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Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed

Released on 01 April 2011

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

3.0 out of 5 (21 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed is the next entry in the blockbuster Need for Speed simulation series. The original Shift game was released in September 2009 and has sold through close to five million copies globally. Its success was propelled by the revolutionary true driver's experience - a game design that was heralded by critics as more visceral, more physical and more intense than any other title in the sim category. Capturing the physicality and brutality of racing at 200mph has been the leading area of innovation by the award-winning development team at Slightly Mad Studios. Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed builds on the true drivers experience by introducing the driver's battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself.

In Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed, players' hands sweat and ache as they clutch onto the controller, their pulse races from the break-neck speeds experienced through the first-person cockpit view. Launching in Spring 2011, Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed pushes the envelope with the most authentic and intense racing experience in the genre.

Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed features an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul that puts the player in the heart of the racing action. With an innovative helmet camera view simulating the physical experience of driving at 200mph, the thrilling experience of night racing and authentic degradation of tracks and cars, this is tomorrow's sim for today's adrenaline fueled racer. Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed also incorporates the next generation of Need for Speed Autolog - the groundbreaking network that connects friends for epic head-to-head races and compares player stats for the ultimate social racing competition.

  • Next level of immersion: Experience visceral first-person racing like never before. The all-new helmet cam recreates realistic driver head movements that deliver an unparalleled sensation of speed: lean and tilt into the apex of corners, feel the impact of every scrape, bump, and crash, experience true in-cockpit vibrations, and more.
  • True realistic racing: Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed redefines the racing simulator genre by bringing the atmosphere of race day to life. From authentic car and crash physics to terrifying night racing to the battle-scarred look and feel of both cars and tracks, Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed leaves no detail behind in delivering the most authentic racing game experience yet. Featuring the FIA GT1 World Championship and GT3 European Championship plus real-world drivers, tracks, and cars, this is truly tomorrow's sim for today's adrenaline-fueled racer.
  • Amazing career depth and variety: Earn unlocks and participate in multiple racing disciplines on the way to becoming the FIA GT1 World Champion. Featuring everything from new Endurance races to muscle and retro cars, Need For Speed Shift 2: Unleashed gives you the flexibility to choose the path that fits your individual racing style. Fight for position, dominate opponents, and annihilate track times every time out-the battle doesn't end at the finish line, it extends throughout your entire racing career.
  • Change the game with autolog: Autolog is a revolutionary system that connects friends and changes the gameplay experience by allowing you to share virtually every aspect of your racing career. Compare Driver Profiles and career status, share and comment on pictures and videos, send challenges, and pull news feeds directly from NFS.com and Speehunters.com. Autolog recommendations amp up the social competition of real-world racing by delivering challenges based on friend activity, creating a dynamic, competitive, fun new way to play both online and offline.
  • Customize for Show or Customize to Win! Unleash your creativity to turn some of the world's most elite high-performance vehicles into fire-breathing weapons. Customize the engine, the body, the suspension, and much, much more, then put your ultimate racing machine to the test in any mode. Whether your goal is to race a 1000-horsepower Econobox or a tricked-out GTR, you have nearly limitless options to reign supreme on the track where every second counts.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (21 reviews)

 Shift2 Simulator.....NOT Arcade...

| | See all SnakeEaterChriS's reviews (6)

Okay im going to save this game as so many people are slating it, and they clearly have no idea how to play the game or what their getting into when they buy this game. First off this game is a Simulator not an arcade style racer, if you don't know cars very well then buying this game is like jumping into the deep end of the pool when you can just about swim.

People always complain about the steering, You HAVE to tune your car's in this game.. you have steering lock which adjust sensitivity e.g if your on a map with loads of bends you put it higher map with less bends lower, it adds more depth to the game instead of here's your car take it.

Among tuning there is ride height toe-in, toe-out suspension, downforce etc etc etc if you don't know what im on about either get revising or just spend a lot of time on the game. People are slating this game, and they clearly know sweet FA about cars let alone the game. This game offers a thrilling experience helmet cam is brilliant it add's a whole new perception to driving games, the car's are limited but there's already DLC out to buy more car's it's a cheap game tbh i got myn for 20 quid brand new from game.

