NASCAR Heat 2
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NASCAR Heat 2 is a solid stock car racing game that suffers from a bit of a grinding in its Career Mode. Outside of that it's a complete racing game experience that feels great and honors NASCAR's spirit.
NASCAR Heat 2 deserves credit for enhancing and improving on the previous game in the series and the Career mode does bring potential longevity for fans of the genre, even though the currency for doing well is worthless and the seasons drag on when you’re being thrown into other series’ all the time. Having no way to influence the performance of the vehicles, and the only differential from each other being a simple star rating, it detracts from the freshness of the experience.
In all regards Heat 2 is an upgrade over last years game but the change to the Career Mode is a big sting to the game overall. What should have been a bigger and more fully fleshed out Career turned into a revamping and starting over. The racing is still fun and you can easily have a great time in NASCAR Heat 2, but it’s not without its flaws.
NASCAR Heat 2 is like a car that’s fast on fresh tires but slowly fades on the long runs. The building blocks for a great NASCAR game are all there. Monster Games just needs to tweak the setup to run at the front.
There's some nice presentation to Nascar Heat 2 and I'm sure fans of the event will enjoy the selection of new content present here
NASCAR Heat 2 feels like a really solid racing sim.
It's just disappointing that career mode feels more like a chore rather than a fun experience where you can "live the life" of a racer trying to move up the ranks. Thankfully other modes like Challenges and Multiplayer keep the fun coming in a game that, in spite of its on-track shortcomings, represents solid progress for the series.
NASCAR Heat 2 offers a lot to do for players. It might feel a bit rushed, but it's extremely addicting and fun. The racing is a consistent experience and Career Mode features aspects that haven't been seen before. While it may lack the options of true simulation racers, the admirable A.I. should make up for that. Top that off with some excellent visuals and a coupon for a real race ticket, and Heat 2 continues to trend in the right direction.
Neither the updated career mode, challenge mode can save this game from the fact it really can't offer much to someone wanting a little more involvement from their gameplay.
NASCAR Heat 2 is a definite step up from its predecessor, but it's still lacking a layer of polish that would propel it towards appealing to a larger racing audience. Those who want an authentic NASCAR racer should be satisfied with this year's installment, but there's just too many minor issues that bog the racing down a level. Still, it's clear that Monster Games listened to feedback of the original, and they're certainly on the right track.