Shift 2 Unleashed Trophy Guide. Difficulty: *** A simulation racing game and the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series. The game demands some serious driving skills, while the online trophies can be challenging without boosting.
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Shift 2: Unleashed
Shift 2: Unleashed is a simulation racing game, the seventh installment in the Need for Speed series, and a sequel to the 2009 title Need for Speed: Shift. The game includes over 145 cars from more than 37 manufacturers, which can be raced in over 36 different tracks in several different race types, including drifting, muscle car racing, retro car racing, endurance races, and circuit competition. Formula D champion Vaughn Gitten lends his voice as the guide for the player in career mode, as well as several other Formula D drivers who explain certain aspects of the game. Players may also complete in online multiplayer.
Shift 2: Unleashed received positive reviews, with an average score of 81%, praised for its graphics, excitement and fun, and for being an overall improvement over its prequel.
Shift 2: Unleashed is a high 3-star rating if you're attempting to acquire the online trophies legitimately, and a low 3-star if you have a boosting partner. However, it's not just the online trophies you need to worry about, as the game demands some serious racing skills to acquire all the trophies. Being able to get used to the controls, particularly with drifting, will be the first and biggest challenge on your road to the Platinum.
Expect roughly 50-70 hours depending on your skills.
Start things off by playing the Career mode. You will eventually need to win 75 career events on Hard difficulty for the Race License trophy, so if you feel confident and wish to save yourself a lot of time, we recommend beginning your Career on Hard. At any point you can adjust the difficulty, so if the learning curve is just too steep, go ahead and lower it to Normal or Easy. Just remember that you'll need to bring it back up again to work towards the Race License trophy.
Also, at the start of the Career and after completing the tutorial, you will race in a Nissan GT-R. Make sure to come in first place and win for the Proving Grounds trophy. This particular race cannot be redone later on, making Proving Grounds the only missable trophy in the game. So, if it looks like you're going to lose, quickly pause the game and restart.
Continue playing on Career mode, gaining XP, earning cash for the Bounty Hunter trophy, and unlocking events. Eventually you'll want to reach the GT3, Works, and GT1 Championship events where you can unlock the GT3 Champion, Works Champion, and GT1 Champion trophies.
At any point during your Career, or after, you can start working on the online trophies. You'll need to play an accumulated total of 10 hours for the Notorious trophy. During this time, you can either try to unlock the other trophies on your own, or find yourself a boosting partner to help you out. If you're having trouble finding players, be sure to check out the boosting forums under our Links tab.
Finally, with both the Career mode and online trophies completed, simply mop-up anything you still might be missing to unlock the Platinum.
First, a text-based Walkthrough by redapocalypse04:
Curse has a great Trophy Guide here:
And a great Trophy Guide by technole, which includes the DLC:
And X_RaceKing_X has a useful Trophy Guide here:
An Achievement Guide (same as the trophies on PS3) by XD41INUYASA, Icondemned, LeMansFahrer, and Sn1gaaaZ:
A video demonstration of the Proving Grounds trophy by technole:
A Boosting Forum on PlaystationTrophies:
And a Boosting Forum on PS3Trophies:
Finally, here's a basic Trophy List: