Need For Speed: Shift (Xbox 360)

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<em>Need For Speed: Shift</em> (Xbox 360)

Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC

What happens when the world realizes it doesn't need so much speed after all?

Though not struggling as spectacularly as the American auto industry, the long-running Need for Speed series has steadily lost ground to competitors. Recent installments feel tired and passé, especially when played alongside more inspired games like Burnout Paradise. Aimless circling is a vital part of any racing simulator, but that shouldn’t apply to a game’s own past.