Excerpt: It's strange that exactly 10 years ago I was not a fan of NASCAR. I was one of those who fell under the stereotype that is was nothing but going around in circles with no excitement whatsoever. Then came the 2001 Daytona 500, which many fans remember as the day that Dale Earnhardt died.
Summary: NASCAR racing returns to consoles with Activision's NASCAR The Game 2011, which is the first disc-based NASCAR title not associated with EA in many years. NASCAR fans will appreciate the attention to detail, but players looking for an arcade-style racing experience won't get that out of this title.
Pros: Great track presentations, Proximity radar and visual draft are nice additions
Cons: Barely any damage, Cars feel underpowered at times, No rivalries or changing AI
Conclusion: This may even be a bit generous given all of the problems. Eutechnyx is trying to fix things and I commend them for that; unfortunately it just feels like a beta test and that's just unacceptable. We'll just have to see how they build on this next year.
Conclusion: Overall a very good initial offering from Eutechnyx. Their Euro background definitely doesn't seem to be a handicap as they were able to translate the "feel" of driving one of these big, heavy cars to a rather effective degree.