Excerpt: It has been 2008 since the last console version of NASCAR. I remember playing NASCAR on the original PlayStation all those years ago. So I was really exited when I got the chance to play NASCAR The Game 2011 from Activision. It was great to see the sport in High Definition with such detailed car and track models. Developer Eutechnyx did a fantastic job of providing great racing simulation for NASCAR fans.
Excerpt: Not to spoil things for Eutechnyx or Activision, but the lack of effort making this game anything other than pretty is apparent from the get-go… and it should be noted that “pretty” means better looking than previous NASCAR games. The title of the game is misleading as the only thing that is 2011 about the game, besides it’s release date, is the spoiler on the back of the car which replaces the wing that adorned the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s “car of tomorrow” until the 2011...
Excerpt: Not to spoil things for Eutechnyx or Activision, but the lack of effort making this game anything other than pretty is apparent from the get-go… and it should be noted that “pretty” means better looking than previous NASCAR games.
Conclusion: I have spent more time swearing at the game then actually enjoying it and have shut it off as a result numerous times. On a side note, I am also now checking around for anger management sessions. I'm sure I will give this another shot, but if the game continues to make me want to put my steering wheel through the TV, you'll see my copy of NASCAR The Game 2011 on eBay pretty soon.
Excerpt: I have to admit, right out of the gate, that I am not a die-hard NASCAR fan. I enjoy watching the big races, and follow the points standings when I’m surfing ESPN.com. I think it’s a great sport, and obviously it has massive appeal to the American public. NASCAR 11: The Game is the latest attempt to recreate the experience on a virtual level. Who wouldn’t want to take control of stock cars flying around a track at 200 miles per hour?
Excerpt: NASCAR games are tricky to review and - being modest here - at least a tiny bit trickier to make. You can envisage a driving simulator, like Gran Turismo , entertaining both hardcore and casual fans alike. A NASCAR simulator, on the other hand, will almost never appeal to a more casual racing fan. Stray too far away from the simulation aspect, however, and you begin to alienate the hardcore NASCAR fans who are most likely to want to purchase the game.
Excerpt: There's plenty of good in here for the true fan; a lot of love went into trivia, racers, cars and feel. If you're into NASCAR this is a good buy, but a leftover copy of Forza 3 or Gran Turismo 5 would be a better purchase for the casual fan of realistic racers.