A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Gameplay emphasizes teamwork by sticking close to your teammate to earn speed boosts. Players can unlock a handful of fictional female drivers to augment the all-male Sprint Cup line-up.
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Corporate logos are everywhere, from the drivers' cars and firesuits to track billboards. Even one of the power-ups is named for a corporation, and logos are prevalent on the game menus. Dialogue refers to NASCAR (R) and the Sprint Cup (TM).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a kart racing game starring NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers. The game contains plenty of NASCAR references and in-jokes that will appeal to die-hard fans of the sport, but parents should be aware of relentless corporate branding that permeates every level of the game from the in-game billboards to the menu screens.
Is It Any Good?
When held up to Mario Kart franchise, the golden standard of kart racing, Nascar Kart Racing falls a little short, but it's still a solid racing game that introduces a unique emphasis on teamwork. When you select a racer (one of 12 Sprint Cup drivers, with 12 more characters unlockable) you'll be automatically paired with a teammate. During the race, whenever you're close to your teammate, your boost meter charges to enable extra bursts of speed. Smart teammates will use this technique to "slingshot" past each other and zip to the front of the pack.
Unfortunately, the game suffers from intrusive and relentless corporate advertising. Ads are par for the course in NASCAR, but in NASCAR Kart Racing ads aren't just limited to the drivers' cars and firesuits, but to trackside billboards and even the game menus (the restart screen is "sponsored" by Coke Zero, for example). Even a power-up meant to distract by temporarily blocking your view of the track acts by flashing a giant logo of the sponsor of the attacking driver across the screen. The in-game dialogue is peppered with references to "NASCAR (R)" and the "Sprint Cup (TM)," too. Players willing to put up with this, however, will find an entertaining and laid back racing game that captures the spirit of NASCAR.
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