Today we have something sweet for the PC gamers!

Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed is available for $3.99!

Get it before it's too late.



Please be aware that today (Monday, February 6th) the team will be implementing an update to the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED servers. As a result of this update, players will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO CHANGE THEIR EA ACCOUNT PASSWORD FROM WITHIN SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED.

If you do attempt to change your password from within the game you'll receive an error message stating that the new password is invalid. For PC players specifically, if they change their password outside of the game (through Origin, for example) they will not be able to log into Autolog, or in extreme cases will have to delete their save game files in order to connect to Autolog.

If you experience any issues with your password in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED, please contact EA Customer Support.



Today we’ve got some very exciting news…the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED Legends and Speedhunters DLC Packs are coming to PC players around the world at no charge!

Beginning June 30th, the DLC packs will be available to download, for free, from Origin.com. In case you missed it: the Legends Pack features a dozen cars and 5 new tracks from racing's golden age, and the Speedhunters Pack added two new game modes - Drag and Standing Mile - as well as 14 new vehicles to try against your friends for epic Autolog battles.

Below are detailed instructions on how to download and install the free SHIFT 2 PC DLC packs from Origin:

Newly purchasing Shift 2 Unleashed:
1. Select PCDD or PC Packaged platform of Shift 2 Unleashed on store.origin.com
2. Shift 2 Unleashed + PC DLC will be added to cart automatically
3. Checkout (create an account or sign-in if already have an account)
4. Upon successful purchase, you will receive a confirmation page and email which will include the following redemption instructions:
a. Download and install Origin (for new Origin users).
b. Open Origin and navigate to your “My Games” tab to download and install Shift 2 Unleashed.
c. After installing Shift 2 Unleashed, return to your “My Games” tab to download and install your DLC.
d. Run game to play.

Already owns Shift 2 Unleashed:
1. Find/Navigate to DLC product details page on store.origin.com
2. From Overlay, select version of base game to add to cart:
a. Packaged (purchased on disc from a retailer)
b. EA Store/Origin Download (purchased as a digital download)
c. Other Digital Download (purchased as a digital download from third party retailers)
3. Checkout (create an account or sign-in if already have an account)
4. Upon successful purchase, will receive confirmation page and email which will include the following redemption instructions:
a. Download and install Origin (for new Origin users).
b. Open Origin and navigate to your “My Games” tab to download and install your DLC. You must have Shift 2 Unleashed currently installed on your machine.
c. Run game to play.

We can’t wait to see you guys on the new tracks, in your new cars, battling in the new Drag and Standing Mile modes!



Official Need for Speed Link



With the PlayStation Network returning, we are pleased to announce both DLC packs for SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED - Legends and Speedhunters - are now available to buy and download from the PlayStation Store.

In case you missed it: the Legends Pack features a dozen cars and 5 new tracks from racing's golden age, and the Speedhunters Pack added two new game modes - Drag and Standing Mile - as well as 14 new vehicles to try against your friends for epic Autolog battles.

The DLC packs are also available on Xbox 360, click here to check them out. We look forward to seeing you on the track!



Official Need for Speed Link



With the release of the Speedhunters DLC pack for SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED yesterday came two new race modes, along with a 14 new cars. The former features a drag strip, allowing you to channel your inner Vin Diesel and live your life a quarter-mile at a time. The other new race mode is similar, but still very, very different. The “Standing Mile” is a one-mile speed trap where you try and achieve the highest MPH possible. It’s not about who reaches the one-mile marker in the shortest amount of time, it’s about who is going the fastest when they cross it.

Knowing this, the car you’ve tuned perfectly for Laguna Seca or the Nordschleife isn’t necessarily going to be the best here. It’s all about maximizing your top end speed in a straight line.

In my limited time with the DLC pack, I’ve been trying to get the Pagani Huayra Speedhunters Edition to top out right as I hit the finish line. On my first pass I was only going a paltry 210mph. Immediately I went to tune the Pagani’s drivetrain. As mentioned in a previous blog, the drivetrain adjusts the gearing, allowing you to have more acceleration or more top speed. I maxed-out the final drive to 8.00 and instantly my speed reached 222mph. The Pagani was just barely beginning to stretch its legs though. I went gear-by-gear and maxed them all out, resulting in 249mph.

To show what a difference a minor adjustment can make, I took 7th gear down one notch on the Pagani and my trap speed plummeted 15mph.

I wouldn’t recommend maxing out your gears for all cars though. Ideally, you’d want to be about to redline in your final gear as you cross the finish line. For some, that may mean adjusting individual gears to get the most out of their car. As a general rule, if your revs are dropping anywhere below half of the redline when you shift, that gear is too tall. Adjust it toward acceleration (one notch is usually plenty) and you should be able to carry your power through to the next gear, instead of feeling a lull in acceleration.

Having found the sweet spot in the gear ratios, I started looking for other ways to increase speed. I lowered my downforce completely, which boosted me to 257mph. Combine that with increasing negative camber and raising tire pressure and I was approaching a much more respectable 265mph.

Each individual car will require a bit of trial and error, but getting the Drag Pack (instead of the Works package) is a good place to start. Follow that with your gear ratios, camber adjustments and tire pressures, and you’ll be squeezing out more mph with every pass.

