Rated 10 out of 10 by triplett WOW!!!!
After 3 trys EA has actually made a good NFS game. NFS SHIFT has good graphics, gameplay, and a good selection of cars. The only thing i found wrong with the game is the drift events, the controls are a little difficult. I do agree that SHIFT has taken some ideas from GRID and some other games but thats not a bad thing. I like how the game starts by testing your driving skills and then puts you in the right class. Shift also has one of the best in car views to date. The cars in the game handle real well and some of the tracks are challenge. One of the best things that shift does that i have not seen in a racing game in a long time is the AI fights back if you try to knock them of the track they will try and take u with them. SHIFTS also has a very good damage system if u crash into another car or the wall your screen will turn dark for a few seconds. the cars do take alot of damage and when they do it can effect the way the drive. Please give NFS SHIFT a try u wont be dissapointed
Rated 10 out of 10 by Twiztid Goosefraba Insane Racing Game
I like to play a racing game every now and then, and since I haven't played one since NFS: Most Wanted, I decided to pre-order Shift and give it a try. I've played previous NFS games, and started liking the street racing. This is different. Instead of being on the streets, your on a track. It's very realistic, and was hard for me to get used to at first. When your driving down the road and you get too close to the shoulder and one of your tires goes off into the shoulder, ya know how it kinda jerks you towards the shoulder? Its like that in the game. I love everything about this game. The only complaints I have is; the music they play after you win a race and the things that pop up on the hud when you are racing (example: when you level up your driver profile during a race). It can be very annoying when your focused on the race and all of a sudden something pops up in the hud. It can throw you off. Other than that, its one of the best racing games I've played in a long time.
Rated 0 out of 10 by kool_ade Innovation
Ok here is the deal, you cant expect a single franchise to stay the exact same way over time and expect it to consistenly sell. NFS is a great franchise and the fact that the guys at EA have decided recently to delve into sim-style racing just shows how bold they can be. Now don't mis understand, I enjoyed NFS Underground and Underground 2, and I am still a huge fan of the Hot Pursuit series. I have been playing NFS since it first released on 3DO...whoa we forgot our roots didnt we. Yeah thats right think back on all the NFS games that have ever been released and youll notice a trend, NFS has always been bold and held a Look at Me attitude thats why they sell so well. I guess what I'm saying is that if you want to play an Arcade style racing game go buy Burnout, NFS has found a decent niche with the sim-style games they've released and i think its awesome they have decided to pursue it further. Don't be mad just cause you couldnt quite handle the learning curve that Pro Sreet had...to me NFS has always meant Innovation.
Rated 10 out of 10 by KaseyMac007 The Real Deal!!!
I have just purchased this game and I can’t put the controller down. This is by fare one of the best driver games ever put out. The graphics are insane and the game play is extremely realistic. I can understand from a previous post that this game is not for everyone, especially little kiddies looking for a cartoon experience. If you do not have a driver license and you are not familiar with racing or performance cars then this game is not for you, stick to Halo. If you are then this game is a must have!!! Even the cockpit details on all the vehicles are spot on and once again the game play is extremely realistic!!! The only area of concern that I have is the online play options. However, once again, I have just purchased the game. But from a first impression standpoint NFS is not the easiest game to play on xbox live. Plus, the matches are skewed because you race with the car that you have. So if someone has been playing longer they of course will have a better car. I may be wrong here, if so, I am sure I will figure it out.
Rated 9 out of 10 by CastleOfBricks Need For Speed Changes Pace.
For the longest time the Need for Speed series was an arcade racing series, but this time it all changed. It's gone from an Arcade Racer with cops, Nitro, and Street Racing, to a Refined racing sim. In my opinion the Change is Great! Graphics - Great car detail inside and out, and an AMAZING inside view.Challenge - Difficult at first, but when you get the hang of it you feel very accomplished.Sound - Engine's roaring, tires screeching, and cars crashing! Great Sound.Replay Value - I think it has a moderately high replay value, It has online and a long single-player mode.Vehicle Customization - The vehicle customization isn't insanely packed with content, but you still can buy Body kits, add paint, add engine parts & tires, and tune. Track Variety - It has a fair amount of tracks to race on, and some cool street courses. (not to mention Drifting courses) Overall, I like the change and if they made a second game similar to this I would buy it.
