What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World of Outlaws: Spirit Cars is based entirely around the sprint car racing series, and likely will appeal to a very limited audience. Players can adjust their vehicle settings prior to any race, and will then sprint and nudge their way to the front of the pack of cars in a given race. Crashes occur and video footage of real world fiery crashes are shown. The game is full of product placement and some sexist references. Gamers with limited knowledge of the subtleties of car acceleration and braking, especially on dirt tracks will have a difficult time controlling and enjoying the game. The game can be played using headsets and open chat online, so parents need to consider the possibility of kids hearing offensive language from other players. Common Sense Media does not recommend letting kids talk online with strangers.
What's it about?
WORLD OF OUTLAWS: SPRINT CARS is a simulation game based entirely on the Sprint Car racing series of the same name. Players enter a sequence of races where you must complete training laps and qualifying races to get to the main event. Players are able to tweak their vehicle for optimal performance before each race, providing the player has some knowledge of adjustments and their results. Online play has some modes other than racing such as 'bomb tag', but players will mostly be in it for the races.
Is it any good?
From the onset, the game definitely shows its budget pricing in the presentation; a very bare bones interface combined with very flat and boxy looking graphics keep this title destined for the bargain bin. With controls that seem to never allow the player to fully control the car, only the dedicated and patient will be able to master the game. Actual drivers from the World of Outlaws series are used as opponents in the title, but sadly, nothing more than car number, style, and the drivers name are presented. The races start out interesting with mud flying (and blocking your vision), but after the first few matches, you realize that each race is going to be identical. Only the most hardened Sprint Car fans will stick this game out. Playing online has potential to be fun, but the extremely limited online community makes finding people to play with difficult.
Online interaction: Open chat is available for all gamers, and with that anyone runs the risk of ending up in a lobby or game with a very offensive player.