Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. 65
    A good -- if not great -- game. Learn to deal with the artificial intelligence on particular tracks, and the experience in an enjoyable one. Just as long as you're not looking for a very deep -- or even all that logical -- career mode.
  2. If you're a NASCAR fan, then you'll probably really like this game for the detailed tracks, driver roster, and stock car specific racing features. If you're anybody else, you'll probably be bored and give up due to the learning curve.
  3. It’s not a bad game by any means—it just needs some more imagination to keep things fresh for the folks out there that don’t count them among the NASCAR faithful.
  4. 08 gives good fan service, but the car nut in me is more satisfied with the recent releases of "Dirt" and "Forza 2". [Sept 2007, p.92]
  5. At times I felt like I was driving a real stock car. Other times I slammed the controller down due to the frustrating controls because I didn’t adjust them right away.
  6. Tweaks are needed in the AI to better replicate competitors’ actions and racing lines, and I’d like to see some long-overdue additions (like user-controlled pit stops), but this game has got the feel of a stock car down pretty good – especially with about a billion ways to setup your car. It’s a mix of the new and familiar that shakes out to be a pretty fast restart.
  7. While NASCAR 08 may be a fine game for the most part, it’s the repetitive workload required to get into the meat of The Chase mode that’ll drive people away quickly, if not the loose steering controls that require adjustment to get a good grip on the in-race gameplay.
  8. NASCAR 08 is a decent racer, but it feels like a classic example of a game where the developer put in limited effort because of the lack of competition.
  9. 50
    Graphically, it's the best that NASCAR has ever looked, but once you get past the pretty picture, you're left with a racer with plenty of holes.
  10. HDTV nuts note: the 360 version also goes to 1080i resolution, while the PS3 is limited to 720i. But ultimately, like an import tuner with fuzzy dice and neon running lights but no steering wheel, you can't help feeling that some of the most important parts are missing.
  11. With career mode and total team control M.I.A., it’s much thinner on the options than past games, but the perpetual left-hand turn never ends, and that’s just about all NASCAR fans ask for.
  12. Though the series still provides solid NASCAR racing, its first PS3 offering is not primed for next-gen excellence.
  13. Handing on your car feels a bit loose which allows you to lose control of your car far too easily. This is only exacerbated by ridiculously aggressive A.I. once played on any level besides easy.
  14. In many ways, NASCAR 08 is what it should be: a technical, challenging sim that only stock car racing enthusiasts can appreciate. But oppositely, the title's lack of single-player depth won't satiate the hardcore fan seeking customizable features, meta-gaming, and other intricacies that make the sport so different from other racing traditions.
  15. 50
    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.
  16. 60
    NASCAR 08 feels very bare, though there is still a reasonably good foundation for EA to build upon for future years.
  17. 38
    Dull, and it never provides any sense of fun. [Issue#157, p.86]
  18. Poorly thought out and ultimately frustrating. [Oct 2007, p.108]
  19. The game doesn't look bad or play like a PS3 title shood, and is barely an upgrade over "NASCAR 07." [Nov 2007, p.87]
  20. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this one. [Oct 2007, p.84]
  21. The control is borderline horrendous, the graphics are very disappointing, The Chase - while deep and rewarding - isn't implemented very well, and besides the numerous pit and mechanical options, there's a surprising lack of car customization features.
User Score
4.7

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. Apr 29, 2011
    1
    An old game now, but I bought it for $4 and I am hoping to save anyone else their $4. The ABSOLUTE worst game I have ever played on PS3. Terrible controls, poor menus, poor graphics, too much stuff to deal with to play a game. I don't want a part time job, I want to relax and play. I have like other Nascar games but this one is terrible. Full Review »
  2. J.B.
    Sep 29, 2007
    10
    Perfect game for guys that know how to race or race cars themselve, game has 'real world' set up settings, no bs here. but if you are an ammature or have no idea how to set a real race car, this game is not for you. perfect game for the real racer. Full Review »
  3. OrenM
    Sep 2, 2007
    0
    Apparently, the team at Tiburon - who are currently working on the latest game in EA's NASCAR franchise - claim that the PS3 has no real hardware advantage over its main rival ...

    The case with this generation is different, now we make the game for 360 first and then port it over to PS3, but we really don't have the time to mess with how the PS3 works ...

    With your new boss and your very low motivation who wants to buy your products anyway ...
    Full Review »