Bring the true driver’s experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel!
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Mixed (31 reviews) - 58% of the 31 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,165 reviews) - 60% of the 1,165 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 31 Mar, 2011

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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.
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Optimus
112.5 hrs
Posted: 29 August
Game should be called NEED FOR INSANE
Older version was at least palyable if you modded the hell out of the game ( to fix the bugs ), now with version 21515 ( newest) the cutting out so often yells for patience beyond my limits. Wanting to drive and win is not through this game. Wanting to drive and crash..its a great game but a waste of time in my opinion. Oh ya, each race is restarts over and over to meet your desire to race and win and don't forget restarts due to the cutting out mess. Lookit..I play 21 different games daily and I know what racing is all about with racing gear over X,XXX.XX dollars ( including Tri-Monitors ) so I am a gearhead and positively have lots of fun too ( in other games ), but not with this game. Had game for over a year and I am still trying to get some joy for the money spent on this game. Due to Shift 2 experience I would never buy any games in my future that is the Need For Speed series. If you do buy it remeber I told you so...and I'll see you in the nut house. Play to win and don't settle for second with racing gloves on...be the man.
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m_u_n_k ®™
4.1 hrs
Posted: 28 August
Driving physics are horrible. Does not compare to Forza or Gran Turismo.
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camXmile
1.7 hrs
Posted: 26 August
Decent racing simulator with good racing wheel support. Falling asleep while driving might be an issue 'cause game is far from exciting.
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Rezuto
4.4 hrs
Posted: 25 August
A racing-sim with the option to fully customize your cars, this is rare. Not just driving/racing along tracks in the entire game. Actually lot things to do, even this is not the usual NFS open world game.
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Banana Bread (づ◕_◕)づ
2.7 hrs
Posted: 23 August
It's good game, but not for everyone, only for real good recers, cuz driving here isn't so easy like in others game that type, u have to use ur brake here on curves :V
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Bifrost
1.4 hrs
Posted: 22 August
I rarely review games unless I have something nice to say about them. I don't have anything nice to say about this game.

Input lag is unfixable and game-breaking. 0% fun.
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Vertex☆SALTYアホ
2.7 hrs
Posted: 22 August
ITASHA IS LOVE, ITASHA IS LIFE

I can make Itasha mod !! *_______*

I've been a fan of Gran Turismo since the first one, but sadly it didn't come to PC, and also don't let you to make skin mods! I have GT6 on PS3 but I already left it, cause I really don't like playing game on console. Such a hassle..

The graphic is realistic enough and fast enough to run on Potato powered PC like mine.
I use Steam version instead of Origin version, and it runs really fine, no problem, no crash, no lag.

And if you are wondering, my Shift 2 U are modded (Removing cutscene, and car reskin), so even it's modded, it still runs fine.

My PC are Core i3 3.10GHz, 8GB DDR3, Nvidia GT730 1GB GDDR5, Windows 10 64bit.

EDIT : If you are mad with Activation Limit DRM, you can just revoke the activation using Activation.exe on game folder (Not that hard lol), They say Origin version don't have DRM, you can get the CD Key and redeem on Origin.

My Autolog : imgvertex

The best racing game I bought for a price of KFC Meal for 2.
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Space Oddity
9.1 hrs
Posted: 21 August
I have really wanted to like this game since it came out and I bought it on console for the first time. I played it some, and had a good time but it always felt strange to me. Eventually, I traded it I and bought it on PC, and I figured out what was wrong. Shift 2 is a pretty solid game overall, it's got good visuals, a lot of cars, some good customization... But it's plagued by its gameplay. For some reason, this game has baked in control lag. I've tried tons of different methods of fixing it, to no avail. It literally makes the game unplayable, that's a shame because I liked this game. Maybe they fixed it at some point, who knows. I feel like it would be too late at this point anyway.
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ARMOR_152
2.9 hrs
Posted: 18 August
Crashes every other race. Not that fun. Bad graphics. Takes a long time to get a race started since you can't skip the boring cut scenes.
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Shadowfire
6.2 hrs
Posted: 18 August
A good game a bit sensitive on the cornering and can cause oversteering but a bit of practise and you get use to it, graphics wise they are reasonably good depending on what settings you have them on, apart from that it's as close to Gran Turismo 3 as you'll probably get if you're a fan of the old game.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: 21 August
I have really wanted to like this game since it came out and I bought it on console for the first time. I played it some, and had a good time but it always felt strange to me. Eventually, I traded it I and bought it on PC, and I figured out what was wrong. Shift 2 is a pretty solid game overall, it's got good visuals, a lot of cars, some good customization... But it's plagued by its gameplay. For some reason, this game has baked in control lag. I've tried tons of different methods of fixing it, to no avail. It literally makes the game unplayable, that's a shame because I liked this game. Maybe they fixed it at some point, who knows. I feel like it would be too late at this point anyway.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: 6 August
[Pros and cons summarised at end]
As a huge racing fan, buying almost every game that releases I have to say that SHIFT 2 is among the best of them across the board.

