NASCAR The Game: Inside Line

 
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Learning(i)

True life racing with many modes of play; watch open chat.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line does not really deliver an overtly positive message. It is about racing and players are rewarded for performing well in the various modes of play. For example, if you are a good driver in the career mode, you will gain sponsorships. In that way the game delivers a message that could be perceived as rewarding players for good, positive behavior and skill. On the other side of that coin, there is an achievement given out for causing opponent's cars to spin out by bumping them during a race.

Positive role models

As the name suggests, NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is about racing cars. There are no story-driven good guys or bad guys, but because NASCAR is about drafting and bumping through crowds, or putting a driver into the wall, players can create their own self-image by the way they drive. Someone who is not so nice might resort to banging fenders and other cars, while a player who wishes to drive clean will play by the rules and avoid nudging or banging into opponents on the race course.

Ease of play

Turn left -- begin! Actually, the player interface in NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is very easy to navigate and players will be able to jump in and hit the track without having to spend a lot of time figuring out the controls. Where the game does present some challenges is in actually driving around the track at a high rate of speed. Real-world physics play a part and can drift cars toward the side walls. This game is easy to play, but requires practice to master.

Violence

Visible damage appears on cars that have been put into a wall or nudged and banged about during a race. Some options in NASCAR The Game: Inside Line allow for cars to take visible damage, although the car's performance is not affected.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line does not have any language that would be deemed inappropriate for younger players. However, the game does have an online component in which players can race against other people. Because voice chat is available, the language can get rather salty, including but certainly not limited to other players dropping the f-bomb frequently.

Consumerism

This is NASCAR, and what would NASCAR be without sponsorships and decals adorning cars with advertising? NASCAR The Game: Inside Line features real-world sponsors and cars so advertising is constantly being seen in the game.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns: NASCAR The Game: Inside Line has voice chat enabled as a default in the online multiplayer game. Other players can be muted and a microphone/headset must be installed in order to use this element but there are no restrictions in the vocal interactions between players. The communication is unmoderated and kids playing could hear inappropriate language and discussions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is a racing game that emulates the fast-paced world of NASCAR. There is a career mode with a 23-track season. In addition, the game features five other single-player games (Chase for the Sprint Cup, Race Now, Track Testing, Scenario Challenges, and Head-to-Head Challenges), can be played as an online multiplayer race, or with two players in a split-screen mode. The game also features voice chat online, which requires a subscription to the PlayStation Network or the Xbox LIVE subscription service.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • set objectives

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

What Kids Can Learn

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line wasn't created for educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • set objectives

Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line wasn't created for educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michael Lafferty

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What's it about?

NASCAR THE GAME: INSIDE LINE is a racing simulation game that allows players to drive in the Sprint Cup circuit with all the trimmings and overpowered aggressiveness of NASCAR high-end cars. Players can challenge for the Sprint Cup Championship by competing in the career mode or indulge in other single-player action in a variety of ways, including reliving some of the best moments in NASCAR history.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line has several difficulty settings but the game can be challenging even on the easy mode. Winning races takes skill and control of the game's mechanics. Graphically, the game is very nicely done and the sound does emulate what one would expect from wearing the helmet in a NASCAR race. The controller is not the easiest way to drive in this game, which tries its best to be true to life with its various elements, including physics. Overall, though, this is a solid game that will challenge as well as entertain.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why car racing is considered enjoyable and why what is seen on the screen should not be attempted in the real world.

  • Talk about how physics and momentum affect objects in motion, particularly cars, and why drivers should keep that in mind when driving.

  • Talk about the advertising placements in NASCAR, and why advertisers want their logos and decals in plain sight.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 5, 2012
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for Mild violence (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd February 5, 2013
 
LEARNING

finally the nascar game we all have been waiting for

Kids will learn that you can't win at everything and for me this is the best game on the Wii that isn't made from nintendo
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written by860zack00 May 24, 2013
 

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