IMG_0036.PNGIf you're a fan of racing games, and were holding back on picking up EA's recently released Need For Speed: Shift [App Store] for some kind of sale, now is your chance. The price was dropped from $9.99 to $6.99 yesterday, and since then Shift has been rocketing up the iTunes charts.

If this is the first you've heard of this game, we got a great deal of hands-on time before its release and posted an in-depth preview. Shift departs from the Need For Speed arcade style gameplay which has become standard over the years to include more simulation elements including the ability to customize cars in many different ways, buy new ones, and the game even constantly tracks your performance to determine what kind of driver you are-- Aggressive or precise.

There's a lot to like about Need For Speed: Shift and we think it can easily hang with the best racing games on the platform. Shift sports licensed cars and music, great graphics, and a great control system with settings that make the game approachable for casual players as well as technical enough for hardcore players.

If you've enjoyed racing games on the iPhone, this isn't one you will want to pass up... And if you haven't yet played a racing game on the platform, Need For Speed: Shift is a great starting point.

App Store Link: Need For Speed: Shift, $6.99

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    New buyers be prepared for a crash on event 6 in Tokyo! I got passed it once by switching my car. Strangely that's the only time I got to play it lol

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    New buyers be prepared for a crash on event 6 in Tokyo! I got passed it once by switching my car. Strangely that's the only time I got to play it lol

  • Deewin

    Tempted buy but around how many hours of gameplay (in career mode) does it offer?

    • a_random_guy

      Depending on your skill id say 3 hours to unlock all the tracks. And 5-6 hours to fully finish the game (achievements, stars, unlock all cars)

    • Darkjuarezz

      i just bought the game, its sick....

      i like this one a lot more than real racing

  • Deewin

    Tempted buy but around how many hours of gameplay (in career mode) does it offer?

    • a_random_guy

      Depending on your skill id say 3 hours to unlock all the tracks. And 5-6 hours to fully finish the game (achievements, stars, unlock all cars)

    • Darkjuarezz

      i just bought the game, its sick....

      i like this one a lot more than real racing

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    Is there any way, to drive the car by yourself, or it's yes or yes riels-on?

    With all the help disabled, is there possible to really drive the car?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      It's "on rails"

    • Eli Hodapp

      Yes, you can really drive the car and even shift gears.

    • a_random_guy

      Yup "on rails" can be disabled so you drive fully on your own.

    • Sticktron

      No, I is permanently on rails.
      You can turn off assistance, but you can't actually steer your car where you'd like-- your car goes automatically, and you get to adjust maybe +- 30 degrees off-center.

      It's a fun game, but there is little actual "driving" involved.

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    Is there any way, to drive the car by yourself, or it's yes or yes riels-on?

    With all the help disabled, is there possible to really drive the car?

    • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

      It's "on rails"

    • Eli Hodapp

      Yes, you can really drive the car and even shift gears.

    • a_random_guy

      Yup "on rails" can be disabled so you drive fully on your own.

    • Sticktron

      No, I is permanently on rails.
      You can turn off assistance, but you can't actually steer your car where you'd like-- your car goes automatically, and you get to adjust maybe +- 30 degrees off-center.

      It's a fun game, but there is little actual "driving" involved.

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    got it as soon as I sent the comment, but didn't want to write something like "oops I meant on rails", any useful answer?

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    thank you very much Eli and random guy =)

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    got it as soon as I sent the comment, but didn't want to write something like "oops I meant on rails", any useful answer?

  • http://projectnext.info Nigra

    thank you very much Eli and random guy =)

  • araczynski

    don't know why, but i've always been bored to tears by any game even remotely associated with any kind of sports. one of the few genres (sports games) where no amount of eye candy will do it for me.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Good to know.

  • araczynski

    don't know why, but i've always been bored to tears by any game even remotely associated with any kind of sports. one of the few genres (sports games) where no amount of eye candy will do it for me.

    • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

      Good to know.

