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Review: Need For Speed Shift Exotic Racing Pack

May 19, 2010 Leave a comment

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DLC add-ons that add substantial content don’t get enough review coverage. So, I decided to have a look at one of the recent releases: the Need For Speed Shift Exotic Racing Pack.

AR8C-Competizione

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione – a car enthusiast’s wet dream

What do you get for your 799 pennies? Quite a bit actually:

  • A new tier in career mode with a total of 306 stars to earn
  • Four new tracks for offline and online
  • 7 new cars

The cars are the BMW M1 Procar, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, Acura NSX, Gumpert Apollo, McLaren MP4-12C, Maserati GranTurismo S (yes, I misread it too), and the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss. Slightly strange choices for a supercar pack – especially the Acura – but it’s cool to see niche cars like the Gumpert making an appearance. All of the cars are tier 2-3.

The tracks are varied. Monument Loop is a simple oval-ish course with minor kinks. Casino Riviera is an extension of Monument Loop with more twists and turns and somewhat longer. Port Boucle is a tricky L-shaped track with a number of sharp U-turn corners. Monte Grande is a long, demanding technical track that will keep you frustrated for hours to come.

All race types are included in the new career – Hot Lap, Time Attack, Eliminator, Endurance, Car Battle etc. as well as standard races – and the difficulty varies from easy to very hard, so there’s something for everyone. The races include a mixture of existing and new tracks, including an exotic car Nordschleife tournament. There are also five new trophies to collect for various achievements in the expansion pack, but no new in-game badges, so you’ll still have to stick to the original game if you want to earn those epics.

There’s really nothing to dislike about the new content – if you like racing games and own NFS Shift, this is easily one of the best £7.99’s you can currently spend on the PSN.

9/10


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