Hasbro isn't taking the responsibility of the NASCAR license lightly. NASCAR Heat is planned for a holiday release and looks great! Currently the game runs at a nice, smooth framerate (better than NASCAR 2001), but it must be said that there are only eight cars on the track right now. Bobby Labonte, 2000 Winston Cup contender, is the chief technical advisor on the game. Besides multiplayer, single race and championship modes, NASCAR Heat features a Beat the Heat option which recreates some of the most thrilling moments in various drivers' careers for the player. At this point it's hard to tell if Heat is meant to be a hardcore simulator or an arcade game, but we should have a better idea of its direction in the coming months. Just wait until you see the planned Playstation 2 version in 2001!
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You've gotta hand it to Hasbro. Rather than compete head-to-head with EA Sports, they've let a bunch of real drivers play their NASCAR game, and created specific challenges (like time attack) around that. As if that weren't enough, the same group got together and created a collection of challenges based on their past experiences on the track. Expect anything but a traditional NASCAR game this fall.