NASCAR Heat 2 - PlayStation 4 Review

Feel the engine’s heat

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Publisher: 704Games
  • Developer: Monster Games
  • Release Date: Sept 12, 2017

Who it Caters to

Get your engines ready, it’s time to hit the circuits in NASCAR Heat 2! Players can take control of their favorite NASCAR racers as well as create their own as they enter one of several events. For the first time since 2008, players can explore the NASCAR Truck Series and Xfinity Series. Play with another friend for split screen multiplayer or go online and play in 40 player races. The world of NASCAR awaits and you’re behind the wheel in NASCAR Heat 2.

What to Expect

As with most NASCAR games, players should be prepared to take control of legendary racers in the NASCAR circuit. There are several games modes to choose from in NASCAR Heat 2 such as Quick Race, Split Screen and Championship Mode to name a few. Go to career mode where you can earn your way to the big leagues as you start off as a newcomer or enter quick races to go against the AI. If you feel as if you’re ready to challenge the world, go online and race in 40 player online matches. NASCAR Heat 2 brings the feeling of NASCAR right to your living room and will allow you to see the world through the eyes of the men and women racers who make this sport so amazing.

Story

In Career Mode, players have finally gotten the chance to show their skills in the NASCAR world. Now it’s up to you to keep that chance alive by winning in some races to prove to sponsors you’re worth investing in. Go week by week and get different sponsors as well as take on different races. Once you show your stuff, you might get lucky and be able to get to the Cup Series! Your competition is tough and unrelenting but now you can prove that you’re the same.

Gameplay

Here at Honey’s Anime, we have played our fair share of racing games. That can certainly be said about NASCAR based racing titles going back to the early days of the PS1. NASCAR Heat 2 is now our focus for today’s reviews and we’re about to tell you why it may be worth buying or maybe holding off on. Now then, let us race into our review of NASCAR Heat 2.

As soon as you start up NASCAR Heat 2, you’re going to be greeted to a nice clip of the world of NASCAR and it really instills a nice feeling of playing a NASCAR based title. Then when the video ends you’re going to see a menu filled with different game modes and that’s when you’re going to realize how much you can do in NASCAR Heat 2. Right off the bat, we’re going to flat out say NASCAR Heat 2 has a ton to do and that is great for a game like this. Racing games can become quickly boring when they rely on one or two modes. However, thanks to NASCAR Heat 2 having so many things to do—which we will explore in a moment—you’ll find that your $49.99 entry fee is worth it, if you’re looking for content.

As we stated, NASCAR Heat 2 has several different game modes to choose from and within those game modes, most have different means of playing. That’s due to the whole truck racing and Xfinity series on top of the Monster Energy Cup Series that you can jump into. This allows each mode to have an even wider berth of assorted styles to enjoy. Will you play Quick Race to jump right into the game, Championship mode or Career mode? Speaking of Career mode, let’s talk about that for a moment.

Career mode is easily one of our favorite aspects of NASCAR Heat 2. The feeling of you being part of the NASCAR is captured incredibly well. As you play and win you’ll see real life sponsors message you—in game obviously—offering you deals to race for them. Even other racers will at times message you various words of confidence or advice that makes the experience of Career mode even more immersive. We know that if we were left to our own devices we would be playing Career mode for several hours and not even realize it.

Another great aspect of NASCAR Heat 2 is the split screen mode. Folks, most games nowadays are losing split screen. That’s why when NASCAR Heat 2 announced players could enjoy racing against friends on the same screen we were ecstatic to see it. You could even jump online and play with up to 39 other players for some huge life-like NASCAR races. Alright we’ve praised NASCAR Heat 2 a lot, are there any bad things about it? Short answer: a few things so let us explore those.

Graphically, NASCAR Heat 2 isn’t horrible but compared to other racing titles like the Forza series or even Need for Speed, NASCAR Heat 2 looks poor. The cars look decent and show real life damage when you hit other cars or the walls of a circuit but it still looks more akin to a game that could have passed for a later last generation game. Though luckily the sound quality of NASCAR Heat 2 makes up for the weak visuals as the car sound great and the soundtrack used during the end of an event or during the menus sounds great.

Then let us also mention NASCAR Heat 2’s other minor flaws: the overly simple mechanics and niche theme. NASCAR Heat 2 compared to again more modern racing titles is very simple meaning don’t expect to have to worry much about car status and how everything is performing. Also, as much as we like NASCAR and have a great appreciation for the sport, not everyone is going to feel the same about it thus affecting your enjoyment of NASCAR Heat 2. This is made for fans and while newcomers can enjoy the simple modes of play, most will grow bored if they don’t invest themselves into the NASCAR world with in NASCAR Heat 2.

Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

NASCAR Heat 2 is easily one of the better NASCAR games we’ve played in some time here at Honey’s Anime. There are so many different game modes to enjoy—our personal favorites were the Career Mode and Quick Race—which gives NASCAR Heat 2 plenty of replayability. There are some issues with NASCAR Heat 2 in the form of the poor graphics—which aren’t the worst we’ve seen but certainly not the best a racing game can offer—and the overly simple mechanics. Those who prefer more technical racing games will probably not be that happy that NASCAR Heat 2 doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles as some other racing titles. Overall, your enjoyment of NASCAR Heat 2 will be based on two things, how much you love racing games and how much you love NASCAR. Though for the price of admission we think it’s not a bad deal to pick up NASCAR Heat 2.

Honey's Pros:

  • Solid racing controls
  • Quick to pick up and play
  • Multitude of game modes
  • Split Screen!
  • Cars sound amazing
  • Career mode is great

Honey's Cons:

  • Ho hum graphics
  • Still for niche audiences
  • Might be a little too simple for hardcore racing gamers

Honey's Final Verdict:

NASCAR Heat 2 is a solid NASCAR game and we’re happy to report that. The ho hum graphics, simple racing mechanics and obvious niche theme may put off most from picking up NASCAR Heat 2 and that is understandable. Though we here at Honey’s Anime enjoyed NASCAR Heat 2 and we’re sure those who love the NASCAR world will probably love it as well. Now let us ask you what are your thoughts about NASCAR Heat 2? Are you thinking of picking up this new NASCAR title or are you going to wait a while? Comment down below so we can hear from all of you beautiful people out there and be sure to stick around to Honey’s Anime for more great game reviews and articles.

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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