Shift 2: Unleashed

Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
International Publisher: Electronic Arts
Official Website: English
Russian Website: Русский
Genres: Racing / Cars
Platforms: PC, X360, PS3
MultiPlayer: Internet
Release Date: 29.03.2011 (US), 31.03.2011 (EU), 01.04.2011 (UK)
Russian Release: 31.03.2011
PEGI Rating: 3+
System Requirements: Core 2 Duo 2.0, 2 GB RAM, 512 MB 3D Card, 7 GB HDD
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Shift 2: Unleashed

Shift 2: Unleashed

The critically acclaimed Shift franchise returns to the track with the sequel. The most immersive racing video game 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. The game delivers all the violence, energy and excitement of race day in a groundbreaking authentic racing experience. It pushes authentic racing to the next gear with an all-new rendering engine and graphics overhaul, innovative helmet camera, night racing, and authentic degradation of tracks and cars.

Shift 2: Unleashed takes the innovative rivalry-generating Autolog technology pioneered by Need for Speed Hot Pursuit (2010) 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. The game was created by Slightly Mad Studios, which include developers and designers that worked on the critically acclaimed games GT Legends (2005) and GTR 2 – FIA GT Racing Game (2006).

Key Features:

  • Photo Real Cars and Tracks. Over 130 licensed cars are available including the Nissan GT-R GT1, McLaren MP4-12C, and Gumpert Apollo. There is also over 50 real-world locations like Bathurst, Spa de Francochamps and Suzuka as well as fictional circuits like downtown London and Shanghai;
  • 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, the game gives you the flexibility to choose the path that fits your individual racing style;
  • True Realistic Racing. Shift 2: Unleashed redefines the racing simulator genre by bringing the atmosphere of race day to life.. 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;
  • 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;
  • 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-related websites;
  • 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.
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Jesse Abney (Electronic Arts)
Jesse Abney founded the role of Tech Development Manager at EA, while working on over than 20 company's titles. As a Producer on Need for Speed, he played a key role in development of Shift 2: Unleashed. Read on to our Interview with Jesse about the game. More »
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