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Shift 2: Unleashed is the sequel to Need for Speed: Shift.

It was released on March 29th, 2011 in North America and on March 31st, 2011 in Europe. It is available for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

Night racing and full FIA GT licences are included, as well as the integration of the Autolog feature, which first appeared in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010). A small preview of the game can be seen when players first run Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010).

Online services were shut down on August 31, 2021.


A more realistic physics engine than seen in Need for Speed: Shift is utilised. The rubber banding AI slammed by most critics is said to have been ironed out and car customisation is much more comprehensive.

Race Modes

All race events take place along real-life circuits. The title features a large varierty of race modes:

  • Championships (Includes the FIA GT1 World and GT3 European championships.)
  • Circuit Races
  • Drift Races
  • Endurance Races (Higher lap number Circuit Races)
  • Retro Races (Players get to drive cars from the 80s and 90s.)
  • Time Attack Events (The player has to beat the fastest lap record before the final lap is declared.)
  • Drag Races (Speedhunters Pack only)
  • Standing Mile (Speedhunters Pack only, Players' speeds are counted and the one with the highest is the winner.)
  • Legends Championship (Players get to drive cars which are the predecessors of today's cars.)


Players can change their car's appearance with bodykits, rims and vinyls. The performance tuning is greatly improved with addition of engine swaps.

Car List



Main article: Autolog

The Autolog system has been reworked and offers more features than before. Players can compare their drift angles, generated smoke, velocity, time records and regular statistics.

Limited Edition

The Limited Edition release of Shift 2: Unleashed includes three exclusive cars as well as additional career events such as Old vs New and Manufacturer Showdown.

Downloadable Content

It was officially announced on June 17th 2011 that both the Legends Pack and Speedhunters Pack would be made available for the PC release of Shift 2: Unleashed.

Legends Pack

The Legends Pack was made available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of Shift 2: Unleashed on April 26th, 2011. It costs 800 Microsoft points on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

The pack includes 13 iconic cars and 6 iconic race courses.


  • Circuit Dijon-Prenois (1972)
  • Hockenheimring (1982)
  • Monza (1958)
  • Rouen GP (1966)
  • Rouen Short (1952)
  • Silverstone GP (1975)

Speedhunters Pack

The Speedhunters Pack was made available to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases of Shift 2: Unleashed on May 17th, 2011.

It includes 14 tuned cars and 6 drag races courses.



  • Miyatomi Drag Strip
  • Miyatomi Mile
  • Agueda Drag Strip
  • Agueda Aerodrome
  • Nevada Drag Strip
  • Nevada Freight Yard