Racing video games are often a bit less than realistic. Why? Because racing is hard, and people play games for fun. But Need For Speed's Shift 2 Unleashed is working to mix in a little more of the gritty realism of life on the track.

Input from racing drivers like Tommy Milner and Edwards Sandstrom and drifter Vaugn Gittin, Jr., plus real-time telemetry, what NFS calls the "most realistic" physics engine ever used in a commercial racing video game, and a new helmet cam view are the highlights of the efforts to immerse the player into the position of a real racer.

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