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Release Date: 31 Mar 2011
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Buy Shift 2 Unleashed

$19.99 USD

About the Game



The critically acclaimed SHIFT franchise returns to the track with SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED. The most immersive racing video game 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.

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED delivers all the violence, energy and excitement of race day in a groundbreaking authentic racing experience.

Key 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.
  • 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 Speedhunters.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.
  • True Realistic Racing - SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED redefines the racing simulator genre by bringing the atmosphere of race day to life.. 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.
  • 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.
  • Photo Real Cars and Tracks – Over 120 licensed cars are available including the Nissan GT-R GT1, McLaren MP4-12C, and GUMPERT Apollo. There is also over 35 real-world locations like Bathurst, Spa de Francochamps and Suzuka as well as fictional circuits like downtown London and Shanghai.
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
105 products in account
8 reviews
13.6 hrs on record
very solid racing game, for me i enjoy it more than gran turismo and forza, like how u get bug splatters and u can c bits of tyre on the track 9.5/10
Posted: 28 May 2014
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25 of 43 people (58%) found this review helpful
227 products in account
3 reviews
1.5 hrs on record
This has all the makings of an excellent game - slick presentation, interesting tracks and cars, and a GT-like progression through the various tiers of racing. Unfortunately it has a huge problem with car handling due to input lag. You press the accelerator or turn the wheel and the game reacts half a second later. This is a known and widely recognised issue (google it) and there is no fix as it appears to a be a fundamental game engine problem.

The slower cars, you can drive around this, but on the faster cars its very noticable / annoying and the handling become batsh!t crazy. I'm a good sim racer with excellent reactions but this problem is not fun so with great regret I am now uninstalling.
Posted: 17 April 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
70 products in account
2 reviews
5.0 hrs on record
Miami track looks exactly like bayside in Miami! It has the American Airlines Arena (where the Miami Heat plays) and the Freedom Tower. All in all a great game, but really hard to play on 900 degree wheel rotation.
Posted: 27 June 2014
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
90 products in account
6 reviews
3.9 hrs on record
Ive played this game before but thought ill buy it for myself, since its on sale :). first of all i would highly recommend getting a steering wheel for this game as it really dont feel like it was made for a controller. Second i had a few bugs with this game that i had to fix manually, besides those problems it is a really good game. it does take some time to get used to aswell im using the the Logitech Driving Force Gt Wheel & it works great without having to do any setup with this game unless you want to swap from automatic to manual. if you want a even more realistic game i would highly recommend Assetto Corsa and even no thats in early access i still think that is a better all round racing experience and is very polished even now in its early stages. all in all i would recommend this game its a good, fun driving game with a nice amount of tuning and as a nice selection of cars & tracks Nürburgring is my favorite which Assetto corsa does not have....yet.
Posted: 4 May 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
29 products in account
18 reviews
24.2 hrs on record
I wouldnt call it a racing sim but its damn close to one, the cockpit view in this game is probably my all time favorite.You can see your feet moving the pedals, your guy actually using the stick shift and the paddles on the wheel. Graphic wise its AMAZING. The car damage and the visuals on the cars, track and audience are just beautiful. Sound wise it's alright. You can barely hear the car sometimes because the turbo masked it. Every single car that you buy already has a turbo installed in it. What also bugs me is that they also added cars from the 40s and 50s that have ♥♥♥♥ing turbo in it. WTF. Alright another thing that is very important in this game is handling. The car feels like its floating/sliding and can be annoying. In 3rd person the car is literally drifting. Those are the 2 things that really need to be fixed if their is ever going to be a 3rd Shift. Overall: I would buy it and I recommend this game to the casual racer maybe a hardcore racer if they have a wheel
7/10
Posted: 3 April 2014
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65 of 74 people (88%) found this review helpful
144 products in account
2 reviews
4.4 hrs on record
Forza 5 is the racer I really want to play but this game is scratching that itch for me at the moment on PC.

The handling is very sensitive and each car takes some getting used to but is eventually very satisfying to drive. A good range of difficulty settings and driver assists which you can switch off means you can give yourself a fair challenge and feel satisfied when you drive well. The helmet camera and head physics were my favourite feature from the first Shift game and they return in Shift 2 to make the sensation of racing at speed only just in control of your car, really engaging. Unfortunately the immersion for me goes no further as there is no support for the Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Racing Wheel which is my wheel of choice on PC, although in fairness plenty of Logitech wheels are supported. This limitation plus the distinctly floaty nature of the cars' handling causes me to play this game as more of an arcade racer than I do a game like Forza 4, but it is still enjoyable when played with the right expectation. The trusty 360 gamepad is supported and works very well for racing as you would expect. The menus are mostly easy to navigate with the 360 pad but all the on-screen button prompts are for the keyboard. It took me a while to work out how to save settings with the controller (press start) but after some trial and error I can deal with the menus well enough.

Shift 2 has a wide selection of real cars and tracks plus a smattering of fictional courses, some of which return from the first game. Full car customisation is provided allowing you to upgrade the performance and customise the appearance of the vehicles quite dramatically. Cars are given an overall performance rating and using this are separated into categories A, B, C, D just as in the original Shift game and familiar to players of other racing sims such as Forza Motosport.

The game looks pretty good in 1080p and on my machine (i5, 7850, 8GB RAM) with all presets set to High runs at 50-70 frames per second on the whole, though on certain corners of certain tracks framerate drops into the high 30s. I would like to tweak my settings a bit more to achieve a minimum of 60 but the game offers no benchmark mode so checking the effect of a graphics setting takes a long time - many changes even require you to restart the game. It is also disappointing that the low resolution cutscenes were clearly pre-rendered with consoles in mind which makes the unskippable cinematics during the career mode look very out-dated - cinematics should be used to flatter a game, but in the case of Shift 2 it's a relief to get past them and into the game which itself looks very attractive.

The Autolog and Online play require an EA Origin account (though the game does not require the Origin client). Unlike some players on the community hub I had no trouble at all activating the game or fighting with any DRM. The game installed and played easily from Steam just like any other game. Steam Overlay popped up showing me the product key when I first launched the game but I dismissed that as I have never had to type it in yet. I have tried to get an online match on two occassions and both times I was the only player online and had to create a lobby. Hopefully the sale weekend will get some new players lobbying up but I would not recommend this title if you are looking for multiplayer racing. It does provide a satisfying single player experience for players who enjoy racing against AI and testing themselves on simulations of the best cars and circuits in motorsport.

To my mind this game was a good buy at the recent sale price of £4.99 but I would hesitate to recommend it at the current full price of £19.99. It is true there are not a lot of other games of this type available on the PC which have the same degree of polish as Shift 2 Unleashed, but there are definitely better experiences out there on Steam for your hard-earned £20.
Posted: 25 November 2013
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