Shift 2 Unleashed
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
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.
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)
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...
A FUN Racing Sim
I'm a huge fan of racing games, but had missed the first Shift game. I really like Forza 3 and GT5, and while those games are very similar to one another, there are some subtle differences. The same goes for Shift 2. It's a good racing sim, with a few cool things that are unique. The different views are good, especially the helmet cam, that gives you the viewpoint from inside the helmet. Its also really cool that as you drive along water, dirt, and bugs splatter on your windscreen, and get it dirty for a bit. The different times of day you race, from the very beginning, are cool as well. I REALLY like the track selection here too. They are VERY well rendered and seem to have more dimension to them than GT5 tracks. Meaning that quite a few have big hills and things that feel more lifelike. The online racing mode is A LOT of fun too. The lobbies are a bit like Call of Duty or something similar. AND the cash and xp you gain online go toward your career. OK, one last thing I think is cool about this game, if you buy a car, you can sell it back for the price you paid for it! The same goes for your mods! So if you buy a car for a race series, and never plan to use it again after, or buy one and hate it, you aren't out anything, you ever get the cash you used to tune it back. What I don't like about it though is the soundtrack, it gets old quick, and the auto saving that seems a bit to long and frequent.This game isn't Forza 3 or Gran Turismo 5, but I'd say it's still every bit as fun.
For the Pros
this game is as REAL as they get! from the handeling, to the sounds, and laws of physics! this game is really fun. and all the people who are writing bad reviews are just bad at the game! this game is in my opinion more realistic more intense than an other of its kind! GT5 is good but dosent create that realistic feeling! SHIFT 2, ONLY IF YOU CAN HANDLE IT!
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.
I play a lot of racing games with my Logitech Forceback GT and this game really responds well to it,and the driving isnt as hard as people say it is,its not going to be easy its going to be challenging,i mean if u cant accept a challenge,well dont get it. The game play is amazing,the graphics are great,i mean you cant go wrong with this game.
This game is worth it
This is my first Need for Speed game and overall this game is fun
I had fun time so far this game is challengeing and requires focus and skills i think its dumb how people give it one just cause they rage or there bad at the game. I love it there more realism the car sounds are way better than GT5. Cockpit is really fun but can get you unfocused
and this game is far more better than GT5 even if it doesnt match it in every way its better or even Forza
The only flaws i think there should be more cars added than just over 100
and not many people play online majority play carrer to unlock all the cars
Great Game, Good Step Forward for Series
Overall an awesome racing experience, and great step forward in the series. The gameplay is similar to the original shift, but with some noticeable improvements.
The new helmet cam really adds to the feel of the simulation. It gives you the feeling of actually being the driver, as apposed to other racing games where you feel more like you are the car itself(Forza, Gran Turismo).
Controls are easy to pick up, difficult to master (the way it should be!)
The tracks and cars are beautiful, and the damage system is amazing!! The car damage system is probably the best I have come across, and when you wreck while in the helmet cam mode, really makes you feel the impact.
The improved XP system really adds to the career mode, and makes progression fun.
Car customization in the game is great, and has tons of options / combinations.
Sound track is good, but can get repetitive (as with most games). Car sounds are great!!!
The only downside for me in the game is that the cars feel light. They seem to not have the right sense of weight. Hard to explain, but sometimes feels like the car is going to fly off the track. This may be able to be solved with adding downforce to the car with customizations, but have not tried yet.
All in all, this game is great for anyone who loves racing games / racing sims, or car fanatics.