A boot is the irritating metal claw that immobilizes cars; a reboot hopefully puts them back in motion. After a good run as the dominant videogame racing series, EA's Need For Speed franchise was rebooted in 2003 to emphasize then-fashionable illegal street racing and sandbox gameplay. But the flashy street style dulled, and EA's Burnout series did open-world racing quite well. So Need For Speed: Shift reboots the series once more. It's back to basics: closed tracks and hardcore racing.