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Need For Speed - Shift [Download]

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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  • Players are thrust into the loud, visceral, intense, athletic experience of racing a car on the edge of control from the driver's perspective.
  • Speed SHIFT features an accurate, accessible physics-based driving model that allows you to feel every impact, every change of track surface and every last bit of grip as you push yourself to the edge.
  • The all-new driver profile is the ultimate extension of the true driver's experience.
  • This system gives each player a unique persona based on a player's driving skill and style - aggressive or precise.
  • Driver profile impacts how a player unlocks cars, overall career progression and online matchmaking.

Product Details

Platform: PC Download
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  • ASIN: B003CYL4YM
  • Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,954 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PC Download

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Need for Speed SHIFT is an award-winning authentic racing game that combines the true driver’s experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks. Need for Speed SHIFT takes players in a different direction to create a simulation experience that replicates the true feeling of driving high-end performance cars.

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Get ready to Shift your game into high gear! Designed to deliver a true driver's experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed: Shift is built by racers for racers. Need for Speed: Shift delivers an authentic and immersive driving experience, replicating the true feeling of racing high-end performance cars like never before. Players are thrust into the heart of the action with immersive and exciting features including a stunningly realistic first-person cockpit view camera and an all-new crash mechanic, providing an unrivaled sensation of the speed and feeling of racing a car on the extreme edge of control.

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True high-end racing experience in 'Need for Speed: Shift'
A true high-end racing experience.
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Imagine the experience of being a race driver. The adrenaline rush of driving at breakneck speeds, the pressure of fierce competition, the fear of losing control, the intense concentration and athleticism needed to harness the power of speeding chrome and steel. This is the true driver’s experience of Need for Speed: Shift. Through the combination of perception-based G-forces, an ultra-realistic first-person cockpit view, an accurate, accessible physics-based model and the all-new, brutally disorienting crash dynamic, you'll be thrust into the driver’s seat amid the chaotic noise, intensity, and physical and emotional demands of the race. Imagine the emotions race drivers go through. The thrill of driving incredibly fast, the pressure of the competition, the fear of losing control, the intense concentration and effort needed to harness the power of a racing car. The all-new driver profile is the ultimate extension of the true driver’s experience. This system gives each player a unique persona based on a player’s driving skill and style - aggressive or precise. Driver profile impacts how a player unlocks cars, overall career progression and online matchmaking. In Need for Speed: Shift, how you drive is who you are behind the wheel.

For Racers By Racers
In Need for Speed: Shift, EA has brought together some of the world's best racing game talent and real race drivers. Developed in a unique collaboration between Slightly Mad Studios--developers and designers of the critically acclaimed GT Legends and GTR2 games--Michael Mann (executive producer at Black Box) and Patrick Soderlund, senior Vice President of EA Games and part of a racing team that recently competed in the fourth edition of the TOYO Tires 24H Dubai 2009, the result is an authentic driving experience unmatched on any game system.

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Varied event types in 'Need for Speed: Shift'
Varied event types.
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Unique persona based driver profile system in 'Need for Speed: Shift'
New driver profiles.
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Extreme customization in 'Need for Speed: Shift'
Extreme customization.
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Multiplayer action in 'Need for Speed: Shift'
Multiplayer action.
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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications: Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3) / Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) / Windows 7
Processor: 1.6GHz Intel Core2 or faster/AMD X2 3800+ or faster N/A
RAM: (Windows XP) 1 GB RAM; (Windows Vista/Windows 7) 1.5 GB RAM N/A
Hard Drive: 6 GB
Video Card: 256 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 3.0 N/A
Input Device: USB Steering Wheel/Dual Analog Gamepad
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: N/A

Internet connection, online authentication and acceptance of end user license agreement required to play. Access to online features and/or services requires an EA online account and registration with the enclosed serial code. Registration for online features is limited to one EA account per serial code and is non-transferable. Includes software that collects data online necessary to provide ingame advertising. EA online terms & conditions can be found at www.ea.com. You must be 13+ to register for an EA online account. EA may retire online features after 30 days notice posted on www.ea.com. This game uses SecuROM digital rights management technology by DADC AUSTRIA AG. For more information, visit http://faq.securom.com/.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Need For Speed:Shift October 9, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Before making a purchase, I always do my homework. As much as I hate Electronic Arts I must say, they have a winner with Need For Speed:Shift. This is the reason why it is being attacked up here.

Some reviews posted up here are not reviews but short narrow-minded paragraphs designed to scare people away from the product. It is called, "Fanboism" and is highly distasteful. Such "reviews" do not help the perspective buyer one bit.

I raced with Shift for a couple of weeks after installing it on my system before writing a review. This gave me time to earn some unlocks. It also gave me time to experience MORE of what Shift is all about.

