Bring the true driver’s experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel!
User reviews: Mixed (1,043 reviews) - 61% of the 1,043 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 29, 2011

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Includes 5 items: Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box, Need for Speed Undercover, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed: Shift, Shift 2 Unleashed


About This 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 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.
  • 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
15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
Bumper to bumper fun. I have played a lot of GRID Autosport recently with a wheel controller which just extends the fun of racing games.

I played Screamer and NFS etc so I like a balance of arcade and Sim driving.
This is more of a Sim than Autosport, although took a lot of tweaking of the wheel settings to make playable.

I drive with all assists off, thats ABS, Traction control, Steering Assist, Stability Control and Brake Assist.
The feeling in the wheel is more realistic than Grid series games.

Nethertheless It has provided hours of fun with the Driving force GT controller. It is one of the top PC racers I have played to date, with some great cars, graphics and sounds that match.

Handling and interaction with the cars is varied, although can be a bit vague at times.

+ Great Selection of Cars
+ Great driving feel
+ Great visuals, as expected from NFS games
+ Great Sound, Vibration through the wheel and good graphics
+ Cheap to buy if you can't afford project cars (Made by the same studio)

-Great cockpit view, headcam is great.
-AI is reaasonably intellegent, there is a less contact in this, although the black and white vision when crashing can be annoying
-Crap Menus and annoying voice announcer, found a way to mute luckily
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.6 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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2015
This game is my favorite racing game and I always use it to get my through my Forza-thirst whenever a new Forza game comes out (I don't have an Xbox).

I think this racing game is really really great. However, I can't recommend it to anyone because of a long list of bugs and problems to look out for.

First, this game ships with broken Physx so your tutorial race probably will crash the game immediately. There's a workaround for this, but this shouldn't happen in the first place.

Next, even though the multiplayer is dead, sometimes a track will crash on loading as it contacts EA's servers. The workaround is to play with your internet disabled, but that shouldn't happen either.

And finally, if you do everything you should, this game will crash anyways. Quite a bit. Fortunately, it's typically before the race starts, but sometimes it will in the middle of the race anyways.

In the end, I think this is a really good racing game, but is so buggy for something from a major publisher and major franchise that I can't recommend it.

However, if you can overlook these flaws, this is a really fun and cheaply-priced Forza-like racing game. When it plays, it's fantastic. But it WILL crash on you and you WILL need to do silly workarounds to get it to stop crashing most of the time.

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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2015
The game is fun, but EA has given up on it's customers. Changing your EA online account password locks online access in the game. Solving the problem means forgetting online acecss ot loosing all game progress.

Totally unacceptable.

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Due to removing the password changer feature from NFS Shift 2 Unleashed you will lock your account from Autolog by changing your EA password.

You can resolve this issue by reverting your EA password changes or by deleting your NFS Shift 2 Unleashed save game file. After deleting your save game file you will be able to log into Autolog again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2015
Whether you're a casual automotive enthusiast or a die-hard gearhead, you need to experience Shift 2 Unleashed yourself. Despite the ever-changing universe of the Racing Simulation genre, the now-"dated" Shift 2 Unleashed still manages to hold its own. Fantastic graphics and detail on even the smallest design flourishes of the automobile are flanked by locations rendered in breathtaking accuracy. I actually tone down the graphics detail so that my computer can run it more smoothly, and it still never fails to impress. The smooth curves of a European exotic or the broadshouldered sheetmetal of American muscle are simply beautiful. From the stellar vehicle physics to the oh-so-cool Helmet View (simulating head toss, automatic look-to-the-apex, and G-Force vision blur) this game offers a great outlet to do exactly what racing games were always meant to do: access cars you could never afford on tracks you could never master, and another reason to Take It Off The Street in real life. Regardless if you're an import tuner, exotic obsesser, or a Yankee Hot Rodder like myself, there's something for everyone in this game. So before dropping a stack of cash on the newest Forza title, this humble yesteryear runnerup is worth a look. Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
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