Excerpt: Nascar 09 appears on the Xbox 360 (version used for the review), Playstation 2 (PS2), and Playstation 3 (PS3). I am not sure why there is not a Wii version of this game. It would make a lot of sense to this reviewer, especially with the better controls on the Wii. Owners of steering wheels for the other systems may disagree with me on that statement though. Jeff Gordon graces the cover and assists players throughout the game.
Excerpt: Jeff Gordon is present in NASCAR 09. If you’re a fan of the sport this won’t be a shock. Less predicable is that the four time champion shows up in the game in physical form simply to give you some friendly advice. As soon as you load NASCAR 09 up Mr Gordon will show up in person (at least he doesn’t mind being presented in HD) and will then do his best to ease you right into the game, helping you out as you go.
Summary: Parents need to know that the game is filled with corporate logos, from the decals on the drivers' cars and suits to the banner ads that are posted around the tracks – just like NASCAR is in real life. The game has an online component where players can race against each other over the Internet, which will expose children to online chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for kids under the age of 12.
Excerpt: For the majority of us Brits NASCAR is that motor sport where you only turn left. That might be a completely ignorant view of the sport that seems to be hugely popular in the US, but that's what happens when most of our knowledge stems from the movies Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. EA has a tricky job on its hands marketing NASCAR 09 over here, and we've had an even trickier time reviewing it.
Excerpt: NASCAR is possibly the true artist’s car sport; a veritable ballet of control and reaction with three dozen metal boxes flowing round a circuit in a stream of movement, tidy, beautiful and masterful. Which is why it’s soon apparent that there’s something about Stock Car Racing that just doesn’t work outside of the real thing, sure it’s exciting and difficult in real life, but in a videogame, it’s just a lot of accelerating while you occasionally steer left.
Conclusion: Yet, despite its disappointing presentation, NASCAR 09 delivers a thoroughly addictive driving experience thanks to enthralling Career and Sprint Driver Challenge modes and the faithful reproduction of an extremely claustrophobic racing discipline that provides rewardingly difficult gameplay and unforgiving A.I. while shattering the notion that stock car racing is little more than oval-bound monotony.
Excerpt: Oval racing is a strange beast. Typically, if you donâ€™t get it, you never will. But if youâ€™re a fan, your passion often goes unrivaled. In the past, some racing games have been able to capture the spirit of oval racing, making it accessible to everyone, including the uninitiated. But, NASCAR 09 from EA Sports [...
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is With the slew of racing games recently released for the Xbox 360, it’s time to turn our attention away from the nitrous-fuelled action to a more skilled form of racing, which is NASCAR. Having played the disappointing previous version, I was keen to see how EA had re-made their game to hopefully deliver a better driving experience.