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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) Demo Coming to XBL/PSN On Oct. 1

by Rainier on Sept. 29, 2009 @ 4:14 a.m. PDT

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 demo gives players a chance to see for themselves just how SHIFT delivers on the Need for Speed promise of speed, adrenaline and precision racing. Need for Speed SHIFT has been commended by AOL GameDaily as “one of 2009's best racing games” and as “outstanding” by IGN.

Players will sample this year’s most intense authentic racing game by pushing one of four cars to its limits on the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the tight city circuit of London River. Players that dominate each track and collect enough stars will also unlock the ultimate racing machine; the Pagani Zonda F.

Jump into the cockpit of one of these five cars and find out how Need for Speed SHIFT combines real-world physics with perception based G-forces to deliver a supercharged on-the-track experience.


  1. BMW M3 (E46)
  2. 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10
  3. 2006 Lotus Elise 111R
  4. 2008 Nissan GT-R
  5. 2006 Pagani Zonda F (unlockable)

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