Shift 2: Unleashed - PS3

Release Date:

01 April 2011

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Also on USA.
7.9

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Shift 2 Unleashed builds on the true driving experience that the NFS franchise is renowned for by introducing the driver's battle, an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself. In Shift 2 Unleashed, players' hands sweat and ache as they clutch onto the controller, their pulse races from the break-neck speeds experienced through the first-person cockpit view. Shift 2 Unleashed features an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul that puts the player in the heart of the racing action.

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Shift 2 Unleashed has a Career mode that makes use of the points you accumulate playing through the game, and in this mode you have to take part in races of steadily increasing difficulty. This in turn requires you to make use of the experience you gain to unlock progressively faster death machines that will earn you even more experience and so on. There are a lot of things to unlock, and they are usually close enough and good enough to keep you interested in what is coming next.

Surprisingly, sometimes gaining experience has to take priority over such things as actually winning races, but if you do all the right things the game awards experience on a regular basis. Overtaking an opponent or stopping an opponent from overtaking you, staying in the lead for a whole lap are some of the actions that earn a player more and more experience. To make your race seem easier, and to increase you experience, there is a green line which shows the ideal racing line for the course and you are rewarded if you are able to follow it. Of course, when you do win races or get the best time on a time-trial race, you will receive a huge experience bump. All this experience leads to more cars and tracks, as well as many further upgrades that can be unlocked.

One issue about this game is the way the cars handle. It is not quite realistic, especially compared to more simulation-styled racing games. The handling is not always consistent either, with slight adjustments sometimes making the changes you aimed, but sometimes not doing anything at all. That dead space in the middle is not always the same, and takes a lot away from the experience. As handling is probably the most important thing in any racing game this game's car handling should have been more realistically modeled.

Part of the problem may well lie with the driver or player's view. Initially, and by default, you are looking through the eyes of your character, and although this is the most sensible and realistic perspective, it actually makes the game more difficult to play. From this first-person viewpoint, it is easy to crash and not recognize which way you are supposed to be going, but fortunately, there are a couple of different viewpoints that you can race with, and it will probably improve your game to switch to the third-person view.

The saving grace of this title is the enormous number of races that are available, and the playability of the RPG aspects in doing so. These races, while not strictly correct from a to simulation point of view, are still a blast to play due to the experience points that you rack up as you race through them. While Shift 2: Unleashed might not satisfy the simulation gamers out there, it has plenty of sheer fun in the gameplay to make it worth the casual gamers time and money.

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