Bring the true driver’s experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel!
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Mixed (18 reviews) - 61% of the 18 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mixed (1,097 reviews) - 61% of the 1,097 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 29, 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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ganzosrevenge
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game on Windows 10 x64 is extremely crashy. Avoid it like the plague. Thankfully I requested a refund within the 2 hour limit, but it's a shame. The precursor-by-studio to Project CARS just does not work on anything Win10 related...

specs:

32GB DDR3-2400 RAM
GTX 780 Ti Classified
i7-4790K
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lowrez
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
DRM won't let me play it anymore.
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madican
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
This game very liked!Graphics is awesome!
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Rukumouru
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Stay the everloving ♥♥♥♥ away from this game.

The TAGES DRM is absolutely ♥♥♥♥ing unbearable and WILL make your game unplayable after a handful of reinstalls.
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Mr. Ixolite
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I really like this game. It's viseral without being a sim. Handling will taker some getting used to, but once dialled in, it's very rewarding. Quite a lot of content. Lots of different disciplines. Graphics are nice. Sound is great. I particularly enjoy the drifting, but the racing is cool too. Recommended.
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Jesse
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
will not work on 64 bit.

no matter what i try to do, it will not launch past the title screen. went to check the files. only a 32 bit version of the game and launcher is there. what a waist.
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7.
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
After installing this multiple times I no longer can play this game due to it asking me for a CD key that is provided with steam however it complains that the key has been used too many times.

Overall a fun game when the thing actually works, for now I am just stuck with a game in my inventory that doesn't do anything.
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Teamdoesyou
( 37.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
This game is alright when it works. But I have to not recommend this game because it doesnt ever really work. Most of the time when you load any race it just crashes to the desktop. Poorly made game with many glitches as well.
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GFмисобом
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Shift 2 Unleashed is a game designed to sell the player on the concept that they are taming a WILD EXPLOSIVE BEAST IN A HERD OF BEASTS YOU BETTER WATCH OUT-

Its not a simulator. Yes, it does have many sim-esque elements and handling but the cars ocillate faster than my vibrator, every road is made of oil, there are no qualification laps, the AI has been surgically removed from Burnout, and the full body awareness is wasted because EVERYTHING TURNS BLURRY AT THE HIGH SPEED OF 20KMPH. If you want to enjoy this as a racing sim, forget it. If you really do want to play this game, then be prepared to download a handling/material mod and some stuff to remove the blur (which will leave the game lowering the detail of the dash anyway because it assumes its still being blurred). Also be prepared to play disconnected to the internet, period. The only way to prevent the game from crashing at all is to disconnect your computer from the internet, because the beautiful piece of work that is autolog decided to drop a deuce into the game every time it references lap times. Its never getting patched. Its so badly done that BLOCKING THE APPROPRIATE PORTS DOES NOT WORK.

You still want to play? Well, the game is quite fun, if only for that out of control experience. Since you have the option of ruining your suspension and strapping a giant turbo on something that can't handle it, you can go the full ricer experience.

Please don't buy this.
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ddeel24
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
Ok game for the time. It's Definatly no Gran Turismo. Pretty poor graphics but, in its defence it is a 5 year old game. The biggest cons of this game is : one, when you gently tap the wall the camera shacks the hell out of you and makes you sea sick; two, the drifting is so hard its almost impossible and the drift point system is basiclly ♥♥♥♥. but, in all its challanging, pisses you off, and makes you want to punch ♥♥♥♥. In my book thats a winning video game.
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¹
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
***DO NOT BUY THIS GAME***
***IT WILL NOT WORK***

The DRM required to run it is no longer hosted which causes the game to crash making it unplayable unless you completely disable your internet connection.

I have no idea why this is even still allowed to be sold.
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SpaceX24
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
Vroom Vroom
I win first place again!
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Räkost
( 443.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
After all this time.. I've given up.. Between the graphic glitches, bad animation like shifting a manual with teleporting arm that reset every shift, to having to repair the game every month to even keep it stable...

Sound is.. Good on some cars, generic on others.

Graphics, minor glitches here and there... Grass on Nordshliefe is really buggy for me, as well as the text/markings on the track which floats about half a meter of the track.

Dunno exactly when it crashes.. But it does.
Menus glitch up after a while..
Low/some sounds seem to cut of for me when I set Audi setting to low.
AI think GT3 races are American Demilition derbies.

Drag racing seems to have a bug where you can't change views or even look around after the first run.

Controls are just bad.

But It has the Nurburgring and Enna Pergusa etc. so I've played those fanatically.
But enough is enough. It's mostly a waste of space unless you are REALLY bored.
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douglaski711
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
no good on a laptop with keyboard. Steering all over the place. Came here from Most Wanted which was great. Oh well better luck next time. What a waste of money.
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UlterionX
( 384.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 4
EA sells you a title then limits reinstalls .. I'll remember this next time i feel like racing, since its happened before. hacks require reinstalls, then EA doesnt allow reinstalls. .... malarky !!! Last NFS game I will ever buy, thats plain bad bussiness.
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Shadow245
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
I highly recommend this game it's awesome as a racing game!!!
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ClassicCat
( 53.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 26
Great game to play with a controller
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KÎRÏTÕ_❤_ŧÛÑà™
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
The controlling and handling is very poor. I know its similar to F1 games. But once you get the right speed momentum. You then have to slow down again at a sharp tight corner turn. And if you aimed at top speed. Your most likely to race off the track.

