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NASCAR Heat Evolution by Dusenberry Martin Racing

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NASCAR Heat Evolution is rated 1.6 out of 5 by 8.
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  • Platform: Xbox One
  • Publisher: Dusenberry Martin Racing
  • Developer: Monster Games
  • Category: Sports , Racing

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After over a decade, Monster Games returns to the NASCAR franchise. This all-star developer created the original NASCAR Heat and NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona in the early 2000's, two of the most highly rated and best-selling NASCAR titles of all-time. This dedicated group has built NASCAR Heat Evolution from the ground up to ensure a brand new racing experience. Race as your favorite NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers across all 23 licensed NASCAR tracks in stunning HD. Whether you're a rookie or racing veteran, get ready for a good time.

NASCAR Heat Evolution

The Sports Desk - Exclusive NASCAR Heat Evolution Video
by Matthew Kato

See the Exclusive Video Here at Game Informer

The NASCAR license has ping-ponged around, from EA having the license for a time to then Eutechnyx. Now it's in the hands of Dusenberry Martin Racing, who've renewed a partnership with the old NASCAR Heat studio Monster Games. The pair resume their partnership for NASCAR Heat Evolution (PS4, Xbox One, PC), and today the developer has released the first behind-the-scenes developer diary talking about this momentous return.

Monster Games' president Rich Garcia and Dusenberry Martin Racing co-founder Ed Martin worked together back on the original NASCAR Heat, and Martin has long had it in mind to get this partnership back together. In May 2014 Martin got the sense that then-license holder Eutechnyx was going to get out. He called former colleague Tom Dusenberry, and they decided to form their publishing company and go after the rights. Dusenberry Martin Racing was formed on January 1, 2015. Martin says his second call was to Monster Games president Rich Garcia. Martin says Garcia's first answer was, "No." Garcia and Monster Games were working on a Nintendo game at the time, but Martin says he knew that "it was the challenge that we both wanted to do again."

The title moved into full production on March 1, 2015. At first, it was going to use Eutechnyx's code, but it took about a month for Monster to figure out that it would be better to start over from scratch. "It was really a sports-car game not designed for NASCAR," Garcia told us when we visited the studio. "They just started gluing on NASCAR-y stuff." While Garcia says that there were definite benefits from scrapping the code and starting at zero, considering the last title Monster made was a 3DS game with Nintendo and now it would be working on new platforms, the task was a little daunting, albeit exciting.

The game attempts to straddle the line - it's not a hardcore sim, but it's not without its challenge, either. While it has simulation tuning available, it also has an adaptive A.I. system (in race now and season modes) based on different track types that will ratchet up the ability of the A.I. cars as you get better. This is expressed in a Speed Rating. Monster says that the A.I. cars have been taken off of specific racing lines and have a natural racer's mentality on the track. How this meshes and behaves with the situation at hand - the end of a race, going three-wide in the right corners - will be a big challenge for the title. In general, the drivers will be tuned to how they perform on certain kinds of tracks in real-life - road courses, superspeedways, etc. - although there is a randomization quality in there as well, so A.I. drivers won't always perform the same.

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  • New Gameplay Engine: Rebuilt from the ground up, NASCAR Heat Evolution brings back the fun and excitement of NASCAR you know and love.
  • New AI: Whether you're a rookie or a trained racing veteran, the dynamic AI system adjusts to your skill level.
  • New Tracks: Daytona has risen, Colossus is fired up at Bristol, and your other favorite tracks are ready for the 2016 season.
  • New Damage: With the all-new damage model, Darlington Stripes have never looked better, if you earn em.
  • New Drivers: Matt DiBenedetto, Landon Cassill, Chris Buescher, and other drivers make their NASCAR video game debut.
  • New Online: The online gameplay system has been rebuilt to ensure fun, competitive, and fast racing.

Game Modes: A variety of gameplay modes will give you more to do than ever before. Gameplay modes include Race, Challenges, Season, Chase, Online, and Career. In Career, customize your own NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver like never before!

Tracks: From the high banks of Talladega to the tight turns in Martinsville, each of the 23 licensed NASCAR tracks have been carefully recreated in conjunction with track owners.

Drivers: NASCAR Heat Evolution offers 43 different drivers from the most popular race teams including Stewart-Haas Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Team Penske, Chip Ganassi, and many more.

