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GamesRadar (Mar 30, 2011)
While Shift 2 is unlikely to woo the arcade crowd over to simulation racing, it’s remedied one of the genre’s biggest problems, a crushing obsession with technical realism over the actual realism of racing. Shift 2 has finally created a racing sim that gives car geeks like myself numbers to tweak, but puts the real focus where it belongs, on the visceral joy of actually racing the car.
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Eurogamer.pt (Mar 29, 2011)
Como já devem ter reparado, Shift 2: Unleashed entrou diretamente para os jogos de simulação de topo. Como referi no início da análise, é tudo uma questão de equilíbrio. E perante toda a concorrência, Shift 2: Unleashed é o jogo atual que consegue fornecer de tudo um pouco, e em quase tudo elevar a fasquia da qualidade da simulação automóvel. Os estúdios Slightly Mad Studios foram desde a apresentação do jogo muito críticos contra a concorrência direta, elevando a sua criação acima dos padrões atuais. Tinham razão? Completamente. Shift 2 é nervoso, cheira a pneu gasto e sentimos a chapa a doer de tanta força e velocidade. Quem tem a paixão por carros e principalmente pela velocidade, Shift 2: Unleashed é uma escolha completamente obrigatória. Para todos os outros, ganhem unhas e venham experimentar.
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Vandal Online (Mar 29, 2011)
Shift 2: Unleashed parte de una base firme, que es su predecesor, y se han centrado en ofrecer más y mejor. Lo cierto es que lo han conseguido: hay más circuitos, más vehículos, más opciones de juego multijugador gracias al sistema social autolog, etc. Se ha trabajado también en mejorar la física y las dosis de simulación, que dan un pasito más en la dirección correcta. No es purista, pero sí ofrece una acertada apuesta en esa dirección que convencerá -y bastará- a la inmensa mayoría de su mercado potencial.
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IGN (Mar 29, 2011)
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 inclusion of Autolog, but its handling is still too loose and its steps forward too small for it to truly beat Gran Turismo and Forza – although it does enough to ensure that it's pulled ever closer.
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All things considered, Shift 2: Unleashed is a rewarding experience. Sure, it doesn't have 1,000 cars made up of more polygons than the moon or a vinyl editor Michelangelo would have deemed 'adequate,' but it's still a complete package. More than that, it could easily stand its ground against its 800-pound console brethren and, for me, that's what so outstanding. Slightly Mad Studios famously set out to outshine the efforts of Turn 10 and Polyphony Digital with this effort. If nothing else, they might be on the right track.
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GamingExcellence (May 11, 2011)
Overall, Shift 2 Unleashed is a fantastic driving game that should satisfy fans on either side of the arcade/simulation spectrum. The game may not be as sheer fun as Hot Pursuit was only six months ago, but could easily occupy a cherished spot on your shelf right next to it.
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Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 29, 2011)
Many will consider the game a third place to Forza and Gran Turismo's slicker, more exacting odes to motor racing, but in terms of its social features, SHIFT 2 leads the pack, even if Autolog really is a debt owed to the Need for Speed heritage it is so eager to pull away from.
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Gamer.no (Apr 12, 2011)
På sitt beste er Shift 2: Unleashed noe av det aller råeste jeg har vært borti innenfor racingspill. Men opplevelsen avhenger nok litt for mye av hvilken bil og klasse du kjører, og noen er helt klart tammere enn andre. Dessuten inkluderes nok en gang et kjipt driftemesterskap, som overhodet ikke passer inn, og som ikke er spesielt underholdende heller. Kanskje spillet rett og slett forsøker å favne litt for bredt, i stedet for å fokusere på de tingene det er best på.
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4Players.de (Mar 31, 2011)
Die übersensible Steuerung und der immer noch vorhandene, wenn auch verminderte Hang zum Übersteuern sorgen dafür, dass sich die Boliden längst nicht so gut und realistisch anfühlen wie bei einem Forza 3, Gran Turismo 5 oder einer der zahlreichen PC-Simulationen. Und auch bei der Technik fährt man zumindest auf den Konsolen mit z.T. grausigen Texturen, Pop-ups & mitunter starken Flimmerkanten hinterher. Was man dagegen hervorragend beherrscht, ist die Inszenierung: Die wackeligen Cockpitansichten sorgen vor allem mit der neuen Helmperspektive für ein extrem intensives Fahrerlebnis, das mich so gut in die Rolle des Piloten schlüpfen lässt wie kein anderes Rennspiel. Doch allein damit landet man nicht ganz oben auf dem Siegertreppchen, obwohl auch die abwechslungsreiche Karriere mit ihrem motivierenden Rangsystem und einer tollen Streckenauswahl, die famose Klangkulisse sowie die zahlreichen Tuning- und Setup-Funktionen zu den großen Stärken zählen.
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Fragland.net (Apr 30, 2011)
Shift 2: Unleashed is better than its predecessor, that's a fact, but as true simulation racer it fails. EA didn't leave any opportunity laying around the last couple of months to take on GT5 and Forza and they said that GT5 is too clean and Forza not a real simulation. Maybe they should look at themselves more. Shift 2 is an amusing racer but those that look for simulation won't find it here. Shift tries, wants, but isn't.
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GameSpot (Apr 01, 2011)
Shift 2: Unleashed is a racing game that turns sitting behind the wheel into a roller-coaster ride. It offers a compelling single-player Career mode and great online features, allowing you to progress while playing through both. The return of the superb AutoLog feature furthers the replay value by creating a streamlined leaderboard competition that's focused on your friends. While the game has improved over the first Shift, fans of simulation racing may find that such new features as the helmet cam feel like gimmicks. They will also be disappointed by the sometimes unpredictable car behavior and the ridiculously aggressive AI. Shift 2: Unleashed is a good sequel that will serve as an enjoyable entry point to serious racing; however, more experienced racing game players should stick to Shift's more realistic rivals.
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PlayFrance (Apr 01, 2011)
Sans surprise, SHIFT 2 suit la voie tracée par son prédécesseur et continue à nous offrir des courses sur circuit supportées par un moteur physique crédible, un contenu bien fourni, et un système de progression prenant. Malheureusement ce tableau qui aurait pu être idyllique est entaché de quelques problèmes de gameplay, à commencer par une latence excessive des contrôles et une IA apte à ruiner une course en une manœuvre kamikaze. Si le jeu a d'indéniables atouts et pourra séduire les fans du genre, ceux-ci devront toutefois s'accommoder de défauts que l'on n'attendait pas pour une production de ce calibre.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 29, 2011)
Shift 2 Unleashed s'invite au rayon des simulations consoles et joue quasiment dans la même cour qu'un Forza Motorsport. Plus exigeant que son prédécesseur, le jeu développé par Slightly Mad Studios propose des courses épuisantes durant lesquelles la moindre erreur est immédiatement sanctionnée. Grâce à sa vue casque hyper immersive, Shift 2 a de sérieux atouts à faire valoir face à des simulations souvent plates en termes de sensations. Toutefois, la difficulté gonflée gratuitement et la médiocrité du mode Carrière sont deux accrocs de taille qui rebuteront pas mal de joueurs. Les joueurs lassés par les Forza et autres Gran Turismo auront toutefois tout intérêt à essayer Shift 2 qui demeure un titre accrocheur.
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Gamekult (Mar 31, 2011)
Sans pour autant exploser en bouche, Shift 2 : Unleashed parvient néanmoins à transformer l'essai Need For Speed : Shift de belle manière. Grâce à un contenu très solide d'abord, mais aussi grâce à son ambiance en course toujours aussi réussie et ses corrections côté pilotage, même si le moteur physique reste perfectible. On pourra aussi lui reprocher un léger manque de nouveautés, l'absence de météo, une carrière pas très passionnante ainsi qu'une I.A. toujours aussi agressive. Mais on préférera retenir le spectaculaire des courses et le compromis soigné entre arcade et simulation pour désigner cette suite, indéniablement plus aboutie que son aînée.


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