Joystiq: Shift 2 Unleashed review: Pedal to the medal

Randy Nelson of Joystiq Writes:

With the release of Shift 2 Unleashed, the Need For Speed franchise now holds the distinction of representing the best of arcade-style and simulation racing on consoles. It's an evolution of the original -- not a revolution, but still markedly improved across the board -- and a worthy sequel, easy recommendation for those who enjoyed the first game and great entry point to "real" racing in general

Kyur4ThePain4629d ago

1. It's "metal", not "medal".
2. This game is shyte (in my opinion).

Quagmire4629d ago

1. Shift 2: Unleashed is a great game
2. Your opinion is shyte (in my opinion)

KimoNoir4629d ago

I'd rather play Mario Kart 64 than this piece of dirt. It's like letting your dog hold the left side of the wheel and your left hand on the right side of the wheel.

The learning curve to learning how to drive his arcade game is like trying to learn how to fly a jet.

NaiNaiNai4629d ago (Edited 4629d ago )

its actually very easy.

your just a retarded monkey who couldn't get into space.

Theonetheonly4629d ago

I agree

playing this game while racing is very beautiful but i suspect the helmet cam throws off the steering just due to the fact that im not actually turning my head.

Drifting on the other hand i have found to be IMPOSSIBLE with a racing wheel. G27
even with a controller and the assists it is very odd to see the game counter steer, so that when i actually counter steer i over compensate and spin out, so much for REAL drifting.

I have IRACING which many would agree is the most realistic SIM out there and i can drift my ASS off in it, but shift 2 just trying to push the gas and go straight results in RANDOM spinouts, -----Nothing like real life!.

but ghat dayum is this game beautiful in motion!!!!!!!!


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Larry L4062d ago

I'm not impressed with much in terms of racing this gen. Graphics have been really raised racently, and it wasn't by the "two kings" (GT and Forza) in racing. Shift 2 and the upcoming Project Cars are now DOMINATING racing games graphically, GT5 and Forza 4/H do not even compare. But physics and gameplay-wise, most everything's been "off" aside from a select few. My short list would be.

#1 GT5. It's still rocking everybody in terms of gameplay and variety. It's got every kind of 4 wheeled racing almost from Karts to F1 and everything in between. GT needs to step it up graphically now though. Forza is the LEAST of their worries there.

#2 Motorstorm Pacific Rift. Just the #1 most fun and intense arcade/off-road racer ever made or ever will be made. SOOOOOO much variety compared to the bare bones (but great) first game, and a way better racing game than the 3rd game which was more like Split-Second than MotorStorm in THIS Motorstorm Fan's opinion.

#3 F1 Championship Edition. This PS3 exclusive launch game is imho still the best F1 game this gen in terms of the racing.

#4 FerrariChallenge/SuperCar Challenge. Alot of people havn't heard about these, they got VERY little attention. They sucked because not alot of cars, but it's a fact that System 3 put into these PS3 exclusives (they were on Wii too, but they weren't as advanced) the most advanced, realistic physics to ever be in a console racer. The same physics they put into their PC sim. Good graphics for the time too. Very under-rated.

#5 Shift 2. This is only here because I think graphically, it's a sneak peek at the next level in racing sim graphics. Project Cars is improving on that. But Shift 2 has HORRIBLE physics and I disliked playing it. If Project Cars can get the physics more in line than Shift 2, and have enough of a garage to have the variety in the racing while keeping the online field fairly even like GT5 does, it will truly be the next level of racing sims, and something may actually pull me away from GT5, which nothing has based on gameplay.

Also: WipeOut HD- awesome game, awesome value, it's expansion makes it an even better value, top notch quality.


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