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What 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
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: November 5, 2012
- Genre: Racing
- ESRB rating: E for Mild violence
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