NASCAR video games are typically dismissed by those that don’t play them for being video games comprised of principally left turns. Whereas that’s appropriate, there’s plenty of depth to simulation inventory automobile racing to discover, and prolonged races enable methods to be carried out. NASCAR Arcade Rush is a far completely different spin, because it’s an arcade-style sport that options loads of proper turns and doesn’t resemble the precise sport in any respect.
The good a part of Arcade Rush is that the phases are reimagined variations of 12 precise race tracks, equivalent to Daytona and Michigan Worldwide Speedway. These tracks typically take inspiration from the cities they’re based mostly on and aren’t afraid of getting ridiculous, like Homestead-Miami Speedway that includes an enormous ring of fireplace you soar by way of. The tracks are the one ingredient that basically elevates what’s in any other case a stable, but largely unspectacular, racing sport.
The issue with the precise racing is that there simply isn’t a lot to it. Positive, you have got a turbo meter that you should utilize to realize velocity, and there are enhance strips on the monitor that’ll reward you for driving on them. Nonetheless, there’s no drifting or one other gameplay system on provide that might’ve given the sport the additional layer of depth it might’ve used. For a sport that wishes to be an over-the-top model of NASCAR, it might’ve dreamed a bit larger with the precise gameplay.
The one distinctive gameplay system on show, and one I actually like because it takes inspiration from precise inventory automobile racing, is that it incorporates pitting. Since races are solely three or 4 laps lengthy, it’s purely optionally available to pit, and it’s to not gasoline up your automobile or handle harm. As a substitute, slowing down quickly by way of the pit lane will see your nitro gauge fully refilled. It’s a raffle — as you too can discover enhance strips that offer you a tiny little bit of nitro — however one which provides some extra technique that the sport undoubtedly wanted.
Finally, with solely 12 tracks, the sport doesn’t have a ton of endurance. You do degree up and unlock a bunch of customization choices (you will get a Tron-style automobile, which is cool), however there aren’t compelling causes to maintain coming again. Unlocking real-life NASCAR legends as racers or throwback automobiles might’ve been a great incentive, however as an alternative, there are solely generic drivers to go up towards. Time trials and on-line play, along with the principle tournaments, add some replayability however aren’t overly compelling.
NASCAR Arcade Rush Evaluate: Ultimate Verdict
NASCAR Arcade Rush lives as much as its title and delivers a enjoyable, non-simulation racing sport that options reimaginings of a few of the most iconic racing tracks within the USA. Nonetheless, it isn’t outlandish and thrilling sufficient to fully win over a median arcade racing sport fan, neither is it a love letter sufficient to NASCAR to make it a must-own sport for inventory automobile racing lovers. As a substitute, it’s within the center floor, the place when you dig each, then you definately’ll have a great time, however you’ll nonetheless end up shifting on to different video games sooner fairly than later.
A number of customization choices
Colourful ranges based mostly on actual tracks
No licensed drivers
Gameplay is a bit too easy
Comparatively sparse content material
Disclaimer: This NASCAR Arcade Rush evaluate relies on a PS5 copy supplied by the writer. Performed on model 1.001.000.