Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Done In 60 Seconds Competition 2015
Guide To Marvel's Infinity War
The Making Of The West Wing
Get 12 Issues For Only £25 Today
The perfect gift this Christmas
London Film Festival 2014
Our round-up of the galas, films and interviews
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

PACKSHOT
Need For Speed: Shift

GAME DETAILS
Released
28 September 2009
Format
PSP, PC, Xbox 360, PS3
Developer
EA Games

LATEST GAME REVIEWS
Assassin's Creed: Rogue
2 Star Empire Rating
Assassin's Creed: Unity
3 Star Empire Rating
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
4 Star Empire Rating
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
4 Star Empire Rating
Shadow Warrior
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Sunset Overdrive
5 Star Empire Rating
Civilisation: Beyond Earth
5 Star Empire Rating
Bayonetta 2
5 Star Empire Rating
Alien: Isolation
5 Star Empire Rating
Last Of Us Remastered, The
5 Star Empire Rating

Need For Speed: Shift


submit to reddit

Review
A disappointing racer that veers clumsily between hardcore simulation and arcade thriller, Need For Speed: Shift already feels creaky alongside many of today’s more accomplished digital drivers.

Like all editions in EA’s long-running series, Shift is slick and sharply presented, and boasts a scarily convincing illusion of speed that makes the game a fine weekend rental. But while it has all the elements in the right places, Shift is never sure what it wants to be; like a driving sim it uses twitchy, often over-sensitive controls and rewards players who are clever on the brakes and stick doggedly to the racing line, yet also heaps bonuses on players for forcing rivals off the track or sliding outrageously around corners, this clumsy blend of styles being more likely to divide opinion among gamers than appeal across the board.

Shift’s brutally competitive computer-controlled opponents – which don’t seem bound by the same rules as human players, and will think nothing of ramming you off the track or racing past you on the gravel – also add an extra layer of frustration during gruelling endurance races, while the game’s disappointing selection of cars, dull career mode and shoddy car customisation make this feel like a game that should’ve skidded into stores two years ago.


Reviewed by David McComb

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS

SAVE UP TO 48% GET 12 ISSUES FOR ONLY £25
Get the best seat in the house by subscribing to the world's biggest movie magazine today. Save up to 69% and every month you'll get exclusive subscriber-only covers, access to the biggest stars and the best news, reviews and behind-the-scenes reports straight from the set. Click here to find the perfect offer for you


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's Farewell To Middle-Earth Issue:
Guest -Edited By Peter Jackson

The countdown to Empire's stunning new issue begins here...

Josh Hutcherson On The Hunger Games Phenomenon
'I've done my fair share of young adult material now'

What Is A Squidward? A Beginner's Guide To SpongeBob SquarePants
If you aren’t already a massive fan, prepare to become one

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Robert De Niro
The heavyweight champion of character immersion, explosive rage and jawdropping subtleties

Empire Meets Thelma Schoonmaker
On editing Scorsese, GoodFellas and a life in film

5 Possible Captain America: Civil War Roles For Daniel Brühl
Failing a Red Skull return, here are some Marvel villains the actor could play...

Kit Harington On How To Train Your Dragon 2
As the sequel hits home entertainment, we talk to the Game Of Thrones star

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)