Rated 3 out of 10 by Vyppaaaa11 Feels like a chore
By the time you start racing supercars every race feels like a chore. I prefer quasi-sim racers (IE: Forza) but also thoroughly enjoyed Need for speed Underground, Underground 2, Most Wanted, Carbon and Pro Street (I actually really enjoyed prostreet until EA ruined it with updates). I had played a demo years ago before the game came out and a few months ago decided to pick up Shift 1 and 2. I figured it would be a slightly more realistic pro street which sounded right up my alley. The first half of the game is quite fun, the third quarter isn't bad either. but the last quarter of the game is where it becomes awful. The AI only serves to hold you back and mess you up (brake too early or late, nudge you off the road, skip breaking all together and fly down the inside of a corner nailing you etc). But, once you get around the AI they suddenly turn into the Stig and if you let them get back in front they will run away with the race with virtually zero chance of you ever catching up. Every race in the last quarter feels like a chore. Here's hoping for shift 2...........
Rated 10 out of 10 by inFAMOUStrigger So underrated
Ok first off i must say that i am absolutly in love with this game. Granted at first i had my doubts but they were all proven wrong. Ths game is a must buy for all racing fans. When i first heard about NFS Shift i as a little more than sceptical. I love games like Forza but i wasnt sure if NFS could deliver that tyoe of game. After NFS ProStreet I was compleatly sure because dont get me wrong NFS ProStreet was a great game but the controls felt very stiff at times and it did get pretty repetive. NFS Shift is by far the leader of sim racing games. It has everything that you could want, amazing graphics awesome gameplay...EVERYTHING. The other thing that made me have doubts was that the majority of was game was in cockpit view and i HATE cockpit view because in many other games it put you at a disadvantage. In this game cockpit view gives the upper edge and a lot more control of your car not to mention that it looks so real.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Gearsofhalotheftauto4 Awesome
All I have to say is this is my favorite need for speed yet. Sure, it's not like other need for speed games because it's more like a simulator yet it is still remeniscent of a need for speed game. The controls are easy to use, graphics are great, and it's very realistic. The people who say it is frustrating and hard are right but only at the beginning (they would have figured this out if they played it longer than 10 minutes) it takes a bit of time to get used to the gameplay but after a couple of races it starts getting really fun and simple to do yet still challenging. The guide arrow thing on the road people have complained about in other reviews is actually quite useful, when it's green your okay on speed, when it's yellow you need to slow down a bit, and when it's red your way too fast slow down. And if you still don't like it your able to turn it off. Overall, the races are fun and challenging, the graphics are great, the controls are good, and the car selection is good. It's a great racing game and at it's current price, definetely a great buy.
Rated 0 out of 10 Theres no need here
The past few need for speed games are not living up to the orignal need for speeds, theres no more street racing. Its all technical races now which arn't too exciting because of the setting. A organized event where theres bright colors and no "obsticals" (like civilian cars) to get your heart racing when you get so close to crashing and no police officers to chase you when you feel like you can outrun anyone or smash any car to bits. The customization has also gone down in body parts since NFS Carbon where the body was to the point to make the car faster but look cool too. It makes me sad that they've decided to make you race only in boundries and not the open world of street racing. I mean if you want technical racing PGR is a good technical racing game but now theres no games that have street racing except for Grand Theft Auto 4, which isnt as fun because the only part you can customize of the cars is the paint job.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Zanzara Awesome, but not Need for Speed..
Well, I love this game and the Need for Speed series, and I liked the street racing theme, this game is like Forza, it has great graphics and cards that you would expect the Need for SPeed francise to have, the game is a little hard to understand at first but once you understand how they programmed the controls the game is really fun and gives you alot of xbox time, haha, I think that you should get this game even if you are mad that they didn't make it a street racing video game, thats what I thought, but then played and loved it. The game simulates what kind of a driver you are while you play, it will tell you how agressive or good you are when you drive by just watching you drive, it has 50 levels which are kind of easy to level up at first which can make it easy to beat, but it is fun to play online so you can play for way longer then just after beating the offline mode, and you will really enjoy it!