  • Exhibit A

    Yes, it is on rails, and yes, very boring without the gas pedal. Does not feel like your driving because of that. The customization and good music does not make up for it, and the graphics are not as good as Real Racing.

    • y0u_Me_Bed_NOW

      The graphics are definitely as good if not better then Real Racing.

  • Exhibit A

    Yes, it is on rails, and yes, very boring without the gas pedal. Does not feel like your driving because of that. The customization and good music does not make up for it, and the graphics are not as good as Real Racing.

    • y0u_Me_Bed_NOW

      The graphics are definitely as good if not better then Real Racing.

  • Exhibit A

    Also, the price drop does not make up for the lack of gas pedal. There are too many people that will not buy or play this game because of the on rails feel. So, instead of lowering the price, they should just add the gas pedal, this way, people will actually buy it and want to play it.

    • Eli Hodapp

      What rails are you even talking about? You are aware you can turn off the steering assists and racing lines in the options right?

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        When they say "on rails" it means it's auto accelerate! That's why I said it was on rails...

      • Sticktron

        You don't have fully autonomous control of your car.
        The car travels automatically through the course and you offset the path +- 30 degrees.

        The driving is more of a tilting mini-game than anything else, just disguised to look like racing. Some of us love to drive, race even, and would like there to be a little more to the driving engine.

  • Exhibit A

    Also, the price drop does not make up for the lack of gas pedal. There are too many people that will not buy or play this game because of the on rails feel. So, instead of lowering the price, they should just add the gas pedal, this way, people will actually buy it and want to play it.

    • Eli Hodapp

      What rails are you even talking about? You are aware you can turn off the steering assists and racing lines in the options right?

      • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

        When they say "on rails" it means it's auto accelerate! That's why I said it was on rails...

      • Sticktron

        You don't have fully autonomous control of your car.
        The car travels automatically through the course and you offset the path +- 30 degrees.

        The driving is more of a tilting mini-game than anything else, just disguised to look like racing. Some of us love to drive, race even, and would like there to be a little more to the driving engine.

  • MrMuesli

    SO, this is is a hybid racer really as far as I can tell. No gas pedal, but gears instead if you want a bit more realism. I'm happy with that. I can't imagine shifting AND manually accelerating along with nitroing and drifting and so on. It would require a real clever d**k to fiddle around with all that on such a tiny device; )

  • MrMuesli

    SO, this is is a hybid racer really as far as I can tell. No gas pedal, but gears instead if you want a bit more realism. I'm happy with that. I can't imagine shifting AND manually accelerating along with nitroing and drifting and so on. It would require a real clever d**k to fiddle around with all that on such a tiny device; )

  • Corey

    I'll be the first to purchase this is 1-2months when this game hits 4.99

    • Yahoo

      I'm surprised you're not willing to wait until the price drops to $0.99. Come on man, us cheapos gotta stick to our dollar a game principle. . ;)

  • Corey

    I'll be the first to purchase this is 1-2months when this game hits 4.99

    • Yahoo

      I'm surprised you're not willing to wait until the price drops to $0.99. Come on man, us cheapos gotta stick to our dollar a game principle. . ;)

  • Peter321

    I'm a bit angry that they lowered the price within a week from release, since I paid $9.99 two days after it came out.

    However the game is pretty good, and the graphics among the best out there.

    To the people complaining about the lack of gas pedal - have you played the game??

    In SHIFT, you constantly need to use the brakes in order to stay on the road, you can't just go full throttle. The way you would drive, even with a gas pedal, would be to go full throttle on the straights and brake for the corners - so the brake on touch is the best solution. That way you don't have to keep your finger glued to the screen most of the time to keep the "pedal to the metal" but you only need to use the brake.

    I really don't think it would add much to have a gas pedal, since most people floor it all the time anyway.

