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Shift 2: Unleashed

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
Everyone 10+
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews) 81 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation 3
  • 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
  • True Realistic Racing-From authentic car and crash physics to terrifying night racing to the battle-scarred look and feel of both cars and tracks, Featuring the FIA GT1 World Championship and GT3 European Championship plus real-world drivers
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Product Details

Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00488PZ2S
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 6.7 x 0.6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,256 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Product Description

The critically acclaimed Shift franchise returns to the track with Shift 2 Unleashed. The most immersive racing experience to date brings the True Driver's Experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel and competing in the Driver's Battle. From the all-new helmet cam to night racing to frighteningly real physics and crashes, Shift 2 Unleashed delivers all the violence and excitement of race day in a groundbreaking authentic racing experience.

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Shift 2 Unleashed is a multiplayer Simulation Racer for play on PlayStation 3. Follow-up game to 2009's Need For Speed: Shift, Shift 2 Unleashed leaves the traditional arcade racing associations of the Need For Speed franchise far behind as it immerses the player in an unprecedented level of realistic racing scenarios and functionality. Features include: improved first person perspective via the all-new helmet cam; access to real-world drivers, tracks, and cars; a deep Career Mode; 1-12 online multiplayer support; extensive car customization; and Autolog social networking functionality.

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The New Standard in Sim Racing

The critically acclaimed Shift franchise returns to the track to deliver the most physical racing experience to date with Shift 2 Unleashed. Feel what the Driver's Battle is actually like in an unparalleled racing experience that captures the physicality and brutality of being behind the wheel going 200mph. Frighteningly authentic physics and degradation of tracks and cars, thrilling night racing, and an eye-watering sense of speed combined with the helmet camera puts you right in the heart in the action. Feel every scrape, bump, and burn out in an all-out fight to the finish line. Shift 2 Unleashed sets the bar for realistic racing and gives all the excitement and exhilaration of race day in a groundbreaking authentic experience.

Racing from the back of the pack in Shift 2 Unleashed
The new standard in Simulation Racing.
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Coming down the straightaway at the front of the pack Shift 2 Unleashed
Social networking functionality from inside the game and from the web with Autolog.
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Gameplay

Like the original game in the young Shift video game franchise, Shift 2 Unleashed is a Need For Speed game, but one that falls decidedly in the Simulation game genre as opposed to an arcade racer. The game features first-person oriented racing in which players experience true in-cockpit vibrations with every scrape, bump and scratch that their cars encounter. In-game players pursue the FIA GT1 World Championship and GT3 European Championship via a point-based experience system as they take on the roles of real-world drivers and a variety of race types across equally real-world tracks in a wealth of cars.

Change the Game with Autolog

Shift 2 Unleashed also contains powerful social networking functionality, known as 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 both while playing and when not. 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.

Key Game Features

  • 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 - 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, 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, 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.
  • The Autolog Social Network - Connects friends, share stats, video and images both while you are playing and via your web browser.
  • 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.
  • Multiplayer Race Support - Enjoy 12-player race support online.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV avaialable with Shift 2 Unleashed LE
12 racer support.
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Night racing screenshot from Shift 2 Unleashed
Terrifying night racing.
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Deep customization options in Shift 2 Unleashed
Deep customization options.
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Helmet cam in-cockpit first-person perspective from Shift 2 Unleashed
Dramatic in-cockpit views.
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66 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fell for the hype April 1, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
After watching all the cool videos EA has been putting out and getting caught up in the hype of this game, I shouldn't have been surprised when I actually played the game, it is part of the Need for Speed franchise, one that's never had accurate physics. But I thought maybe Shift 2 would be different. It was being billed as an amazing sim racer, so I was expecting something on Par with at least GT4. Here's what I hated about it:
1. The physics are horrible. Like previous reviewers have mentioned, it's like driving a boat on ice. The tires seem to have little to no grip, the cars understeer more than they should, and even in a straight line the cars just seem to twitch back and forth and want to run for the infield like a race horse with a full bladder. The cars seem to suffer from what I call the Weather-Vane Effect. Cars like in
2. All the cutscenes have this Formula D person I've never heard of "coaching" you through the game. He even talks to you during races telling you to "keep pushing!" and "you've almost got this!". It's kinda like TOCA from the PS2, but just more annoying.
3. The menus. When you press the start button on your controller, you'd expect to see a pause menu that'd let you adjust various aspects of the game or at the very least so and alter the controller layout. Not here. You can only change driving assists, HUD, and audio.
4. The graphics really are nothing to write home about. From the teaser video they put out (the same one they show at the beginning of the game), you'd expect a higher level of polish in the game. It does have a little more "atmosphere" than GT5, which always felt a little too clinical and weirdly lighted, but the detail of the cars and tracks is nowhere near GT5's level.
A couple of weird quirks I saw as I was playing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I gave it a second chance! You should as well... November 24, 2011
By JRay
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Back in March of this year, I was extremely excited to play Shift 2 and couldn't wait to pick it up on launch day. Reading the SpeedHunters' blog in which one of the creative directors regularly posted updates on the development of the game(Read them here: [...] , you can see they put a lot of work in to making it as authentic as it could be.), made me even more excited then the launch of Gran Turismo 5! GT5 is still my favorite "driving" game but had many dissapointing shortcomings that Shift 2 would seem to fill.

