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Shift 2: Unleashed
5 June 2011
Excerpt: Shift 2 Unleashed is a rip roaring, adrenaline fuelled, beast of a title. The Need For Speed series has always focused on raw speed but, until now, the games have been promoted as simulation games. Shift 2 Unleashed simply goes for broke, this is driving turned up to eleven.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .