NASCAR Racing 2
2 does for the stock car circuit what IndyCar
II and Cart Precision Racing do for open wheeled action. It's a racing
simulation that screams around virtual NASCAR circuit tracks at breakneck
NASCAR 2 lets
you race against series' greats like Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt in
this realistic and officially licensed simulation.
teams and cars are from the 1996 season, along with 16 tracks that look
very good. Add multiplayer support and you have avery nice racing
As with other
similar games, you can tweak just about everything: tire temperature and
pressure, spoiler angle, weight distribution, shock stiffness, steering
lock, gear ratio, etc. Graphics and stereo sound are first rate, and you
can also configure the pretty pictures to take into account the limitations
of your PC, which is as it should be.
A nice feature
is an "Arcade" mode that pretty well lets you hop into a car
and start racing without such messy things as
planning. Driving action for the overall game is quite authentic (yeah,
as if we've really driven NASCAR, right?), especially with a steering
wheel game controller.
If you want
even more bang, you might want to consider the Grand National Series
Expansion Pack, which adds 1997 stuff to the game, including new tracks,
a couple of fantasy tracks, and new drivers and cars. It's a must have
for fans of NASCAR 2 fan, especially if you've already conquered the series.
The bottom line
for us was that like the other sims mentioned above, NASCAR 2 and its
expansion pack offers a wonderful driving experience for fans of the stock
car series. It's also a rush for open wheel fans who want to experience
the many differences between screaming around the track at 200 mph in
an Indy, CART or Formula One car and the more enclosed, traditional American-designed
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