This is a Need For Speed game! The game should at least have a handbrake implemented so you can drift around corners like how Need For Speed Shift first game had and Prostreet. This one is just not balanced!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
This game on Windows 10 x64 is extremely crashy. Avoid it like the plague. Thankfully I requested a refund within the 2 hour limit, but it's a shame. The precursor-by-studio to Project CARS just does not work on anything Win10 related...

specs:

32GB DDR3-2400 RAM
GTX 780 Ti Classified
i7-4790K
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
This game was great until I couldn't open it anymore without it crashing. Reinstalling the game had no effect. I've tried everything short of reinstalling my OS, but this game isn't quite worth that level of effort. Oh well, got a fun 33 hours out of it before that happened.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
I think this COULD have been the best of the NFS series but it crashes all the time. I have more than enough machine/graphics for this game and all drivers are up to date. Still I can only play about half the events. The rest of them crash when loading the track. It is REALLY good when it works. It just doesn't work much.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
73.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
such a shity game it crashes ALL THE ♥♥♥♥ING TIME DONT BUY IT THIS IS A RIPOFF
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Vroom Vroom
I win first place again!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
68.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
I've read through the reviews - laughing. So many reviews about the game crashing 24/7 or whatsoever. I can't even recall that it has crashed. I've played both Shift and Shift 2 on my Xbox360 before I got this on pc. Both were great. Looking back at previous Need for Speed games, these two were big improvements. Doesn't feel like Need for Speed, but it's still awesome.

I am quite pleased, BUT two things I can think of now that really bothers me are the Al behavior and those childish cutscenes.
The Al are challenging, but in a bad way. I play on hard difficulty because I like a challenge. However, the Al opponents keep hitting and crashing into me, even each other. Looks like they're really trying hard to push you of the track instead of finishing the race. These cutscenes just makes me feel bad. They talk about racing and how it is in real life. It's a long speech which you cannot skip.

Despite those childish cutscenes and deathwish Al opponents, the game is amazing.
- Runs smooth 24/7 with optimal graphics (Not crashing at all).
- Lots of tracks
- A much bigger selection of cars than earlier games. You can have as many as you want and in addition several of the exact same car. Even cars from previous decades can be driven.
- Drifting is completely different from NFS Carbon where it doesn't feel realistic at all.
- Just driving at all is exciting. Often I just drive without opponents in cars I love.
- It is nice to see they use many of the same cars they've used before.

I am happy that they actually made Need for Speed that can be called somewhat realistic. Playing Hot Pursuit made me feel bad, watching the trailer for the newest Need for Speed doesn't make me feel any better. I am very pleased with this game. This is a game for everyone who either loves racing or simply enjoys driving.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
turbo sounds louder than a jet engine
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
What happens when you mix arcade and simulation.

*Flips car 200 times* time to retire still drivable
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2015
Recommended Virtual Racing Game
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2015
Why does a 2011 game run with 25fps on a PC that can do 1080p/60fps on High/Ultra in all modern games? Only EA knows...
Not even worth it for a couple bucks on sale, I got a refund.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I got a car by only drifting 3 times at a dock. 10/69
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Best Racing game on steam .
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Can't even barely run the game at all.
Spend an hours just trying to find the blackscreen fix and every solution dont work.

GG.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2015
I wouldn't recommend people to play this game because of the high amount of issues I've had with the game. There's a LOT of bugs in the game including things like the game crashing frequently, invisible vinyls and menu issues, not to mention when in career during events, you'll be forced into random races that aren't even part of a tournament, making the completion of a career event take longer than it should. Now we get to the actual gameplay. The voice-over is really cheesy and can get really annoying at times, the vehicles spin out like no tomorrow from simply tapping a wall, another car, or even when from a light bump from behind. Despite the decent graphics and vehicle design, as well as the variety of different tracks available to race on, all the issues with the game pull it down.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
601.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
You can have lots of fun playing Shift 2 if you have an adaquate computer and a good steering wheel. Even then you will probably have to turn most of the stability aids on, in order to not be driving on ice. With my computer you need something better than a G27 for this game to be drivable. A Thrustmaster T500 will do, but it will probably break after a few months. Be prepared to do quite a bit of tweeking to get this game to remotely resemble real driving. There is a patch to fix some of this that has been released by gamers, but it cannot be applied to the Steam version. So maybe the bargain bin at Frys or equivalant would be the best place to buy this game.

The good thing about this games is it is fun, you can drift through turns at 150mph and not wreck. In fact you will have to learn to do this because the cars are continuously loosing grip.
It looks pretty good too for it's age. You can easily customize you cars apperance and performance.

This game has no multiplayer ability.
The worst thing about this game is the AI. It is horrendous. I frequently have wished that I had the programmer tied up in my basement so that I could slowly beat them to death with a chain.

Really, it is that bad. This was programmed by the same people who still don't seem to be able to do a competent AI in Project Cars. So be prepared for opponents that you beat the entire race, have a huge lead on, and then magically appear at the last turn driving faster than is possible to beat you (rubber-banding).

Also be prepared to be smashed into becasue the AI is not actually intelligent. These other cars will do little if anything to avoid crashing into you, and will at times actively seek to crash into you. It doesn't matter at all if you drive like a gentleman youself. You may not think this is a big deal, but if you spend a half hour in an endurance race, and have a chance of winning then some nimrod bumps you off the track, and in Shift2 you are the one who gets the penalty and you lose. This will happen over and over, and you too will wish the programmers were tied up in your basement.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
Dale Earnhardt simulator.
Untimely demise comes with the DLC. 💎👌💎
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172 of 226 people (76%) found this review helpful
247 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,584.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
i only played a little. it's alright
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 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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75 of 87 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
308.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 27, 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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37 of 40 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
59.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 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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