May 22, 2011NFS series is back where we want it to be. Perfect graphics, enhanced driving model and the view from the cockpit are the features you will Shift 2 piously worship. [Issue#203]
Mar 29, 2011Shift 2: Unleashed builds upon the firm base of the previous game and offers more features and better features. More tracks, vehicles and multiplayer options thanks to the inclusion of the social system Autolog, and also better physics and simulation, which have improved the right way. It is not a perfect simulation experience, but will please most gamers.
Apr 18, 2011Shift 2 defines the franchise in a way that the first one didn't. Although the cars can feel like they swivel on a center axis, the racing is pretty good, and the overall experience gets a boost from the graphics and the erratic nature of the AI racers. It doesn't blow by the competition, but by improving its lap times, Shift 2 is on its way. [May 2011, p.85]
Mar 29, 2011Due to its awesome cars, nice graphics, realistic handling and amazing atmosphere (night racing + in-car-view rocks!), Shift2 is a perfect pick for every Gearhead and car enthusiast out there. If you consider yourself a mere "NFS-Fan" though, you're still better off with the "other" NFS: Hot Pursuit.
Mar 29, 2011Shift 2's sheer weight of stuff – from mud-ring circuits in a VW Golf to Bugatti duels at the Nurburgring – gives it a deep bag of appeal. There's an array of fiddly details for car geeks to poke at, and a range of control-difficulty settings that allow you to tailor races to your ability. The only downside to such a complete package is that it demands so many hours of acclimatisation before the cars start to make sense.
Jun 9, 2011As PC's only alternative to GT5, Shift 2 is satisfactory at best. But true racing enthusiasts will need to go elsewhere to really satisfy their...need for speed. [July 2011, p.74]
Mar 30, 2011This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. @Neons
Dude youre seriously mistaken there.
All the features or bad things you talking about are ADJUSTABLE.
Maybe read the manual for the game or maybe you should stop playing games the way they are :D
To the game !
SHIFT 2 is a masterpiece.
Working physics (handling,RWD,FWD,AWD, working suspension, car reacts to every action you do, the new inside helmet view is awesome) , overall the game is a huge achievement!
Well it has some flaws too , some cars missing the "arm wheel" movement sometimes, flickering textures,shadows...
These are all just small bugs compared to an overall great game !
Good job SlightlyMA :D… Expand
Oct 27, 2012The graphics are sharp and the gameplay is awesome this is one of the best need for speed games ever. The music rocks and i also like theThe graphics are sharp and the gameplay is awesome this is one of the best need for speed games ever. The music rocks and i also like the selection of cars.… Expand
Jul 6, 2011THE game that is mandatory for every single racing fan. The driving is very nice. The cars act pretty much like in real life, maybe a littleTHE game that is mandatory for every single racing fan. The driving is very nice. The cars act pretty much like in real life, maybe a little (but just a little) too forgiving. The graphics are up to date, very detailed and much better than in SHIFT. The driving helmet camera doesn`t exaclty catch my taste as it is completely useless, although the standard pit camera is also available. There is really lots and lots of content for a pc game - something like 30 tracks, almost 200 cars of which all are customizable. Career presents many different events, very varied with car type, difficulty, track types, time attack, invitational, old vs new, contructor races, american, japanese etc. In this respect nothing short of Gran Turismo. The interface is very well done, again much better than in SHIFT. Everything that is needed to be customizable has been made like that. The optical and mechanichal tuning of the cars is though tiny compared to FM or GT. Still, the racing never gets boring as the Autolog feature lets you make all sorts of racing against your friends - who`s the fastest, who has the most badges, who made the most points, who dominates online and so on. I`d say : until your buddies use this game, the replayability of it is unlimited. In my opinion it is the first NFS title that reaches to the same quality level as the Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. You just want to take those cars for a ride, even if you were the only guy on the track - because every car feels unique. What I`m saying is - you can take the Alfa Romeo Giulietta to the Nordschleife and race it for 10 minutes - you won`t get bored because what SHIFT series accomplished is the feeling of speed and inertia even at 140km/h. And if what I write isn`t enough go to youtube and see real folks say the same : that car in the game almost perfectly resembles mine.
