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...
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Release Date: Sep 15, 2009

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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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Enzo430
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Some say this game is not NFS because theres no cops or streets. What i say is dont you feel tired of driving cars with unrealistic handling with unrealistic scenario every year? This game was the new attempt of EA and for me as a child then, is my first time sensing the tracks (like Spa and Leguna Seca) and rules in real life. Although the handling is still not real, it creates a link between casual game and racing simulator. It is the first game I have played with detailed interior. When cars are in high speed, the interior become blur; when you crash, the entire screen become not only blur but also black and white. When driving in damping road, and you are in first person, the camera is shaking as well. All these details, comes from a game in 2009, 7 years ago. Ive played alot of racing games (Assetto Corsa, Dirt Rally, Forza) many car games doesn't have those features today. And this game for me, full of memory. At that time I wish I could have a computer runing the highest settings with 30fps or higher lol. And now it seems not a big deal. For me, this game is 10/10!
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g0mik #M9
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Everybody who rates this game below 6 are idiots. Judging from their description of their experiences they have configured their controller improperly and that's not the game's fault. This game provides the best racing experience of any racing video game up to date.
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methos
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Absolutely horrendous handling. Completely unplayable. Tried every different combination of controls.
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DJ Deja Voodoo
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
Pretty good game but it doesn't really satisfy that Forza craving I still have, but it's fun.
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SupraNaturaL
( 56.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
+Cockpit view
+AI Drivers
+Tracks
+Sound
+Racing styles
+Cars selection and customization

-Career without Story

PS: Perfect mix between arcade and simulation game.
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Xeraser
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 1
No. No, no, no. SMS did NOT know what they were doing. (Which also shows in Project Cars. Oh, the irony.)

The menus don't work half the time.
Save corruption happens 8 times out of 10.
90% of the cars steer like boats in a sea of molasses.
Textures are just plain trash. SM64 had better textures than this game.
The game itself runs like absolute trash (Locked at 45 FPS on my PC for some reason), often dipping below 30 FPS.
The AI is plain broken and the rubber-banding is REAL. This is even worse than Mario Kart's AI AND the Goron AI from the Goron race minigame from TLoZ: Majora's Mask.

A Golf can keep up with an S2000. That's how bad it is.
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littlefish391
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
One of my favourite racing games
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mncristian
( 37.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I finished the game today (all the races) and I have to say I have mostly positive feelings about this game. It's a big step up from NFS ProStreet (which was the game that started this NFS racing sim business).

The driving feels good compared to ProStreet and frankly speaking, all of the other games in the NFS series. It feels fun and kinda realistic which makes it challenging somewhat but it doesn't ruin the experience (if you tweak the settings enough to your liking). It's not on par with games like Forza but I'd say as far as NFS games go, this is by far one of the best ones (keep in mind that I am mostly judging it from a gameplay\driving physics perspective).

What I didn't like was that the game kinda got repetitive after a while, especially given that you had access to every car and upgrade very early in the game, and had stupid amounts of money as long as you completed all the races. Still, it's not a very long game so it isn't that annoying.

The soundtrack was good for the most part. It felt like it had too few songs and it kinda got repetitive after a while. Maybe there just weren't that many songs that I enjoyed.

Performance wise, this game runs at a solid 60 FPS in 1080p (and probably all the way up to 4K) at max settings on my i5 4460 and GTX 980 Ti rig, on Windows 10. There aren't any game breaking bugs that I am aware of. There are some frame rate issues though. Any sort of crash (even hitting small objects) will result in a couple or more skipped frames and this includes crashes done by the AI, at the far end of the track, potentially miles away from you. This is some sort of glitch I think that can affect gameplay to some extent but most of the time the game delivers the frames on time (unlike other games in the series I could mention *cough all the NFS games from Most Wanted to Undercover).
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Killstof
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I bought this game and Shift 2 Unleashed when they were on sale years ago, and I was eager to see how they look and run on my new 144-hertz gaming monitor. Dirt 3 and Grid 2 run at a silky-smooth 144 fps througout, but I was looking for a more sim-like racer, so I gave the Shift games a shot. I figured they should run great, since they were both released over 5 years ago during the last console generation. However, Shift 2 somehow struggled to maintain a mere 50 fps on my 8-Core, 4.2 ghz processor and GTX 970. A 360/PS3 game.

Okay, fine, I figure. Bad optimization. I'll try the first Shift game instead. This game might be great, but I'm not going to play it the way it looks for me. The graphics options can't be changed from the default 60hz, medium-detail, no-AA settings, no matter how many times I save the game or try to edit my config file. You have to restart the game to change graphics settings, and those settings inexplicably reset every time you restart the game. Apparently some other Steam user who had this problem was able to work some kind of witch-doctor scheme to get his graphics settings to keep from resetting every time he launched the game. What he described did not work for me, and my patience is spent.

EA, it is not my job to get your awful 5+ year old console ports working and running like they should on my enthusiast-level gaming computer. Say what you will about Microsoft, at least the Forza Motorsport 6 beta looks and runs great on my PC. So Microsoft gets my money in the future instead of you.
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your stalker
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Not very fun. It is unrealistic you almost need a controller to be decent at graphics are not that good and the previews are missleading.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
+Cockpit view
+AI Drivers
+Tracks
+Sound
+Racing styles
+Cars selection and customization

-Career without Story

PS: Perfect mix between arcade and simulation game.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
One of my favourite racing games
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Pretty good game but it doesn't really satisfy that Forza craving I still have, but it's fun.
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63 of 76 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
An excellent balancing act between arcade racing and simulated driving, with shudderingly fast cars. I'm addicted to it!
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69 of 96 people (72%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
daily reminder that matte black paint and bronze rims will make your car go faster no matter what
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47 of 63 people (75%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Pros :
-Nice graphics
-Cars are detailed af
-Tons of car choice
-British guy in tutioral and later
-Tries to be a a real racing game but with finally a good handling and succeds
-Soundtrack


Cons :
-NFS never should have been a real racing game
-NPCs are ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
-♥♥♥♥♥♥ line
-If you alt tab or something puts the game down there, the whole game closes itself



This game is an actual lie, I have a brand new BMW and can't get a girlfriend -1/10
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9, 2015
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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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
143.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
Awesome graphics and visuals, detailed 3D cockpits, a bunch of cars and amazing car and engine sounds.
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32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
This isn't really necessarily a review, but more of a comment between Shift 1 and Shift 2.

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 part you've just bought 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. You can get a nice amount each race if you know what you're doing. They even give you cash for custom/free races that you setup yourself. 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. The engines, transmission, skidding etc all sound amazing in this game.

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 and 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 a guard 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 race event in this game. The music in this game is good ♥♥♥♥ too.

The AI in this game 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.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Fun arcade racing game with tiny dabs of realism. I have no idea why it's marketed as a racing sim because it's really not. The physics are a little wonky and the bloodthirsty AI are liable to ♥♥♥♥ the bed and turn any race into some Wacky Races ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. I've played Namco racers more realistic than this.

Buy a god machine GT-R and win all the races to make Nakamura proud.
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