Let's address the elephant(s) in the room: Gran Turismo 5 and Forza Motorsport 3 are both coming out this year too. No doubt some of you PS3/Xbox 360 owners will bypass this game in anticipation of those heavy-hitters. Shift really shouldn't be overlooked, though. It's a well-executed game that provides enough realism for the racing purists while still remaining accessible to schlubs who can't drive stick. With this game, Slightly Mad's not only lifted the Need for Speed franchise out of a deep funk but managed to create a viable competitor to some of the best games in the genre.