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[top]Overview

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Players: 1 - 12 Players
Cheat Codes Affect Trophies: N/A
Estimated Time to (Platinum || 100%): 30 - 40 hours (Dependent on skill)
Minimum Playthroughs: N/A
Online Trophies: 6
Collectible Trophies: N/A
Missable Trophies: 1 Proving Grounds
Glitched Trophies: None known


[top]Introduction

Shift 2: Unleashed is the successor to the original Need For Speed: Shift. This is EA & Need for Speed's attempt at tackling the racing simulator genre, which has been dominated by the likes of Gran Turismo & Forza in recent times. Although it keeps some arcade racer elements, the game is mainly a racing simulator, for more information view the official review by yours truly


[top]Tips and Strategies

Know your difficulty
Try to get to grips on what difficulty you're going to be playing on from the start, you don't wanna ruin the game experience, but you also don't want to waste time

Know your driving skill
Knowing what driving difficulty to use from the start (Elite, novice etc.) will help massively when going to master tracks. Remember that the higher the driving difficulty, the more control you have over your car


[top]Roadmap

Step 1: Completing the career
Your first step will be to complete the career, right up until you finish the GT1 Championship, this should gain you a large amount of the trophies, and a high %. The difficulty is your choice, and the difficulty splits the next step into two

Step 2a: If you went through on hard
If you went through the career on hard you may of unlocked the trophy for 75 career wins on hard, if not, continue onto 2b

Step 2b: Boosting the hard wins
If for whatever reason you still have hard event wins to complete, stick yourself on an early on race and keep repeating for the wins, early drift races are recommended to save time

Step 3: Online
To mix things up a bit, go through the online section now, it's your choice however if you wish to boost right away for the 10 hours online trophy right away or to save it until the next step

Step 4: Mastering & Mopping up
It's now time to go around mastering the tracks in day and night. After which you should have all difficult trophies out of the way, so go mopping up the remaining trophies!


[top]Trophies

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Platinum Trophy
Unlocked all trophies in SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED.

Self explanatory, unlocked after you unlock all other trophies (Excluding DLC)

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Amateur
Reached Driver Level 5.

Very simple, one of the first trophies you'll unlock as you level up fairly quickly

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Day Walker
Master every location in day or dusk.

For the location to be mastered, you need to earn the "Track master" badge (Which of course helps towards the badge related trophies) which means you'll need the whole race line at 100% and every corner to be mastered. You can track your progress either in-game in the bottom left corner, for that specific track, or through the autolog to track what badges you have. Here are some tips I've already mentioned in the guide:

Running the lap - I found it easier in a car with no engine mods, this way you wont have an aggresive beast trying to grip to the road, instead it'll be a finely tuned car with enough acceleration to keep it going. So buy a car with an index between 300-1000 and as mentioned, upgrade everything except the engine, turbo and nitrous. Use the racing line for this, the speed doesn't matter too much, so long as you're atleast steadily accelerating in the greens, and braking in the reds you'll be fine.

Mastering corners - The trick to mastering corners is not only following the line, but keeping the correct level of acceleration. Unlike the racing line % you don't need to do this in one go, so after a while you'll find yourself with plenty of corners mastered without much effort

Another thing to consider is the driver settings that you have selected. I personally selected Elite from the start, as it enables you to truly control your car. But in the same sense I wouldn't recommend jumping from an easy setting straight to Elite, as it may be a bit too much to take in, and not truly help you. Instead try to progress up as high as you can, but do it steadily, so you don't struggle so much. I also wouldn't recommend the very easiest settings, I've tried these, and you have so little control that I doubt the game will register it as a mastered corner, due to the driving being so cautious.

I'll be updating the guide with a mini-guide for the tricker tracks as soon as I've got them mastered, as well as user requested tips on certain tracks!

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GT1 Champion
Beat Jamie Campbell-Walker and won the FIA GT1 World Championship.

The most valuable championship in the entire career, and you can tell this by the length of the final event. Ignore the trophy description so it doesn't confuse you, you simply need to come 1st in the championship, obviously in coming 1st you'll beat Jamie Campbell-Walker The following tips for series' will help you through this:

The higher you finish in one race, the higher your starting position is in the next, meaning that as long as you make up a few places from your starting position (This can simply be done in the first straight/corner, then holding position) each race, you should finish up in first place by the end of it. Just take this into consideration before you go charging off each race and end up losing it. As there is a large amount of races in this series, try and take it steady, don't race into it at full speed and regret it later, as it's a lot of time to just throw away on coming first on the last race when you don't need it then crashing out. If need be, keep calculating how many points you need etc, I sometimes find that that helps.

