Need for Speed Shift: Exclusive Hands-On With Ferrari DLC

EA is bringing the Prancing Pony to Shift, and we've got an exclusive hands-on look.

EA isn't afraid to shake up its long-running Need for Speed series. After 2008's by-the-numbers sequel Need for Speed Undercover, the publisher followed with the pure arcade racer Need for Speed Nitro and the simulation-focused Need for Speed Shift. For the latter game, EA and developer Slightly Mad put drivers in the seat of some of the world's most challenging, high-performance cars and let them race it out on a variety of real-world, as well as fictional, tracks. The all-star lineup in Shift was missing one key marquee, however: Ferrari cars were conspicuously absent from the game's roster. That's an omission EA is looking to correct with its Ferrari-only downloadable content pack, which will be available tomorrow, February 16. The DLC will run you 800 Microsoft points and will include the following Ferrari models:

- 1996 Ferrari F50 GT
- 2005 Ferrari F430 Spider
- 2005 Ferrari FXX
- 2005 Ferrari Superamerica
- 2006 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano
- 2006 Ferrari F430 Challenge (Online/Quick event only)
- 2006 Ferrari F430 GTC (Online/Quick event only)
- 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia
- 2008 Ferrari California
- 2008 Ferrari 16M Scuderia Spider

All of the Ferrari models will be available to you upon purchase of the DLC, so you won't need to save your race winnings in order to afford the Prancing Pony of your dreams. In addition to the cars, the DLC will include an entirely new branch of Ferrari-themed events in Shift's Career mode. Once you enter Career mode, you can access the Ferrari events by pressing the left bumper (L1 on the PS3 controller) until you reach the Ferrari event hub. There are 46 Ferrari-specific events, and they run the gamut from straight-ahead race events to more elaborate challenges like elimination (where the car in last place is eliminated after a certain amount of time). There are also time-trial events like hot lap, where you have four laps to beat a posted time. The nice thing here is that if you beat the posted time on your first flying lap, the event ends and you can move on to the next challenge. Other event types include endurance races, mixed-track races, and a Ferrari-themed version of the Shift World Tour.

As with other series events in the Shift Career mode, you'll be earning stars for various accomplishments on the track. Accomplishing a podium finish might earn you stars, as well performing certain feats on the track, such as earning a certain number of points throughout the course of an entire race, sticking to the illuminated racing line for a certain percentage of the race, leading a race for a full lap, and on the like. Of course, how you drive your favorite Ferrari--as a carefully precise driver or with a pedal-to-the-metal aggressive style--will also be recorded by the game.

Ferraris aren't just limited to the Ferrari-only Career mode events. You can take most of the cars in the DLC to other career events, and you will likely see plenty of other Ferrari models on the grid with you. All of the Ferraris in the DLC--even the lower tier models like the Ferrari California--are formidable weapons on the track. Once you kick things up to the tier 4 and tier 5 rides, such as the F50 GT or F430 GTC, you'll have all the power you can handle under your fingertips. The F50 GT, in particular, is a fearsome ride, with tremendous straight-line speed and a huge rear wing that gives it some added downforce. You'll need every bit of that downforce when blasting through the tricky bends of Road America or navigating the tight turns of Shift's Tokyo track. As with the rest of the rides in Shift, all Ferrari interiors are modeled and can incur damage--often dramatically so. After all, there's nothing like finishing a race in a multimillion dollar car that's been completely sheared of its front bumper and hood. That's satisfaction, Ferrari-style.

The Ferrari DLC for Need for Speed Shift will be released for the Xbox 360 on February 16.

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this article, it was incorrectly stated that the Ferrari DLC pack would be coming to the PlayStation 3 version of Need for Speed: Shift. The DLC is exclusive to the Xbox 360 version of the game. GameSpot regrets the error.

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74 comments
hotrider12
hotrider12

criterion OPEN ROAD PLZ!!!!! plus cops!!! thank u that is all

cometkd
cometkd

wtf??????? r u f******** s*** me???? why not the ps3!!!????????

Mickael
Mickael

haha. I'm barely visit gamespot anymore. They are astonishingly slow with reviews and news. I've been warned about how offended they got with my last comment. The truth hurts. anyways I could really care less. thanks.

