As Maverick said to Goose, or Goose said to Maverick, or some other dude with a goofy nickname said to some other … I feel the need, the need for speed. I spent $14.99 over the weekend on the new Need for Speed Shift for iPad.
I’m usually not much of a ‘gamer’ at all – on any platform – but I do have a little weakness for racing games. I already have RealRacing HD on the iPad, and like it. But … Need for Speed Shift is a whole different story. It is the most fun I’ve had with any racing game, and the most intense experience I’ve had on the iPad yet.
I’ve never played Need for Speed on any other platform – so others may be able to make good comparisons on the various versions of it. I can just say that this iPad version is spectacular.
A full review is coming soon – but I had to throw this short post up just to say how much I’m enjoying the game. It is fast and intense, the sort of game where it even feels like you need stamina to play it – to maintain the right level of concentration through multiple races and so on.
It also looks and feels just great. I’m only in the early stages of it, but I’m already enjoying choosing new cars, upgrading them, and the variety of options within the game.
Here is more detail on features from its App Store page:
iPAD EXCLUSIVE FEATURES
– NEW 8 Exclusive Cars, 28 Cars Total
– NEW Stunning HD Graphics
– NEW Physics-based Acceleration
– NEW Ultra-responsive Manual Controls
A RACER’S POINT OF VIEW
The expansive iPad screen gives a hyper-real in-car cockpit POV and a brutal first-person crash dynamic. You’ll really see why this is the most visceral racing game on the App Store.
FEED YOUR NEED
Drive 28 cars, including 8 exclusive ones, like the Bugatti Veyron 16.4, Koenigsegg CCX, Lexus LF-A Concept, and Nissan GT-R (R35). While you experience physics-based, accelerated HD graphics only the iPad can deliver. Achieve unmatched driving control, with rear and side view mirrors, manual acceleration, and visual brake pedal and shift gears.
EVERY PRO CIRCUIT DETAIL
Experience the sweeping skylines of 18 tracks in inspiring international locations (Chicago, London, Tokyo) through day and night driving. See and feel roaring engines, squealing tires, and crunching collisions. Above all, get speed, speed, and more speed!
RACE AGAINST FRIENDS
Shift into either local WiFi or live Bluetooth Multiplayer across 6 game modes to take on friends on the track.
UPGRADE, CUSTOMIZE, AND COMPETE
Fine tune performance with Top Speed, Acceleration, Tires, Suspension, and Nitrous upgrades. Add custom details like spoilers, rims, specialized paint jobs, and body kits.
$15 is steep, but I am feeling like it was well worth it so far. If you’re OK with the price, you can find Need for Speed Shift for iPad in the App Store now.