I won`t write on which features SHIFT 2 is better than SHIFT, but believer when I say it - there are lots of examples where it is visible that the devs took notes and changed the things that were bad in SHIFT (ok one example : the user garage can have infinite number of cars). In one sententce I`d say that SHIFT 2 is a well thought racing game that gives much satisfaction from driving and which progressed significanlty over its predecessor.… Expand
Apr 5, 2014Using the keyboard to play, game not updated to the latest version on Shift 2.
Shift 2 has used too much CPU processing powers on steeringUsing the keyboard to play, game not updated to the latest version on Shift 2.
Shift 2 has used too much CPU processing powers on steering assist or what ever other kind of assists that has been added new to this release. I think it also makes the game more buggy and unstable due to that. Really hope it can release a patch to allow user to lower the steering assist to LOW than either on or off.
Sometimes the car did turn like it's on a pole in the center. Some car models "auto" spin-turn on a tight U turn like it has you blindfolded for a second, then next thing you know you have already "crossed the river" and you don't know what has just happened!
NFS Shift 2. Here is a setup to race on AutoPolis Lakeside race track:
Difficulty: Medium _ H.M: novice _ steering assist: yes _ B.A: no _ Anti-Lock Brakes: yes _ T.C: high _ S.C: yes _ damage: visual only _ best line: no _ HUD: Full (mirror off) _ S.O.P.N: off _ D.U: Metric
((Gameplay, ADJUST CONTROL)):
(from top to bottom): 50, 0, 73, 0, 64, 0, 28, 0, 50, 64, 64
((Garage, Car tunning, advanced)):
(from top to bottom, 1st column): 43, 57, 55, 15
(from top to bottom, 2nd column): 22, 15, 24, 24, 20, 20
(from top to bottom, 3rd column): 4, 5
(from top to bottom, 4th column): locked, locked, 0, 10
(from top to bottom, 5th column): 24, 24
(from top to bottom, 6th column): 2, 2, 1, 1, 7, 7
(from top to bottom, 7th column): 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2
(from top to bottom, 8th column): 2, 0, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2
4 laps, 3 opponents, dusk or day. Race car to drive: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Use helmet view to race. Not hard to win the 2nd place.
NFS Shift 1. Here's a setups to race on AutoPolis GP race track:
mode: RACE _ Laps: 3 _ car class: same class _ opponents: 6 _ Time: midday _ track: AutoPolis GP _ Race car to drive: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (with maximum upgrade)
((Gameplay, ADJUST CONTROL)): SDZ:0 _ ADZ:15 _ BDZ:0 _ CDZ:50 _ SS:90 _AS:25 _ BS:38 _ CS:50 _ SSS:28 _ IS:off _ CYA:Normal
AI Difficulty: medium _ HM: Normal _ Steering Assist: low _ Brake Asistance: off _ Anti-lock Brake: on _ Traction Cntrol: off _ Stability Control: off _ D.E: full _ A.C: on _ Gear: automatic
((Garage, Car tunning)):
Downforce: 100 _ Gearing: 85 _ Steering Lock: 60 _ Balance: 40
Balance is 60 if the game not patched to v1.02, as the meter is mirrored between v1.01 and 1.02.
Sometimes it's rather hard to win the 1st place.
