SHIFT 2 Unleashed

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Kyle Orl, Common Sense Media
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Great tracks, fast pace, violent crashes in well-done racer.

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Ease of Play

The game includes a number of control options that provide assistance for things like shifting gears, braking, and even turning, allowing even novice drivers to play without issue.

Violence

While there's no blood and gore, players can crash their cars rather violently, leading to some spectacular crashes. There are no long-term consequences shown for these crashes, and races continue as normal afterward.

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Consumerism

The game's career mode is focused on buying a continual succession of better and better real-world cars from real car makers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SHIFT 2: Unleashed involves illegal street racing on public roads, and bumping against other cars to cut them off or run them off the road. There are disclaimers about staying away from street racing in real life, though, and other than the optional contact the racing itself is nearly indistinguishable from something like a NASCAR race. Still, the game may encourage less concern for reckless driving and behavior in some children, and parents may want to tell them that real driving isn't like this.

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Is it any good?

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is a great racing game, with well-designed tracks and a fast pace that will keep you on the edge of your seat. A variety of control options make it easy enough for a novice to pick up and play, but advanced drivers can turn on manual gear shifting and turn off assistance options for a much larger challenge. 

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