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

@Mickael haha it's awesome that you seem to base your life around trolling.. ---- Aside from that Nothing has really caught my interest for NFS... i dunno it just doesn't seem like it's as much fun as its glory days of Most Wanted and even older titles such as Hot Pursuit

Mickael
Mickael

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Gearfofo
Gearfofo

I got so excited when i saw this, and then it said exclusive for Xbox360... what a let down nfs... i guess ill wait for GT5 whenever they decide to sell it

mechberg
mechberg

@Jackc8 -- Yep, you're right. I added an Editor's Note at the end of the article. Hopefully that should clear up any confusion.

Jackc8
Jackc8

@BrianEk - when a journalist reports information that later proves to be incorrect, it's customary to then issue something known as a "retraction". That's because people who already read the article probably aren't going to read it again, so they'll never know that the content has now been changed.

supermanrocs
supermanrocs

@ CaptainHerlock Calm down i don't know what all u have against tuning. Its just a game. I do watch top gear and I do watch the fast and the furious. So what? I like cars. dont get ur panties in a bunch because i suggested something that i want to see.

mechberg
mechberg

@RotaryRX7 -- Yes this DLC is exclusively for Xbox 360. My mistake in the article and I've since corrected it.

RotaryRX7
RotaryRX7

According to NeedforSpeed.com, this is exclusive to the 360. Very conflicting messages going on....

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@gstealer - you're so right. As much as Shift is a great racing game, it's eclipsed by Forza so much on 360 that it's price is dropping fast for such a quality title. I think also a lot of PS3 owners are waiting for GT5 which is fair enough. Any sensible person would indeed wait for it's price to drop if they're happy with other games that are around at the moment.

Lay5354
Lay5354

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Mickael
Mickael

Are you guys illiterate? The article says it's for the PLAYSTATION 3 also. What pisses me off is that it says on the 16th of February for both and Sony still doesn't have it... because they wait till Thursday evenings to update. Not smart Sony. Not smart when a lot of people have both systems now, like I do.

gstealer
gstealer

If I was such of a racing fan...I would buy this game. But I suggest for most people to wait so the price goes down...Well, of course, if you wanna buy it then do it...But I'm gonna wait the price go down a little bit

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

woah - $10 for some cars is rather expensive. Unless you're a Tifosi member or otherwise get something going in the trouser joy department when looking at a black prancing horse (in which case I'd suggest you have several problems... see a psychiatrist!) I can't see anyone else who would pay $10 just for these 10 digital cars. Can you spell R-I-P O-F-F... ? ha ha

InquisitorCrox
InquisitorCrox

I ve been a NFS fan, before the series become a cop of "too fast too furious". One of the things a liked the most in this series, was the ability to drive one of the most exotic and fastest cars out there, in real road conditions (traffic) Since the series lost interest, the only thing that kept it afloat was the adrenaline cop chases. Personally i lost interest, cause i dont consider me a Vin Diesel and if i had the money to spend all that cash to upgrade a Mustang to top class, i would rather prefer to get a Corvette or Ferrari! Combining a ferrari, cop chases and traffic, is smth we havent seen since the hot pursuit days! Now addidnt some of a simulation flavor to the mix, could make it smth unique and wonderful!! Hopefully Ferrari will be a core element from now on, like the old times!! The next NFS better have a 459 driver-able on open roads (not just racing tracks)

x7team
x7team

if ea games release this DLC for the pc or the ps3 this is going to be great.

madSomnambulist
madSomnambulist

$10 seems like a bit of gouging, and I think the could easily have trimmed a few and put it up for 5. On the other hand, snagging the FXX is almost by itself worth the buy for people who want something as close to open-wheel as possible. Speaking of that, where is open-wheel? Something not too insane like GP3 Dallara chassis with ~300bhp? Something I'm dying to see-- will *this* 599 have the KERS hybrid-type regenerating power boost on it as has been planned? ~80hp boost for ~6 seconds per lap. For those unfamiliar, I'd suggest looking it up, and F1 fans will testify to its massive benefits.

Tevi
Tevi

this game is just as good as project gotham racing 3

snipermx06
snipermx06

haven't play the full shift game, but tried the demo and i think the gameplay is pretty intense. Don't know why people are bad mouthing this game. This may be crazy for GT5 fans but in my opinion, comparing the Shift and GT5 demos, I like Shift more.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I'm hoping this is coming to PS3 as well but not holding my breath. And hey all you Shift bashers - no-one is making you play it!! I think it's a great game and yes I am playing Forza 3 and yes I am looking forward to GT5. Shift is a whole heap better than the last couple of pathetic NFS offerings in Undercover and ProStreet!!!!

chickenchap
chickenchap

This pro stuff sucks, the cars are cool but the driving is crap now and pro tracks are stupid. that's just my opinion.

doontime
doontime

The series ended at carbon for me. :)

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@supermanrocs Um, NO! I do not want to see a game from Polyphony Digital where you have tricked out Honda Civics with the springs cut out of them. Stop watching The Fast And The Furious and start watching more Top Gear.

