This was one of the first games I played on my PS3. Sound is stunning and graphics are still the best. This game is also very challenging as you build up your car. I ordered one more time to buy. Great deal on GF.
First off I have always been a fan of the NFS games that revolved around street racing with great customization options. This is not one of those NFS games. Shift is a racing game that revolves around track racing, like Forza Motorsport or Gran Turrismo, both great games, but not what I expect from a Need for Speed game.
That being said it is not a bad game. It returns to the arcade style racing, completely taking out the the ability to roam the city streets. There isn't a story behind the career mode your goal is to win, no drama about you stealing another guys girl or something like that, its all about racing, and placing on the podium. You earn money to buy and upgrade cars, and you get the money by winning races, and winning races also gets you player points, that level up your driving level and unlock garage slots, more money, and vinyls.
The main goal of this game is to earn stars, getting a certain number of stars will unlock a new tier with new cars and new races. The stars though are definitely easy to come by, I unlocked tier 5 before I was even done with all the races in tier 2.
Another thing, if you want to experience the true beauty of this game then you need to race from the cockpit, from the view of the driver. Here you will most closely feel what it would be like to drive a car at 200mph, and when you crash you feel it, your vision blurs, the colors disappears, and you just have to keep driving as your view slowly comes back into focus. In this view you also have to put up with cracks and dirt on your windshield.
Overall it is a great racing game, though I still miss the games were I would spend more time customizing the look of my car then I would racing in it.