The Need For Speed series has always had something of an identity crisis, unable to really decide what kind of racing game it wants to be. We've seen the series go from being racing pedigree to moderate joke, attempting to imitate the likes of OutRun, Burnout and DRIVER...sometimes at the same time. Shift sees EA gunning for the big time, attempting to throw of the casual shackles and be taken seriously. It's the gaming equivalent of the school clown donning a suit and going to work for PWC.
You can pick up Shift for under a tenner at the moment by heading on over to Grainger Games, which is a good £5 cheaper than the nearest price at The Game Collection, itself £3 cheaper than the rest of the pack. The GG link has been a little bit iffy, which is why we've included both.
- Click here to buy Need For Speed Shift for £9.99 at Grainger Games
- Click here to buy Need For Speed Shift for £14.95 at The Game Collection
True to their word, this is a serious racing game for serious racing fans. It might not quite have the pedigree of a GT or a Forza title, but don't write it off just yet. There are 19 tracks and more than 60 cars here, spread across four performance tiers, and a wealth of customisation options. Unlike previous NFS games, this now spreads to performance tweaking giving you the opportunity to change aerodynamics, differentials, gears, brakes and more. Nitrous is back, but simulated in a more realistic fashion.
This is undoubtedly a step up for Need For Speed, and the feel of the game is absolutely excellent. The singpleplayer career mode is engrossing and deep, and the crossover integration of the multiplayer is a neat idea. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near as comprehensive as Forza 3 and for that reason might put off some, but it's worth a look for series fans.
Thanks to alexthekidd at HUKD