• "Auto racing began 5 minutes after the second car was built." - Henry Ford
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Dear Guest. Follow RaceDepartment on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, Steam and YouTube.

NASCAR Heat 2 Released

Discussion in 'NASCAR Heat 2' started by Paul Jeffrey, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    RaceDepartment Editor-in-Chief Staff Premium

    Messages:
    7,103
    Ratings:
    +12,013
    NASCAR Heat 2 Released 2.jpg
    704Games have released the much anticipated sequel to 2016's NASCAR Heat Evolution, bringing the latest NASCAR sanctioned game to console and PC marketplaces.

    Developed over the past few months with the intention of winning back a fan base left somewhat cold following a below par NASCAR Heat Evolution, the much heralded return of NASCAR synonymous game developers Monster Games should really bear fruit in this new title.

    For many Evolution was a toe in the water for Monster and something of a technical assessment exercise for the developers, aimed to help them understand where the current NASCAR sanctioned gaming scene has changed since their absence from holding the official licence, and with customer feedback and plenty of lessons learnt since last year, it is expected that the new title will be bigger, bolder and better than any that have gone before.


    As has been covered in great detail both here at RaceDepartment and wider within the sim racing community, the new game will feature a substantial increase in content over it's predecessor of 2016, with new tracks, two additional new series, split screen multiplayers and enhanced online features, on paper at least it looks like plenty of the initial complaints have been acknowledged and addressed within the new title.

    Available to purchase now across both console and PC platforms, and with a robust DLC offering of paid and free content already confirmed and in line for release, NASCAR fans will have plenty to keep themselves occupied with in the weeks ahead.

    NASCAR Heat 2 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

    NASCAR Heat 2 Released 3.jpg NASCAR Heat 2 Released 4.jpg NASCAR Heat 2 Released.jpg

    Don't forget to check out the NASCAR Heat 2 sub forum here at RD to stay in touch with the news, download additional content and join in organised multiplayer racing events. Get yourself involved and become part of the community today.

    Have you tried NASCAR Heat 2 yet? What do you think of the new game? Is Heat 2 a considerable improvement over the previous release? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
     
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017
    • Like Like x 2
    • Wow Wow x 1
  2. perun520

    perun520

    Messages:
    7
    Ratings:
    +1
    looks good
     
    • Wow Wow x 2
  3. Nevini

    Nevini

    Messages:
    85
    Ratings:
    +41
    For a left turn simulator, it look's quite good ;-)
     
    • Haha Haha x 4
  4. Schnensch

    Schnensch
    Premium

    Messages:
    30
    Ratings:
    +23
    I bought it and got a refund. No real graphic options to talk about and the steering wheel support is just as bad. No way to set AA level, only on and off. The idea of starting off small is really nice. But it's just not my cup of tea. The AI also isn't amazing. Got crashed into the back of my Truck 4x in the first race. I will check it out later on if they maybe patch some of the things that I don't enjoy about it.
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
    • Like Like x 1
    • Love Love x 1
  5. Gopher04

    Gopher04
    Old But Not Obsolete.. Premium

    Messages:
    786
    Ratings:
    +329
    WHY!
     
    • Haha Haha x 7
    • Like Like x 1
    • Love Love x 1
  6. MarcG

    MarcG
    Premium

    Messages:
    712
    Ratings:
    +270
    Anyone know if VR is in the plans for the future? I wouldn't mind a dedicated NASCAR game but without VR it's a no buy for me currently, thanks.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  7. darkelf1

    darkelf1

    Messages:
    154
    Ratings:
    +45
    i prefer Indy, but no official games, so now only play AC mods...:geek:
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Sad Sad x 1
  8. Tormentor

    Tormentor

    Messages:
    9
    Ratings:
    +1
    T300RS not supported? Can set all controls EXCEPT the steering (greyed out). I know ovals don't have THAT much corners, but hey it does'nt work complete without steering.

    Off to play Nascar Racing 2003, which is STILL the best Nascar game ever released...
     
  9. NASCRAP

    NASCRAP

    Messages:
    73
    Ratings:
    +14
    I can't wait for the DLC that lets you chug cheap, watery beer and have sex with your cousin.
     
    • Haha Haha x 10
    • Like Like x 1
  10. grirvan

    grirvan

    Messages:
    19
    Ratings:
    +9
    T300RS configs no problem. After installation, launch "play" from the library, not from the desktop (just this first time), it will take you to config, choose wheel and accept. It automatically detects the T300RS no problem. Go into game and do a quick race and test. Then go into config later and do your own tweaking of settings/FFB, etc.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. Brice.S.

