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Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed (PS3)

Platform : PlayStation 3
3.6 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • True Realistic Racing-SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED redefines the racing simulator genre by bringing the atmosphere of race day to life. From authentic car and crash physics to terrifying night racing to the battle-scarred look and feel of both cars and tracks, SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED leaves no detail behind in delivering the most authentic racing game experience yet. 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. Fight for position, dominate opponents, and annihilate track times every time out-the battle doesn't end at the finish line, it extends throughout your entire racing career.
  • 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 Speehunters.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.
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  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
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Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B004GNGB00
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 109 g
  • Release Date: 1 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,372 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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Feel what the Driver's Battle is actually like in an unparalleled racing experience that captures the physicality and brutality of being behind the wheel going 200mph.

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The critically acclaimed SHIFT franchise returns to the track with SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED. The most immersive racing 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. From the all-new helmet cam to night racing to frighteningly real physics and crashes, SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED delivers all the violence and excitement of race day in a groundbreaking authentic racing experience.

For centuries the wind has been viewed as nature’s paradox with its ability to be both gentle and powerful. The newly-unveiled Pagani Huayra, named after the Andean God of Wind, reflects this dichotomy and will be available exclusively in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED and Need for Speed in 2011, the latest entry to the critically acclaimed Need for Speed simulation series.

The team at Slightly Mad Studios has perfectly recreated the form and function of this year’s most notable new supercar. From its elegant body shape to its commanding 700 HP engine, SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is the first videogame where players will feel the white knuckle intensity of racing the Pagani Huayra at speeds of over 230 mph. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is this year’s most authentic racing game which races onto retail shelves on 1st April.

"For the past seven years, the designing of the Huayra has been a labor of love and I’m ecstatic to be working with the entire Need for Speed team to help share our creation with the world," said Horacio Pagani, founder of Pagani Automobili S.p.A. "I' amazed by how accurately they have been able to capture the look and, most importantly, the feel of the Huayra. SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED will give enthusiasts all over the world the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the Huayra."

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED takes the innovative rivalry-generating Autolog technology pioneered by Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and connects friends, and competitors, together in head-to-head races and player statistic match-ups to add new layers of depth and detail to the intricate customization and tuning of the simulation series. Players can take the revolutionary true driver’s experience to the next gear with an all-new rendering engine and graphics overhaul, innovative helmet camera, night racing, and authentic degradation of cars and environments.

Developed by the award-winning Slightly Mad Studios, SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED will be available on the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC.

Fun though arcade-style racing games are, true petrol-heads crave a level of realism that delivers a much truer evocation of the adrenaline-generating rush of real-life motor racing. So they should be happy to discover that Shift 2 Unleashed provides exactly that. It’s essentially a racing sim, with a physics engine that represents the state of the art (although that doesn’t mean it excludes those born without the sheer talent of a Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button, as driver assists are on hand until you develop the bravery to crank it up to the Elite difficulty level). But whereas most racing sims adopt a clinical look and feel, Shift 2 Unleashed ratchets up the atmospherics to a heart-pounding level.

Not only does it communicate an incredible sensation of speed, using clever visual tricks like motion-blur, but it has a full damage engine, turning your every indiscretion into a dinged or crumpled body panel. And then there’s the innovative Helmet Cam, the most true-to-life representation of the view a real racing driver enjoys in the cockpit – which cleverly apes drivers’ sight-lines by, for example, homing in on the apex as you approach a corner. Not to mention proper night-driving – a first for a videogame – with rigorously modelled headlights cutting through the darkness. It’s safe to assume that non-virtual drivers booked in for their first 24-hour races will be using it to find out just what to expect on a real-life night-time stint.

A number of things instantly strike you when you first play Shift 2 Unleashed. Chief among them being the realistic feel, which complements the looks – you get a great sense of gradient-changes on the tracks, the controls feel fantastically responsive, and cars are launched into the air if you clatter kerbs, just like their real-life counterparts would be. Of course, Shift 2 Unleashed features most of the finest tracks on the planet – Australia’s legendary Bathurst is new, along with Shanghai, among old favourites like the Nordschleife and Brands Hatch – and a mouth-watering selection of machinery, including the yet-to-be-driven Pagani Huayra. You can indulge your FIA GT fantasies, too, as Shift 2 Unleashed incorporates the premier endurance racing formula’s official licence – unsurprisingly, given that a Need For Speed team competes in its GT3 class.

It becomes most obvious that Shift 2 Unleashed operates under the Need For Speed umbrella when you play it online. That’s because it includes the mighty Autolog, as seen in Hot Pursuit – which has been significantly upgraded since Hot Pursuit. This time around, it has a Facebook-style Wall, and as before, it lets you compete against your friends’ best times, even when they (or you) aren’t online. Shift 2 Unleashed’s Autolog implementation dynamically tracks the career progress and personal best times of you and your friends (so it’s always bang up to date), and makes it much easier to share and compare snapshots and videos of your best moves, crashes and so forth. Plus, of course, it lets you set up your own customised online races and challenges.

