SHIFT 2 Unleashed

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SHIFT 2 Unleashed, also known as Need for Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed is the 17th instalment in the long-running Need for Speed series of racing games, developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Electronic Arts. It is the direct sequel to 2009's Need for Speed SHIFT and expands on the gameplay and features of the original.

Some of the new features include night-time racing, a new helmet camera and the Autolog, which was first introduced in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2010. A new elite handling model aimed at sim-racing enthusiasts is also available, while the physics engine and overall handling of the cars was improved, especially for racing wheels. In addition to this, SHIFT 2 Unleashed will also feature some of the cars and tracks of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship and 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship, among other racing content. The final game features 123 cars and 36 different tracks (no DLC included).

The game shipped in two editions, the normal one and a Limited Edition, which comes with three aditional cars (Alfa Romeo Guilietta QV, Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 and Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero (S15)) and 37 additional events, which include Old vs. New matchups, Manufacturer Battles and Single Manufacturer races.

The official word:

This March, get ready to push your driving skills to their ultimate nerve-wracking limits as SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED puts you behind the wheel of the only truly realistic and immersive racing game on the market. Intensely authentic physics and true-to-life degradation of cars and tracks, plus an eye-watering sense of speed combine with the all-new helmet camera to let you feel every scrape and impact in your all-out fight to the finish line. Your Driver's Battle doesn't end at the checkered flag though, as SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED features the advanced Autolog system that takes the action to a new level by letting you dynamically share and compare career stats, driver profiles, pictures, videos, and personal bests with your friends in real-time.



  • Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release dates: March 29th 2011 (North America) and March 31st 2011 (Europe)
  • Available on: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • Official site:

Game info

Minimum system requirements

  • Required: Internet connection
  • Operative system: Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP2 / Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz / AMD X2 64 2.4 GHz
  • Memory: 2.0 GB
  • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible 3D-accelerated 512 MB video card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • Hard Drive: 7 GB
  • DVD Drive: 8x speed
  • Online Multiplayer: 512 Kbps or faster; 2-12 Players
  • Input: Keyboard, Mouse, Supported Game Controllers
  • Optional: USB Steering Wheel / Dual Analogue Gamepad
  • Supported chipsets: ATI HD3 Series or greater; NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series or higher or greater

Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

Supported steering wheels


  • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel – full support for all buttons and rev lights
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech Driving Force GT
  • Logitech Formula Force EX
  • Logitech Driving Force
  • Logitech Driving Force EX
  • Logitech Driving Force RX
  • Logitech Driving Force Pro
  • Logitech MOMO Force
  • Logitech MOMO Racing
  • Thrustmaster RGT FFB Pro Clutch
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari 430
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo S

PlayStation 3

  • Nascar Racing Wheel
  • Logitech Driving Force
  • Logitech Driving Force EX
  • Logitech Driving Force Pro
  • Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
  • Logitech G27 Racing Wheel – full support for all buttons and rev lights
  • Logitech Driving Force GT – full support for all buttons and dial
  • Thrustmaster F430 FFB
  • Thrustmaster RGT FFB Clutch

Xbox 360

  • Microsoft Force Feedback Wheel
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo

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