Need for Speed Shifts into Top Shape

April 28, 2009Written by Draisey

With a new developer behind the series, it’s amazing how different and how much more impressive Need for Speed: Shift is compared to its predecessors. While Black Box, makers of the original series, had focused on creating embarrassingly bad storylines and open world environments, Slightly Mad Studios has decided to focus on simulation rather than arcade style racing.

Also gone are the open world environments. Customization is still going to be present, but within a circuit racing environment. In a surprising move, EA and SMS look to be going after Gran Turismo’s crown as the top racing series, having ditched everything that Black Box had done over the past decade. So far, NFS: Shift has been looking quite impressive, and you can view some new in-game screenshots below.