NASCAR races are specific and there were numerous games that failed to capture that unique atmosphere and feeling. However, when you see a franchise reaching its third installment like NASCAR Heat 3, you naturally expect a lot from it. Is the new addition ready to make the leap and take things to the next level?
The Adrenaline of Racing!
For most of the players, gameplay and addictiveness are two most important aspects of every game. NASCAR Heat 3 is a game that suits lovers of both arcade and simulation racing. There are several difficulty levels to choose from and many adjustments to make. If you do not want any assistance, it will take a while, but you will still be capable of competing for the first several positions in the race. It is your choice whether you want to focus on speed or stability, but keep in mind that even the AI competitors will look to take advantage of any mistake you make.
The core of the game is the career mode and this time you can choose whether you want to be a team owner or driver. There are several series that NH3 features, including Truck, Xfinity, Cup, and Extreme Dirt. The harder variant of the career mode, but also more fulfilling, is the “team owner” options. In it, you will have to worry about distributing the limited funds, preparing the vehicles and upgrading the facilities as you develop the team.
Plenty of Multiplayer Modes
Aside from single player, you can also race with other human drivers in multiplayer modes. You can try classic split-screen races, test your luck in weekly challenges or in a single 40-person race, as well as participate in competitions that offer some cool prizes. The important thing is that plenty of racing options will keep you busy for months.
While everything seems great on the track, the feeling that NASCAR Heat 3 could be better off-track remains. During the weekend, you will have to handle some unexpected events, such as a practice crash or not getting your modifications approved. These are all nice, but it still feels that there should be more as a NASCAR race is equally about what goes on in the background before the drivers head to the course. The graphics are, however, a noticeable improvement from the last installment. We also loved the fact that the damage might play an important part in the outcome of the race, which adds to the overall realism.