The heat has been shut off on this year’s NASCAR title, and in its place is a fresh start for developer Motorsport Games. So it’s fitting that this year’s title is now called Ignition, but is this a strong enough debut to get things rolling, or does this one fail to turn over? Like all things in life, this one is a little of both.
NASCAR Heat 5 is nearly a carbon copy of last year’s game, especially if you partake in the career mode. As with my review of last year’s NASCAR Heat 4, that year’s previous year’s NASCAR Heat 3 had a good thing going for it and was the same solid game. NASCAR Heat 5 is still that same solid game; it’s unfortunate that we get no significant improvements this year.
NASCAR Heat 4 is this series’ most solid title to date but also the one with the most minimal of changes. NASCAR Heat 3 had a good thing going for it, so kudos to the team for keeping Heat 4 so close to what we got in 3. That’s not to say there aren’t some flaws and things I would like to see improved.
Pull tight those racing gloves because NASCAR Heat returns to bring some white knuckle racing to consoles. Monster Games is back as developer on NASCAR Heat 2 and is published by 704 Games, formerly Dunesberry-Martin Racing. In a lot of ways, Heat 2 is a step forward for the series yet drops the ball hard. So NASCAR fan, should you shell out your hard earned money this year? Read on…
Back in the early 2000’s there were two main forces when it came to Stock Car Auto Racing video games, Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing series and EA’s yearly NASCAR titles. Monster Games lit a fire in the genre with NASCAR Heat and cemented itself as a name to be reckoned with. I remember the original titles leaning more “arcadey” than the semi-sim of EA’s titles and the full-sim of Papyrus’, giving those who just wanted fast cars and lots of passing something they could easily sit down and play. Now Monster Games have returned with Dusenberry Martin Racing to reignite that spark with NASCAR Heat: Evolution.
Deep Silver announced today that the racing game NASCAR ‘14, developed by Eutechnyx, will launch in North America on February 18, 2014 on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Pre-order offers at Walmart, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target and Amazon may include diecast cars, exclusive paint schemes and more.