Shift 2 - Unleashed [Download]

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Platform: PC Download

From the Manufacturer

Shift 2 Unleashed is a multiplayer Simulation Racer for play on PC. 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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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 and 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 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 available 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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System Requirements
 Minimum Specifications:
OS:Windows XP (Service Pack 3) / Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) / Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz/AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
Hard Drive:6.7 GB
Video Card:DirectX 9.0c Compatible 3D-accelerated 512 MB video card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
Additional Info:Keyboard, Mouse, Dual Analogue Gamepad

Product Information

Platform:PC Download
Release date March 29, 2011
Customer Reviews
2.9 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars
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By Morrie J. Estrada on April 7, 2011
Platform for Display: PC
Just to give you some background on me (so you can take what I say with a grain of salt, depending on what you're looking for from this game) I mostly play racing games that lean far more toward the simulator side (modified versions of GTR2, GTR Evo/Race 07, rFactor, Richard Burns Rally). I have a G25 steering wheel and have my pedals & shifter mounted on stands to more accurately place them where they would be in a car. I'll spend hours trying to whittle away seconds from a lap time. So imagine how excited I was after seeing the technology video on Shift 2.

Out of the box, the game was nearly unplayable on the PC. What it feels like to me is that the game was probably ported to PC, then given a quick slap of force feedback (FFB) that isn't anywhere near being well tuned, in order to get the games released at the same time on all platforms. I say this because I don't believe the physics are entirely to blame here, but after playing other sims and then playing this one, you literally don't get any feedback about what the car is doing other than the resistance of a turn or hitting the wall & other cars (you can't tell what the tires are doing, nor the springs, or how the weight of the car is shifting). In a good racing sim, you can feel when your car starts losing traction in a turn, allowing you to make corrections (letting off the gas, etc). But in Shift 2 it is really hard for me to tell what the chassis is doing. The opening part of the game has you drive a Nissan GT-R (an advanced AWD vehicle) around a small course, and you pretty much can't drive it aggressively from the get-go because you can't feel what the car is doing.
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I was on the fence even trying it out based on the reviews, but having tried it I now know SHIFT 2 has gotten a seriously undeserved bum rap. Finding it for $25-$1.5 ebay bucks on ebay shipped was enough for me to give it a go.

It's worth much more than what I paid, though I'm glad I got a good deal; I don't like spending more than $30 for a title. EA, you were due, and you hit it out of the park! Playing it feels amazing. It doesn't take tinkering to get it playing nice, just a few basic considerations. The game play is silky smooth on my current PC...

But there are a few things I'd like to share with all you current disappointed and potential players because SHIFT 2 is getting a bum rap. And I can sort of see why, but I also know why it's not right. If you're on the fence or discounted SHIFT 2 without trying it (properly), please read my whole review and reconsider. I want EA to get proper feedback and come out with great titles like this one and even better racers in the future instead of accommodating crasher kids and going in the wrong direction with their development. (But if SHIFT 2 is where EA peaks, then it's still a win in my book because SHIFT 2 is the best NFS title to date.) SHIFT 2 is not just a fun game, it's more advance than that. It's actually quite revolutionary, and here is my detailed yet not-nearly-exhaustive account.

It's important for you to know what hardware I'm running so that you know what my experience is based on.

Previous PC system (built on September of 2006)
AMD Opteron 165 (server-grade CPU) 1.8Ghz dual-core overclocked to 2.
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I find Need for Speed Shift 2 a very fun game. The graphics are excellent, and the game play is great. I own every driving game available. My family loves to play these. I have a very sophisticated simulator made from the entire cockpit of a real Corvette with functioning dash, shifter, handbrake etc. I was skeptical given so many poor reviews here. I purchased despite my trepidation. I am glad I did. I recommend this game with out reservation. As with all driving games, it is much more fun with a steering wheel like the Logitech G25-G27.
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I was reluctant to buy this game given how underwhelming Shift 1 was. I prefer Sim racers or at least Sim-lite racers such as Grid. Shift 2 is a bit more sim like than Grid, and after the patches are implemented works pretty well with a steering wheel. I have had a bit of a problem getting it to run without random crashes under windows 7, but it runs better under windows XP on my system. The graphics are second only to Dirt 3 for PC racing games. Well modeled cars, excellent tracks and visual effects. Decent force feedback with a steering wheel. Not quite a full racing sim, but much more demanding than an arcade racer. The biggest downside to this game for me was the installation. It took over an hour to get it up and running properly. Be warned , this game requires that you have internet. It will not install if you do not. It also forces you to sign up for an account with Electronic Arts online gaming store, even if you just want to play offline. I hate this kind of forced DRM, which is making me far less likely to buy PC versions of games in the future, and instead get the PS3 or Xbox 360 version. No 1 hour long waits with those versions spent installing the game.
Overall, this is a pretty compelling game once you deal with the long installation process and Windows driver issues.
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