Shift 2 Unleashed

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Shift 2 Unleashed

Developer:Slightly Mad Studios Genre:RacingCarSimulation Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Slightly Mad Studios’ Shift 2 Unleashed is the most polished and realistic game in the Need for Speed series. Already known for its high-octane street race gameplay and fantastic graphics, Shift 2 Unleashed seeks to appeal to the simulation crowd by transforming the way vehicles handle and ultimately making the game a more realistic driving experience. With highly realistic visuals and an orchestral soundtrack featuring renditions of songs by rock bands like Biffy Clyro and Stone Temple Pilots, Shift 2 Unleashed delivers one of the most epic racing experiences seen on consoles yet. The game is available now on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Game Features:

  • • 145 recreations of real-world vehicles from 37 different car manufacturers
  • • 36 different racetracks: cruise from Dubai to Shanghai
  • • Tons of vehicle customization options: can you build a world-class car?
  • • Ultra-realistic graphics and sound design
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Shift 2 Unleashed Teaser Trailer [HD]

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED features an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul that puts the player in the heart of the racing action. With an innovative helmet camera view simulating the physical...

Shift 2 Unleashed This is Real Racing Trailer [HD]

Shift 2 Unleashed

Shift 2 Unleashed Review

By Gus McZeal |

Slightly Mad Studios’ Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed rides the fine line between a realistic driving experience and an action-oriented, accessible one, which may irk hardcore racing simulation enthusiasts. Officially, the game is known as Shift 2 Unleashed, entirely dropping the Need for Speed to signify this new direction. But is this game really realistic enough to call itself a racing simulator?

With 145 vehicles from 37 different car manufacturers, 36 different tracks from a variety of real-world and fictionalized locales including Suzuka, Shanghai, Dubai, and Ambush Canyon, incredible graphics and a ton of vehicle customization options, it’s safe to say that Shift 2 Unleashed has a ton of features. One of the most detailed segments of the game is the vehicle customization screen, which lets you pick and choose almost every aspect of your car from mechanical fixtures to decals and liveries. If you don’t know a lot about cars you might find this section both overwhelming and confusing, but some tinkering around on the track after making some adjustments should set patient gamers straight.

Shift 2 Unleashed is pretty tough, especially since the AI is almost demonic in its determination to win. Seriously, it’s like every car on the track is a buddy of Stephen King’s possessed Plymouth Fury, Christine, as they crash and smash into you and each other in their bloodthirsty pursuit of factory. The game’s handling is kind of janky at times—a huge negative—turning super quickly on slow corners and then strangely slowly on fast corners, meaning the possibility of a race-ruining car pileup is pretty damn high. There are few negative things to say about this game, but this is one of them: the handling really isn’t that great unless you’ve tweaked the settings all to hell and are playing with a racing wheel. If you’re too lazy to mess around in menu screens and don’t have a steering wheel for your console, get ready to feel angsty.

Visually, Shift 2 Unleashed is a dream, as tends to be the case with most modern racing games. Every car looks incredibly slick and polished, perhaps to the point where it actually goes full circle and becomes unrealistic again, but this can be forgiven because everyone likes their video games to look pretty. The tracks are insanely detailed, and become more weathered as vehicles cruise around them at high speeds, with tire marks being etched onto the track as vehicles tear around tight corners chasing after that coveted first place. One detail that annoyed me was the overly aggressive presence of advertising around the tracks, although I realize that this is totally realistic in a racing setting. But isn’t a game featuring almost 150 real-world cars enough of an advertisement as it is?

The game’s soundtrack is alright, if a bit limited, featuring orchestral renditions of a number of modern pop and rock songs by artists like Jimmy Eat World, the Stone Temple Pilots, Biffy Clyro and 30 Seconds to Mars. I don’t like any of these bands, personally, and played my own music instead, but it was cool that Slightly Mad Studios remixed the songs to fit their own aesthetic for the game, even if it ends up sounding a tad contrived. The sound design, on the other hand, is practically flawless: vehicles screech around the track like banshees, and every car roars with a ferocity that would put the MGM lion to shame.

Shift 2 Unleashed is a fun racing game, although I don’t think it totally succeeds in its aim to be a realistic racing sim. Obviously it isn’t Mario Kart, but the vehicle handling and terrain just feels a little too spacey. All things considered, though, it’s definitely a worthy title, earning a Z-Score of 85/100 for its crisp graphics, awesome sound design and multitude of bells and whistles. The game is available now on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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