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad dont buy its worse than others Another big selling point of NASCAR Heat Evolution was supposed to be this dynamic artificial intelligence that adapted to your driving skill and got faster as you got faster. This is complete badish stuff. It’s a slider that goes from 80% to 105%, just like the original NASCAR Heat from 2000, though it auto-detects your lap times on the fly and merely suggests the skill level you should be racing at when the post-race screen pops up. There is nothing new or revolutionary about this at all.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No split screen It sucks ! it is the first nascar game that does NOT have split screen to be able to race with friends in real life.
Date published: 2016-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this game is the best nascar game this game is very cool i like to a lot it is this is the best nascar game i like playing nascar games
Date published: 2016-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Save Your $$$$$$$$ just Awful waste of money waste of time!!!!! waited for this game to come out so excited was first at store to pick it up got home with in the first hour I was ready to return the game. I cant say it enough I'm so disappointed the game is only 7GB that tells the story horrible graphics!!!
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from How did someone give this a 2 I hate to give a bad review but I had to give this game a 1. Too bad there is not a zero. Everything about this game is bad. It even took a long time to install and had a 1GB update. I am still convinced that the disc is blank and the whole game is a 1GB update.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A HUGE Disappointment As mentioned above the game is essentially a re-skin of an older game (that I have not personally played). However it defiantly feels that way. When the company said it was bringing the NASCAR gaming franchise back to its roots....it went wayyyyyyy too far back. The menus feel early 2000's, the sounds are actually recycled, and the graphics are pretty good up close and in still picture, but turn disappointingly pixilated the farther the distance...like very disappointing for next gen. You can tell because unlike most games that take hours to download onto console, this only took me an hour...theres like nothing to this game. As far as features...There is no custom car creator (who thought that would be a good idea), the AI suck especially with green flag pits (Sooo unreal), options and menus are limited especially in multiplayer (you can't even change your car), when crashes occur there is no replay, you can't "look" around your car and even appreciate the "amazing" graphics, in career at least there is no replay at the end of the race / camera in the pause menu to really appreciate accidents. The game just took out way too many good features and i don't understand how they thought this was going to be a great game, or how Brad Keslowski could promote the game so much. Oh, and no split screen multiplayer. Also which annoys me is that the graphics as far as damage are awful, i was expect to see tire burns and dents, but you seriously have to hit something to see any type of damage. The only good thing about the game is that the driving is nice and the "AI saves" are pretty cool...but that also gets reduced because the AI will adapt to you and make it impossible for you to win. I hope that Line 6 (makers of Forza) make a full dedicated NASCAR game, because for next gen this is pathetic, not worth $60, returning it tomorrow. But a fear we NASCAR fans will never get a great game :(, I think this was our last hope.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mediocre, At Best At first I was very anxious for this videogame. I pre-ordered the game and it was due at my house the day of release. I became skeptical when I saw the Twitter tag #NASCARHeatEvolution began blowing up with negative reviews, but I went into the game with an open mind. Starting off, the car is completely loose and ill handling. I tightened up the steering sensitivity and it made driving a little more tolerable. There are only three camera views; HOOD, 3rd Person, and IN CAR. You only have a rear view mirror if you turn it on, and your spotter is so vague you do not know if you are clear of the car you are passing or not. Did I mention that you aren't able to look around your car as you are driving? Even in 3rd person, there is no looking to the side or behind you. I understand in real life you can't either, but this is a video game. When your spotter doesn't continue saying "Car outside... still there... still there... still there" You have no idea where your competition is. If you're racing in car, its exciting that they have implemented the new digital dashboard, however you have no idea how fast you are going because the HUD with the MPH disappears... so good luck getting into the pits. Online, there are no cautions. Granted there are 40 players in a lobby and at first I was upset about the no cautions, but it is GUARANTEED that there is a huge accident going into turn 1, with cautions there would be literally no racing. After the wreck, be prepared for cars to sit in the track, turn around and driving backwards, and a lot of intentional wrecking. They don't get kicked, they don't go invisible, nothing happens to them except they will be intending on wrecking you and it will happen. There's no diagram of the track on your HUD with the little dots that show where cars are at on the track. You know, the diagram that's on EVERY single racing game? Its not in this one. When selecting my car, I chose manual transmission and did my first race at Daytona to get a feeling for the game. First through Third gears sound alright, but as soon as you go into 4th gear, RPMS drop to 5K and your car sounds like its bogging down. (Ive heard rumors that the sounds are EXACTLY from their previous NASCAR game. I could go on and on about this game, the lack of a leaderboard, the lack of points for online, and the lack of motivation to keep playing... but its not even worth it. This game should have been a $20 arcade game or an XBOX Free With Gold title... but a $60 game is a definite no. My paperwork has already been printed and the game is in the mail being returned as we speak. I'm done pre-ordering NASCAR games. (1 day after release, Gamestop is only giving $20 for returned copys. Microsoft has also already processed 800+ refunds. Do not buy this time)
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Game is literally recycled. After playing this game for about an hour, we had seen enough of it. Why am I giving it this rating? The game was described as the next best Nascar game to ever come out, but instead, the game is pretty much a recycled version of the older Nascar Heat games and Dirt to Daytona, from 2001 and 2002 as it contains the same sound system and voice over lines. Also the game has very poor controls right out of the gate (or starting line) as the car is very loose. Thankfully you can adjust that. The graphics are dull and in a way buggy, as catch fences will sometimes glitch out and cars will still have damage if you restart the race entirely. Physics rarely exist in the game as your car is either glued to the ground, gone airborne after getting rear-ended or you turn like its a formula 1 car. The AI is either too hard or too easy, but the game is hard already cause of its poor controls and visual graphics. If anything, try your best to find a copy of Dirt to Daytona, its better than this.
Date published: 2016-09-13
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