‘NFS: Shift’, the latest instalment in the long running racing videogame franchise ‘Need for speed’ has been released. Initially announced in January 2009, it is published by Electronic Arts like all of the recent games in this series. The main and unique feature that separates NFS: Shift from previous titles such as ‘NFS: Undercover’ and ‘NFS: ProStreet’ is that it focuses more towards simulation racing to enhance the driver experience and realistic drifting compared to the arcade racing style of the older titles. Hence, it is competing directly against successful titles such as Gran-Turismo series and Race Driver GRID.
Released on 15th, 17th and 18th in USA, Europe and the UK respectively and is available on Microsoft Windows, Sony Playstation 3 and the Microsoft X-Box 360, it features the in-car view (unique for every car) which hasn’t been seen in any of NFS titles for a long time, in-fact since NFS: Porsche Unleashed, which was released back in 2000. This feature has been welcomed and due to the improvements made over the previous titles, most of the reviews on this game have been positive, for example IGN awarded it an outstanding score of 9/10, 8/10 was awarded by VideoGamer.com whereas GameSpot gave it a critic score of 7/10, which is respectable.
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