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  • Summary: Take the wheel and drive your way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship. As the new rookie driver on the circuit, develop your racing skills to gain licenses and contracts from hungry owners and unlock legendary top performing cars from NASCAR's biggest stars. Gain new experiences during every race then modify your car's handling with over 40 tuning options to truly master every track. Share your setups with NASCAR's gaming community, then challenge the field in live races with up to 16 players online. Experience tomorrow's racing today in NASCAR 08. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. For the NASCAR fans looking for the chance to pursue The Chase on their Xbox 360, stock car racing doesn't get any better than NASCAR 08.
  2. 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.
  3. NASCAR 08 is not a bad game, but you'll probably feel like it has potential to be a lot more.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If you're looking for nice graphics in a realistic racing environment on a next-generation platform, then perhaps this is right for you, but if you're looking for an exciting career mode, crazy pileups, or the ability to manage a team, then an older NASCAR title is what the doctor ordered.
  7. An unplayable mess lacking all the polish we expect from EA. Stay well clear. [Oct 2007, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 12 out of 21
  1. BobM.
    Aug 28, 2007
    10
    Finally the game requires skill to compete. Finally EA makes a realistic NASCAR game.
  2. AndrewM.
    Jul 23, 2007
    10
    Great game, best playing it with a wheel.
  3. AndrewL.
    Jul 27, 2007
    9
    Playing with a stick. Lin = 30, Resp = 30 Lots of light taps and you can do laps. Awesome game. Nothing like racing at 185+ Not easy, but very addicting. PS: You will crash a lot. Expand
  4. Andyman
    Jul 24, 2007
    4
    Since I've been playing this series since NASCAR '98, I can make the following statement with complete confidence (and utter disgust): NASCAR 08 is virtually uncontrollable with a gamepad. Maybe it's better with the MS racing wheel, but I am definitely NOT going to invest $150 to find out. 08 gets an 04... which is almost exactly the number of hours I will have had this wreck of a game in my possession by the time I return it to the store... and is also about 3.9 hours too long. Sickening. Expand
  5. JasonG.
    Sep 13, 2007
    2
    Im old school in how i drive these things with the d pad with great successs, but with n08 the car is virtually undrivable and there is no option to play th e old way. Just an abomination need to work on the controls. Im glad i didnt buy this game merely rented it but it didnt take me long to reliaze it wasnt for me even though i had played all the previous nascar editions very disappointing. Expand
  6. BlueFalcon
    Jul 27, 2007
    2
    Basically the game falls short in just about everything. The features are stripped from 07 (even 2003 had way more to do). Graphics are a minor improvement over the xbox 1 game - they do not compare favourably to other 360 games. There is no splitscreen multiplayer. I was annoyed when they moved from 4 player split screen, to 2 back in 2005. This one takes it too far, especially when the online multiplayer is a feature stripped, laggy, glitch filled mess. If this weren't bad enough, they altered the controls. Now the steering automatically turns to the left, and it can't be altered in gameplay settings (unless you tune each car). Some may argue this was added for realisim, but I say it was added for moronic purposes. It basically forces you to use a racing wheel or suffer. 'The Chase' is basically the new career mode. But unfortunately it forces you through a lot of repetitive license races before you get to actually race. I'd be into license races, if it had variety to the goals. The ai this year is the worst in the series yet - they do the same lines whether you are beside them or not, and don't react properly at all. Normally this would be a little early to rate and judge a game, but when so much is wrong, I'll commit to saying it's tterrible. Expand
  7. LoganM.
    Jul 29, 2007
    0
    This game is crap... dont' buy this if you have a brain... it is the exact same thing as 07 and 06 Nascar... it sucks trust me.

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