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Need for Speed: Shift
7.7 out of 10

Need for Speed: Shift

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Overall 9
8.5

Expert Review

Game Informer
13 February 2010
  • Summary: The Need for Speed franchise has had its wheels stuck in the mud as of late. With Shift, EA abandons the arcade racing of the series in favor of a solid racing sim in the vein of Forza that offers a lot of content, from fast cars to great track variety.
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Overall 9
8.5
Gameplay 1
0.9
Graphics 1
0.8
Sound 1
0.9
Versatility 1
0.9
Funfactor 1
0.9

Need for Speed Shift (PS3) Review

411mania.com
10 February 2010
  • Summary: There is no doubt that Need for Speed Shift has room to improve. The drift racing mode needs to be fixed, there are quite a few frame rate issues and other bugs that need to be addressed and the sequel really needs more tracks.
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Overall 8
8.0

Need for Speed SHIFT review (PS3)

HonestGamers
10 November 2009
  • Excerpt: It’s no secret that the Need for Speed series has been driving all over the place. NFS Underground NFS Hot Pursuit NFS Carbon and NFS ProStreet were drastically different from each other, encompassing gameplay types as varied as police chases and dragster street races.
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Overall 8
8.0

Need For Speed: Shift (PS3)

EL33TONLINE
19 October 2009
  • Excerpt: When EA announced the direction for their next Need For Speed racing game, I’ll admit I was a little concerned with their aim to focus on the ‘racing experience’ and tilt the overall theme of the game towards more of a simulation approach, while still retaining the ‘jump in and race’ arcade feeling...
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Overall 8
8.0

Need For Speed: Shift

Gamer Limit
7 October 2009
  • Conclusion: Shift certainly isn’t perfect nor is it as realistically accurate as it wants to be. What it does do, however, is make you almost feel the g-forces of racing and encapsulates that adrenaline rush like no other game of its genre – this alone makes it essential for racing fans.
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Overall 8
8.0

Need For Speed Shifts Gears Into Sim Racing

Game Informer
28 September 2009
  • Conclusion: Concept: The Need for Speed series goes more sim, and ends up going down the same one-way street Graphics: When you crash the screen goes hazy and grey for a few seconds to simulate your disorientation Sound: Nothing you haven’t heard from every racing game going up and down the street Playability:...
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Overall 9
8.5

PS3/X360 Review - 'Need for Speed Shift'

WorthPlaying
27 September 2009
  • Summary: Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers, delivering an authentic and immersive driving experience.
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Overall 8
8.3

Need for Speed: Shift

Auracore MediaWorks
22 September 2009
  • Summary: A solid experience any racing fan will enjoy.
  • Pros: A variety of tracks, locations and vehicles; an immersing sense of speed while you race; a solid, well put together racing experience.
  • Cons: Borrows a lot from other racing games; drift events aren't very fun to play; AI can be flaky at points.
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Overall 8
8.0

Need for Speed: Shift

Hardcore Gamer
19 September 2009
  • Summary: While Need for Speed is certainly one of the biggest titles in racing, the past few years have been underwhelming for the classic series. With Shift , EA has decided to farm out the development duties to Slightly Mad Studios , who are best known for making the fantastic GTR series.
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Overall 7
7.0

Expert Review

GameSpot
16 September 2009
  • Summary: Need for Speed: Shift is a racing game that tries to do a lot of things, and the good news is that it does most of them well. The bad news is that Shift does very little that other racers haven't done before it, and it excels at nothing.
  • Pros: Makes a point of rewarding you, regardless of your driving style, Very good assortment of tracks, Sense of speed borders on scary at times
  • Cons: Default controls are overly sensitive, Modest car selection, Drifting events are prohibitively difficult, Career mode is very bare-bones, Online play rewards other drivers for spinning you out
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