I hope any racing game fans like myself will take this warning. I will start by admitting that I did not even make it far enough to even try the game play and after 2 minutes in the options, I didn't even want to. I am warning anyone who has a similar driving style as me to STAY AWAY!! This is for one simple reason: controls. I have refined my skills using the right analog stick as my throttle and brake and have no intentions of changing. Nascar 08 has 4 default control settings, and every one of them uses the right analog to look around. There are a couple of racing games this could be handy for, but in a Nascar game, where the majority of players already know ALL of the tracks, this is a wasted feature. I'm sure someone will call me a wuss for being unwilling to change, but i shouldn't have to. If you use buttons for your brake and acceleration, go ahead and give it a whirl. But if you're like me and need to be able to use that right stick, steer clear, because EA doesn't care about you, me, or the rest of us.
Thought this would be a pretty fun game, even for a novice racing gamer, but it just didn't have the zeal I was looking forward to. The sprint cars were fun, and the original courses were definitely the best feature. Come to think of it, any of the tracks that had more turns other than just LEFT. Having said that, I did see a real NASCAR race (Pomona 2007)and it was one of best things I've ever seen, felt and smellled. Yes, smelled. Race fuel, I say. Ya gotta go for yourself to beleive it. EA sports seems to not have the best graphics IMHO, in all the games I played from them... but if you really are NASCAR fan, you would love the little details, such as adjusting tire pressure and how many turns on the suspension, etc...I say go for it.