Unfortunately, it's Steam page is marred by reviews that start with 'excellent game' before proceeding to not recommend due to the DRM policies and performance issues in the Steam client (This was the last game Electronic Arts released on Steam before Origin came along). I, running a mid-range PC on an i5 and a R9 270 with 12GB RAM, have not noticed these issues so far, the main one being crashes to desktop, rendering unplayable unless placed in Origin (Which can supposedly be achieved with a copy/paste of the CD Key you receive). The second issue people see with this is its DRM policy, the game can only be installed on 5 PC's/across 5 system resets before it can be activated no more. If you are someone who intends to reset or purchase a new PC an additional 4 times whilst playing this game, this could be an issue, mind you EA Support is surprisingly good, last time I had issues installing a game they fixed it and gave me a limited edition upgrade on two occasions, but of course they will migrate you to Origin.

When (and if according to these reviews) you get into the game, it is superb. The visuals still hold up incredibly well and the soundtrack within the menus and loading screens is great - composed with the assistance of award-winning composers, one of whom is now doing the Game of Thrones' soundtrack.

The gameplay is immensely intense; you know if you hit the driver in front or brake slightly too late it could all be over in a savage first person crash. At most times this game is more of a survival horror than a racing game, it doesn't feature a rewind feature like most sim-racers of the time and instead of casing you as the car, you are actually cast as the driver, something racing games have never really tapped into. This is achieved by the amazing 'helmet cam', taking you not only into 1st person but direct from the driver’s vision. The cockpit blurs under high intensity, the camera shake is perfect and the tilt as you approach a corner really adds the dynamics and intensity, this is also aided by 'motivational' comms messages at the start of races and Vaughn Gittin Jr. who teaches you the basics and introduces you to events, his spotlight of which is drifting, which I have to say is pretty uncontrollable, the general consensus is that the drift events in the career are near impossible.

The career overall is very good, you start low end in 'Modern D', D class vehicles such as hatchbacks and work your way up to the FIA GT1 World championship, along the way you are given tasters of what's in store such as time trials or 'hot laps' in Bugatti's and Lambo's which occur about 20% through the game alongside difficult and exhilarating championships and invitationals which can earn you McLaren's and exclusive Team Need for Speed/Speedhunters tuned beasts. Overall the career isn’t the longest and you can probably have it done in under 40 hours, but despite this you still won't have anywhere near enough to buy all the cars which you can still work for through quick events, online and seasonal events.

The cars in this game are very detailed and each have fully rendered interiors *cough* Gran Turismo 5 *cough*, all of them, par a few which are already done up, offer livery choices, including the ability to fully create your own with 100's of stickers which can be placed anywhere on the car, rim options and incredibly open and detailed handling tuning, alongside performance upgrades and body kits for every vehicle. The vehicle range is very varied, especially taking into account that PC players receive the classic Legends and Speedhunters DLC's for free with additional cars and career events. Cars range from classic & retro to hatchback, sport, super, hyper, muscle and open-wheel alongside their respective race versions and tunes from all across the world.

Tracks are also very detailed, but you hardly have the time to look at them when your hitting 200mph and there’s a corner 70yds away - the selection is quite large with almost all the major and quite a few minor tracks from around the world present alongside a few fictional ones too.

Pros:
Car customisation
Racing intensity and sense of speed is off the charts
Vehicle selection
Free DLC packs for PC
Track range
Visuals still hold up very well
Soundtrack
Career Progression

Cons:
Pro's only apply if you get the game and it works
EA's DRM policy
Drift events
Can get frustrating

Overall I would 100% recommend this game, unless you plan on restoring your PC an additional 4 times. Drift events are completely avoidable in the career progression.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: 26 August
Decent racing simulator with good racing wheel support. Falling asleep while driving might be an issue 'cause game is far from exciting.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: 6 August
Why the negative reviews, this game is awesome plus i had 0 technical issues apart from a crash once. The ai could be iretating some times but a solid game.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: 18 August
Crashes every other race. Not that fun. Bad graphics. Takes a long time to get a race started since you can't skip the boring cut scenes.
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79 of 87 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
82.0 hrs on record
Posted: 25 June
Excellent game.

