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8.5 out of 10

Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed

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Overall 8
8.0

Shift 2 Unleashed Xbox 360 review

Console Obsession
21 May 2011
  • Excerpt: The cracked tarmac and moodily lit collisions of the title sequence emphasise one thing – this sequel to Need for Speed: SHIFT moves even further into racing territory and away from the series’ roots. Promising innovations including the Helmet Cam and bringing the Autolog feature from last year’s Hot Pursuit , is this worth putting on a flameproof suit and strapping yourself into a racing seat for?
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Realistic racing sim with jarring crashes.

Common Sense Media
24 April 2011
  • Summary: Parents need to know that Shift 2: Unleashed is a straightforward racing simulation from the Need for Speed series of games. The game's first-person perspective delivers a very authentic experience, right down to jarring crashes that look quite violent. However, causing wrecks doesn't go unpunished, as it often costs players the victory.
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Overall 7
7.2
Gameplay 6
6.0
Graphics 9
9.0
Sound 9
9.0

Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed

Game Boyz
19 April 2011
  • Excerpt: I’ve made no secret in our community about my concern for this game as it approached its release date. While the first Shift game introduced an intriguing new helmet cam that attempted to capture the visceral experience of being in a race car, the game’s handling was crap. Ultimately, a very nice looking game with a neat take on perspective was dragged down by this. Fast forward eighteen months and here we are with Shift 2 Unleashed.
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Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

NZGamer.com
14 April 2011

Shift 2: Unleashed Review

VideoGamer.com
8 April 2011
  • Excerpt: My advice? Don't bother with any of the exterior cameras when playing Shift 2: Unleashed. Just don't. Play it as you'd drive a real car; perched behind the windscreen, head dancing to the contours of the track. Be the driver, not the car. Because in terms of making you believe that you're sat there in the driver's seat, fingers curled around the steering wheel as the car screams around a track at 150mph, Shift 2 has no equal.
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Overall 9
8.5

Shift 2: Unleashed Review

ztgd.com
6 April 2011
  • Excerpt: Two years ago, we got our hands on Need for Speed's take on "simulation" racing. It was a decent go for its first try. Now, we finally get the sequel to the arcade/simulation...
  • Pros: + Fantastic visuals, + Helmet camera is amazing, + Extensive customization, + Autolog keeps player going, + Racing just feels right
  • Cons: Drifting is still hit or miss, Career mode flies by
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Overall 8
7.8

Shift 2: Unleashed

ActionTrip
6 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The improvements made since the first Shift game are obvious, with some tweaks made in the AI and a more interesting Career mode this time around. There's also the well-implemented Autolog feature that keeps track of your best lap times and compares those to other players online. Mind you, with these commendable adjustments to the previous game, Slightly Mad Studios still didn't quite push this one into the big league category where we find racers as Forza Motorsport 3.
  • Pros: Shift 2 can be a decent experience for gamers who are looking for a combo of realistic and arcade style racing, the game challenges you to make an effort with each race and rewards you for making proper maneuvers on the track;
  • Cons: A few wierd visual bugs, handling feels wobbly and almost erratic when driving some of the more powerful cars, oh and I'd sooner play NFS: Hot Pursuit (yes, I know they are meant to be different racing experiences), because, damn, it's more fun and it has cop chases.
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Overall 7
7.3

Shift 2: Unleashed

AV Club
4 April 2011
  • Excerpt: The second installment in the Shift franchise again tries to position itself as the Switzerland of racing games. Neither a hardcore simulation nor a full-blown casual experience, Shift 2: Unleashed is designed to appeal to the spectrum-spanning fan bases of both Gran Turismo and Burnout .
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Shift 2: Unleashed

Hooked Gamers
2 April 2011
  • Conclusion: This game is what racing fans have always wanted out of Forza and Gran Turismo . As great as both titles are, they are – for the most part – driving simulators. Shift 2 on the other hand is, without a doubt, a racing simulator, delivering the thrill and excitement of going 120 miles an hour at Nurburgring to the average Joe. From this point forward I will find it impossible to critique a racing game without comparing it to Shift 2 in some way.
  • Pros: Incredible track effects and damage model, tight mechanics, the Helmet Cam should be the new standard.
  • Cons: Only 145 cars, no split-screen, no free play, minor graphics issues.
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Overall 9
8.6
Gameplay 8
8.0
Funfactor 9
9.0

SHIFT 2: Unleashed

Digital Chumps
29 March 2011
  • Conclusion: Much like the original SHIFT, SHIFT 2: Unleashed does a great job of being that hardcore sim that's not too hardcore for the more casual, arcade racer to get into. It's a perfect bridge between something like NFS: Hot Pursuit and Forza.
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