-July 2015. I don't know what it's related to but I can't load up any race.
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