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GT3 Champion
Beat Patrick Soderlund and won the FIA GT3 European Championship.

You'll gain access to this championship towards the end, and it'll need to be done to unlock the GT1 Championship, this is also another one of the rivals to beat.

Tip for winning series races: The series races will have atleast 3 races in them, which in my eyes make them much easier to win. The higher you finish in one race, the higher your starting position is in the next, meaning that as long as you make up a few places from your starting position (This can simply be done in the first straight/corner, then holding position) each race, you should finish up in first place by the end of it. Just take this into consideration before you go charging off each race and end up losing it.

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I. Am. Iron. Man.
Place 1st in 5 consecutive Online events.

This can be either boosted or done legitimately. This may be a struggle due to people ramming and using cheap tactics online, so thankfully it's possible to do this in a private match.

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Dominator
Beaten all the Rivals.

As you progress through the career, you'll unlock different styles of races, and the main ones have rivals which you need to beat. In order of career progression they are:
Vaughn Gittin Jr - Drift
Darren McNamara - Retro
Chris Rado - Time Attack
Vaughn Gittin Jr - Muscle
Jamie Campbell Walter - Modern A
Tommy Milner - Endurance
Patrick Soderlund - FIA GT3
Mad Mike Whiddett - Works
Jamie Campbell Walter - FIA GT1

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Leno Would Be Proud
Have at least one care from each manufacturer in your Garage.

Large amount of money required for this, due to you having to buy some really expensive cars. Obviously buy the cheapest car out of the lot, but I'd recommend saving this until you've saved up some mega money. If you're going for the platinum however don't fret about this as you'll simply get it towards the end.

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Bounty Hunter
Earned $10,000,000 total during your career.

Even by the time you've completed the GT1 series and reached rank 20, you will most likely have a long way to go towards $10,000,000. The only true way to boost this is by completing the higher level races multiple times. Try and complete singular races rather than championships and series' as they're much quicker. Try and look out for shorter laps or tracks that you're very familiar with and confident of winning. First place obviously gains you more points, but if you dont feel like you're gonna make it to the podium, try and finish the race anyway. Afterall, every little bit helps towards your goal of $10,000,000.

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Night Rider
Master every location at night.

For the location to be mastered, you need to earn the "Track master" badge (Which of course helps towards the badge related trophies) which means you'll need the whole race line at 100% and every corner to be mastered. You can track your progress either in-game in the bottom left corner, for that specific track, or through the autolog to track what badges you have. Here are some tips I've already mentioned in the guide:

Running the lap - I found it easier in a car with no engine mods, this way you wont have an aggresive beast trying to grip to the road, instead it'll be a finely tuned car with enough acceleration to keep it going. So buy a car with an index between 300-1000 and as mentioned, upgrade everything except the engine, turbo and nitrous. Use the racing line for this, the speed doesn't matter too much, so long as you're atleast steadily accelerating in the greens, and braking in the reds you'll be fine.

Mastering corners - The trick to mastering corners is not only following the line, but keeping the correct level of acceleration. Unlike the racing line % you don't need to do this in one go, so after a while you'll find yourself with plenty of corners mastered without much effort

Another thing to consider is the driver settings that you have selected. I personally selected Elite from the start, as it enables you to truly control your car. But in the same sense I wouldn't recommend jumping from an easy setting straight to Elite, as it may be a bit too much to take in, and not truly help you. Instead try to progress up as high as you can, but do it steadily, so you don't struggle so much. I also wouldn't recommend the very easiest settings, I've tried these, and you have so little control that I doubt the game will register it as a mastered corner, due to the driving being so cautious.

I'll be updating the guide with a mini-guide for the tricker tracks as soon as I've got them mastered, as well as user requested tips on certain tracks!

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Pro
Reached Driver Level 15.

I was personally at around 15% career completion when I got to this stage, and was just about to enter the GT3 race. Don't worry about this at all, it'll come with time.

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Proving Grounds
Won JR's GTR Challenge.

MISSABLE

This trophy is missable, if you don't win the first race in the GTR, you will not be able to replay this race, meaning you'll need to delete/backup your save file and start again

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Recommended
Completed an even recommended by a Friend.

