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By Howard Wen
Speeding around and around on a circular
track doesn't sound like it would make for an exciting game. But
Nascar Heat gets you involved with hard-core simulation details that
basically put you through stock-car racing school; if you just want
to get out on the track and make noise, you can do that too.
Nascar Heat features 19 accurate reproductions of racing venues
such as the Daytona International Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
and Texas Motor Speedway, plus 26 digital versions of real-life
Nascar celebs, including Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte and Mark
Martin. The AI for these racers is meant to mimic the way the real
men handle their cars, so they're tough to beat, even on the
"normal" difficulty setting. You can also compete with other players
through the Internet or on a Local Area Network.
Take the driver's seat in any one of the cars of these race pros.
Each virtual stock car has been designed to handle and look like its
real-life counterpart -- often right down to the ad endorsements
stickered all over it. If you're feeling creative, build your own
car from scratch: A basic drawing program lets you create a custom
paint job for your personal stock car. Even better, you can move
these image files to your preferred graphics program and back.
Likewise, the mechanics of your car -- gear speed, brakes, springs,
tire pressure, shocks, even the amount of duct tape covering the
grille -- can be tweaked to suit your taste.
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