Need for Speed has been showing all its strengths and weaknesses to the virtual kings of asphalt . From street racing to a virtual Simulator, Electronic Arts always tries its best to draw the player’s and racing fans attention , but this time, Need for Speed: Shift applies to a different level of players.
EA counted with the Slightly Mad Studios help and together they tried to change the franchise sales that always opted for a more arcade mode, being that, Shift revolutionizes the previous game modes and leaves behind the wheel of a more realistic simulation.
Those who have always opted for a game more violent and “illegal” may be disappointed with Shift, but the real simulation lovers may not find it a nice joke.
The sequel to the start may be something troubling for a Need for Speed franchise follower. The G-Force element was very well adapted and designed for this game and as such, cars may seem well heavier or slide more easily at certain times but nothing that manual modifications not resolve in your garage. As another virtual Simulator may adjust the car all types of situations: adjust suspension, tire pressure, etc.
Single-player mode of NFS: Shift is a very simple and basic, divided into 4 “tiers” containing each one, different events that will unlock as the player earn “stars” in previous events. Earn “stars” by qualifying or go through some additional conditions in a race. And this is where your profile will highlight. Be respected by perfecting all the maneuvers, earning the title of “Precision” or be feared by using brute force to send to the outside of the track which will rank you as “Aggressive” .
Earn points, unlock events and new cars and furthermore win money and buy new upgrades to invest in your cars. A list of 72 licensed cars is available and the pilot may choose his weapon and do whatever he wants with it..
You start by competing in a medium career, racing in sprint events called Hot Lap, Drift challenges, the player will participate in all kinds of challenges, evolving its profile, and gaining more experience and when you obtain the highest ranking you’ll be face-to-face with the most extreme gameplay. You’ll be aiming for the NFS World Tour, a competition where only the best pilots will show to the world how good they really are.
An aspect that is present in the series NFS is the custom personalization of the engine and appearance of the car. This time around, this parameter is more limited than on NFS: Underground for example. Each car manufactures only 3 “body kits” not very likely, depending on the car, it may not have any upgrade.
Still in external customization, vinyls and paintings are available as always. The design is quite easy to understand but it is difficult to obtain. You will need a few hours, but not that many, until you can buy the ultimate super-car.
Nitrous oxide, and was also modified. This time presents a more realistically. There ain’t that old fire effect to be discharged by fume nor exaggerated sound effect.
Developed for two years, studied and tested, producers always re-considered what they could change and add so that their main objective could be met on time: create a virtual Simulator that could stand among Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. Fortunately, Shift can easily belong to the category “Racing Simulator” and deserve emphasis on speed and and simulation lovers.
Who is hoping to escape from the police, it is best not to install the game.