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NASCAR Heat 2 brings the most authentic and intense stock car and truck racing of all time. Test your driving skills across 29 NASCAR sanctioned ovals, road courses, and the infamous dirt track, Eldora Speedway. Race as the biggest names in motorsports with the largest roster of drivers in NASCAR video game history. Take the racing online against a full field of drivers in rolling seasons as you battle for the top spot on the leaderboards. Back by popular demand, battle it out with a friend in head-to-head, local split-screen multiplayer. 3 National NASCAR Series – The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series are playable for the first time in nearly a decade. Add in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and players have over 100 drivers to choose from. New Tracks – 6 new tracks make racing more diverse. 3 road courses, 2 ovals, and 1 dirt track join the 23 updated Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sanctioned tracks for a total of 29 tracks. New Split-Screen Multiplayer – Two players can race together in head-to-head, local split-screen multi-player. Deeper Career Mode – Work your way through all 3 NASCAR national series in your own custom car or takeover a stock car from the top NASCAR race teams! Expanded Online Gameplay – 40-player online races are back! New this year and for the first time ever, complete the field with AI. New leaderboards, rolling seasons, online cautions, and the new NASCAR stage format create a robust online experience.
Solid NASCAR game
Much good, but unfortunately also many BUT. . . .
+ Finally all NASCAR classes
+ All important drivers of the season 2017
+ All routes of the season 2017
+ Routes themselves very well implemented. . . . .... but quite lacking in detail
+ Optional with stages, but. . . . . KI does not use tactical pit stops
+ GreenFlag pit stops nicely animated, but. . . . . Never make mistakes of the crew
+ Optionally with yellow phases, but. . . . . no PaceCar, and the yellow phases are not triggered by every crash
+ Cars look great, but. . . . . Engine sounds unfortunately not V8 worthy
+ cockpit view succeeded, but. . . . . hardly any differences in the interior (e. g. driver's gloves always blue)
+ Optionally with penalties, but. . . . . no drive-through penalties, AI doesn't get any penalties at all
+ Nice career mode in which you have to work your way up to the Cup with sporadic truck races
+ Long races feel authentic, but. . . . . you can not cache
+ Nice animations, but. . . . . no original drivers animated
+ Individual creation of your own paintscheme, but. . . . . only 3 starting numbers to choose
+ Good AI, makes mistakes, fights for places. . . . . but on circuits and short tracks even at the highest level too weak
+ Very good control on ovals and easy riding in a throng, but. . . . . unnatural cross-standing when braking
+ online racing finally with AI, but. . . . . some settings are missing (AI strength, starting the session manually, etc. )
+ Very good country/rock soundtrack
In general I enjoy it, despite its weaknesses. Especially online races with a full field of riders in Daytona, Michigan or Texas are a great experience. Conclusion: It is an improvement over NH1, but unfortunately not the hoped-for revelation. I give 7/10 points for NASCAR fans, 5/10 points for motorsport fans.
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