    And with this game they made so you can go from almost "auto pilot" to complete manual control (except for the gas) - what more do you want? - maybe a clutch as well to make really REAL (most cars here in EU don't have automatic transmission)?? I don't think that would work well on a touch screen ;)

    But I guess they could have added it just to silence the whiners ...

    As for the "on rails thing" it has nothing to do with the gas pedal, it means you can't turn around and drive the wrong way - you can only go forward on the track (I don't know why you would want to be able to drive the other way?) and since this is RACING, not street racing, there are no shortcut - only one route to take.

    • BigBong

      Most street race fan would like the gas pedal...because you can decelerate around light corners and only use the brakes around hard corners...and if shift was to simulate racing...then it fail totally...because you dun just hit the metal all the way on the track...decelerate is one of the driving experience to simulate.

      They should have put in gear shifting like daytona and you shift the gears to drift...that would be awesome! because you cant do shifting on dpads...but you could do shifting on a multi touch...you can go from gear 3 to 1 and back to 2 and 3...4...I can already picture die-hard racing fans drooling...

  • Peter321

    I'm a bit angry that they lowered the price within a week from release, since I paid $9.99 two days after it came out.

    However the game is pretty good, and the graphics among the best out there.

    To the people complaining about the lack of gas pedal - have you played the game??

    In SHIFT, you constantly need to use the brakes in order to stay on the road, you can't just go full throttle. The way you would drive, even with a gas pedal, would be to go full throttle on the straights and brake for the corners - so the brake on touch is the best solution. That way you don't have to keep your finger glued to the screen most of the time to keep the "pedal to the metal" but you only need to use the brake.

    I really don't think it would add much to have a gas pedal, since most people floor it all the time anyway.

    And with this game they made so you can go from almost "auto pilot" to complete manual control (except for the gas) - what more do you want? - maybe a clutch as well to make really REAL (most cars here in EU don't have automatic transmission)?? I don't think that would work well on a touch screen ;)

    But I guess they could have added it just to silence the whiners ...

    As for the "on rails thing" it has nothing to do with the gas pedal, it means you can't turn around and drive the wrong way - you can only go forward on the track (I don't know why you would want to be able to drive the other way?) and since this is RACING, not street racing, there are no shortcut - only one route to take.

    • BigBong

      Most street race fan would like the gas pedal...because you can decelerate around light corners and only use the brakes around hard corners...and if shift was to simulate racing...then it fail totally...because you dun just hit the metal all the way on the track...decelerate is one of the driving experience to simulate.

      They should have put in gear shifting like daytona and you shift the gears to drift...that would be awesome! because you cant do shifting on dpads...but you could do shifting on a multi touch...you can go from gear 3 to 1 and back to 2 and 3...4...I can already picture die-hard racing fans drooling...

  • Andi:)

    And if you haven't yet played a racing game on the platform, "Real Racing" is a great starting point. :D

  • Andi:)

    And if you haven't yet played a racing game on the platform, "Real Racing" is a great starting point. :D

  • belsunce

    but mostly, I think we should focus on the fact that the price dropped by 30% within one week of release.

    that's what belsunce thinks

    • SalsaMD

      In the context of a broad array of EA holiday sales...

      • belsunce

        no. I don't accept that. this game JUST came out.

  • belsunce

    but mostly, I think we should focus on the fact that the price dropped by 30% within one week of release.

    that's what belsunce thinks

    • SalsaMD

      In the context of a broad array of EA holiday sales...

      • belsunce

        no. I don't accept that. this game JUST came out.

  • Arnold

    It is really bothersome when big guys like EA will drop price on a new release game like that. What kind of pricing model is that? No one will ever buy a new release game and everyone will wait for rock-bottom 99 cents deal.

  • Arnold

    It is really bothersome when big guys like EA will drop price on a new release game like that. What kind of pricing model is that? No one will ever buy a new release game and everyone will wait for rock-bottom 99 cents deal.

