Summary: I chose to give this game the lowest possible rating because I had high hopes for it, being such a big fan of the NFS series for years now, but I feel like the disappointing experience I've just had with this game will change how I feel about buying/playing another NFS title in the future. The main reason for my dislike, is the trending term made popular by EA's Shift 2, known across the World Wide Web as 'input lag'.
Summary: Does not work on dell Inspiron E6420 Windows 7 i5 laptop, Intel 4 core i5 SSD nVidia Desktop , AMD Desktop, etc. No wonder kids bootleg games. Poor customer support, etc. Wasted hours on getting this to work on two current Dell i3 and i5 laptops, one Intel i5 Desktop and one 6 core AMD Desktop. Garbage.
Summary: I installed Need for Speed Shift 2 on a PC with a 4-core AMD PhenomII processor and Win 7, and the game did not run at all. After the so-called Installation, the shortcut on the desktop and the items in the Start menu did nothing at all. After I uninstalled the game in Control Panel and tried to re-install it, the AutoRun program brought up a screen which included a Play button, but no Install button.
Summary: This will be the last penny I EVER spend on an ea racing game.... The engine sounds are antiquated, like the old coleco and Atari games. The sound loop must be 10 - 20 years old. I was using my keyboard while waiting for my Logitech G27 steering wheel. the car would loose traction at 15-20 MPH around turns, while my opponents flew by me. I WISH I COULD GET A REFUND!
Summary: Installed Shift 2 for PC on a computer with an A8-3870K processor (3G quad core) and 8G of RAM on Win 7 using CH Yoke and Pedals for controller. Set up the custom controller profiles. The control lag renders the game unplayable. A Google search found a "fix" which was to set DampeningEnabled="0" which didn't fix it for me. Tried different video settings with no change in behavior. Do a search for other opinions before making your buying decision.
Summary: Ill start off by saying I prefer racing games to shooters. I have played quite a few on my PC and this Need For Speed is..... missing something. When racing on a tight course my little S2000 cornered worse than an Escalade. Also, crashing with other NPC's is a joke, one light tap on the rear bumper and the game sends you spiraling way off course. Also the force feedback on this game is terrible. The game simply reeks of a PC port that was done in a mere hour.
Conclusion: I just got a new gaming PC and thought I would get myself a new driving game to show off how good it is. The Graphics are ok to good with good detail and effects. However as with all games and certainly driving games, its the controls that can make a good game great, this is not a good game as the steering is very bad. I have spent hours adjusting the settings, going on the internet to find out what is best. I also got an X box controller to use as this was recommended.