It's no NASCAR Racing...but it's pretty darn close!
When it comes to NASCAR games I only like sims, and EA has been far off from a good NASCAR game ever since they started making them, so I've been huge on the PC's "NASCAR Racing" series. I have never been disappointed by an Infogrames title, no matter what it has been and this title has been a real treat. It's so hard to find a good Sim on a console of NASCAR, and it's REALLY hard to find a place with a "NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway". With that being said this game delivers both the "NASCAR Racing" feel and the "NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway" look, just with a little more detail and a year ahead of updated cars. Still, the graphics are a lot more impressive than any EA racing game, and the controls and feel are far better as well. I got two NASCAR games yesterday, this and a EA NASCAR 06', and the 06' is being returned. What's so nice about this game is the look and feel? If you've ever played a NASCAR Racing game, this game puts you behind the wheel, and while you sit in the cockpit, you are able to look side to side just like "NCR". Which is a real treat when your three wide at Talledega and you feel like you're really in the pack. The controls are great. Unlike EA's (sorry if I sound like I'm downing the EA series) which demand you to pull the joystick all the way to the left at Daytona or Talledega, this games turning ratio is dead on, and feels a lot better. The graphics are great. Yeah there not as great as anything you see on 360, but its good enough to enjoy and still feel like you're really there. The only down about HEAT is that you can't create your own car, which is perfectly fine by me, but it still would have been nice. Overall I'm really happy with this game, it's definitely one to look into.