At the end of a race, you can press :triangle: to recommend a race, however you need a friend to do this for you if they haven't already. After that, press when in the menus to open Autolog, and look through the 'recommended' section for a race your friend has recommended. Finishing position doesn't matter, just needs to be completed

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Road To Glory
Beaten your first Rival.

After you start leveling up towards the end (Around level 10-12) you'll start unlocking the bigger, high cash prize races. In these you'll have a rival who'll be in the end race. You simply need to unlock the last race out of the set, and win the championship. Quite a few choices for this, however I saved mine for the GT-3 races.

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Semi-Pro
Reached Driver Level 10.

Not a difficult task at all, I was only at about 5-10% career completion when I got to level 10, shouldn't take you long at all!

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Veteran
Reached Driver Level 20.

Quite a long-winded one, but will be obtained before others so it's no biggie. Just remember that you're always gaining XP. You get XP for leading the race, cornering, using the correct race line, winning races etc. You may have just finished the GT1 race and still aren't level 20, just remember the amount of corners you have to master, that alone will get you here.

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Works Champion
Beaten Mad Mike Whiddett and won the Works Championship.

The works championship is of the same level of prestige as the GT3, but it's organized differently. Instead of using an insanely tuned rocketship of a car, the choice is completely yours. The only catch is that you need to works convert the car. This means you can choose almost anything, and thankfully the opponents cars will be similarly matched. Meaning that you can choose a car that matches your driving style, much more so than with any of the other championships

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Going The Extra Mile
Completed 250 Event Objectives.

Each race you take place in will have various objectives, depending on the style of race. Before each race you'll be able to see if you've completed the challenges for the race. The different challenges are:

Regular Races
Perform a clean lap
Beat #### target time
Lead for an entire lap

Drift Races
Perform a drift for #### amount of time
Achieve #### score

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Cub Scout
Won your first Event Set Badge.

You'll get an event set badge after completing all of the events in a race. The event is all the races in each 'poster' in the career menu, when you have a poster highlighted it'll show you how many races you've completed.

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The Driver's Battle
Complete an event purely from helmet cam.

After your first ever race you'll be taken to the game settings, from here you can change to helmet cam. Found later on through the game settings on the main menu. I've personally carried on using the helmet cam, as once you've adjusted to it it's greatly beneficial, in the sense that the camera leans into corners in the same way that the driver would

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Elitist
Place 1st in an event using Elite handling model.

After the first race you'll be taken to the game settings. From here you can change your handling model, change it to elite. Again it can be later found through the main menu, and once again this is the setting I'm using, and is the setting that with time will make you a better driver.

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Sports License
Won 25 Career events on Easy difficulty or higher.

After your second race you get the choice of difficulty, the difficulty chosen reflects the trophy you'll be going for, the trophies do stack as the description of "#### difficulty or higher' states.

The difficulty levels just seemed to add aggression to the AI for me, hard & medium difficulties are incredibly frustrating when some bumbling idiot comes in and wipes you out.

See Race License for more information!

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Competition License
Won 50 Career events on Medium difficulty or higher.

After your second race you get the choice of difficulty, the difficulty chosen reflects the trophy you'll be going for, the trophies do stack as the description of "#### difficulty or higher' states.

The difficulty levels just seemed to add aggression to the AI for me, hard & medium difficulties are incredibly frustrating when some bumbling idiot comes in and wipes you out.

See Race License for more information!

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Race License
Won 75 Career events on Hard difficulty.

For this, there are two methods, the legit method or the boosting method

Legit
From the very start you have your own choice of difficulty. I personally started off with hard, got annoyed and switched back to a lower difficulty. The AI opponents are VERY aggressive on hard, and I found this ruining the experience of the game for myself, when I knew I could boost it at a later date. If you do go for the legit way however, you will save time if you find yourself constantly winning, but if you find yourself not winning, and perhaps just scraping podiums then I wouldn't recommend staying on this method as you'll take longer overall.


Boosting
If you've found yourself trying hard but just simply not winning anything, or just didn't want to bother with it, you'll need to boost this trophy. You can simply win the same event 75 times, this can be very tedious, but I didn't find it anywhere near as tedious as having some idiot ramming your car around the track. Either way, if you're boosting this, the early drift races are very short in comparison to others. If you get bored of this then simply stick to the early races in general as they're much simpler, and easier to win

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Sizzlin'
Beaten the 1st Target Time in a Hot Lap event.