NFS Shift 1. Here's a setups to race on AutoPolis Lakeside race track:
mode: RACE _ Laps: between 5 to 8 _ car class: same class _ opponents: 5 _ Time: midday or dusk _ track: AutoPolis Lakeside _ Race car to drive: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (with maximum upgrade)
((Gameplay, ADJUST CONTROL)): SDZ:0 _ ADZ:0 _ BDZ:0 _ CDZ:50 _ SS:70 _AS:60 _ BS:25 _ CS:50 _ SSS:75 _ IS:off _ CYA:Normal
AI Difficulty: hard _ HM: Normal _ Steering Assist: low _ Brake Asistance: off _ Anti-lock Brake: on _ Traction Control: high _ Stability Control: on _ D.E: full _ A.C: on _ Gear: automatic
((Garage, Car tunning)): ((Garage, Car tunning, advanced)): (from top to bottom, 1st column): 30, 35.94, 40 (from top to bottom, 2nd column): 30, 1.5, -0.10, 0.10 (from top to bottom, 3rd column): 399.73, 239.84, 366.41, 266.48 (from top to bottom, 4th column): locked, locked, 60, 20 (from top to bottom, 5th column): 6.35, 3.50, 2.21, 1.71 (from top to bottom, 6th column): 15, 15, 1, 4 Sometimes it's rather hard to win the 1st place.… Expand
May 9, 2011I regret spending my money on this game. I play it with Logitech g27 and I can tell that this game doesn't stand near GT5 feeling of driving aI regret spending my money on this game. I play it with Logitech g27 and I can tell that this game doesn't stand near GT5 feeling of driving a car. Car handling feels very unrealistic, you have to learn to drive by the physics of the game and not of the real world. Also very disappointed with 3D VISION support as there is none. Only things that looks great is a headcam and maybe night raicing if you not playing it with 3d vision, but handling spoils it all… Expand
Apr 20, 2011Oh look, it's another tail-happy arcade-racer from EA that's pretending to be a "simulation!" Shift 1 had some challenges with controls thatOh look, it's another tail-happy arcade-racer from EA that's pretending to be a "simulation!" Shift 1 had some challenges with controls that are pretty well documented by now, but Shift 2 takes it a step further by making them almost inexplicable. Even after a rethink of balancing out the deadzones and sensitivity (on an XBox 360 controller, which was autodetected, and really should have a decent standard setup, right?), it's still a mess. Noticable lag in control inputs, followed by overboosted and inconsistent resonse. You're constantly encouraged to be "smooth" with the controls, which is fine, however I'm not sure that it's really necessary on the straights. This is particularly hilarious with the rear-engined cars, and I'm not sure actual 911 owners will be pleased to see their cars represented as unintentional Tokyo-Drift machines.
The engine notes all sound auto-tuned: there are noticable steps in the pitch that are poorly synthesized. Seriously, how long ago did Polyphony and Turn 10 sort that out? I own one of the cars featured here (Evo IX), and the engine note isn't anything like this. So the problem sure doesn't stem from managing real-life recordings.
PC-specific notes? Surprise-surprise, it's a pretty shallow port. The UI makes no sense (and is compromised on an Xbox 360 controller as well), the graphics engine needs work (just ask anyone with ATI/AMD hardware) and FPS can dip and swell like a rollercoaster through corners, goofing with your rhythm. The graphics issue is kind of puzzling, because frankly, it's not much of a step up from Shift1.
I bought this new yesterday for $18, less than a month after release. I wish I could say that I got my money's worth from it.… Expand
May 17, 2013This game is unplayable. Not only does your mouse suddenly become as accurate as Michael J. Fox during a seizure and about as useless as a inThis game is unplayable. Not only does your mouse suddenly become as accurate as Michael J. Fox during a seizure and about as useless as a in a helicopter fight, but navigating the menus is like trying to wrestle a bear, and once you find out where you want to be you suddenly have to figure out the magical jig to be able to do what you want in the first place pressing 'F' to rebind a key, pressing the right shift to accept changes (the left one doesn't do anything), etc. the only way to use the menus comfortably is to reconfigure your hands.
And that's not even the worst part. The first time you go to race you have to listen to some annoying dumbass talk for half an hour while watching some god-awful video (most of which is in bullet-time for some retarded reason) that makes you want to pick your eyes out with a fondu fork the only way I even got through it was to turn my speakers off and go make myself a bowl of icecream. And all this could have been forgiven if the racing was even good. The input lag is so terrible that I had grown a beard by the time the game figured out I wanted to turn around the first corner, and the car feels like I'm driving around a brick with a windshield.
All in all, quite possibly the worst game I have ever had the misfortune to install on my computer.… Expand