Need for Speed SHIFT

PUBLISHED: 17:17 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 24 August 2010

IF you re after aggressive driving, trading paint with a BMW M3 GT2 while forcing your way into the world tour, then Need for Speed SHIFT may just what you ve been looking for in driving games. But don t be fooled into thinking ramming co-drivers off t

IF you're after aggressive driving, trading paint with a BMW M3 GT2 while forcing your way into the world tour, then Need for Speed SHIFT may just what you've been looking for in driving games.

But don't be fooled into thinking ramming co-drivers off the road is going to get you to the top of the pile, precision driving counts for just as much and your driving style will influence your profile, the races you are invited to and will have a big say on how quickly you level up.

As soon as you fire up your engines your thrown on to the track for a couple of laps so your team mates can assess your skill level.

Once you're set up, you're straight into the thick of things fighting for a podium spot, along with the prestige, money (for buying better cars and gear) and stars (for levelling up).

The quicker your progress, the more tracks and cars open up to you.

And this is part of what makes this adrenalin soaked game so compelling.

SHIFT features 18 authentic race tracks and more than 65 legendary cars from the past 35 years.

With exotic cars like the 2007 Lamborghini Reventón to unlock, SHIFT also features more than 50 unique layouts across the tracks including real-world locations and fictional circuits.

Players can race on world-renowned tracks like the gruelling 20 km Nordschleife or meticulously-designed fictional circuits found in Glendale with its steep grades, hairpin corners and blind crests.

Jump into the cockpit of one the cars and find out how SHIFT combines real-world physics with perception based G-forces .

Players that download the demo can push one of four cars to its limits on the world-famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the tight city circuit of London River.

Drivers that dominate the race and collect enough stars will also unlock the ultimate racing machine - the Pagani Zonda F.

Andy McCorkell

Four Stars

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