NASCAR the Game 2011

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Flawed racing simulation plays down impact of crashes.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This racing game was designed as a NASCAR simulation. That means players engage in sanctioned sporting events, not illegal street races, as in some racing games. However, the dangers of the sport aren't clearly illustrated. When accidents happen, all players see is car damage; drivers are never injured or forced to quit the race. This could give kids the impression than high-speed racing carries little danger.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Plenty of real-life NASCAR personalities are represented by their names and likenesses. They are rarely seen or heard, but players could infer character disposition based on the driving styles they see, which tend to be in line with what one would expect in a real-world NASCAR race.

Ease of Play

The game is perhaps too easy, though at least racing rookies won't have an issue trying to win. The cars aren't difficult to control, but they do feel stiff.

Violence

The game is based on the real sport of NASCAR, which sees its share of car crashes and pile-ups -- including driver deaths caused by the accidents -- but the game doesn't show any crashes in gory detail.

Sex
Language

One of the songs in the soundtrack has the word "hell" in its lyrics.

Consumerism

NASCAR is filled with sponsored vehicles and uniforms, and this game is no different. You'll see logos for Ford, Energizer, Tums, Lowe's, Sunoco, the U.S. Army, GoDaddy.com, and many others -- primarily splashed on the race cars.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NASCAR The Game 2011 is a racing simulation game with some mild language (one song that has the word "hell" in its lyrics). Note, though, that its depiction of racing -- though seemingly realistic -- does not accurately simulate the dangers and potential consequences of high-speed racing. This could affect how young players think about the risks involved with real-world driving.

User Reviews

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Kid, 9 years old July 3, 2011

Make no mistake, this game is great.

This is one of the best racing games my family has ever owned. The way the draft is is more understandable. The tracks look more realistic. The variety of racin... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bygrantman1 May 1, 2016

A fun game

It is a very fun game to play! There is nothing to worry about in the game. There is no cursing,or anything that may raise concern

What's it about?

NASCAR THE GAME 2011 is a racing title for the Nintendo Wii -- the first time a NASCAR title has come to Nintendo's console -- allowing fans of the sport to race as or against their favorite real-life drivers. You'll have access to renowned NASCAR drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Danica Patrick, and Trevor Bayne, winner of the 2011 Daytona 500. The game lets you climb behind one of 43 cars before taking to nearly two dozen authentic tracks to vie for the checkered flag. Other features include realistic wrecks with full damage modeling, strategic pit stops and multiple game modes.

Is it any good?

While the game sounds decent on paper, playing isn't very fun for a few reasons. For one, it's incredibly easy. Passing other drivers is a piece of cake. You will most likely win races regardless of your skill level. Anyone with driving game experience should select the highest difficulty setting. Second, the cars don't control very well. They feel stiff and unresponsive. Third, this game is a stripped down version of the PS3 and Xbox 360 version. It removes features like vehicle customization, and there's no way to save races for viewing or sharing at a later time -- a must for racing games.

Unless you don't care about experiencing a modicum of challenge or enjoying features found in other versions of the game, this one should be left for the bargain bin.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether games like this one are a legitimate way to extend the entertainment of motorsports or simply a cash grab that takes away from the fun, excitement, and authenticity of real-world car racing.

  • Families can also discuss how a child's perception of driving might be altered as he or she plays racing video games. If a game downplays the dangers involved in high speed racing, will kids think it is safer than it actually is?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Release date: May 24, 2011
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Language

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