When you reach the level 3/4 events you'll unlock the hotlaps. The 1st Target time is the 'hard' lap time, and is the one you'll need to beat

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The World is My Oyster
Unlocked the FIA GT1 Branch.

You unlock the GT1 branch after winning the main event (The one which needs unlocking) in either the GT3 series or the works series.

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Nailed It
Track Mastered your first location.

You will master a track after you've ran a lap perfectly (Followed the correct racing line) and mastered every corner

Running the lap - I found it easier in a car with no engine mods, this way you wont have an aggresive beast trying to grip to the road, instead it'll be a finely tuned car with enough acceleration to keep it going. So buy a car with an index between 300-1000 and as mentioned, upgrade everything except the engine, turbo and nitrous. Use the racing line for this, the speed doesn't matter too much, so long as you're atleast steadily accelerating in the greens, and braking in the reds you'll be fine.

Mastering corners - The trick to mastering corners is not only following the line, but keeping the correct level of acceleration. Unlike the racing line % you don't need to do this in one go, so after a while you'll find yourself with plenty of corners mastered without much effort.

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Globetrotter
Competed at your every location in the game.

May seem like a tedious task, but you'll visit most locations through career. You can check your progress through the autolog (By seeing if you've set a lap time) but remember, it's compete at every LOCATION, not every race at every location. Meaning that for locations with multiple races, you'll only have to compete in one of the races. Below is a list of all of the locations

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Tic Tac Toe
Own a Modern, Retro, and Muscle car.

Will come through natural progression, but if you wish to go straight for it, use the filters in the car lot, then select the car you desire

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Dialled In
Used On-Track Tuning to save a Tuning Setup for a car.

When tuning your car, you have the option to test what you've done. Race around a little and go through the pause menu, tune it again and save it!

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Workaholic
Upgraded 3 vehicles to Works spec.

To works convert a car, you must upgrade it by 75% to start off, then pay for the works upgrade (You can see your progression when in the upgrade menus). Bare this in mind though, when upgrading a car, you don't lose any money for upgrades when you sell them, or sell the car. But you will lose money if you sell a car after works converting a car, so select your car wisely. Works converting also ruins some cars in my eyes, as it's just too much power

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Grass Roots
Completed JR's Grass Roots event.

When you select the drift events, you'll be taken through a tutorial, this is "JR's Grass Roots event", complete this to unlock the trophy

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Badge Earner
Earned 10 Badges.

See Badge Collector for more information

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Badge Hunter
Earned 50 Badges.

See Badge Collector for more information.

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Badge Collector
Earned 100 Badges.

May seem like a difficult one from the start, but when you start mastering tracks the task seems less daunting. You'll gain badges for:
Gaining a podium place (3rd or above) for an entire event
Mastering a track
Beating a rival

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I'm Going To Hollywood!
Got through the Qualifying round in the Driver Duel Championship.

The qualifying round is the very first round of the Driver Duel Championship. Can be a pain due to dirt tactics from other racers

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Paparazzi
Shared a photo or replay with others.

Take a photo either from your garage, or when in a race. Then go through your autolog, select a photo and upload it

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Intercept & Pursue
Completed an Online Catchup Pack and Online Cathup Duel event.

Just select said events when searching for an online game, only needs to be completed, not won, so no challenge here at all.

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King Of The Hill
Won your first Driver Duel Championship crown.

One of the trickiest trophies out of the list, surprisingly only a bronze. The idea of an online championship has been used in other EA games, but for those who aren't familiar, think of it as you needing to win 8 races in a row. The races take place in a best of three style, where you're connected to a random player (Making boosting difficult) in a random car, on a random track. From what I'm aware of, you can back out of the race before it starts if you don't want the car/track, and it wont affect your progress. When you lose a race or back out mid-game however, your progress restarts.

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In The Zone
Won an Online event from helmet cam.

Can be done in a private match, remember you'll need to win, not just complete like many of the other trophies. See "The Drivers Battle" for more info.

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Notorious
Played Online for over 10 hours total.

This counts for all kinds of online play, ranked matches, unranked matches and drivers duel championship. You'll be thankful that you've probably spent so long on the drivers duel championship right now. Can be long winded to boost if playing by yourself, but you can either play for fun in unranked matches. Or just kill time by playing with random people.



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