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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50 of 60 people (83%) found this review helpful
36.6 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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14 of 15 people (93%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
47.5 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I didn't think I'd like this since i'm such a fan of the street racing in the first 2 NFS games specifically 2, But this was incredibly fun, ran fine, looks great, plays great *with a controller since that's what i used*. 9/10 would bang
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Easier to play than GRID but still a pretty difficult game. Probably the only NFS series that isn't arcade style racing and also one of the hardest NFS games there is. I have a lot of difficulty getting anywhere in this game but I'm not used to controls that arent arcade-like. THe customization of your car in this game is pretty good and it's deffinately a fun game to play.
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4 of 6 people (67%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
I bought this, on sale, as i enjoy racing games though i didnt have any on PC. I Chose this one for a number of reasons. First of all, i used to play some sort of Need For Speed on PlayStation 2 and it was my favorite game. I also bought it for the system requirements. It runs flawlessly on my laptop (A10, 8GB) and im yet to test it on my media PC (A4, 4GB).

The game is fun; it makes you want to keep on playing. It's just one of them games you could play for hours. The graphics are great especially for a game this age. Of corse it's not the most recent Forsa but in my oppinion the graphics are perfectly fine. There is plenty to do in the story mode, i have yet to try multi-player.

One minor complaint: the controles on keyboard and mouse are just not that good. This is the case for ALL racing games, not just this one. I would reccomend picking up a controller if you dont already have one, it makes a huge difference!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Great game! Realistic and fun to play! Much better than shift 2 in both graphics and gameplay!
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10 of 20 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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52 of 68 people (76%) 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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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
144.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
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
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
134.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Awesome graphics and visuals, detailed 3D cockpits, a bunch of cars and amazing car and engine sounds.
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2013
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.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
61.7 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 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13, 2013
My first racing game I have ever owned. I hugely recommend this. The handling is great, sounds are realistic and AI will give you hell sometimes. Solid 8/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
185.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
this is a pretty good game. the graphics are impressive and the game runs amazingly smooth even with my slower PC. the game also seems to be very responsive with the key board (which i have to resort to sence my steering set up is curently not functional at the moment.). the game has a fairly unique system for the Ai (at least at the time) and the enviroments, sounds, and so on really throw you into the racing expirience. the game does have a bit of issues like all the cars look like they are on ice in the 3rd peson view or chase cam and the Ai in the later teirs will end up hiting your car quite a bit. this game hasn't aged in the graphics or anything for that matter. this is just an amazingly uniqe game and i recomend you at least give it a go.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
26.7 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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2012
A damn good racing game which is very much like GRID but more in a complex manner and the steering ability can be very difficult to control the vehicle at times.

EA/Slighly mad studio have done well with this game, of course it's not perfect , anyway it has a lovely graphics with strong colours, the sound is quite good too,so i think this is a very realistic gaming experience to explore and probably much better than grid or if not better in My Wildest Dreams...lol..

i would say it's more comfortable to use the steering wheel instead of gamepad somehow it moves better driving through out the tracks....
True, The Shift's graphics engine isn't quite as good as Grid's ECO engine but damn close.
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