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Need for Speed: Shift for the pc (and all other platforms) is obviously a racing game, but takes the franchise in an entirely new direction. Previously all Need for speed games have focuses on raw street racing using a variety of super cars. And in the most recent titles have added the option of customisation of your vehicle. This new direction is completely the opposite, now focusing on track racing only, in a combination of drifiting, time challenges and racing for positions.
Once nice aspect is that the game is very customisable when it comes to gameplay. If you are a seasoned racing game fan you can turn off all the assistive systems and crank up the AI level resulting in an impossibly hard drive where each fraction of a second counts. On the opposite end of the scale you can set it to a "casual" mode, something that is easy enough for novices to experience the full game, start to finish.
There are 19 tracks in total in this game, but each has several different variations depending on the mode you are playing. They are all based on real world locations, such as the Streets of London and Silverstone. The tracks provide a good range of style varying from full throttle ovals to weaving tracks enough to satisfy all racing fan preferences.
The area where the game really shines is the selection of cars available. There are roughly 70 cars to choose from, and each handles massively different from the next allowing you to choose something to fit your particular driving style.
There are also performance modifcations that are not really customisation since they are almost a requirement on every one that you build. Visual modifications can set you apart from your opponents in online mode.
Obviously the level of detail on this game depends on the specifcations of the Pc that you are running it at. On my machine I am able to run the game at full on all settings and the effects are stunning. Great accuracy on the tracks and scenery, and plenty of different styles to not bore you. One downside is the annoying blue and greyout effect that occurs if you crash at high speed, realistic maybe, but not very fun to play through if you just get nudged from the side at 160 MPH.
Overall this game is great, a definate deviation from the original style of need for speed, but highly enjoyable for all race fans.
so have NFS done it again? short answer: no. why? this game is trying very very hard to be something its not. It's trying to be a racing simulator up there with games like Rfactor and GTR 2 but its just not cutting the mustard. First off, while i was playing this i noticed that it looks a lot like GRID , so when i first got into the game i though fantastic another great arcade racer on the way. I was wrong. I'm not too sure where they went wrong but it just doesn't feel right it kind of feels like racing a glorified slot car. In my eyes in a game if you can take a sharp turn at over 100 mph its not a simulation.
=- Gameplay -=
OK. I'll admit the game play isn't bad for an arcade game, kind of up there running with juiced and juiced 2, with the nice career mode you get to advance and become the best in the....well... west, and unlock new cars etc etc.
=- Price -=
Ok so its just as cheap as any other racing game but i would rather buy grid over this, any day.
=- Overview -=
OK. If you are looking for a simulation game, spend £10 less for Rfactor. That has hundreds of download-able cars and tracks and all the addons are free! HOWEVER if you are looking for an arcade racer, try the demo see how you feel.
iam a serious racing fan and nfs most wanted was and still will be the best racing game ever .i mean there hasnt been any other nfs franchies that came close to most wanted.
i tried playing prostreet but sorry to say that it su**s.man they try to bring the same game play around again and again.theres nothing new .but i loved shift its an awesome game now when i mean awesome it is.because it is simply irresistable i would defenetly say its a fully packed racing game.
i just bought this game 2 days ago and i havnt stopped playing it.the game gladly didnt have the same story line like your a street racer bla bla bla .but your a serious track racer like when they say redy set go your good to go.the game make you feel like your in real thing i mean if your set to try bmw its a real one thers no dought about it.please do get this game.