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GF Rating
6.8

4024 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
6

Above Average

Not horrible... Needs help

posted by Tobmaster (LINCOLN, NE) Sep 17, 2009

Member since Apr 2006

19 out of 28 gamers (68%) found this review helpful

The first half of the game was fun and enjoyable, simulation is right up my alley, but some of the tracks just suck. There is one where your car just jumps up and down trying to go around corners - and don't get me started on running an exige around that track. I have never seen a street car pull wheelies and fly through the air.

Next, the AI are a bunch of retards! I've seen more traffic jams with all of them trying to fit into a hairpin. Then I also have to ask one question - if this is supposed to be a simulation style game, why are we running arcade laps? Passing 10+ cars within two laps is a pain in the higher tiers. Sure start me out in last place but at least give me a few laps to pass everyone.

The biggest let down though are the tier 4 supercars - I really have only driven the Bugatti and the zonda, but they drive almost like the vehicles on RC ProAm. They just seem to swivel on an axis when you try to steer them.

Interior view... Absolutely awesome, nice realistic feel, but it is harder to stay competative bast tier 2 races.

Last parting words... Could have been an awesome sim racer, but the physics need help - no racing game should allow you to drive your car straight underneath another.

I'd be real disappointed if I bought this game; it is better than undercover, but I enjoyed Pro Street more...

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

Great visuals- not much else

posted by xteam213 (ROME, NY) Dec 31, 2009

Member since Feb 2008

6 out of 9 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I want to like shift, and to a certain extent I do. Its got a great selection of tracks and cars, lots of tracks and the graphics are superb. However, there is one major flaw that the developers either missed or just completely got lazy. That is the controls when using a wheel. Like the first DiRT, using a wheel is entirely useless. There is so much lag that you can't even control the car let alone race with any kind of speed. Now I have the Logitech G25, and it works perfectly with GT5: Prologue, DiRT 2 and even Grid, so there is no reason it shouldn't work well with NFS: Shift. As a matter of fact, this being a racing game, ANY wheel should behave like clockwork. I mean, I don't think I'm alone when I expect a racing game to not require you to use the controller- where's the fun in that? So, overall, an okay game but could have used a bit more time in the oven.

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GF Rating
4

Weak

Stick to arcade mode EA

posted by spacerace (MACHESNEY PARK, IL) Dec 27, 2009

Member since Dec 2009

4 out of 6 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

I guess you could say, for a nfs title, that it lives up to its name. But, I think this is my least favorite nfs title to date. I love simulation racing and arcarde racing, I know now that I dont like a game that tries to be both at the same time. I dont recomend this to either arcade or sim racer, and to EA: stick to making the best acrade style racing games ever made, the simulation market is cornered and you shouldnt even touch it.

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