If you reckon you’re truly serious about motor-racing, then you’ll find that Shift 2 Unleashed is just what you’ve been seeking. It’s a proper petrol-head’s dream.

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For a slightly older game, it still offers great gameplay!
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Shift 2: Unleashed is a strange creature really. Attempting to fill a gap between the simulation heavy Forzas and GTs and the arcade stylings of the previous NFS release 'Hot Pursuit', one could question whether it's really a necessary release as the aforementioned games do their jobs so well, especially as the last NFS game only came out in November and still enjoys a fantastic online following. The original Shift had some nice ideas but wasn't executed amazingly, can Shift 2 improve on that and join the racing heavyweights?

So, first thing first, the controls. If you've played the original Shift, I'm quite disappointed to say not much has changed here. Driving can be incredibly twitchy at times, even when you're just holding the throttle and going in a straight line - there are times when you'll start to wobble all over the place. Perhaps this is what happens when you're in a Maclaren F1 going full pelt, but in a VW Golf that isn't going so fast, it can be confusing as to why you've started to lose control down a straight. The racing isn't as smooth as Hot Pursuit and it isn't as realistic as GT5, in fact it feels like it's trying to be a simulation but with added 'wow, that was cool!' over-exaggerated reactions to things. An example of this is the collisions between other racers - while GT5 received criticism for it's unrealistic damage and gentle collisions, Shift 2 seems to go the other way. Crashes can be epic (which of course they can be in real life if you're going 150mph), however if you're just taking a corner at around 30mph and clip the side of another car, I really wouldn't expect to flip over and roll about a couple of times, as has happened.
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I really cant understand why so many people are complaining about the handling of the cars.
I have had this game for 3 weeks now, since the PSN has been down I have played on the Single Player quite a bit and I really do not have any negative comments about this game in respect of the handling.

I agree it is not as "realistic" as GT5, but it is certainly more fun; the physics model is one that takes a bit of getting used to, but when I picked up GT5 soon after its release I found for the first few hours I was not too good at keeping the car on the road. I would say it takes a few hours to get used to the physics...

I also need to pick up on the many reviews that stress the car does not go in a straight line at any noticable speed. I found this to be untrue. I have purchased a Zonda and a Nissan GTR and both went in a straight line at breakneck speeds without losing control... its when applying steering at these speeds without compensating on the gas is where the flips and the accidents happen. My recommendation to the players who are experiencing this is to slow down!

The steering is ultra sensitive, but again I have adapted my driving style to accomodate this and I am getting great lap times with minimal effort to keep the cars on the tracks.

I do feel quite strongly about this issue as I nearly did not purchase this game as I thought it was going to be unplayable. Please believe me, it is not the case.
I have played hundreds of racing games in my years, and this is by no means one that is unplayable, or ignores the physics layed down by other predesessors.

I am 68% into the career mode and I have not found the desire or need to mess around with any of the settings.
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I quite enjoyed Shift2. The worst problem was finding it very difficult to be precise, using a controller (I don't have a wheel). I was all over the place, until I found suggestions in the GTPlanet forums for values to use in the 'advanced' controller settings. My advice to all purchasers who are tempted to give up after trying this game for the first time is: don't give up! The default controller settings are awful: change them, and it is quite drivable.
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After playing NFS shift 1 obsessively for months on end I decided to purchase this game thinking it would be more of the same hardcore racing action, and for the best part I wasn't disappointed. The graphics and general realism of the cars is fantastic as well as the range of tracks available. I originally used a controller but now I use a Logitech driving force GT, played about with the settings for the wheel slightly but overall it seems very very good. The range of cars you can choose from is a little out of date for today but its still very good and there are most of those top gear favorites. Head cam is probably the most realistic thing I have ever seen, this was made using research from real race car drivers going round each of the tracks showing where they look during each corner, at first it can be disorientating but you soon get used to it and as long as you stay smooth it wont mess up your view, its especially apparent whilst drifting and adds to the simulation aspect of the game. One more thing you may or may not notice is there is no music, real race car drivers don't have music during a race so why should we? right?

So why have I only given it 3 stars? The main problem is a very significant one, the A.I. In a race, any race, it is all of the cars against each other. What the A.I does is make it so that its all of the other cars against YOU. In the much higher profile much faster races this becomes more and more apparent. There have been frequent times where its felt like the other cars right from the get go want to smash into you and only you, wiping you out 10 seconds into a race, and that brings me onto my next point.
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