Duels (known as Driver Duel in Shift and Head To Head in TNFS) are race events, that were featured in only three games in the Need for Speed franchise. However, there are similar race events featured in some NFS instalments, too.
A duel involves a race between two players racing in a Point A to Point B track. While in Hot Pursuit no police cars can be encountered in duels, in The Need for Speed this is the case. But in both versions players will come across traffic.
The duels in Shift greatly differ from the other games. Racers drive in circuit courses only without any presence of other vehicles of course.
- Many players criticize the catch up mode in duels. It's suggested always to drive with the full use of skill and caution, because of traffic.