Another fantastic reader submission has come in from Joel all the way over in Portugal, detailing how to turn Shift 2 Unleashed into a PC version of Gran Turismo with several extensive mods found on NoGripRacing.com.
Thank you for your work and honest, fun to read posts on your site. It’s been my reading source for all sim/racing related games for some time now.
“What’s the closest you can have to a Gran Turismo or Forza on PC?”
This question bugged my mind since back in the days (1999/2000) when I would go to my friend’s house just to play GT1 and GT2 on an old Sony PlayStation. I had only a PC, and thankfully my parents never gave me a console. The downside was, there was nothing like Gran Turismo for the PC. And when I say “Gran Turismo for the PC”, I’m looking for a game that has all of these features under one roof:
- Career Mode
- Buying and Selling Cars
- Upgrading Cars
- Tuning Options
- Large list of cars and tracks
- Good sound, graphics, physics, and car damage
- Cockpit View
Now there are a reasonable list of games including some of the listed features above, but never all at once. For example:
- Sega GT
- Evolution GT (which was total crap)
- TOCA Race Driver
- Need for Speed Underground, High Stakes and Porsche Unleashed
- Both NFS Shift titles
The closest I got to building a GT for PC was with Shift 2, heavily modded of course. For those who played it, you’ll remember the boats on ice handling mode, with suicidal AI, input lag, bugs, and overall inconsistency. Luckily, the modding community saw potential in the title and ended up fixing most of the problems, overhauling the game completely.
- Obtain a copy of Shift 2, preferably through Origin as it contains all DLC packs
- Sign up for NoGripRacing.com because this is where you’ll be getting all your mods
- Install the Unofficial Community Patch
- Install the Career Mod
- Instal v1.79 of the the Polish Tyre Mod
I think I had my Shift 2 Unleashed install set up like this, without the Career mod though because I just want to explore what the game has to offer without being restricted as to what I can drive, and where I can drive it. I have mixed opinions on Shift 2. The game itself was horrible, but the list of content was second to none, featured every major manufacturer, and one of the most complete track rosters in any title that called itself a racing sim up to that point. I think they were trying to mix GTR 2 with Gran Turismo, but as Slightly Mad Studios were the ones in charge, it instead resulted in a game with quality assurance issues.
It’s good to see there’s still a community around it and the mods I’m familiar with have been updated since the last time I’ve tried it, might have to give it another shot.