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‘NASCAR 14’ Initial Thoughts

NASCAR racing may seem like just a bunch of left turns to the casual sports fan, but the precise driving exhibited in every race is no joke. NASCAR drivers have a plethora of poise and stamina-it takes a ton of patience and control to avoid crashing and stay in a race.

'NASCAR 14' Initial Thoughts
Deep Silver

From our first few playthroughs with Deep Silver's recently released "NASCAR 14," a similar amount of patience is required to thrive. Unlike the former EA NASCAR games, this one isn't about high octane crashes. More sim than arcade by a long stretch, hardcore NASCAR fans will be pleasantly surprised with the amount of content offered, while casual gamers won't get it.

A steep learning curve doesn't help the gamer looking for instant thrills. A bad turn or a bump can send you to the back of the pack in a heartbeat, making it almost impossible to get back in a race. This do or die mentality is one NASCAR fans will embrace however and the thought of maintaining a chess like strategy just makes sense to them. The same thing goes for the control vibration every time you step on the gas. It feels good. It feels right. To see things like this work so easily in the game is easily one of its most redeeming qualities.

The extras, such as paint jobs already available for races which occurred after the game came out, without an online update, also add to the game's polish and aficionado allure.

Simply put, "NASCAR 14" was created for the hardcore and for them, it works- well. Every other racing game fan should stick with their game of choice.

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