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  • Summary: NASCAR Heat 4 is the official video game of NASCAR. Looking and sounding better than ever with updated user interface, graphics and engine audio, race across 38 tracks in all three NASCAR National Series plus the fan-favorite Xtreme Dirt Tour.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
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  1. Oct 1, 2019
    84
    There is very little I can say negatively about NASCAR Heat 4. Visually, the way the game deals with shadows under the cars doesn’t do the gorgeous lighting effects of racing at night justice. Track surfaces seem a little dull in comparison to the dirt tracks. The dirt tracks seem to have more luster and reflect light better than the tarmac. For some it may just feel like an update to NASCAR Heat 3 and that’s fair. But if you’ve not played previous iterations then NASCAR Heat 4 is definitely the pinnacle of virtual stockcar racing.
  2. Sep 18, 2019
    80
    NASCAR Heat 4 is, without a doubt, the best NASCAR racing game yet, but there’s still some room for improvement. Many will find its online features lacking; career mode still isn’t what you’d call “deep”; and crashes remain unspectacular. Still, the whole experience is engaging enough to make it worthwhile. There is pleasure to be found in managing your team and coming out on top, which means you’ll find yourself returning to NASCAR Heat 4 until next year’s inevitable follow-up.
  3. Sep 23, 2019
    80
    A good and satisfying racing game, with an unusual depth level for a non-AAA racing game. Despite some minor flaws, it shines thanks to its rich customization, many game modes and a great cars and tires physics simulation.
  4. Sep 17, 2019
    70
    NASCAR Heat 4 is a surprisingly in-depth and layered racing game, featuring top-notch driving mechanics and amazing customization options. It’s a title that will likely capture the hearts and wallets of most NASCAR fans who have been waiting for the next generation of racing games centered on their particular brand of sport. Sure, it’s not perfect and the very same level of customization that makes it so compelling could be the very same thing that keeps casual players away. But there’s an admirable level of love and dedication racing through NASCAR Heat 4’s skeleton that it’s impossible not to recommend it.
  5. Oct 14, 2019
    70
    For a yearly release based on one of the biggest racing franchises, NASCAR Heat 4 on Xbox One doesn’t quite do it justice and even though those wanting a functional racer will find enough to be going on with, there aren’t many reasons to pick this over any other racer on the market.
  6. Oct 10, 2019
    70
    I have to be completely honest, I spent 98% of my time with Career Mode. I enjoy Career Mode the most in the Nascar Heat series and feel that overall it's generally a solid experience. This time around though, I'm not sold on the overall racing experience of Career Mode, which leaves me somewhat disappointed. My standards are usually very high for video games I know very well and I had high hopes that Nascar Heat 4 would be a great sequel. Now, I'm not even sure that this sequel is worth while knowing the main part of Nascar Heat 4 feels like an afterthought. I'm gonna go into the pit stop for a while and think about this.
  7. Oct 3, 2019
    61
    NH4 is still fun to play, but there just isn't enough newness here to make upgrading to this version a necessity. If you own, love and still play NH3, I'm not sure you'll find NH4 a must-have for your collection.
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  1. Sep 13, 2019
    7
    Nascar Heat 4 well feels largely to me like a rehash of last years game with a few twaeks and user interface changes. I found the AI to beNascar Heat 4 well feels largely to me like a rehash of last years game with a few twaeks and user interface changes. I found the AI to be vastly improved this time around and without a doubt the more realistic approach they’ve implemented in the AI makes racing that little bit more fun. There isn’t a massive improvement when it comes to the presentation side of the game, but it still does a little bit more than the previous games in both the visual and sound design. The driving physics feel much better than they did in NASCAR Heat 3 and this without a doubt made racing more satisfying. There’s more depth this time around and the newly added content not only gives the game more replay-ability but it will also bring new fans to the table. The load times are much shorter this time around and technically the game holds up well for the most part with fewer problems present. There’s still not much in terms of the customization you can do in the base game. I was a little disappointed with the career mode because it didn’t have the amount of depth I expect. The collision damage is better nut unrealistic and does ruin the immersion some. Does NASCAR Heat 4 do enough to get a recommendation? NASCAR Heat 3 was a big improvement over the original game and I was looking forward to where the game would go next, so I did have quite a bit of interest in NASCAR Heat 4. After playing it for a while I did realize that there are some improvements over last year’s game. These improvements are mostly found in the more realistic AI and the better feeling physics, but despite these improvements I still couldn’t shake the feeling that it still felt a lot like last year’s game. Don’t get me wrong that isn’t a bad thing because I did enjoy NASCAR Heat 3 it’s just I wanted a little bit more from this game and instead what I got is a new career mode that still needs work and the collision damage still feels very unrealistic. That being said NASCAR Heat 4 is still a decent game and if you’re a fan of the NASCAR series then there’s more than enough here to keep you satisfied for quite a while and it also does more than enough to get a recommendation fro me. Expand