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Need for Speed: Shift - Playstation 3

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
  • A combination player tier and achievements system that ensures that drivers are matched against those of similar experience on the track and that rewards for victories match the win.
  • All-new 'Need for Speed' release that combines the true driver's experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic racetracks.
  • Developed by the world's best racing game talent and real race drivers, including: the team behind critically acclaimed 'GT Legends' and 'GTR2' games and VP of EA Games and race car driver Patrick Soderlund.
  • A wealth of highly tunable cars available in an equally diverse range of events including: quick race, standard races, manufacturer races, time trial, online options and more.
  • The all-new driver profile system that assigns a unique persona based on a player?s driving skill and style: aggressive or precise. This system also affects career progression, unlockables and online matchmaking.
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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001TORSHO
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,855 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PLAYSTATION 3

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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'
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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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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.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People sure are hard to please! April 5, 2010
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can't for the life of me figure out why someone who (in general) likes driving games would not like this game!

Pros:

- The graphics are eye popping and run smoothly throughout on both my PS3s (80GB fat and a 120GB slim).
- The sound is top notch, especially on 5.1 (or better?) systems.
- Driving can be challenging or easy and is highly configurable to let you decide which is best for you.
- There are a ton of different cars to master that all drive differently (as it should be).
- You can upgrade each car with engine, suspension, braking and other technical improvements.
- You can customize the visual aspects of each car if you're into that kind of thing.
- You can be either a precision or aggression style of driver and you earn points for both along the way
- There are many different racing styles represented (standard, manufacturer events, drift for example)

Cons:

- At release, there were some bugs but they have been addressed now as far as I can tell.
- This game melds elements of arcade and simulation racing which may put off hard core fans these genres.

The Need for Speed series is a tale of two franchises really and that is why the widely differing reviews I think. If you are a fan of NFS: Hot Pursuit and other "cops and robbers" racing games, then you will likely not like this game because there isn't a cop in sight. You are racing on tracks and other closed courses and not in city streets with other civilian cars running around. If you need to see flashing red lights in your rear view mirror, or just have to run down a mother and her baby carriage then look elsewhere.

What this game is a pretty simple I think.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some problems, but fun so far. September 23, 2009
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased the game after going off the IGN review (9.0 out of 10). I would not rate it that high personally. The game takes getting used to. I admit to liking the NFSU games, but knew this one was different and closer to a GT racing sim than the earlier titles. Anyway, I think that the game performs well in some areas, not so in others. The load times are ridiculous. The same questions come up on each time you start the game. With the HD in place there should not be such long load times between races and saving. There is no menu option that I see to quit mid-race. Hopefully the cars will be more stable and easier to control at high speeds as you advance through the tiers. The BMW M3 on tier 2 is way too loose even after all upgrades. I probably need to do more tuning but it's hard to keep on the courses. I suppose this is to lend to the more realistic simulation but it's frustrating at times. Drift mode is an adventure; I've never been great at drift racing but the initial impression here is that it's almost prohibitive in it's difficulty. I haven't found the right balance of throttle and brake yet. It seems overly sensitive compared to the previous titles. While it shouldn't be totally easy, it takes a lot of getting used to and I find it annoying at times.

The courses are pretty awesome although many have already been done in the GT series. The graphics are very good. I have not noticed the high speed blurring as mentioned in other reviews, maybe because my car tops out at 150 or so. We'll see when we get into the high end cars if it is noticable.

I typically don't do the online racing because of the issues with rewarding aggressive/dirty tactics in all online play so I can't speak to that experience yet.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Intense, but frustrating October 10, 2009
By Unruhe
Platform for Display:PLAYSTATION 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'll start by admitting I have a temper and little patience for frustration. I tend to get upset, turn a game off, then move on. It takes something special to make me do more than swear at a game before angrily pressing the power button. That said, I actually rage-smashed a Driving Force Pro over this game.

First, the good things: A lot of people are complaining at the blend of arcade and sim. This game is much closer to sim than people are giving it credit for. Just because you don't have to fight the car to keep it on the track (real cars aren't that insanely difficult to drive) doesn't immediately disqualify the game as a sim. The presentation is amazing. Cornering at racing speeds should feel intense and dangerous, and NFSShift conveys this excellently. It may seem artificial and a little too over the top at times, but the sensation of speed is completely unequaled. I literally cannot play GT5P or be excited for Forza 3 (based on its demo) any more because of NFS Shift. That feeling of "barely-in-control" flying down a course just isn't present at all in those other games. If rated on presentation and immersion alone, I'd give NFS Shift a 6/5 if I could. The Forza demo feels like pushing toy cars around a toy track compared to this.

The real problem is the AI. Like many racing games, Shift suffers from crap AI. To its credit, it doesn't crutch on the "rubber-band" mechanic nearly as much as other racers do, but the blatant "unfairness" of the game is maddening at times. The AI is given emotions, it reacts to you as well as the other AI, and sometimes the effect is pretty stunning. As racers jostle with each other, the whole pack gets a little more aggressive, trying to cut other drivers off or even force them off the track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 day ago by Jhony A Bautista P
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff
I bought my nephews the game and they asked me for more games so this was it didn't have to travel out of my bathtub
Published 21 days ago by Walled Saadi Yaghmour
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the game
When I bought the game it was great I all ways luv the need for speed games so who ever is reading this by it it's worth it I love amazon Ty again for surving me well
Published 2 months ago by Dan medina
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice game
I really like this game worth buying. It is easy to play and both fun. If you really like the racing games... Buy it!!!
Published 3 months ago by Ramon Mateo
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Love it. The game Load time is slow. Real realistic. Well I should say too realistic. But its a nice game
Published 4 months ago by michael waltress
5.0 out of 5 stars shift ps3 game
It was a valentines gift. I would definitely recommend this product. Its a great game. My boyfriend loves them. The need for speed games are awsome.
Published 4 months ago by Heather Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars good
ok it work good. it work good.I absolutely love this! Bought one for a friend for Christmas. I would recommend this for anyone who loves
Published 6 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars good game
when i talk about NFS .. i talk about the best games for me eveeeeeeeer !!!!!

NFS Shift it's like GT3 if you remember in PS2

i Like that
Published 7 months ago by Fahad Dashti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great practice for REAL Nurburgring
I had the awesome experience last year of actually driving a Renault Megane (fun little car) and a Porsche GT3 Cup around the Nurburgring Nordschleife (5 laps). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Randall C. Christner
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
The NFS series is and always has been one of my favorite series I look forward to getting more of the series
Published 14 months ago by Just A. Mann
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