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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...
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
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29 of 38 people (76%) found this review helpful
860 products in account
4 reviews
124.8 hrs on record
Awesome graphics and visuals, detailed 3D cockpits, a bunch of cars and amazing car and engine sounds.
Posted: February 9th, 2014
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
314 products in account
34 reviews
30.1 hrs on record
daily reminder that matte black paint and bronze rims will make your car go faster no matter what
Posted: June 17th, 2014
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
341 products in account
9 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
i misbought this game. installed it with the lowest expectation there ever was. and then when i played it (again,with the lowest expectation), i found this game is great. not perfect,but great. graphics are great. the cars are great. and i love the sounds in this game. loud. that's what i want in a racing game. i played it with a gamepad,which is a great way to play this game. so anyhoo,7/10.
Posted: March 10th, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
229 products in account
4 reviews
52.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 25th, 2014
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18 of 33 people (55%) found this review helpful
346 products in account
37 reviews
13.4 hrs on record
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.

Posted: May 13th, 2014
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
143.1 hrs on record
Arcade Sim.

I dont know how thats possabble, but Shift made it happen.

Dont get me wrong if i want a relaxing Sim game Shift is the way to go.

But if you wanna talk real deal Sim racer? This game isnt for you. But if your new to the Sim racing games, Then this is the best place to start, its got a lot of the base mechanics and ideas there and down, but when you wanna use this data elsewhere your gonna have a bad time.

So what does this game get right?

Well for starters, The UI Is just so simple to understand and its about you and the car. (unlike shift2's UI where it seems to be you and someone else's race?)

The car list is good.

The selection of tracks is meh, after about a week of play when you beat the game you'll find yourself wishing for a more challenging track.

The tuning section (i even made a guide about all the points of tuning in this game!) Is Really good even compaired to its console counterpart. (Gran Turismo, Forza)

What it gets wrong?

Handling, Cars feel "floaty" most of the time, leading to drifting and oversteer where you dont need it.

The AI can be unfair rarely but it can be.

Bottom line

If you wanna learn the ropes of a sim racer, get it, if your old to the type of game, then just buck-up and get Shift 2, or wait till "Project CARS" comes out.

Posted: December 7th, 2013
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