Shift 2 Unleashed

4K Screenshot Showcase: Shift 2: Unleashed

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Every week, keen screen-grabber Ben Griffin brings you a sumptuous 4K resolution gallery to celebrate PC gaming's prettiest places.

Shift 2: Unleashed rarely crops up in discussions of great-looking racing games, but it's what on the inside that counts. Specifically, the cockpit cam. Each of the 140 cars' interiors are immaculately rendered, and behind-the-wheel camera effects such as speed blur and selective focus draws the eye to approaching corners. Anti-aliasing in particular may have advanced since the game's March 2011 release, bettered by other games in the series such as Need for Speed: Rivals, but don't underestimate how good this game can look at 4K.

Shift 2 Unleashed Legends and Speedhunters DLC to be released free on PC

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The Legends and Speedhunters DLC packs for Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed will be released for free on PC this week on EA's new digital download service, Origin. Between them the packs add more than twenty new cars, five new tracks and new racing modes, including drag racing.

The two packs were released in April and May this year on the Xbox 360 as paid-for packs. As of June 30, this Thursday, they'll be free to all PC gamers. Head over to the Need for Speed site for guides on how to grab the new packs through Origin.

Shift 2 Unleashed launch trailer goes VROOM

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Shift 2 Unleashed is out tomorrow in the US, and on Friday in Europe and the UK, and is hoping to beat serious sims like Forza and Gran Turismo for pole position., but what will it look like? The trailer above shows plenty of ultro-vroom. It's got it all, supercars, twisty bits, straight bits, and lots of speed. For more info, head over to the Shift 2 Unleashed site.

Shift 2 Unleashed trailer shows pro racer's lap

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Pro racer Tommy Milner is in the hot seat for another lap in Shift 2 Unleashed. The latest in-game footage also shows off that slightly nauseating glued-to-the-bumper camera that's almost impossible to actually drive with, but is brilliant for making you feel as though you're going really, really fast. Stick the video on full screen and press your face against the monitor for an instant speed-rush. It's out on March 31 in the US and on April fools' day in the UK.

Shift 2 Unleashed trailer shows helmet cam and flaming exhausts

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A new developer diary for Shift 2: Unleashed concentrates on the high levels of realism the team are aiming for. It features real-life footage spliced between dev chats and more of the helmet cam. That's a view designed to simulate a head, inside a helmet, inside a car, in race. It ain't easy.

Shift 2: Unleashed video races in Miami

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A new video has been released, showing Shift 2: Unleashed in action. The footage shows a BMW blasting around a track, with plenty of shots of the spruced up car cockpits and helmet cam. The video shows a track in Miami, and reveals that the game will contain boss competitions in which players will face off against real racing drivers in drift and time attack challenges. Watch the video below.

Shift 2 Unleashed release date announced, new trailer

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Need for Speed Shift 2 has been renamed to Shift 2 Unleashed, and is positioning itself as a contender with racing sim giants Gran Turismo and Forza. Today EA announced that the game will be out in Europe on March 24th, and in North America on March 29th. You'll find the new trailer, featuring the first in-game footage, embedded below.