Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

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Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed cover
Developers
Slightly Mad Studios
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Engines
Madness Engine
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2011
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed guide at StrategyWiki
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed at Wikipedia
Need for Speed
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Need for Speed: ProStreet 2007
Need for Speed: Undercover 2008
Need for Speed: Shift 2009
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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed 2011
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General information

Need for Speed Wiki
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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Must be activated to play
Windows
Amazon.com
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Windows
Gamesplanet
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Windows
Origin
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Windows
Steam
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Includes free DLC pack. Redeemable on Origin as well.
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Windows

Digital Rights Management (DRM)[edit]

Uses Solidshield DRM with a 5 machine activation limit. Requires account activation through EA servers.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
PC DLC Pack Free download containing Legends Pack and Speedhunters Pack; Origin downloads available for all versions (DVD, Origin, Non-Origin).
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Replace the original BootFlow_in.bik and BootFlow_out.bik with the ones from this archive.

Game data[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED\graphicsconfig.xml

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED\profiles\default.sav

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Origin
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings
Graphics settings

Input settings[edit]

Control settings
Control settings
Advanced Control settings
Advanced Control settings
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Controller
Controller support
Gamepads and Racing Wheels both supported
Full controller support
Button prompts still show keyboard buttons though
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Option in "Advanced Control" Settings
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Vehicle, Sound Effects, Speech, Music and Online Player Mute available.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Polish
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play

Issues unresolved[edit]

Intermittent flickering in cockpit view on Nvidia Maxwell GPUs[edit]

Players have reported an issue with Nvidia's Maxwell video cards where a single black frame is rendered at random moments when using cockpit view.[1][2]

Issues fixed[edit]

A poster on NoGripRacing details numerous fixes for a number of problems here.

Should it be deleted, the text of the post is as follows:

Issues:

  • Low graphics quality
  • Low FPS and stutters
  • Input lag
  • Poor FFB
  • Cars feel like floating instead of driving on asphalt
  • AA not working
  • Settings (car set-up, graphics) do not stick

Solutions:

  • Force AF to 16x through the gfx card driver
  • http://www.overclock.net/ati/979202-shift-2-performance-fixes.html#post12952722
  • Edit DampeningEnabled="1" string to "0" in vehicleset_pc_custom_pad.xml and reselect controller scheme in game (to custom pad of course). Should work with custom wheel file as well. Disbale 'Allow Game To Adjust Settings' in Logitech Profiler.
  • FFB is different for sure in Shift 2. The one thing really missing is tyre grip in the FFB.
  • This is mostly caused by the default set-ups being very loose. See this thread for how to tweak set-ups for more responsive handling.
  • Apparently AA in S2U is software-based that makes the 'classic' AA not work. With ATI cards, you can enable Morphological Filtering in the driver, this gives good AA but comes with a huge performance drop. For nVidia cards, read this thread.
  • To save a set-up, use the Shift button. However, there seems to be a bug in the game that reverts changed values to their old values.

Steering input lag[edit]

Input lag where you steer but the car doesn't respond for a significant amount of time can be resolved by changing the DampeningEnabled="1" string to "0" in vehicleset_pc_custom_pad.xml and reselecting the "Custom" controller scheme in game.[3]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP2, 7 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 64 2.4GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4GHz
AMD Phenom 8400 Triple-Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 3 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB 10 GB
Video card (GPU) NVidia GeForce 8 Series
ATI HD3000 Series
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
512 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Is it possible to get a refund on a steam game if it doesn't work? : pcgaming
  2. NFS Shift 2 PC flickering problem on nvidia geforce GTX 750 Ti - YouTube
  3. NoGripRacing Forums - View Single Post - The Shift 2 issues, bugs and solutions thread (PC version)