NASCAR The Game: Inside Line
By Michael Lafferty,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
True life racing with many modes of play; watch open chat.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
NASCAR The Game: Inside Line wasn't created for educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Hobbies: sports, Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy, Responsibility & Ethics: learning from consequences, Self-Direction: set objectives
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: November 5, 2012
- Genre: Racing
- ESRB rating: E for Mild violence
- Last updated: December 14, 2021
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