Rated 8 out of 10 by LOLNFS It makes more sense than GT5
Although I do agree that GT5 has better graphics, control, cars, and tracks, but Shift 2 gives you a helm cam that makes it more realistic. Also, GT5 isn't real, I played it and im pretty sure if that you make a hard turn at 150mph, you will flip over or start sliding. That is why shift 2 gives you the tuning feature which gives you the option to make your car faster, more stable and stuff. I have an Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro and it was out of control until I tuned it. So I give this game a pretty good rating. The drifting events are extremely difficult and stupid. You can't control it at all at the first time. You get a little use to it and start to get better but that slowly progresses. Over all, the racing events are the bomb. And if you are new to the shift francise, this game will take a long time to beat. I played this game for more than 30 hours when I got it and i'm at 27% career progress. At least your money won't be wasted. (Unlike Sonic Colors which took 5 hours to beat :P)
Rated 8 out of 10 by BF3Nation Very Good Racing Game, But...
The game is great... It's actually one of the best I have played, the problem comes in with difficulty... Even having the game on Easy, it's still pretty hard sometimes to grab a win. Been several times that I had no choice but to settle for 2nd or 3rd.. It's also probably one of the most ("Skill Required") games i have played. Taking corners in this game is not as easy as it would seem. You really have to work that throttle & brake in order to stay on the road. Also, if you upgrade your car, all the cars you will be racing will have the SAME UPGRADES! So keep that in mind when your going to go splurge all that cash. Other than that, this is a great racing game. The helmet cam makes it look as if your in the helmet, like YOUR THE DRIVER! couple that with the ability to completely remove the HUD (Heads Up Display) & you have yourself a VERY realistic driving experience... Only way to make it more realistic would be to actually go driving. Just don't go out driving like that, leave that to the Pros...
Rated 9 out of 10 by Guyumetonline TOTALLY worth a look at if your big into cars
Realistic looks, dramatic feel, amped up soundtrack, and filled to the grill with adrenaline, this game makes you feel less like a race car driver and more like a pilot. It's like Need For Speed mixed with the dramatic effects of the latest Medal of Honor title (Makes sense mainly due to the fact that there both EA titles). Keep in mind, it's very hardcore (Even for a guy like me that's addicted to simulators like Gran Turismo and the original Shift) and requires practice to get it right. But if and when you tame this Gnarly game, it's got some serious pay off with addicting effects, gut wrenching speed, superb SoundFX, and Gorgeous Looking cars. And, with the addition of DLC like cars and tracks straight out of the past (1960-70's), and Drag Racing/ Standing Mile events, this game is like a lullaby to any and all Automotive Enthusiasts. Summary: Pro's - Intense Gameplay, Stellar Soundtrack, Mind-Bending visuals Con's - Learning curve, at times frustrating, kind of short
Rated 9 out of 10 by khebert4 Exactly what I expected
This game is not to be compared to the old NFS games because it is different. Its all about the track, highly tuned cars and giving you a real exciting experience behind the wheel. I love everything about this game. It takes some getting used to because when the camera turns towards a corner you automatically assume the car is turning but thats not the case. Drifting is just awful in this game though. In order to set a good score you need to be pretty sideways for quite a bit of time and seeing that from a dead stop, taking off in 5th gear will spin the tires.. thats just impossible. I love the racing aspect of the game but they might as well just lose the drift. Overall this is a very good racing game. My hands sweat almost every race because you feel like you cant grip the controller hard enough to keep control of the beast of a car you are driving
Rated 9 out of 10 by DanHobo Good Sequel, hits the mark nearly perfect
Shift 2 took off where Shift 1 fell short. Shift 2 brings tons of additions with HUD, track and car features. Finally, it shows data such as what car you drove when you set a track record. It also gives save modes for car settings for individual or multiple tracks, that's HUGE for gamers who like to test & tinker. Way more tracks (including track variations) and a heavy assortment of serious cars. I thoroughly enjoyed the GT3, Works and GT1 races.
Early on, I was disappointed in the car physics. They were unpredictable at the limit, HOWEVER I soon learned that it was due to the vehicle safe guards, which when turned off, revived the excellent physics that Shift 1 established. I love it WAY more than any Gran Turismo.
