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Need for Speed: SHIFT

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
84
3.8
Windows
84
3.6
Xbox 360
82
4.2
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Description

The player's goal in Need for Speed: SHIFT is to take part in the Need for Speed World Tour and become the ultimate champion. As opposed to its predecessors, this doesn't mean racing around an open-world city with pimped cars. Instead the game is more similar to GRID with races taking place on closed city circuits or even famous race tracks like the Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps.

At the beginning of the game, the player drives a test-round as well as a race. During this tutorial the game evaluates the player's skill and changes the realism settings accordingly ranging from the usual arcade-style controls with many driving aids to an almost realistic simulation-like driving model. Then the main game begins where the player has to successfully earn stars in order to unlock the next tier and ultimately gain access to the World Tour. Stars are earned by getting on the podium at the end of a race as well as by fulfilling certain objectives on the track. These range from simply gaining a specific amount of points in the race to more challenging objectives like driving a clean lap. Points on the other hand are earned by the player through his driving style and are separated into two groups: Precision and Aggression. While the first group honors clean sectors or driving on the race line, aggression-points are earned by hitting other cars or sliding through curves. Once the player has earned enough points (both categories are summed-up at the end of an event, he gains a level and by doing so unlocks new upgrades for his car, get's a big money bonus or receives an invite to a special race event. To keep the player even more motivated, tons of badges are waiting to be earned which are in part also the same as the available achievements/trophies. Again actions like performing 25 overtakes or winning three consecutive races are needed to earn a minor badge. If he keeps his streak up or has earned all the minor badges in one category, he earns additional badges ranging from bronze to epic.

The available events include normal races in various variations, a time attack mode, a car attack in which the player needs to be either five seconds in front of his opponent or get 1st place in order to win and drift events. The car park includes many licensed cars from normal middle to high class vehicles to high-powered racing cars which can all be bought through the money earned by winning races or leveling up. In addition the look of the car can be changed by unlocking new vinyls. Also available are extensive upgrade and tuning options allowing the player to change every detail on his car down to the tire pressure.

Screenshots

Need for Speed: SHIFT Windows Choosing my car for the next race.
Need for Speed: SHIFT Windows Next race comin' up.
Need for Speed: SHIFT Windows Inside view of Porsche Cayman S
Need for Speed: SHIFT Windows It's possible to tune everything down to the exact numbers.

Alternate Titles

  • "NFS:S" -- Common abbreviation

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The Press Says

GamersGlobal Xbox 360 Sep 13, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gameswelt Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2009 87 out of 100 87
Gamona PlayStation 3 Sep 15, 2009 86 out of 100 86
411mania.com PlayStation 3 Oct 22, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep 15, 2009 85 out of 100 85
Game Couch Xbox 360 Nov 16, 2009 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PlayFrance PlayStation 3 Sep 20, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamer Limit PlayStation 3 Oct 07, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Sep 22, 2009 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 3 Sep 15, 2009 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Need for Speed: Shift appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • Cheat Code Central
    • 2009 - Best Racing Game (Cody Awards)
  • GameStar Magazine
    • February 5, 2009 - received the trophy "Best PC Sports/Racing Game in 2009" (Readers' vote)("GameStar/GamePro Leserpreis 2009" event)
  • Gamespy
    • 2009 - received The Dramamine Award (Game of the Year Awards)
  • IGN
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Racing Game (Editors' Choice)
    • 2009 - Best PS3 Racing Game (Readers' Choice)
Information also contributed by Patrick Bregger

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