  • BigBong

    I think people needs to know its a track race...so if you like street race like all nfs...you probably want to skip this...its quite boring with no on coming cars...no cop chases...I wouldn't say the graphic is impressive as alot of other elements were removed...they should have just remake carbon for iphone and it will still be a hit...

    Its a miss for me.

    • Deewin

      I think EA is alternating between sim NFS and Arcade NFS every other year because the console versions have different developers to make the games quicker.

  • BigBong

    I think people needs to know its a track race...so if you like street race like all nfs...you probably want to skip this...its quite boring with no on coming cars...no cop chases...I wouldn't say the graphic is impressive as alot of other elements were removed...they should have just remake carbon for iphone and it will still be a hit...

    Its a miss for me.

    • Deewin

      I think EA is alternating between sim NFS and Arcade NFS every other year because the console versions have different developers to make the games quicker.

  • Deewin

    Ok i'm buying this title after hearing so many good things about it. I think by next month Gameloft as a Gran Turismo clone (with over 100 cars included!) that I'll probably need to buy too :-O

  • Deewin

    Ok i'm buying this title after hearing so many good things about it. I think by next month Gameloft as a Gran Turismo clone (with over 100 cars included!) that I'll probably need to buy too :-O

  • Exhibit A

    The reason why DOOM Resurrection was such an epic fail in the app store is because of the lack of control for the player...the dreaded on rails feel. Everyone got their hopes up and got pissed when they paid for a mini movie w/ a shoot button. The devs should have learned a lesson from that example. The platform is capable of so much more, and Real Racing proved it. Fans everywhere are pissed because they waited months for this game because it had customization (something Real Racing didn't have), but they ended up paying money for a tilt 2 win game just like the first NFS for iphone. Racing fans did not deserve that kind of disappointment with all the useless hype that was built behind the game. EA will make so much damn money with an update that includes a gas pedal because the 'no gas pedal whiners' are unfortunately for them a majority! I think they may do it. And by the way when most folks refer to 'on rails' in a racer, they are referring to lack of manual acceleration.

  • Exhibit A

    The reason why DOOM Resurrection was such an epic fail in the app store is because of the lack of control for the player...the dreaded on rails feel. Everyone got their hopes up and got pissed when they paid for a mini movie w/ a shoot button. The devs should have learned a lesson from that example. The platform is capable of so much more, and Real Racing proved it. Fans everywhere are pissed because they waited months for this game because it had customization (something Real Racing didn't have), but they ended up paying money for a tilt 2 win game just like the first NFS for iphone. Racing fans did not deserve that kind of disappointment with all the useless hype that was built behind the game. EA will make so much damn money with an update that includes a gas pedal because the 'no gas pedal whiners' are unfortunately for them a majority! I think they may do it. And by the way when most folks refer to 'on rails' in a racer, they are referring to lack of manual acceleration.

  • dark

    the author of this vid has thumbs like a woman....so small lool .....looks like my little finger. mhahahaaa
    so, he has a little advantage

  • dark

    the author of this vid has thumbs like a woman....so small lool .....looks like my little finger. mhahahaaa
    so, he has a little advantage

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Stop saying "rails", you monotonous parrots.

  • http://www.stormchild.net Stormchild

    Stop saying "rails", you monotonous parrots.

  • The guy

    Nfs shit is just a plain fail. It s a reskin of nfs undercover, there s no physic at all, you don t drive you just stay on the road like "mega race" on 3do,for a sim racer that s quite a problem. Price drop is welcome considering the early fools enjoyed being double sc**ed..

  • The guy

    Nfs shit is just a plain fail. It s a reskin of nfs undercover, there s no physic at all, you don t drive you just stay on the road like "mega race" on 3do,for a sim racer that s quite a problem. Price drop is welcome considering the early fools enjoyed being double sc**ed..

  • Marcel

    Wheres online multiplayer please? Asphalt 5 has it and its a blast!

  • Marcel

    Wheres online multiplayer please? Asphalt 5 has it and its a blast!