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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

About the Game

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.
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 37 people (76%) found this review helpful
188 products in account
2 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
Physics is very questionable. The cars bounce like low riders for no particular reason. The steering is also very twitchy. I have gone through all the adjustments to try and fix this but it just can't be dialed in quite as good as Codemaster games.

You can say that the AI cheats. Cheating is when you don't play by the rules for the purpose of winning. That is what I noticed. You have to follow a very specific driving line in order for you to make it through a corner. The tighter and faster you go, obviously you would understeer and slam into the wall. Well the AI does not do that. The AI will also swerve left and right while making a tight turn to block you from passing. Then there is the collision system. The AI can slam into you and you are then taken off the road and it would take you quite a while to get back on the road. You would have lost several seconds and would probably cost you the race. Now if you decide to pit the AI cars, it won't have any effect on them. They will not slow down. In fact they would retain the same speed and jump back on track half a second later. It is such bull crap.

I'm not really that bitter since the game only cost me what a nice sandwich would.

If you want realism, stick with Codemaster racing games. This is a minimally decent attempt at simulation. But the Need For Speed series should just stick to arcade style racing.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
45 products in account
11 reviews
142.1 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.

~Drrt4
Posted: December 7th, 2013
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
745 products in account
4 reviews
123.2 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
313 products in account
10 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
Easy to pick up, fun to play, immersive audiovisual experience (even a few years after the release) and a nice bunch of cars to choose from. A great racing game overall.
Posted: January 23rd, 2014
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
150 products in account
36 reviews
9.6 hrs on record
The tuning in this game is certainly better than Shift 2 Unleashed. Although, unlike Shift 2 this game is more arcade than simulator especially since they encourage you to ram people and drive aggressively. I do like this game a little better than Shift 2 because of the tuning and the epic commentary. I also like that in this game you earn money waaaay quicker than you do in Shift 2. So, which means you aren't stuck with one car and can get upgrades more easily. This game even lets you sell everything you bought like cars and upgrades and it gives you a 100% refund which means if you don't like a car or upgrade you can just get another easily by just selling it. Drifting is also easier and less hassle in this game just because they don't force you to yank the E-Brake like they do in Shift 2.
Posted: December 25th, 2013
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