The automotive video game studio Electronic Arts is hedging a lot on their latest installment of the Need for Speed series, SHIFT. The videogame is focused mainly on “driver experience” and has a really good artificial intelligence component. The creators did not want to settle for simply a nice looking game, but also wanted a game that would make players feel like real race drivers. EA is ramping up their promotions before the game becomes available for sale later on this month on September 15. They have released a full list of playable automobiles and race tracks, but if that isn’t enough to entice you, there is one mre tantalizing preorder promotion special.

Need for Speed SHIFT will be available soon
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Depending on which online video game retailer you buy it from Need for Speed: SHIFT will reward you with either a very powerful BMW E92 M3 GT2 car, the popular race ready Porsche Cayman S or gamers can compete in five exclusive Elite Series races, featuring pre-tuned cars available nowhere else, in this case it is a Nissan GT-R SpecV in full race livery. The only way to get one of these special edition vehicles is to preorder the game, at least you will guarantee that there is a copy waiting for you when the game hits stores September 15th.

From the looks of these images and the track video after the jump the hype may be well worth it. From the realistic game footage to the wide variety of high performance machines from around the world, we just might considering ordering ours from Amazon.

Video after the jump.

Source: Need For Speed

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Uncia  (868) posted on 09.3.2009

What EA needs to do is take Most Wanted, add some cars and update the graphics, then re-release it. It’d sell better than this.

Uncia  (183) posted on 09.3.2009

I was expecting more of EA games. Their recent car racing games was not that interesting. Or perhaps the danger lies to the fact that we easily get tired of car racing games because it would be the same old thing. Racing. The only thing that interests me is racing with my nephews but as for the game itself, nothing. But the fact that you get to "race" supercars is really nice. But here goes EA featuring cars that is not really that nice, as Uncia, have said make more frustrated.

Uncia  (180) posted on 09.3.2009

That’s why its named, NEED for SPEED. The game really needs it.

Uncia  (868) posted on 09.2.2009

This game has the lamest car list I’ve ever seen. The included cars that nobody cares about, like the VW Rabbit and Mustang GT. If the have the space for FOUR different M3s, they should at least include such addored classics as the Plymouth Hemi Cuda and Toyota Supra turbo.

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