I'm overall impressed with Nascar 09. Jeff Gordon is the game's mentor. It's a shame that there aren't any videos of him like on the next-gen versions. Instead, screens of his picture and what he has to say pop up. There are two new driving models: EA Family Play and Pro. Family Play is good for beginners and Pro is good for more experienced players. Either way the game is sorta easy, but it's still fun. On the track, things certainly look good, like the sky and the sun shining off the cars. Even the cars themselves look good. There still aren't hands moving on the steering wheel though. The AI cars are better and the wrecks look more realistic, but cars still flip too easily. At least the car setup is better. Everything else still is a lot like Nascar 08. The career mode, Chase for the Nascar Sprint Cup is the exact same as the career mode in 08, except for a new name and Jeff Gordon as the mentor. But the game is still very solid and those that can't get this game for one of the next-gen systems will still be content with it.
For all of u na sayers
I don't care what everyone else says I think the game is awesome they repaved the track at Talladega they put Dale, Jr., new car in the game. They the new guys Patrick Carpentia I have no clue how to spell his last name. Also Sam Hornish, Jr., who might have a bright career ahead of him. So for all of the people who said this game sucks u should really learn how to respect the way EA sports runs things with nascar games. You guys need to really sit down and get to know what this game really has to offer and if you want a nascar game that has good turning on the cars buy this game. The xbox 360 game has awesome graphics I will give it that but thats the only reason why people get that game then once you see there reviews they say the game sucks and not to buy it for it's a waste of your money. So thats what I think of the game and what people have to say about this game.
I find this game not much of challenge but not too easy either. The graphics are incredible and the sounds like the engine roar and the crashes are fun to experience but one main downside is that in career mode you have to start with the NASCAR Whelen Series then on to the Craftsman Trucking Series then you get into a harder series buy the name of The NASCAR Nationwide Series. It has some bigger challenges in it but then finally you reach the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That is the most challenging series. A way to get out of going through the all the series you will have to qualify for a series. One other challenging part of Career mode is the License mode when you must pass the challenge and get your license for the next series. The money you make is good. You can create cars and ghost cars are always fun. The Team Communicator is cool because you can ask your teammates for help like blocking, moving, following , etc. One thing I haven't noticed about the game is that I haven't figured out how to use a car you have created in the pass and on the main menu on the bottom Jeff Gordon gives you some stats from your career when you're not in it. THis game would be for anyone who likes auto racing.
This is a great game.
I love playing this game. It's so realistic. My first race, I used Dale Earnhardt Jr. About ten laps into the race, there was a huge crash, and I just took over. Finished with a huge lead and the win. I love this game. But there's just one problem: Jeff Gordon's on the cover. I know your supposed to focus on the game itself rather than who or what appears on the cover. I get that. But Jimmie Johnson, or one of the Busch brothers would've done nicely. Dale Jr. wouldn't be bad either. It's a very realistic game with a lot of depth. It's really good.
This game is just like NASCAR 08 so if you already have 08 dont bother buying 09 unless you hate Tony Stewart and love Jeff Gordon. THe tracks are just like the real life ones but one of my favorites is the New York track and thats where you drive through Bew York either in Craftsman, Sprint, or Nationwide Series. You only have a limited way to customize your car/truck. One of my favorite races are the Whelen Modified races. Those are like what you would find at a local race or something like that. The sound is pretty good, but the bad part about the whole game is that in some series or on certain tracks you cant go into the pits which really stinks when you have a flat. One of my favorite features in the game is the rewind button. Thats where if you wreck oir take a turn bad then you can rewind and do it over. I think you can rewind a max of 8 sec. So if you are a big racing fan and already have 08 dont bother buying this game unless your collecting the games because i heard that this is the last NASCAR game that EA is going to make.