    Brice.S.
    Premium

    Messages:
    148
    Ratings:
    +100
    Thanks for your review.
    The only reason why I could buy it, is racing oval against IA, if it's not good, I won't.. (i'm an iracing guy, but sometimes, i don't want to race against people, don't want to train etc...)
    @++
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Agree Agree x 1
  12. @apocapollo

    @apocapollo

    Messages:
    79
    Ratings:
    +74
    I'm on season 2 of career mode. I'm using a gamepad because I know better than to try to mess with configuring my wheel for this.

    The game is miles better than last years. Physics are one of the biggest improvements. It used to be stupidly easy to spin the car out or get spun out by the AI. The car feels pretty planted on to the ground. If you move the joystick left and right, you won't instantly lose the car. And the "pinball physics" from last year are completely gone.

    Graphics are better. Still not great. Needs better anti-aliasing support and softer shadows. But they've overhauled the color profiles this year. It's more colorful and lively. Some of the effects are a little overdone, but they pretty well while you're racing.

    You can make your own paint schemes now. It's really basic, nowhere near Forza paintbooth levels. But it's on par with Dirt to Daytona's paintbooth and will only get better as they update it.

    Menus are a lot nicer. They use a full motion video of color splashed clips from the 2017 season as the background for the menus. It's a really well done video, better than videos the TV broadcasters produce. There's licensed music now, not very good music but y'know. The spotter sounds are better this year too. Last year, there was this super annoying radio static that would play before every spotter message so it's nice to see that removed. Engine noise is better too, but audio is still low fidelity.

    There's a victory lane animation now. Not much but it's nice. The pitcrew and driver uniforms are 100% accurate and the victory lane animation shows that off well.

    Still not a super detailed tuning setup. Suppose that's what iRacing is for.

    The AI do make some weird ass pit strategies though. Still trying to wrap my head around what they're doing there.

    V-sync is broken. But that information is being passed on to MGI as I type this out.

    Career mode is the best part though. You start season 1 and you don't even have a truck to race in. You actually have to miss out on the first few races of the season and wait for a backmarker team to offer you a 1 race contract, and they're cars are physically slower than the good cars, they only want you to finish in the top 25. If you keep making teams happy with your one off performances, more teams will offer you rides and you'll eventually work yourself into a full season ride. Your first full season, backmarker teams from the series above you will start offering you one offs too, and that's how you work your way up to the top series. Once your in the top series, you can choose to moonlight in the lower two series for fun, just like Cup champions Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, etc do in real life. You earn money in career mode but I'm not sure you do anything with it.

    Honestly I'm so happy that we have all three series with a complete field of cars for the first time ever. This isn't the first time that there's been multiple series, but every previous attempt included more fictional drivers than real. Hell, in the later days of EA, the entire Whelen Modified Series was fictional. And then in 2009, EA didn't even license the car manufacturers.

    Here are some screenshots.[​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 4
    • Love Love x 4
    • Wow Wow x 1
  13. Andy Jackson

    Andy Jackson
    I am the new Colin Mcrae I am Premium

    Messages:
    6,609
    Ratings:
    +3,063
    You need NR2003 to fill your AI racing then. ;):thumbsup:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    • Like Like x 3
  14. Vass Gabor

    Vass Gabor

    Messages:
    15
    Ratings:
    +1
    Play car serrial seson automobilista?
     
    • Sad Sad x 1
  15. Amir Vodokotlic

    Amir Vodokotlic

    Messages:
    323
    Ratings:
    +218
    So as controller game its not bad?


    I see that the steam reviews are split, lot of negative reviews.
     
  16. Smetja

    Smetja

    Messages:
    76
    Ratings:
    +0
    Hi is there anybody, who have also problems with Thrustmaster Ferrari F430 wheel?
     
  17. @apocapollo

    @apocapollo

    Messages:
    79
    Ratings:
    +74
    It's good with a controller. Not great with wheels. Mixed reviews are because the PC port isn't stellar and the game is still a little rough around the edges.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  18. bsmooth

    bsmooth

    Messages:
    161
    Ratings:
    +30
    Sounds like a good Nascar game for the PS4. I've raced NR2003 quite a bit so I'll have to see how it checks out. Maybe a few will get brought back and I can pick it up used.
     
  19. The Flying Hun

    The Flying Hun

    Messages:
    18
    Ratings:
    +6
    When the by far best racing sim in the Nascar genre by now is already 14 years old, then this is evidence that in this genre some things are going very seriously wrong and that developers have some very strange things running amok inside their heads.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  20. Chobonator

    Chobonator
    Banned

    Messages:
    401
    Ratings:
    +114
    It's made for controller, felt awful with my TMX. Abysmal game overall, but the on-track experience has something going for it.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Wow Wow x 1