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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 Autolog, which was first introduced in Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. 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 to make it closer to PC racing simulators. There was also improvements made to the controls so the use of a racing wheel is recommended. In addition to this, SHIFT 2 Unleashed also features some of the cars and tracks of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship and the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship, among other racing content. The final game features 125 cars and 36 different tracks. Two DLC packs (downloadable content) added more cars and tracks, for a grand total of 151 cars and 44 tracks.

The game shipped in two editions, the normal one and a Limited Edition, which comes with 40 additional events (Old vs. New matchups, Manufacturer Battles and Single Manufacturer races), and three additional cars: the Alfa Romeo Guilietta QV, the Lamborghini MurciƩlago LP 640 and the Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero (S15).

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.
SHIFT 2 Unleashed: in-game screenshot



  • Developer: Slightly Mad Studios
  • Publisher: Electronic Arts
  • Release dates: 29th March 2011 (North America) and 31st March 2011 (Europe)
  • Available on: PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (adapted version also available on iOS)
  • Game engine: Madness Engine
  • Official website:

Game info

Minimum system requirements

  • Required: Internet connection
  • Operative system: Windows XP Service Pack 3 / Windows Vista Service Pack 2 / Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo @2.0 GHz / AMD X2 64 @2.4 GHz
  • RAM memory: 2.0 GB
  • Video card: DirectX 9.0c Compatible 3D-accelerated 512 MB video card with Shader Model 3.0 or higher
  • Supported chipsets: ATI HD3 Series or greater; NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series or higher or greater
  • 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

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


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

PlayStation 3

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

Xbox 360

  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo
  • Microsoft Force Feedback Wheel

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