Excerpt: Creating a NASCAR game is inherently a difficult task. The sport lends itself to criticisms of monotony, and the aspects that do make it exciting to many casual fans (rivalries, crashes, atmosphere) are very difficult to recreate.
Excerpt: After years of underwhelming results, the Nascar license has been taken out of the hands of EA, and put into the hands of Eutechnyx and Activision with Nascar The Game 2011. Nascar gamers were excited about this breath of fresh air, and the many big promises made by Eutechnyx.
Pros: Realistic graphics and tons of customization options.
Cons: Long load times; rival and black flags take away from the experience.
Excerpt: NASCAR The Game 2011 borrows a page from DiRT 2 (a better racing game) for presentation inspiration, having all the Options Menus located in some sort of garage. Putting you right in the middle of the behind-the-scenes action works wonders when trying to build the sense of immersion that's so...
Conclusion: As a first try out of the gate for Eutechnyx, NASCAR 2011: The Game holds up moderately well. That being said, they will need to work on building a more in-depth career mode and a much smoother multiplayer experience if they really want the franchise to take off 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.