Need for Speed SHIFT is aptly named. Not only do you "shift" gears when you drive (clever, huh?), but it marks a complete "shift" in direction for the series. Thank god, we say. The last one, Undercover, was a bitter disappointment.
Really. Forget everything you know about Need for Speed. Forget all that cynicism. Forget all those ridiculous live action cut scenes with whatshername from thingymebob. Forget all the slowdown. Forget all the gangster silliness. There's no police. There's no open world. This is real racing. Need for Speed SHIFT is a serious racer for serious racing fans, and you'd better get used to it.