The only complaint I do have, boils down to A.I.'s competitiveness. While a strong A.I. helps make races more fun and down to the wire, Shift 2 borders on extremely aggressive. Toning aggression in favor of A.I. precision/speed even by a small factor would be beneficial. Or at least balance this aggression in terms of the racing series... the harder the series, the more aggressive. Shift 2 seems to show no difference. Again, a small complaint in an otherwise excellent game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by NitroMidgets Not a sim and yet more enjoyable
I've owned all of the GT series, numerous pc racing sims and arcade games. I even own a 360 so I can play Forza 3. GT5 was not a bad game but it was also not nearly as advanced as they promised it would be. GT5 isn't even a true sim as some claim. Brake upgrades in GT5? Nope. 2d trees, premium and non-premium cars, cheating online to the point that DP had to stop the online competition? Yep, GT5 has got Shift beat there. Shift 2 is much like Forza 3 in that it has customization and better looking tracks. Is it a sim? No but when given a truly realistic racing experience the vast majority of people will hate it and despise the razor sharp learning curve. If any idiot could be a professional racer then they would be doing it. Get the game, enjoy it and stop debating pointlessly.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Scantraxx91 To set the record straight
Anyone that disagrees with the statement about NFS being about cop chases obviously never played some of the original games (Hot Pursuit on the PS2 anyone?).
Also, anyone that also says that "This will be better than GT5!" is an idiot. Just because a game takes a while to load doesn't mean it's a complete failure.
I, for one, while not happy that they refuse to return to the glory days of Most Wanted, will actually give Shift 2 a chance when it comes out. The first Shift actually was not that bad. It could have been better when it comes to handling cars (that game had oversteer like there's no tomorrow), but if they could fix the problems from the first, and not generate new ones, they could actually have a huge seller.
Here's hoping they get it right, this time.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Mrlespaul Fun and Intense
I think Shift 2 is a great sim/arcade racer. Each race feels more intense than the last and the AI actually give you a challange. The graphics look great from the interiors and exteriors of the cars to the debris blowing across the track. I think this game has one of the best feeling drift modes as well. The cars in this game also sound great. There is also tons of tracks and the career mode is pretty lengthy. If you pick up this game grab a $20 dollar psn card and buy the "Legends" and "Speedhunters" dlc packs. Between them both you get about 20 cars or so, 5 tracks, 1/4 mile and Standing mile drag. I highly recommend at least trying this game out its very fun and will have you on the edge of your seat.
Rated 9 out of 10 by SlothDemon It's good if you have a Steering wheel
Now dont get me wrong it's playable with a controller but its harder to control. I played this in the sony style store in N.Y.with the driving force GT and its much better to play. I don't have a racing wheel at home so I'm stuck with the controller.You are better off playing with the driving assists with the controller it makes it more manageable to play.
It is less forgiving than gt5 if you lose control it's almost impossible to correct it unless you stop or crash. Also the ai is tougher and gives you a fight for the position you're in even to the point of ramming you out of the way. It gets frustrating at times, and the drift is horrible uncontrollable and hard to maintain I'd say avoid it entirely. The tuning and decals are great you can change engines on some of the cars also you can place stickers(or decals) wherever you like . The engine sounds aren't good but aren't horrible either. If you are a hardcore racer or have a racing wheel give it a shot ,now if you like games like burnout or nfs hot pursuit you might not like this very much. If you played test drive unlimited 2 and liked it /or still playing it try shift 2 cause if you can handle those horrible cars you can handle this no problem .That's how I decided to try this and I must say I am pleased by this game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by darkboy90 shift 2 is gonna be awesome
I loved playing the first need for speed shift. It was a brand new route of racing games for EA. I love that they're trying something new. Only problem I had with the first shift game was the drifting was too hard, and nitrous really didn't do anything for you. I hope they fix those problems. I'm pretty sure that the next racing game EA pulls out will bring the racing series back to the unrealistic street racing again because the fifth fast and the furious movie is coming out soon and when that comes out, i'm sure EA will bounce off of that to make a racing game. Here hoping that shift 2 is gonna fix the problems of the first one and I hope it'll blow me away. The new nfs hot pursuit sucked.