Posted: March 3, 2014
As someone who has owned every NASCAR game since 1998, yes even the weird ones on the Wii a couple years ago, I can say that without a doubt, this isn't the best one. But it isnt the worst by a far bigger margin. Yes, it has issues, and yes, every NASCAR game made by Eutechnyx has been plauged with issues out of the gate, but this one isn't that bad. The worst part of this one, which is a big part, is the AI. This year they made the AI difficulty a slider from 0-100% rather than the old Easy, Medium, Hard, etc. However, while it says 0% = Easy and 100% = Hard, it varies by track. You start off at Daytona, a restictor plate track where drafting is a must to win or even pass. So my first instinct was to put it at 100%. After all, like I said, I've played them all since 98, I know how to race the cars in these games like it was second nature to me. So I race at Daytona, 100% difficulty, and I dominate. Led every lap without trouble, and mind you, this is in my career car with a refurbished engine. But then, I get to Phoenix...and then the trouble starts. I qualify on the pole, and right out of the gate, Im getting passed, cars and plowing into me in the corners, its impossible to win. So I crank it down to 50% for Vegas, still impossible to win. So I use 0% for Bristol and I lap the field. Ive tried in increments of 10, 15, 20, 25, & 33. The difficulty varies by track. I dont understand how they could think that this AI in this finished product was even close to where it should be. But, after all that...I still have hope. I have hope that Eutechnyx can do what they did in the past and fix the game over time. If they can fix the AI and a few other small glitches throughout the game, this can be a fun enjoyable, but still challenging NASCAR experience for all. I still do recommend this game, but I recommend that you don't buy it right away unless its on sale on ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ or something. I bought it there on release day for $33 and Im pretty certain I can say that Ive enjoyed it for what it is, and I look forward to enjoying it much more when its fixed.