NASCAR ’14 is one of the few sporting-based video games on the market that showcases the sheer difficulty of the activity. The tweaks, paint schemes, and the variety of upgrades that are available to players allow the game to have considerable replay value, while the pain-staking amount of detail paid to the recreation of a number of the actual NASCAR tracks will appease die-hard and causal fans of racing alike. I believe that players will get the most value out of the multiplayer mode, which has been upgraded to allow matchmaking based on each player’s skill level. Players can create leagues to make a miniature version of the Sprint Cup Chase. I feel that the ability to have a long-term league showcases the overall skill of each players in a much more salient fashion that a single race would indicate. For those individuals that are playing the single-player mode, the AI has been similarly refined. This means that players will have to be at the top of their game to eke out a win against these computer players, which have been given all the savvy and talent of those at the highest echelons of the NASCAR hierarchy.
The graphics on NASCAR ’14 are absolutely stellar, with ETX Racing crafting the crispest graphics that we have seen in an auto league title. The graphic representation of damage gives players some semblance of the sheer danger one would be in should they strap up and experience a NASCAR race from one of the cars, while the control scheme makes it an approachable game for a wide subset of those sitting down to the title.
Make sure to visit your local department store or favorite online retailer to purchase a copy of NASCAR ’14 for the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3.
NASCAR ’14 Xbox 360 Video Game Review / 2014 Deep Silver / http://www.deepsilver.com