Launch day came and I picked it up as soon as I was able and threw it in my PS3. Everything was as advertised except the dealbreaker: The input lag and forcefeed back of the wheel. I played it with the Logitech Driving Force GT, I searched all over the internet for that perfect wheel setting but never could find it. I gave it about a week and tried to like it, but it was just undrivable to me. It did so many other things right (which I will get into later) but ultimately gave up and traded it in, which I now completely regret doing.

I recently upgraded to a Fanated GT3 RS v2 wheel with ClubSport pedals. (It was a steal off of craigslist!) I love playing GT5 with this set up, but wanted to try a different game with it. Someone suggested I try Shift 2 again. I did not want to whatsoever. The game has all but been abandoned by EA and the developer has departed. But he insisted I need to give it a second chance. His reasons were that they had patched input lag, the Legends DLC was legendary (no pun, haha), and that I need to get into the mindset of tuning the cars rather than expecting them to drive perfectly right out of the box (as in GT5). So I picked up a used copy, (not giving EA more money) and gave it a go and to my surprise, the game has changed for the better!
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55 of 67 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars They got me again March 29, 2011
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3|Verified Purchase
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I was so frustrated by how poorly the cars handled with a steering wheel in Need For Speed Shift that despite how much I liked many of the game's features I had to stop using it. I've followed the development of Shift 2 Unleashed and listened to representatives talk about how much they've improved the handling in this game, one saying it was 200% better. Of course they would fix it; enough people complained about it. Well, I guess 200% better than terrible is still terrible.

I use a Fanatec GT2 wheel with Clubsport pedals. It works beautifully with Dirt 2 on the PS3 and Forza 3 on the Xbox. Gran Turismo 5 is a little loose in the center but tuning the wheel (something you can do with the Fanatec) can compensate pretty well. From these games my experience is that the cars respond 1-to-1 with input to the wheel. If in cockpit view, I see the movement of the hands of the driver mimic my hands. It's a beautiful synergy.

Shift 2 Unleashed on my PS3 allows me to relive the total frustration of Need For Speed Shift and it's not something I ever wanted to do again. People will undoubtedly say that I haven't adjusted the dead zone correctly or I've missed some sensitivity setting. Well, I've tried the recommendations of others online and spent hours tweaking both the in-game settings and my Fanatec's settings. I was NEVER able to eliminate the loose feel of the car. Perhaps with a game pad this is not an issue but with a wheel it most certainly is. I actually played Forza 3 again just to make sure I wasn't nuts. Control was perfect, as I remembered it.

I don't want to work this hard to try and make a game playable when there are others available that work correctly straight out of the box.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this game
Absolutely love this game, and anyone who likes driving cars and wants to drive race cars will love this game. It's a challenging game but so is driving a race car. Read more
Published 10 days ago by MannyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a deep collection of cars and a plethora of real tracks. Unlimited...
I was shocked at all the negative reviews. Had this game since 2011, and I still play it in 2014. I have all the need for speeds and this has to be my favorite. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bo Fa'aita Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Jason D DAY
4.0 out of 5 stars Please buy this game knowing what it is first.
This may not perfectly capture racing physics like gran tourismo
But its boring being in the seat in gran tourismo. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Benjamin Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 2 months ago by 25Putnam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excelente
Published 2 months ago by Edward B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
GREAT
Published 3 months ago by Harold Villota
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK game but get it used for cheap. Don't pay full price.
I purchased this used for cheap just t try something different than the Gran Turismo franchise. It's ok but now that I just bought Grid Autosport, I expect I won't be playing... Read more
Published 4 months ago by R. Gilles
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Good.
Published 4 months ago by Francisco Orozco
5.0 out of 5 stars I sit next to him whilst he plays and the graphics are great but he...
I bought this for my autistic brother. She tends to get hooked on a subject & for the past years its been cars. I saw his eyes light up when he got home & saw the box. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Patricia
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