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Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3)

Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3)
alaScore 88

33 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other PlayStation 3 Games (PS3) for all reviews. Reviewers really like the graphics. The single player gameplay also gets good comments, but some have doubts about the multi player mode and AI.

design, single player, graphics

usability, reliability, AI, multi player

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other PlayStation 3 Games (PS3) the Shift 2: Unleashed (PS3) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Jeremy Peeples (

Shift 2 Unleashed


One and a half years ago, Need For Speed: Shift gave that series some much-needed variety with a sim-styled take on racing. It was a pretty good racer that took a little bit of something from every major racing series, in a good way, and rewarded...

Like the original, Shift 2 is a flawed sim but still manages to become greater than the sum of its parts. The wonky handling and annoying load times haven't been completely eliminated, while the new reduced methods of earning XP make getting through...

Apr, 2014

Expert review by: Craig Anderson (

SHIFT 2 Unleashed


Overall Shift 2 is an excellent racing game that really tries to throw you behind the wheel of a professional driver. With great graphics minus a few debris issues and impressive car mechanics, Shift 2 will challenge the best of drivers during the...

Autolog = Awesome feature; A good solid racer; Lengthly career mode

Drifting is really frustrating until mastered; Online driving is infuriating at times; A few bugs here and there

The audio is also very similar. The engine noise differs between each car and is very impressive although it does mean you’ll need to turn the volume down when playing at night to avoid waking up the rest of the house. There’s a very limited soundtrack...

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: D. BOB RIGBY (

Shift 2: Unleashed


The long-running (-out-of-steam) Need for Speed racing game series from EA has enjoyed a serious overhaul and emerged as good, solid, head-wobbling fun in Shift 2: Unleashed.

Off the starting line, EA's new Shift 2: Unleashed stands out as a beautiful looking game. The cars, gorgeous of course, and the scenery, exquisite. You'd expect no less in this umpteenth iteration of the Need for Speed franchise on the gloriously high...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Brian Rowe (

Shift 2: Unleashed Review


A contender, but still not ready for the podium.

Excellent physics, vast array of technically-inclined tuning options, realistic damage, plenty of cars and tracks, and the integration of Autolog

A.I. can be suspiciously immune to crashes, poorly organized menus and long loading times, distracting visuals with tons of light-shimmer at edges

Brian Rowe is Sr. Editor at GameShark and also manages our YouTube Channel and Twitter and Facebook pages.

May, 2011

Expert review by: danielrbischoff (

Shift 2 Unleashed Review for the PS3


Is there a racer in you?

Captures the feel of a fast car; In-helmet view elevates your heartrate; Autolog and XP keep racers coming back

AI racers are dicks

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Stuart Montgomery (

Shift 2: Unleashed


Shift 2 Unleashed is a rip roaring, adrenaline fuelled, beast of a title. The Need For Speed series has always focused on raw speed but, until now, the games have been promoted as simulation games. Shift 2 Unleashed simply goes for broke, this is...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Drew "Frustrated Fury" Leachman (

Shift 2: Unleashed Review


Two years ago, we got our hands on Need for Speed's take on "simulation" racing. It was a decent go for its first try. Now, we finally get the sequel to the arcade/simulation...

Fantastic visuals ; Helmet camera is amazing ; Extensive customization ; Autolog keeps player going ; Racing just feels right

Drifting is still hit or miss ; Career mode flies by

Two years ago, we got our hands on Need for Speed’s take on “simulation” racing. It was a decent go for its first try. Now, we finally get the sequel to the arcade/simulation hybrid in the form of Shift 2: Unleashed.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Scott Jones (

Shift 2: Unleashed


An immersive driving game rewards patience.

With more than 140 vehicles, most with tongue-twisting monikers like “Lamborghini Murcielago LP640,” Shift 2 should satisfy the car fetishists in the audience. Unfortunately, Career mode, as in the original, still feels less like a career and more like...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Joseph Barron (

Shift 2: Unleashed Review


Shift 2 may not offer full-on simulation features, but it boasts roller-coaster thrills and a deep sense of immersion in the hectic world of racing.

Immersive first-person experience in helmet cam ; Big graphical improvements ; AutoLog creates lots of competition with friends ; Fast-paced Career mode

Handling can be extremely unpredictable ; GT3 & GT1 championships are not entirely authentic

The competitive online mode contains a selection of traditional race types. The new race type is Catchup, where one player is given a head start in a slow car while the rest of the field chases him or her down in more powerful supercars. If one of the...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Martin Robinson (

Shift 2 Unleashed Review


Shift 2 Unleashed is the most thrilling drive on the market, but can it beat Forza and Gran Turismo?

Shift 2 Unleashed's a violent and immersive racer that recreates the driving experience like no other game on the market. In doing so it builds well on the first Shift's foundations, benefitting from Slightly Mad Studios' more refined touch and the...

Mar, 2011