Nuck81
Nuck81

Gamerbaboo Ten Bucks for ten new cars and 50 new races isn't offering a lot of content? And I never have trouble finding a game online with the PS3..

bjblackmamba
bjblackmamba

Do the accelerators on the Toyotas in SHIFT stick?

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

surprisingly, it has damage........wonder what impact this will have on the ferrari's in GT........maybe that could have been the reason for delay. still cant see ferrari in a burnout game hehehe.

GamerBaboo
GamerBaboo

to the Shift Fans, it's not that we haven't played the game. I've bought and played every single NFS game ( with the exception of pro-street, which I simply removed after 1 week ), the question here is the DLC and the price tag. If there was a pack of DLC like ResidentEvil 5, people would love to buy it, because it's so much more to offer that one thinks it's worth it. Just a few ferraris aren't worth spending an extra few bucks over a game that already costs 70$, and is limited to less than a dozen online players.

richioso
richioso

@snoogans460 Then teach them the lesson by NOT buying the DLC.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

There are a lot of people bashing SHIFT on here. What gives? Have they actually played the game? SHIFT is not a bad game. I just started playing it myself, and AFTER playing Forza 3. Why are some of you guys trying to blast the game comparing it to the Forza's of the world? This game is in no way going after the sim market. This game is more like sim-cade than anything else. I personally like the game AND I love Forza and Dirt as well. I think they are the finest racing games you can be playing at the moment. So, if you don't like SHIFT, what are you doing in here anyway? The game didn't earn high marks from the industry for nothing. Clowns.

Nuck81
Nuck81

Ferrari wasn't in the initial release because they couldn't aquire licensing rights. Paying $1 per car is not a bad deal, especially when you consider you are getting almost 50 brand new races to go with it. For Someone like me that has already Platinumed the game, it's great. I just wish there wasn't a driver level cap, I get a slight thrill everytime that thing said New Level aquired...

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

@costin_branzas I thought I was the only one that wished for that. Totally agree.

RockmasteR-_-
RockmasteR-_-

FINALLY!!!! Ferrari is back!!!! hell yeah!!!

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

i still remember myself playing Need for Speed 2SE for hours and hours and hours, playing it all friday nigth nonstop until i fall sleep on saturday... Awesome game, i loved the XJ220 and the Indigo (such style) and racing the McLaren F1 was a blast (i hate the F55 xD) and what about Hot Pursuit!!!! i love it

Jackc8
Jackc8

Absolutely awesome! I'm totally addicted to NFS Shift, actually trying to get my first platinum on this game (I anticipate a 10% chance of success lol). This sounds like you really get your money's worth for your $10, with a batch of new cars and a whole pile of new events. I'll be downloading this as soon as it comes up on the Playstation store. Woot woot!!!

snoogans460
snoogans460

EA is up to their shady ways as usual. Anyhow, I really like Shift and will buy this DLC pack solely because I hate owning a game, and not having all the content for it. Otherwise, EA needs to be taught a lesson in humility.

piociek
piociek

This game is dying, they should release this for free like last DLC to show that they care about community, not try to rip some money from us. I'd love to drive those cars , but I'm not paying 10$ for sure.

DonScarpi
DonScarpi

Anybody can drive with those arrow markers on the road and brake assist. Anyway I think NFS: Shift is a letdown compared to their previous games... It gets old quite fast.

supermanrocs
supermanrocs

I want the forza team or the gran turismo team to try their hand at a street racing game. Imagine all that engine tweaking and beautiful graphics on the street. Listen to me game developers. Listen! they can even release it as DLC.

costin_branzas
costin_branzas

i would really like need for speed to go back to what it really was a long time ago... supercars on public roads with beautifull scenery... (test drive unlimited is the closest).

Skargamer
Skargamer

shift doesn't suck. its actually pretty good. but compare it to forza and gran turismo and its pretty much like an enthusiasthic baby wanting to grow up.