However.

EA's policy on 3 installs stops you playing it.
If you have to reinstall this game more than 3 times, you cannot continue to play without getting supportfrom EA. They give you a new cd kay that only works on Origin.

Your steam copy dies.
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212 of 281 people (75%) found this review helpful
305 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,627.3 hrs on record
Posted: 24 February, 2015
i only played a little. it's alright
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80 of 91 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: 25 November, 2013
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.
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81 of 94 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
308.1 hrs on record
Posted: 27 January, 2014
This is by far one of the best Need For Speeds ever made if you are the kind of guy who likes simulated driving and realism. Great camera and great graphics. This game is not as good as it could be from the start though. You have to patch the game up a bit before it really is the best of the best. If you go to a website called nogripracing.com and sign up, you can download all the mods for this game. What I recomend you do, and this will be confusing to most of you your first time, but download and install the unofficial patch from no grip racing, then install PTMu which will give very realistic handling and car manuverability. At that point this game becomes an absolute masterpiece. I cannot stress enough how much fun this game really is. If you enjoy tuning and testing cars out, and then getting to race them, then I don't see a reason as to why you wouldn't love this game. You don't even need to play career mode, just buy a car and mess around with it. Too bad this game isn't as popular as it desserves to be and I'm afraid for that reason that EA won't make another "Shift"... Please EA, this game is already very good, just make a refresh with better graphics and the PTMu time mod integrated and you'll have an extremely realisting yet very fun and challenging experience. Btw you should at least be using an xbox controller to play this game if not an actual wheel, that will give you much better control.
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: 17 December, 2013
I played this game using the unofficial community patch by nogripracing, so I have no experience with the Vanilla version. Also I didn't delve deep into the tuning options and online.

As of this writing I clocked in around 37 hours and I am confident to say I really love this game. I played through the first SHIFT and it was my first ever racing game that made the cockpit view comfortable to play with. SHIFT 2 refined the experience with their new Helmet Cam -- The camera is attached to the driver's helmet and it mimics the head movement and shakiness when driving, gives you tunnel vision, and it blurs your vision when you hit a wall. A lot of people say the camera is disorienting, but personally I don't really think so. I was not once disorientated, confused or the effects got in the way of the gameplay. SHIFT 2 is arguably the only racing game that lets you truly be the driver, rather than be the car itself. You feel how scary speed is when driving at 200 miles per hour, underestimate the car, and the car will severely punish you. This what made this game so great for me.

Now for the negatives. The menu system is stylish, but atrocious. The key assignments for the buttons are all over the place. I am playing using the 360 controller and the game can't reassign the button icons to match the controller's.

Earning money is way too easy. Want to buy that certain car? Grind in Quick Race once your driver level is high. Select the Dakota Oval track, set it to one lap and no opponents, and bam, $20,000 per 35 seconds.

Visual customization is basic and practically useless.

The slightest bump and the slightest touch to the dirt will send your car spinning. To be fair, I haven't rammed a car or drove off-road in real life before, but these annoyances can ruin the entire race because the AI suddenly bumped into you or you get sucked to the dirt like a black hole.

Some of the DLCs are way too easy and one DLC broke the game's pace. The Speedhunter pack gives you the drag racing career, quarter mile career and access to some highly tuned cars. The problem is the cars are free to acquire. I won the drag race and quarter mile career without breaking a sweat because I had free access to the stupidly fast Nissan GT-R. Some of these cars can be used to your default career and I breezed past some of the events.

My narrator-guy-person-thing is annoying. I loved the British guy in SHIFT 1 and while the new guy is alright, he's too, uh... Not... I dunno. He's not British-ey and kawaii enough.

I hate drifting. I hate drifting in SHIFT 1, and I hate drifting in SHIFT 2.

The title of the game is stupid. Really? SHIFT 2 Unleashed? What's next? SHIFT 3 Insurrection? SHIFT 4 Reloaded?

Overall I love this game. The negatives are there and noticeable, but the core gameplay, the cars, the races, the tracks, the sights and sounds, are all great.
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