I am not sure If I am the only one that thinks this,because I have not read anyone else's reviews.The game is just another EA knock off.The previews showed sparks and black smoke and parts falling off the cars in a wreck and the game itself lacks that.You have very little sparks and black smoke and rarely do you see parts falling off the cars.I would like a game that does the exact same damage as if I were to hit the wall at 200 mph in real life.Is that too much to ask? And the spotter gets very annoying after awhile..If I am way out in front of the pack,he constantly says Clear,Clear,well no kidding dummy their is nobody near me.Then he throws some random statement in their about his french fries, or how hot it is up their.The custom car part of the game is confusing,I lost the numbers on my car when I repainted it and could not find how to get them back.Want my opinion the game is not what I expected it would be.Very disappointed!!!
posted by Foehammer111 (OAK LAWN, IL) Apr 11, 2011
Member since Apr 2011
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
I'm a huge NASCAR fan. I've been playing on the consoles and PC for about 15 years now. Although nothing will top NR2003, this latest product from UK developer Eutechnx is a good reboot for the series after a decade under EA.
Everything that you'd expect from a new developer is here. It's got a career mode covering all 36 races of the 2010 season, all the full time drivers, plus some big name Nationwide and Truck series drivers that were bumped up to Sprint Cup to fill out the roster. There's also online play for up to 16 players, local split screen, and some arcade style races like eliminator, and hot laps.
The racing does a nice job balancing between casual and more hardcore racing fans. If you're an experienced racer like me, you'll want to bump the difficulty up to legend, and crank the AI to hard. The racing feels great on both ovals, and road courses. There's even a hardcore mode, but sadly a bug has this disabled currently on the 360.
Speaking of bugs, there's a lot of them in online play. Caution flags wont be thrown, random crashes when forming up for a restart, and connectivity issues to name a few. The good news is that a patch is being worked on to address these issues, and should be out in early May. Although the game is based on the 2010 season, a free DLC update is planned for May that will update the schedule and drivers to the 2011 season.
If you go into this expecting it to be like EA's last game, NASCAR 09, you'll be disappointed. Extensive career options are missing, as well as overall polish. But NASCAR 2011 nails some things on the first try that EA never got right in a decade. The major thing being the feeling of the sport. Pre-race intros, post-race celebrations, no fictional drivers, great looking visuals, tons of tuning options, etc all make this better than anything EA has offered lately.
Overall, this is a fantastic reboot for the series. If you can live with a bare bones career mode, there's lots to like.