Bring the true driver’s experience to life with all the intensity and exhilaration of being behind the wheel!
User reviews: Mixed (584 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
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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
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
77.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It's that nice blend between an arcade style racing game and a full-on simulator that I enjoy. Large variety of cars to choose from but the upgrades are all usually pretty much the same. Every car you'll end up likely putting in a turbo or upgrading to a bigger turbo, changing exhaust,intake,cams,flywheel etc. It's obviously all optional but I wish they would have added more variance in the upgrades like for example drivetrain conversion. That's just nitpicking though, still a great game for how old it is and pretty much NFS' best game. 8/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
59.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I've played NFS: HS (Road Challenge), PU (P 2000), HP 2, MW '05, MW '10 and this - a true NFS fan, that is.

Pros:
- Physics, realistic loss of traction at high speeds (aye, I've also driven a real car at high speed and lost traction, so I would know).
- Lots of interesting game modes.
- Lots of interesting tracks, specifically I like how this game doesn't do cheap stuff like track mirroring or obnoxious night time ice skating to bump up difficulty. I also like how some tracks have several variants with common bits.
- No catch-up! You actually get what you deserve as far as I can tell. Difficulty is dynamically adjusted in the beginning of each race according to your performance but never mid-race as it used to be.
- Graphics are stunning, camera options are good and make a lot of sense (e.g. two different in-cockpit cams with different settings).
- Background graphics because no flux were given :D
- Lots of settings for the car*
- No DLC ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, existing cars are all good enough to beat the events, your friends and even clock some serious records.

Cons:
- Loads of CTDs and sound bugs. For me the source of CTD persists over the CTD, e.g. if I was playing track A with settings XYZ and it crashes, it's gonna crash with track A and XYZ no matter how many times I restart the game. Then again, it fixes itself if I play A with settings XCV or if I play track B.
- ...loooong intro videos, yet to look into disabling them. This would be tolerable if for not so many CTDs.
- General handling settings. I play with KB and like many people have mentioned, there's a lot of input lag. This, however, is not a true con, because you can always disable the "stabilising" setting:
=> Edit DampeningEnabled="1" string to "0" in vehicleset_pc_custom_[controller name here].xml
Also the default settings for tuning are very very loose and unresponsive at times, do not forget to edit.
- While settings are plenty (see pros), the poor default settings force you to make your own. There are a lot of settings there and the explanations for each setting are decent at best - a bit of a learning curve to get them right and you'll need to tap into actual tuning guides for real world cars to get the most out of your ride.
- Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 is a Limited Edition only car by default. There are guides to unlock LE cars and events, though, but it's a bit of a nuisance and you'll need to edit the master .exe to achieve this.

TL;DR: To get everything out of this game lots of fiddling with game files, game settings and car settings is involved. For this reason I'm going to give 9/10. Otherwise a brilliant, brilliant game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Nice racing simulation from NFS series.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Note: 7/10

First of all, I think this game deserves better reviewing notes.

Is it an excellent driving simulator? No, it is not. But it isn't arcade.
Does this version present problems (like invisible vinyls, loss of captures...)? Yes, it does.

Can you spend time driving classic tuned cars, drifting with them, competing in real circuits with GT cars and have fun during more hours than with many other game' campaigns? Of course yes.

Between old kings Undergrounds and Shift saga there is 'awesome' ♥♥♥♥!
Better this than Burnout-police-tuning experiments...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Great sequel, intense car racing simulator and lovely new features. Definitely a pick for NFS fans.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
205.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
great game: call it what you want sim/ arcade: Is a stand by when i feel the need the need for speed... had some crash's early on. but they seem corrected now: up dated all windows drivers and graphics driver: Please note: I have been using a xp pro 32 bit os with 4 gigs of 1066: Windows shows as 3.25: Since I have changed back to two gigs: Wallah, no more crash's to desk top: Hot rod lincoln,,,,, Driving views are great... you get used to the car leaning into the turns,, Career mode can be steep with certain cars on certain tracks,, haven't tried on line...Got my monnies worth,, deff recommend
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The input lag is horrible, stopped playing after just half an hour.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Go ♥♥♥♥ Your self EA i payed and downloladed and redownloaded this peice of ♥♥♥♥ 8 times and still cant get this to start the first race, i have tried 4 different systems changed drivers reinstalled windows and still it wont even load the first race im done ♥♥♥♥ YOU goodbye im not paying you a single penny more on your horrable underdeveloped bull ♥♥♥♥.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Its fun at first. Lots of customization you can do, but after you get about 6-8% in, races become terrible. Drivers drive way too aggressively. Often ramming you off the track, which results in you having to restart the race. This happens quite often. I wouldnt suggest this to anyone.
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I was hoping this game could be more of a simulator than arcade but it's far from a simulator. The handling of cars is terrible, the narrator is also very annoying. Decent variety of cars and tracks. The AI is super aggressive and usually just try to knock you out of the race than finish the race. When using a wheel the force feedback is all over the place.

+Decent variety in cars and tracks

-Horrid handling
-Annoying narrator
-Terrible AI
-Very dodgey force feedback

2/10 - Would not reccomend at all!
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6 of 16 people (38%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Pros:
Looks really nice
Reasonable selection of cars
Incredible amount of tracks
Pretty decent tuning system.

Cons:
Horrific input lag, makes it seem like they wanted you to drift everywhere. (Not so bad on slower cars, horrible on faster ones.)
Frat Bro Mountain dew Narrator is annoying as hell.

All in all, I can't really recommend this. If the handling wasn't so laggy, I could ignore the narrator. But when you get to faster cars, it's just impossible to drive smoothly. (This is with both mouse and keyboard, and a wired 360 controller. Both had problems.) The benefits of good track selection and such don't really save it. No point having the tracks if it's a chore to drive them.
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1 of 6 people (17%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Crashes everytime
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Crashes to desktop on my Windows 8.1 rig. Should not have to downgrade my Physx driver to get the game to run.
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0 of 5 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
it doesnt launch and i cant play it ,i want refund
beside not enough player online
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3 of 12 people (25%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Crashes everytime I try to play
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
♥♥♥♥ing rubbish only get a black screen when i try to play and searched every where how to fix it and nothing works ♥♥♥♥ you this was the last time i officaly buy something from EA plz support not paying Ea for stupid piece of ♥♥♥♥ and download it for free insted
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Completely unplayable!! Let me ask you one simple question: why change camera angle when I'm about to turn but not turning yet? We don't need you to turn your neck automatically cuz the only reference for us gamers to tell if the car is turning correctly is through the angle of the camera!!!!
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
not a good racing game.
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
28.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
what a piece of crap. do not buy.... crashes every single race.. GG EA!!
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2 of 11 people (18%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Reinstalled this recently since I wanted to play a racing game. Crashes to desktop on the first race, apparently I have to change the graphics settings around to get it to work when my system is more than good enough to run an old game on high. Uninstall, I don't have time for this ♥♥♥♥. Great job releasing a ♥♥♥♥ty bug filled game.
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