NASCAR Heat 3
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Developer: 704 Games
Content Rating: Everyone10+
NASCAR Heat 3 is the sequel to 2017’s NASCAR Heat 2, with Monster Games returning as developer. NASCAR Heat 3 has a variety of new features, including a deeper career mode, additional race tracks, expanded online multiplayer features including online tournaments, and a brand-new fantasy dirt-racing experience: the Xtreme Dirt Tour. The Xtreme Dirt Tour in NASCAR Heat 3 allows players to compete across eight new dirt tracks. After finding small town success, players will experience authentic NASCAR racing as they build a career in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ alongside the biggest names in motorsports. Players will also be able to manage their own race teams as team owners in NASCAR Heat 3.
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Though Nascar Heat 3 is a solid racing sim overall, it could have raised to greater heights with more exciting content for those outside the niche market, and a few tweaks to the frame rate stability and cheesy voice acting. Despite the lack of replayability and expansive customization options as seen in other games in the genre and in sports games overall, there’s still a whole lot of fun to be had here, especially for those who love racing, Nascar, or both.
Coming off of two back to back games that just felt awful to play, NASCAR Heat 3 is a fantastic display of what a bit of budget can bring to a passionate team. It’s still a NASCAR game, with all that carries with it, so it isn’t something that can be recommended for everyone even with all of the new alterations. But the changes are almost universally for the better, and I’m sure will help bridge the gap in the middle of that small ven diagram where NASCAR Fans and those with interest in racing games cross over.
The lack of titles competing for the NASCAR crown these days means that we need to look at other series-focused racing games when trying to make comparisons. Codemasters’ F1 2018, for example, has a convincing damage model, realistic race weekends, challenging AI that can still make result-changing mistakes without looking broken, visible damage, a working and logical penalty system, historical events, and reasonably compelling online play.