• Feb 24, 2011
Getting sideways with Shift 2 Unleashed and Vaughn Gittin Jr. – Click above to watch video after the jump

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed will be arriving in stores on March 29th, and to tie all you gamers over until then, the NFS team has put together a video highlighting the features that may make it a must-have for racing-sim fans. Whether you prefer smoothly linking corners or destroying rubber in a fit of sideways shenanigans, Shift 2 Unleashed has got you covered.

The drifting aspect of the game was locked down with the help of Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his 2011 Ford Mustang GT Formula Drift racer. The game features a unique Helmet Cam view, which places the driver's "eyes" where they would go in real life. A road racer will look towards the apex of a turn but a drifter will stare out the side window – both of these styles are accounted for in the game, and the result looks pretty amazing.

Click past the jump for a video showing off Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed and its new features.

[Source: YouTube via Left Lane News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank GOD I just hope the physics are what they claim.

      GT5 is such a dissapointment and I hope this will make up for that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The physics is not ultra realistic, it's about 80% simulation and 20% arcade according to a developer interview I watched.
      • 3 Years Ago
      rFactor had this good of physics,....5 years ago.

      Nice to see EA getting with the program...lol!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope the drifting is a little more intuitive then it was in the first one. Or at the very least have a proper tutorial in the game for it. It took a bunch of trial and error to get it figured out. Eventually figured it out with the AE-86.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone playing these games without a wheel are missing out, the only way to play is with a wheel, totally change's the gaming experience.
      • 3 Years Ago
      haha I love how they are trying to advertise this as a sim. That is the biggest lie that I have ever heard. Need for speed is pure arcade. "We have the most complex physics system put in any racing game" yea right. It runs a stripped out, dumbed down version of rFactor's gmotor engine which has been around for years. If you want a real sim, use iRacing or rFactor. Those are actual sims that real racing teams use. Red Bull's F1 Simulator runs rFactor, not need for speed.

      I will be picking this game up however. It looks like a lot of fun and has some great graphics. It will be a great game, but not a great sim.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't like the head and camera physics in this game, there's just too much shake/movement it just makes it hard to concentrate, that combined with the HUD moving and all the unnecessary blur effects and blinding bloom. The drifting in Shift was very unintuitive, I personally prefer the good old Underground 2, lets hope this is a marked improvement. Will defiantly get it if they actually add some real graphics settings so some lower end machines can actually play it properly. Things like draw distance and LOD... I just don't Shift. GT4 was probably one of the best games I ever owned, wasn't exactly the best sim but with a few tweaks in the car set up and your ready to go! Just sucks that GT5 is not as good as it should have been.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ^^^ SPAM
      • 3 Years Ago
      Live For Speed has pretty much all the features mentioned in this video, tire, helmet view. The helmet view is ADJUSTABLE in LFS. Shift has much better graphic though.
      It's kinda ironic for a commercial game to mimic a simulation game.
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      george takei: whao helmet cam! oh my..
      • 3 Years Ago
      I LOVED the first shift. one of the best arcade racers I've ever played. but the drifting was a letdown. very annoying, and took away from the actual racing. well that, and the figure 8 track. that just turned into a demo derby....

      however, what is fun is getting the Mustang, maxing out all the spec, go to the oval track, set laps at the maximum, reverse at high speed, and get zillions of drift points.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hope it doesn't get lost in translation, like past NFS games have. They look cool, and are called a sim, but end up being trash to those who love games such as Forza and GT.
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