**BTW** You do not HAVE To tune your car's however tuning them will add to performance and better handling etc. If your going to believe one person believe me i am level 18 on driver level i haven't completed all race's i bought a supra and Upgraded it loads, then tuned it to drift, then again for track based racing. - I said it all their, the people that complain about the driving on this are just used to the arcade style NFS, this game is more realistic more thrilling than GT5 ever was. Sure you can't change your oil but i really couldn't care less..

You can customise the way your car looks if your wondering add vinyls it is limited in this one but after all it's a track racer not street, the vinyls are good you get some decent brand ones then stripes, tribal, checkered, cartoon etc.

Honestly if your going to get this game ignore all the BS about steering, give the game a chance tune your car even if you don't know about it all the game gives a nice short and descriptive piece of info on each bit, i had to tinker with my car for ages to get it spot on which makes the game far more personal.

If you don't like helmet cam btw there is also a driver's seat view thats similar but your not seing through his eyes more or less where the drivers head would be.

Give this game a chance, it is amasingly brilliant, i started off with the BMW box standard then got BMW M3 as i kept the first one which i think was an M6 for a decent time. I tuned it then raced and got my supra. This game offers race,eliminator, hot lap and ofc DRIFT there are more. So yer don't believe the people QQ about how shift 1 was better shift 2 is a whole new game it's like getting peter parker then the spider biting him SHIFT2 is spiderman SHIFT1 is basic old PP, But remember on this game with power does come responsibility you can't go slamming through bends in this game, its realistic its gripping, it makes you sweat shout NO as your car slams into a bend and most of all LOVE IT.

 Do not understand!

| | See all askask's reviews (1)

I, like many others, have been a racing 'addict' since the first F1 title and GT title on the little grey box!

This is a brilliant racer, far better than GT5 - yes there are aspects of GT5 that are superior BUT if you are after a full on racing simulation then this is the game for you. GT5 simply is a driving simulator - the racing is rubbish with the cars simply acting as mobile chicanes.

With regard to the handling I have had no issues at all; yes it is twitchy, but therein lies the beauty - you need to be good at the inputs as you would a normal car at that sort of speed.
If you made a slight wheel adjustment at 50kph, that is all it would be; the same movement at 250kph would mean a certain crash - this game reflects that detail fantastically.

Throw in suberb AI of your fellow racers and you have an excellent game that thoroughly challenges and leaves GT5 looking somewhat a damp squid (whilst not taking anything away from a good game)

 Great game

| | See all churchy21's reviews (26)

Shift 2 is one of those games you start to play and hate at first, but then you play it for a few hours and it's awsome.
At first I didn't think the graphics looked much better than the first game but after playing it for a while you relies it is slightly better.
The new driver cam gives you a sense off being in the car, to sum up the new driving style I would say this is a first person racing game.
The sounds of the cars are spot on.
There is plenty to do in this game and the customisation is much better than the first game.
If you want a good racing game and fancy a change from gt5 or testdrive then buy shift 2.
You also unlock a couple of cars in the extras menu if you have played shift 1 or hot pursuit in the past.

 Steering feedback deadband too big

| | See all twinny2's reviews (3)

when did you ever see a lotus fish tailing like a dying cod and a GTR the steering with the logitech gt force is not up to it.
Be prepared for a big shock ater playing gt5 go to blockbuster and rent first.

 unplayable

| | See all baggieboy23's reviews (8)

i dont right many reviews but felt i needed to write this one. please please be careful buying this game . great graphics brilliant sound . but the controls are terrible . im 37 and love my driving games this has to be if not the worst one of the worst ive ever played . got on friday tried to calibrate controls all weekend ,no joy. took back to shop and back on gt5 which is heaven compared to this. p.s. motorstorms a good game.

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Rating3+ (PEGI)