General Rules:

-Set your Gear Ratios to a much taller setting than stock

-Individual gears may need to be tweaked in order to maximize performance. When you shift, if the revs drop too low, try adjusting that gear more toward acceleration

-Downforce should be very low

-Negative camber should be increased

-Tire pressure should be increased

Source: NeedForSpeed.com

This and more tips are available in this thread. You can also add your own tips now!



It's a big day because the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED Speedhunters Pack is available for download now! I just logged on to Xbox LIVE to check and it is indeed there…ready to download. The Speedhunters Pack will be available on the PlayStation Network as soon as it comes back up.

Featured in the Speedhunters Pack are two new game modes; Drag and Standing Mile. Also included in the pack are 14 new cars, two of which are cars awarded to you when you beat the Drag or Standing Mile rivals, and two new career branches with nine new events to encourage some friendly Autolog competition with your friends.

One thing to note about the new modes; players will only be able to use the manual gear change so that they can really feel what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat. This means the traction control will be forced off and the HUD will display a new rev counter and gear indicator.

One other thing…you should keep your eye on the Need for Speed Twitter feed over the next couple days because we may just be giving away codes that will give you the Speedhunters Pack for free!

Source: NeedForSpeed.com



Since the upcoming Speedhunters Pack for the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED racing game has 12 new specially tuned cars we just had to bring back one more Manufacturer Monday.  In this episode, we're featuring the following cars:

- Dodge Challenger RT Speedhunters Edition
- Lexus LFA Speedhunters Edition
- Mazda RX-7 (FC3S) Speedhunters Edition
- McLaren MP4-12C Speedhunters Edition
- Pagani Huayra Speedhunters Edition
- Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 Speedhunters Edition
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Speedhunters Edition
- Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION IX MR-edition Speedhunters Edition
- Nissan Fairlady 240ZG (S30) Speedhunters Edition
- Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (C10) Speedhunters Edition
- Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) Speedhunters Edition
- Toyota Supra Speedhunters Edition

All of these cars have been specially tuned by the Speedhunters themselves and are just beasts on the track.  You can read more about each car by clicking the link above but I wanted to share some knowledge about my personal favorite…the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2.

I wasn't really much of a fan of this car until SHIFT 2. I really like the style of the car, very old school box style that you just don't see too much anymore. In the SHIFT 2 career I used the 190E in a few different career branches and was really impressed with the way it drove. Then I took it online and have done pretty good with it racking up a bunch of podium finishes.

If you thought the standard Mercedes-Benz 190 E Evo 2 was a screamer, check out the Speedhunters edition in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED, which replaces the old engine with a beefier V8 and adds a full roll cage, bad-ass black wheels and flared fenders.



Source: NeedForSpeed.com



As the Tuning Tips come to a close, here's a new experiment we're trying out: Track Tips. Each week I'll take a track recommended by the community and break it down turn-by-turn to help improve your lap times. Feel free to leave your suggestions for the next track/car in the comments!

Source: NeedForSpeed.com

This one, and soon even more tips, are available in this thread.



With today's announcement of the upcoming Speedhunters DLC Pack for the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED racing game it's only fitting that we bring back one more Track Thursday.

Included in the Speedhunters Pack are six new tracks in three locations; one of which is brand new to the game. Therefore, this Track Thursday we're featuring:



The Portuguese track, Agueda, is new to the game and will be one of the new tracks where you'll be pushing your cars to speeds in excess of 250 MPH!

To read more about the tracks or get a sneak peak of how they look just click on the track logos above.

Enjoy!


Source: NeedForSpeed.com



Today we're extremely excited to announce the latest DLC pack for the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED racing game, the Speedhunters Pack.

The SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED Speedhunters pack, available on May 17th, contains two new branches including Drag and Standing mile. Each branch features nine new events, where players will only be able to use the manual gear change so that they can really feel what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat. This means the traction control features will be forced off and the HUD will display a new rev counter and gear indicator.

The difference between the two modes is simple – Drag judges the fastest time over a quarter mile stretch, and Standing Mile judges the fastest speed achieved over a mile stretch. Both branches allows for new high-power customization options where players can create 1000 horsepower engines capable of reaching speeds of over 250 mph.

In addition to the two new game modes, the Speedhunters pack also features fourteen new cars; twelve of which are specially tuned Speedhunters vehicles available to compete in all disciplines:
- Dodge Challenger R/T Speedhunters
- Lexus LFA Speedhunters
- Mazda RX-7 (FC3S) Speedhunters
- McLaren MP4-12C Speedhunters
- Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 Speedhunters
- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Speedhunters
- Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION IX MR-edition Speedhunters
- Nissan Fairlady 240ZG (S30) Speedhunters
- Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R (C10) Speedhunters
- Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32) Speedhunters
- Pagani Huayra Speedhunters
- Toyota Supra Speedhunters
- Dodge Viper GTS by Twins Turbo (reward car)
- World Racing Pro-FWD Reaper Scion tC (reward car)

Of course you're going to need some drag strips to race on so we've also got six new tracks in three locations for you:
- Miyatomi Drag Strip
- Miyatomi Mile
- Aguera Drag Strip
- Agueda Aerodrome
- Nevada Drag Strip
- Nevada Freight Yard

Players can purchase the SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED Speedhunters pack on May 17th for 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace or $9.99 on the PlayStation®Network.

Official Need for Speed link

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