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NASCAR 08
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Box art
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series EA Sports NASCAR series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s) NA July 23, 2007
EU July 26, 2007
AU November 15, 2007
Genre(s) Racing, Sports, Simulation, Arcade
Mode(s) Single-player
Online
Split Screen Multiplayer (PS2 Only)
Rating(s) ESRB: E
Media Optical disc (all systems)
Input methods Gamepad and Racing wheel (all systems)

NASCAR 08 is the eleventh installment of the EA Sports NASCAR series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the earliest that EA has released a NASCAR game. It also marks the first time the original Xbox has been excluded from the NASCAR lineup since NASCAR 2001.

Tony Stewart is on the cover marking his third appearance on the cover of an EA Sports NASCAR game. The cover in the PAL region features Juan Pablo Montoya. NASCAR’s new Car of Tomorrow as well as the current car are present in the game, although the Car of Tomorrow is generic (no separate manufacturers). ESPN's NASCAR coverage is also integrated into the game. Crew chief dialogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game was recorded by Chad Knaus. The Whelen Modified Tour is not included in PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but is still present in the PlayStation 2 version.

Contents

Features

PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

  • Next generation graphics
  • Gain new experiences during every race then modify your cars handling with over 40 tuning options
  • Share setups with the online community
  • Multiplayer with up to 11 competitors
  • The Chase Mode in which you complete various tasks including drafting and passing to earn licenses for cars or specific tracks
  • Vehicle Telemetry Visor (VTV) Monitor your car’s telemetry on track for real time feedback on your car’s handling
  • Day-to-night transition during appropriate races.* New Instant Replay feature with the ability to save race replays
  • SIXAXIS Steering Control (PlayStation 3 only)
  • "Concussion Camera" in which the screen shakes after a hard hit
A screenshot showing the new Vehicle Telemetry Visor.

PlayStation 2

  • Earn Your Stripes Mode
  • Whelen Modified Tour along with NASCAR's top 3 series.
  • Mid Race Saves.
  • Instant Rewind at any point of the race by rewinding the last few seconds of action on the track.
  • Ghost car laps can be saved and raced against.
  • Updated physics
  • Total Team Control.

Critical reception

Critical reception of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game has been average to negative. GameSpot gave the Xbox 360 version a 6.0 rating [1] and a 6.0 for the PlayStation 3 version. [2] The closing comments of the IGN Xbox 360 review:

NASCAR 08 is bare-bones, unpolished and uninspired. When you don't even have any sort of ending wrap-up screen for the Season mode, you know you're in trouble. Hardcore NASCAR fans will no-doubt rally behind the title and say that the reviews are wrong and that we just don't understand the sport, but there's very little to the package. And believe it or not, it doesn't even turn left very well.[3]

Critical reception of the PlayStation 2 version was better when compared to the previous years NASCAR 07, but still faired average to negative. The closing comments of the Strategy Informer review:

Overall NASCAR 08 is a solid game, but not one that has received a lot of love and attention since last year. The changes that have been made are an attempt to widen the appeal to a less hard-core audience. The problem with this is that the majority of the fans of the series are those very hard-core gamers that they are ignoring. The end result is a game that has little to offer you if you have the previous edition. This game best serves those of us who are either new to the series or are hardened fans of NASCAR proper. Maybe a game to pick up once the price falls in a month or two.[4]

References

External links

Previous game:
NASCAR 07
EA Sports NASCAR Series
Next game:
NASCAR 09

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NASCAR 08

Developer(s) EA
Publisher(s) EA
Release date July 27, 2007 (US)
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Media DVD
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough


NASCAR 08 is the 11th in the NASCAR series, developed and published by EA, featuring Tony Stewart on the cover. This year's game features improved graphics and damage, total car tune ability, instant replay, 3D cockpit camera, and the ability to race the Car of Tomorrow. It was released on July 27, 2007 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3.

Gameplay

Race against the pros, with 43 drivers to choose from and the top three series: Nextel Cup, National Series, Craftsman Truck, new this year the Car of Tomorrow (relacing the Whelen Series).

Controversy

EA Sports replaced the sponsors of car numbers 2, 7, 8, 26, and 40 due to the fact that they are alcoholic beverages. They are replaced with the drivers names. In addition, the Busch Series has been renamed the National Series.

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