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25 Sept 2023

REVIEW: NASCAR Arcade Rush on Xbox

Review by Jon Donnis
NASCAR Arcade Rush, published by GameMill Entertainment, delivers a pulse-pounding arcade racing experience that will ignite the engines of both racing enthusiasts and casual gamers. Buckle up, hit the gas, and prepare for a thrilling adventure through reimagined versions of NASCAR's most legendary racetracks.

From the get-go, NASCAR Arcade Rush captivates with lightning-fast, high-octane gameplay that stays true to the spirit of NASCAR while injecting an arcade twist. The full-contact, wheel-to-wheel racing, combined with jaw-dropping jumps, nitro boosts, and unexpected surprises, keeps players at the edge of their seats. This game manages to strike a decent balance between being approachable for all and catering to die-hard NASCAR fans.

One of the standout features is the reimagination of iconic NASCAR tracks such as Talladega Superspeedway, Daytona International Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and more. The reengineered versions of these tracks deliver a fresh, imaginative take on familiar locales, adding an exhilarating dimension to the gameplay.

Customization is a key aspect, allowing players to personalize their vehicles and drivers with an impressive array of options spanning 75 years of stock car racing history. With countless combinations of paint schemes, rims, spoilers, and more, each player can truly craft a unique racing experience to match their style.

The game offers a variety of engaging modes, including the Career NASCAR Cup Series, Quick Race, and Time Attack, ensuring ample replayability for solo players. For those seeking a challenge against friends, the local and online multiplayer modes amp up the excitement, providing intense head-to-head battles and global competition.

The Good
Clear colourful graphics, familiar gameplay that will remind you of games like Mario Kart Tour and F1 Race Stars, and a fun arcade racing experience.

The Bad
No real differences between the cars you drive, all look different but play the same. There is NO drift mechanics in the game, which is a major mistake from the game makers, this means you will often bounce around on corners, and little skill is needed. There is no mini map and you cannot change the camera angle, two simple things that would improve the game massively.

NASCAR Arcade Rush revives the classic arcade racing experience, infusing it with the adrenaline of NASCAR racing, this could be a game you would play at an airport or an arcade, no skill needed to play, just a quick bash to pass the time.

It successfully appeals to a broad audience while paying homage to the fervent NASCAR fanbase. With its compelling features, reimagined tracks, and robust gameplay, NASCAR Arcade Rush earns a strong 8 out of 10. It is far from perfect, but it is fun enough to be worth a look. Perhaps wait for it to be on sale, as it is way overpriced right now for what it is.

Available now on Xbox

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