Shift 2 Unleashed

NFS: Shift 2 Unleashed
Force Feedback: Full
Pedals: Separate
Shift Lights: No
Released: Mar 29, 2011

This article is part of our series: The Logitech G27 Racing Wheel for Casual Racing Gamers. Here, we will cover setting up your G27 racing wheel to play Need For Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed (PC).

The 17th game in the series, Shift was developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published for Electronic Arts. Shift 2 expands on the original (a cross between simulation and arcade racing where racing takes place on a track) with 145 cars from 37 manufacturers.

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Logitech G27 Solid Series Articles
1. Casual Gamer vs Simulation Gamer 11. Test Drive Unlimited
2. Setting Up Your G27, Made Easy 12. Test Drive Unlimited 2
3. Need For Speed: Carbon 13. Burnout Paradise
4. Need For Speed: Pro Street 14. Race Driver: GRID
5. Need For Speed: Undercover 15. Split Second
6. Need For Speed: Shift 16. GTR Evolution
7. Need For Speed: Shift 2 17. DiRT 2
8. Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 18. DiRT 3
9. Need For Speed: The Run 19. Blur
10. Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed has even better wheel support than its predecessor! Shift 2 Unleashed supports a plethora of wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster, and Fanatec. There are also custom wheel settings for those that aren’t on the preset list. Still no built-in shift LED support, though.

Force feedback is strong and accurate right out of the box- a blessing for us casual racing fans.

The presets come completely labeled with an actual diagram of each wheel. The wheels bindings are already mapped for you, but you can set them yourself if you would prefer.

Shift 2 Steering Wheel Support

Right out of the box, Shift 2 Unleashed has the following control presets to choose from. The wheels also have both a combined pedals preset and a separate pedals preset.

  • Logitech G25
  • Logitech G27
  • Logitech Driving Force
  • Logitech Driving Force GT
  • Logitech Driving Force Pro
  • Logitech MOMO
  • Logitech MOMO Force
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo sequential
  • Fanatec Porsche 911 Turbo gated
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 FF
  • Thrustmaster Ferrari GT Experience
  • Thrustmaster RGT FF Clutch
  • Custom Wheel
  • Custom GamePad
  • Xbox 360 controller for Windows
Shift 2 controls

Shift 2's detailed presets

Need for Speed: Shift 2 G27 Settings

Out of the 16 games I have reviewed for the Logitech G27, Shift 2 Unleashed is perhaps the easiest to setup.

The game handles all the options so you don’t need to attempt to setup anything in the profiler.

I always add my racing games into the profiler, though for good measure. It is completely optional:

  • Open the Logitech Profiler
  • Select New > Profile
  • Add shift2u.exe as a new game.
  • Open Specific Game Settings
  • Leave everything unchecked…
  • Note: degrees of rotation must be set in game

Need for Speed: Shift 2 Game Options

Shift 2’s real flexibility is in the game options on the title screen.

Here you can set your driving aids, key bindings, force feedback and steering settings, and select your presets.

  • Launch Shift 2 and go to options
  • Under “Gameplay”, set your “Handling Mode” (difficulty)
  • Under “Controls”, select Logitech G27 – Separate Pedals
  • Here you can select your transmission
  • Under “Adjust Controls”, set your key bindings
  • press F on keyboard to assign any keys you prefer
  • press K on keyboard to switch to “Advanced”
  • Here you can alter FFB and steering settings (optional)
  • ‘Steering Lock’ is your degrees of rotation

That’s all there is to it! This game practically sets itself up and will work great with just plug and play. Enjoy!

shift 2 Gameplay Options

Gameplay Options

Shift 2 Key Bindings

Control Bindings

Shift 2 advanced controls

Force Feedback and Steering

Corvette C6-R

Need For Speed: Shift 2 - Corvette C6-R