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Need for Speed Shift

Platform(s): PC, PSP, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Racing
Publisher: EA
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Release Date: Sept. 15, 2009 (US), Sept. 17, 2009 (EU)

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'Need for Speed Shift' (ALL) $30,000 Gaming contest

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2009 @ 2:38 p.m. PST

Designed to deliver a true driver's experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers, delivering an authentic and immersive driving experience. Players are thrust into the loud, intense, and athletic experience of racing a car from the driver's perspective through the combination of perception based G-forces, the hyper reality of the cockpit view, and the all-new brutally disorienting crash dynamic. Need for Speed SHIFT features an accurate, accessible physics-based driving model that allows you to feel every impact, every change of track surface and every last bit of grip as you push yourself to the edge.

Shift into high gear! Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed Shift is built by racers for racers. Need for Speed Shift delivers an authentic and immersive driving experience developed by Slightly Mad Studios in collaboration with executive producer Michael Mann at Black Box and senior vice president Patrick Soderlund at EA Games Europe. Slightly Mad Studios includes developers and designers that worked on the critically acclaimed games GT Legends and GTR 2. Need for Speed Shift replicates the true feeling of racing high-end performance cars like never before. Players are thrust into the heart of the action with immersive and exciting features including a stunningly realistic first-person cockpit view camera and an all-new crash mechanic, providing an unrivalled sensation of the speed and feeling of racing a car on the extreme edge of control.

Need for Speed Shift will feature 18 authentic race tracks and over 65 pixel-perfect cars including the one-of-a-kind BMW M3 GT2 that will grace the cover. The spectacular Shift cover car is one of the fastest, most powerful cars ever to be featured in a Need for Speed game.

The Need for Speed SHIFT Gaming competition is a contest whereby fans will have the opportunity to compete for $40,000 in prizes, a grand prize of $30,000 toward a car on AutoTrader.com.

Running from December 4th to March 7th, the tournament will challenge the world’s top racers to compete in the ultimate driving competition.  Consisting of seven leaderboard qualifying periods, each round will see the fastest 16 drivers qualify for the playoffs. There is also a special wildcard qualification round in which 16 lucky entrants will automatically make the playoffs. The playoffs will pit the top 128 players in a single elimination bracket to determine the top four drivers. The top 4 will play in a live final at Black Box’s studio in Vancouver! For complete rules and regulations and to join the competition, visit the official contest website.


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