Excerpt: It is interesting when a franchise gets moved from one video game publisher to another. EA Sports churned out some great Nascar games over the years. So I was interested in seeing how Activision would do. Sadly their game is nowhere near the quality of EA’s games.
Kart racer is decent but encourages reckless driving.
Common Sense Media
8 April 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that NASCAR Unleashed is a kart-racing game that allows players to bump other cars, knock them into obstacles along the course, and even force them to crash out of the competition.
Excerpt: Don’t let the name fool you: this new arcade racer has about as much in common with America’s premier stock-car series as oversweetened Kool-Aid has with an award-winning microbrew. After a few sips, you’ll want to wash your palette clean.
Pros: + It'll set you back only $40.
Cons: ? How hard is it to script some decent (and varied) background commentary?
Excerpt: The last NASCAR game was released in 2009, and ironically, was an arcade racing game. In 2011, not one, but two NASCAR games were released: one for the simulation fans and one for the arcade fans.