I am not a big NASCAR fan so it is rare I pick up a game. I played a couple of the releases early on in the Playstation 2 life cycle over at a friends house. This is the first version I have actually purchased since the N64 release of NASCAR 2000 which brings me up to date on this release. I got to try the online and it worked pretty good with little to no lag. Although EA has since or is getting ready to shut the servers down. And frankly I do not blame them as every single time I went online there was about 4 to 12 people online which is not enough to keep the servers up and running. Season mode is exactly as it sounds and the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is probably where you are going to find the depth in this game. It has some nice features as you can choose who you want to sign a contract with, upgrade your car parts, take license challenges, check your career status, change your drivers appearance and of course race. This mode is highly addictive to say the least. The sound is really well done and comes with a varied soundtrack. Some songs I found annoying but overall they were pretty well chosen. Graphically the car models do look dated and the race tracks themselves look pretty good. The menu's are well implemented into the game and are extremely easy to navigate. Nothing really to fancy here but they look nice. Gameplay is a blast. I know some people were upset with this release but I do not buy sports games on a yearly basis because I know well ahead of time they do not change much. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this game and my recommendation is that if you bought the previous years go ahead and skip this one. If you have not bought a NASCAR game in a few years you might as well pick it up if you have a PS2. Bottom line is it is a very fun game.
Good for Rookies, NOT for more Advanced!!!
The real deal is this.... The game is a re-hash of the '08 game and nothing really is new including the way the cars drive. Starting out of the box, I ran in the PRO level & immediately won the first 4 races that I have run. If you are a rookie, maybe you'll like this game. The cars are so easy to drive & the new COT does not drive any different from the other cars. The company should have dumped the medallions & chase plates & used the extra memory on improving the abilities of the cars with more radical tuning capabilities. It's so hard to believe that I can win at Daytona with a 14 second lead even after the required pit stop. If I'm that good, then I should be behind the wheel of a real NASCAR. There is a much better game that is older & actually starts you out in the old stock car dirt track series & makes you have to work your way up. It's much better than this game, regardless that someone said there are alot of the new drivers in this game.... Yeah, and your point is??? Bottom line... This is not the game that I. HOPED for... Maybe someday they will start listening to the customers!!!! Take a hint...FIX or RE-INVENT THE NEXT GAME!!!!!
I've seen better
One of the easiest games I ever played. In Career mode I started right off in the cup series and won all 36 races. The graphics are exactly the same as 08 and there still is no black flag. Where are the penalties? If it meant making the game fun I would like having to go through pit road for passing under the line, or being parked for rough driving and being too slow. The sound effects are also the exact same thing from 08 Same crew chief same old crash sounds. The good thing is there is a wide variety of cars. I also like how the computer cars actually have strategy. Sometimes they actually do take two tires for track position. As far as creating your own car, they put back all the fake sponsors and took away the real ones. This game was definitely a big disappointment. I also would like to see other drivers lead. It is always the Hendrick cars. Not even the Gibbs cars are very good anymore. It gets kinda boring.
Not the best NASCAR game
NASCAR 09 on the PS2 is not the best NASCAR game ever. There are certain features that the PS3 and 360 versions have that could easily be in the PS2 version but they are not. The career mode is not as fun because you can't own your own team. The only thing you can do in career is sign contracts and drive someone else's car. The graphics are decent but there are some very noticable glitches like when driving alongside another car the other car won't have any tires and then after a few seconds they will appear. The crashes aren't as fun but the biggest problem with this game is that there are dozens of drivers that are real life competitors that are not in the game at all. This is an OK game for those who have never played NASCAR game ever but die-hard NASCAR fans will probably be a bit dissappointed by the game.
It seems that Nascar 09 for the PS2 was expected to be better then the others. I have to say that they were fooled by the commercials on t.v. It has the same thing as the rest of them do. They need to add the features like differant kinda cars like dodge and toyota. All the cars look like toyotas though. The car of tomorrow or COT looks great actually. Better then 08. The challenge was great, hardcore actually. The chase foremat in the PS2 version really was'nt all that every expected either. Hopefully EA SPORTs will get it right next time and i hope that they will take out the modified cars. they really dont show them on t.v. that much so they can really do away with it. The Beginning of your career was easier then last years game Nascar 08. Thats very good. Overall i give it a 6 out of 10.