Need for Speed: Shift (Sony PlayStation 3, 2009)

Need for Speed: Shift represents both a literal and figurative changing of gears for EA's popular acing series, as primary development duties have been transferred from EA Black Box to Slightly Mad Studios, and the gameplay moves from arcade-style action to physics-based simulation. Everything in Shift is designed to convey a sense of realism, from the cockpit view and disorienting effects of crashes, to the more than 70 licensed vehicles and 15 real-world courses. A 3D heads-up display mimics the movements of a driver's head, while depth-of-field effects blur the screen to simulate speed, inertia, and G-forces.<br><br>The "Career" mode finds players participating in traditional circuits, sprints, time trials, drifting events, and model-specific races. Finishing on the podium or completing specific in-race tasks earns players stars that help unlock more events. Each event contributes information to a "Driver Profile" system that records the way players behave on the track, branding them as either precision drivers or aggressive drivers, and keeps track of how "good" players are with a "Driver Level" ranking. Gamers can take their driver level all the way up to 50, unlocking new vehicles, accessories, and garage slots at ever step. Need for Speed: Shift supports both local and online multiplayer racing.

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Consumer Reviews



byTheGreenMachin Apr 17, 2010
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This is completely different than all the other need for speeds (which is good). It's so more realistic with cockpit view!  Read full review »


Very intense racing simulator

byAshvin.J Apr 8, 2010
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Pros Graphics, Fun To Play, Challenging
Cons Overpriced
Recommended it? Yes

I've always loved Need for Speed but Pro Street and Undercover just didnt really cut it. I was very indecicive about buying this game, but Im glad I did! Its very challenging, the soundtrack is alright, the graphics are astonishing, the physics are very life like, but its not multiplayer. Its more... Read full review »


Need For Speed finally SHIFTs into awesomeness.

byliban0_o Mar 3, 2010
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Pros Great graphics, brilliant interiors and incredible amount of awesome cars.
Cons Gameplay is oddly out of place for a proper Sim Racer.
Recommended it? Yes

After big disappointments from EA's previous two Need For Speed titles; Undercover and ProStreet, one could expect that the new title, Shift's gonna be another disappointing game, but it's so isn't!!

Gameplay 7/10

The gameplay of Shift has gone a HUGE change from the previous Need For... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features

Tech Details

Release Year 2009
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick

Key Features

Genre Racing
Rating E - Everyone
Platform Sony Playstation 3

Other Features

Brand Electronic Arts

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