The previous releases in the Need For Speed (NFS) series were all surreal arcade-style racing games. The physics were not that realistic. NFS:Shift however, leans heavily toward simulation.


Shift is career driven. You start at the bottom and fight/race your way to the top. As you do, you earn money and points that unlock more vehicles, tracks and upgrades for vehicles that you own.


You create a name for your profile when Shift starts up. Any progress made in your racing career will be saved under that name.

During a race, you earn points both in AGRESSION and PRECISION driving.

An aggressive driver is likely to block other drivers from passing them on the track or cause other drivers to spin out of control. Such behavior is risky and may cause the aggressive driver to spin out and lose valuable time as well.

The Racing Line

By default, there are green arrows on the race track. These arrows form what is called, the Racing Line. The Racing Line shows the shortest route around the track.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SHIFT DOWN AND ACCELERATE! September 16, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
After the previous, well...disastrous NFS releases, the franchise was in need for a breath of fresh air. Luckily the new developers seem to love racing and provided just that.

The first thing that you realize is that NFS-SHIFT is not just eye-candy (although I have rarely seen better looking cars on a PC): it is more of a simulation game than previous installments of the series. Metal gets bend, windshields get cracked, performance gets affected and crashes will leave you dazed.
I especially enjoyed the in-cockpit perspective (every model with its accurate interior and the helmet-mounted camera tilting back when accelerating and dipping when braking). Having said that I have to make clear that SHIFT is NOT strictly a driving-simulation game. A number of assists take care of whatever you cannot (or do not want) to handle. You can tweak them or let the initial test-lap to determine the optimal level of difficulty for you. All in all, this game is true to its arcade pedigree but is also makes more than an honest effort to accommodate simulation gamers.

There are 5 tiers of events with each tier consisting of a series of events (races, time trials, head to head, drifts, endurance and eliminator). Each event awards a number of stars, cash and points towards your overall driver rank. Precision, aggression and drafting get rewarded. As points get accumulated, new cars and items get unlocked.
The competition will adapt to your level of competence so any amount of experience with racing is welcome. On the minus side, this may be one of the shortest NFS carriers ever (hence the star withheld).

When it comes to the DRM front, it is a bad-news/good-news situation. The bad news is that, yes, this game comes bundled with SecuROM 7.xx.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing departure from the Arcade style of NFS September 15, 2009
By Samer A
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I just received the game this morning (thanks amazon for the release date shipping!) and installed it in the evening to test it out. I obviously have not gotten far into the game, but once you play a racer for an hour+, you've played 90% of the core features of the game, so I figure I can safely write a review for it.

Unlike previous titles, there is no cinematic storyline that tells of some bad guy who hates you for some reason, and how you have to climb the ranks of some underground racers to one day best him in an epic race. Also, unlike a titles way back ago, all these races are legal and done on tracks--No intense police chases here. The basic premise here is that you start off at the bottom rung of an enormous ladder tournament that one day leads you to a world championship race with some of the most exotic cars on the planet. Sounds good, lets get racing!

You start off being put into the seat of a BMW that you only get for 1 day before you start off your career. You do a test lap and the game will offer up some suggestions on difficulty level settings (turning traction control on, ABS, etc). It did a pretty good job at guessing the settings I would have picked, so I liked that feature. You can tweak it as necessary, so this isn't a one time only thing.

The racing itself is incredible. It is a huge departure from the previous arcade style racing games that the NFS titles seemed to focus on. With max simulation on, it races like a car would race. You can't take 90 degree turns at 190 mph, you can't smash into a barrier wall at 140mph, backup and still win the race, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just like real driving! AWESOME!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work, made for the French market?
Could not get this to work on a PC. Label was in French... WTF. Avoid.
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Published 14 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice price, but . . .
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Published 15 months ago by G. Coontes
1.0 out of 5 stars To me this game sucks!
Too hard to drive a simple car! You have to follow the line and still some races are too hard! They give you a random car and you have to race it and you can`t modify it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ronald
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool game
Seems like there should be more cars in the game but it is still pretty cool. Not quite like Gran Turismo 5 but it is still ok.
Published 19 months ago by Michael T. Herrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Key has already been registered?
Thats right. My new copy of this registered through Origin cannot be played online because they say the Key has already been registered. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Huch
2.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics, but poor game play.
Started on the easy levels. Made it through most everything but it brakes for you. When I tried the more difficult levels, you get rag-dolled by the more aggressive drivers. Read more
Published on February 26, 2013 by Jim Foodie
3.0 out of 5 stars no luck yet with Ubuntu 10.4
I hoped that Ubuntu and Wine were ready for NFS by now, but It doesn't start after installing. I may have to install WinXP on another partition. }:(
Published on February 9, 2013 by ERIC R GOERLITZ
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