Parents' Guide to

Shift 2: Unleashed

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Realistic racing sim with jarring crashes.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+


It's Need For Speed's answer to GT5. Avoid the barriers unless you want a good bashing.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 11+

Lot more difficult than last time, still fun.

Shift 2 Unleashed, isn't violent but it is one of the most difficult racing games I've played, if you play it properly, not play it safe. By play it safe, I mean play on easy with all the assists on. It is very hard to crash doing that, By play it properly, I mean on Medium-Hard with no assists, and no clue when to brake. This game isn't mature, it's got a lot of crashing but no blood shown, no people dying. Just a very smashed up car. So it's good for over 11+ if you are going to play it properly, or with a few assists.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Shift 2 is an incredibly beautiful, authentic racing title. It rewards players for driving with precision and skill instead of aggression. Crashes really pack a powerful impact, as players watch the screen shake and blur. Controls are easy to pick up, but prepare to practice often to learn how to master corners and other racing techniques. The Autolog also adds another avenue for players to measure their skills. Overall, Shift 2 is a really strong title for players who love racing games.

Online interaction: The game features online races with open chat. This means that kids could potentially run into others online who express language and ideas unsuitable for kids.

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