REVIEW: Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed – Speedhunters DLC


Rabid petrol heads may be familiar with; apparently a worldwide phenomenon bringing a magnetic attraction to Vauxhall Corsa owners, et al. These purveyors of burning the midnight rubber, snacking on donuts in Asda car parks, love nothing better than the smell of a turbo charger in the morning. This DLC is inspired by said website.

At 800 MS Points on the 360 or £7.99 on PSN (if you can get on!) officially entitled the ‘Speed Hunters’ pack, the player will be provided with two new styles of game play: the Drag, and Standing Mile race. The Drag race judges the fastest time over a quarter mile stretch. The Standing Mile, as the name cleverly suggests, will see you gripping your balls to achieve the fastest speed over a mile long track. Each branch includes nine new events. Automatic gearboxes and traction control is banned, so the player has a lot more to do. Both branches also enable high power customization options, instantly requiring lightning fast reflexes and two pairs of eyes.

For your bucks, the download will include instant access to the following:-

New cars contained in the ‘Speedhunters’ DLC pack include:-

  • 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 (Rival/reward car)
  • World Racing Pro-FWD Reaper Scion tC (Rival/reward car).

New tracks include Nevada Drag Strip, Agueda Aerodrome and Miyatoma Mile.

These are some seriously fast motor vehicles. Hitting the boundaries of 220+ mph, you won’t even feel the first four gears as you simply blink through a bundle of high revs. Life settles down in 6th and 7th gear, by which time you are doing 170+ mph. However, blinking is not recommended. Over-rev your car or miss a shift and the lack of traction control will have you pointing in the wrong direction, normally at a fast approaching brick wall and that’s gonna hurt.

The drag racing is actually quite entertaining but more often than not it is over before it began. Start the race by watching the red lights and feathering the throttle to a green marker on the rev meter. Lights out and slam in 1st gear to launch your car in to the race. 2nd gear comes very quickly, the needle almost instantly within the green marker range. 3rd gear comes around and gives you a second or so to actually check the course, make sure you are straight and not veering to one side. Then you settle in to 4th gear and target the fast approaching finish line, all over in a little more than a hand full of seconds. This brings us to one of the real downsides to this style of play; it takes longer to load than it actually takes to play. A quarter mile drag will be over in 12-13 seconds, obviously the standing mile takes a little longer and you have 3 runs to put in your best time.

The final race of each new section, drag or standing mile, pits you against another bunch of hyper Americans with dodgy facial hair, offering you their rides if you are fast enough. These guys seem to be driving nothing short of Saturn V rockets. Pick the right car and tune her up, you might get close enough to sniff the exhaust, but beating them isn’t easy.

So, all in all, is it worth the money? Do petrol heads need only apply? I would say yes it is worth owning, but it’s probably worth half the cost. The new styles are very competitive, great for multiplayer and with the added benefits of the online Autolog you will find yourself trying to find 1000’ths of a second to beat your mates. However, I would enter the debate of whether you should be paying for these new options. The NFS series is synonymous with bringing new styles to the racing genre, thus I would really argue that these styles should have been part of the main game, included in the base price, rather than entering the money making factory of DLC.


Title: Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed – Speedhunters DLC
Developer: Slightly Mad Studios/EA
Genre: Racing
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360
Release Date: May 2011

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