Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the cover of NASCAR The Game: Inside LineEnlarge Photo
Developed by Eutechnyx, Inside Line gives players over 40 drivers and teams to choose from, as well as a selection of 23 licensed tracks. It’s not just ovals and tri-ovals, either, as the game includes road courses like Sonoma, too.
Adding a new dimension to gaming, players will be able to replay classic moments from the last two seasons, with potentially different outcomes. Think you’re a better driver in the virtual world than Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the real world? NASCAR The Game: Inside Line gives you the chance to prove it.
To keep up with next season, players will be able to buy new downloadable content, with new driver challenges, throughout the 2013 Sprint Cup Series. Just as in real-world racing, players can tune cars, change graphics and tweak the handling, all without the obligation to keep sponsors happy throughout the season.
The game promises authentic race weekends, complete with practice and qualifying sessions, and allows players the ability to drive a single race or compete in a season of racing. There’s even a “Career” mode for the truly diehard, which allows players to compete over multiple seasons.
Just in case that isn’t real enough for you, commentary is provided by Darrell Waltrip and Mike Joy, while Ty Norris is your spotter and Ray Evernham is your crew chief. All that’s missing now is a groupie named Bambi in cutoff denim shorts, but that would likely negate the game’s E rating.
NASCAR The Game: Inside Line is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii platforms, priced at $49.99 for Wii and $59.99 for the other systems.