Bring the true driver’s experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel!
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Mixed (1,088 reviews) - 61% of the 1,088 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 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
17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
turbo sounds louder than a jet engine
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10 of 14 people (71%) 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.

Here is a few lines from help.ea.com

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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 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
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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