Need for Speed: Shift Player Count and Stats (2024)

Need for Speed Shift player count Stats and FactsHere are a few of the most interesting Need for Speed: Shift facts and stats I was able to dig up. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Need for Speed: Shift player count:

16,000 game units sold in Japan

Last updated 2/4/13

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Game Description

“Need for Speed: Shift” is a racing video game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and released in 2009. It is a part of the “Need for Speed” series but takes a departure from the series’ traditional arcade-style racing in favor of a more realistic and simulation-focused approach.

In “Need for Speed: Shift,” the gameplay shifts towards a more authentic racing experience, with a strong emphasis on realistic driving physics, car handling, and simulation-style racing. The game features a variety of tracks and real-world locations, including well-known racing circuits.

The game offers a career mode where players start as a novice racer and progress through various events, earning reputation points, experience, and money along the way. Players can use these resources to purchase and upgrade cars, customize their appearance, and fine-tune their performance.

“Need for Speed: Shift” also introduces the concept of “Driver Profile,” where players’ driving styles are evaluated based on their performance in races. This influences the type of events and sponsors they attract, adding a level of personalized gameplay.

The game includes a wide range of licensed vehicles, from high-performance sports cars to classic automobiles. Each car has a distinct feel and handling characteristics, making it crucial for players to adapt their driving style to each vehicle.

Visual and audio realism play a significant role in “Need for Speed: Shift.” The game features detailed car models, realistic damage modeling, and dynamic lighting effects. The cockpit view offers an immersive experience, showcasing realistic driver animations and instrument panels.

While “Need for Speed: Shift” received positive reviews for its realistic approach to racing and impressive visuals, it also faced criticism from some fans of the series who were accustomed to the arcade-style gameplay of previous titles. Despite this, the game gained a following among simulation racing enthusiasts who appreciated its emphasis on authenticity and immersive driving experiences.

“Need for Speed: Shift” marked a significant departure for the series by focusing on simulation racing, and it is often seen as a precursor to Slightly Mad Studios’ later “Project CARS” series. It provided a different perspective on the “Need for Speed” franchise and contributed to diversifying the racing game market.

Game Trailer

Need for Speed: Shift

Game Details

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