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. The core driving experience is a drastic change from previous titles, moving the series away from easy arcade play to a gritty challenge.
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 of previous entries to the long running series.
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. The fact I am saying that about a Need For Speed title is complimentary in its own right.
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: I really didn’t like the HUD, from the race map to the Driver Profile updates that splash up on the screen
Entertainment: This game gets you revved up pretty easy, but you...
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.
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. But I want to make one thing perfectly clear: As a lifelong NFS fan, this is the best NFS I have played in years.