NASCAR 07 First Look

EA's annual stock-car update will get back to driving basics while adding some new, requested features.

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Though it hasn't yet taken the entire country by storm, NASCAR fever continues to grow at a steady rate--and in the areas where it is popular, you'd think it's the best thing since sliced bread. So it's no surprise that EA is working on a new NASCAR game due out later this year titled, simply, NASCAR 07. Based on our look at the game at EA's press event today, this sequel will get more deeply into the strategy of driving in the NASCAR format, and it'll add in some gameplay features that fans have been requesting, to boot.

The biggest addition to the 07 game is the tracking of driver attributes. Each of the roughly 35 drivers in the game is ranked based on his ability to drive different types of races, and these component stats add up to an overall rating. Some drivers will naturally be better at some track types than others, but luckily you can earn points by racing cleanly and pulling off fancy maneuvers, which you can then apply to boosting your rating in a specific category. So if you drive well enough, you can conceivably mold your driver into the best in the game, though this will probably require a lot of dedication.

Apparently fans of EA'S NASCAR series have commented to developers that they'd like to be able to jump straight to the Nextel Cup in the game's career, so the team has added a series of qualifying rounds that you can optionally take part in. If you perform well enough, you'll get to sign a new contract that will earn you more money and move you up the ladder more quickly. This will essentially act as a sort of shortcut through the career mode if you can hang with the demands of the qualification rounds.

The developers wanted to emphasize the sense of speed in the game this year, so a few subtle tweaks have been added to make the action feel faster. Alternate camera angles will get you closer to the pavement, for instance, and a tastefully applied motion-blur effect around the edges of the screen helped make things look more hectic too, from what we saw. This is all in line with the team's design philosophy this year of getting closer to the core driving, and toward that end the team has made a few tweaks to the default gameplay options, such as turning on pitting and tire and fuel wear by default, which gets you a little closer to simulation-style gameplay. But you can still tweak all these options as much as you want, of course.

Aside from these changes and additions, fans of the NASCAR games from EA can expect all the same options and gameplay modes that were available last year, including the teammate features and the agent who will guide your career path as you become more popular and successful. NASCAR 07 is due out in early September, so we'll bring you more on the game in the coming weeks.

Discussion

31 comments
OhioStateED1991
OhioStateED1991

hopefully the driver changes are real this time not just fantasy drivers taking over like they should have Sadler 2 Evernham.I'M SICK OF THE FANTASY DRIVERS I WANT THEM GONE

Wickedneoq
Wickedneoq

Though, we're still probably miles away from NASCAR SimRacing on the 360, aren't we? Figures. If those were features asked for by the fans, then who do they think they're kidding? Improved online is all we ever wanted in 06, they dropped the ball. They better not drop the ball again, or else they'll likely not be renewing that exclusivity contract.

Wasser_Spiegel8
Wasser_Spiegel8

But the problem is like they said before, EA Games never really cares about the reality of the games they release. The 2006 Nascar season had the Ford Fusion, but the 06 game still had Tauruses. A lot of guys that drive Chargers are still using newer Intrepid frames. The teams will change next year too, like Casey Mears coming to Hendrick. And how much do you wanna bet that the Toyota Camry won't be in this game, when it WILL be running in NNC? The point is, EA is really lazy about their Nascar franchise. They're really just putting out the same game every year and making money off of it every time. If this game doesn't have the Camry, I'm sure not buying it.

facgreenmarine
facgreenmarine

Best NASCAR game ever was NASCAR Rumble for the PS1

mattbelshaw
mattbelshaw

drive fast turn left, overtake drive overtake drive some more over take....... god dam thats fun........ americans cant do motorsport the tracks are sposed to have turns in them, F1 and WCR ftw !

dkslade
dkslade

elliot sadler opted out of his contract with yates racing. good choice for the cover.yates racing will not have jarrett or sadler next year. ea always **** up this game with the release. football is coming out,hockey,basketball. february when nascar starts is when it should be out. as i said before it should be called NASCAR 06.5. 07 will have toyotas racing, not in this game, not to mention driver changes.

EmptySki
EmptySki

I cant wait for this nascar game. I really enjoy nascar games but the last i had was Nascar 98' :D. That was a great game.

usmarines08
usmarines08

dude i remember the old playstation one with the paintballs that was the best game ever lol.

Ubawalla
Ubawalla

i hope they make the online better for 07

25545
25545

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payback_56
payback_56

Its a shame ty said o Nascar 07 on 360 :( That would have been the best....oh well, there is always nascar 08....only another year away :(

Jumbo120788
Jumbo120788

i remeber a nascar game on playstation where you could shoot painballs ahh good times

bobman19
bobman19

i love nascar but for some reason i never hit the turns right and lose about 6 positions

elessartelrunya
elessartelrunya

Looks good, now if only they would price it at $29.99 or even $39.99 :)

koolgiy
koolgiy

I love Nascar games. Well..I love racing games in general. 06 wasn't that great. I hope they make it better.

Deljr7
Deljr7

I think it is going to be a great game.

wolfmann
wolfmann

I just wanna rock product and with `07 it`s gonna be a wild affair

SicBMX84
SicBMX84

they might wait to next year and do a 360 and PS3 version together

Pete5506
Pete5506

Well it needs to be on the 360 and/or PC, but its not so I will have to get it for the orignal xbox. :(

Jeff4ever
Jeff4ever

It sounds ok so far hope it turns out that way

MartinMan
MartinMan

It better not suck like nascar06.

TheTrekkie
TheTrekkie

Hmmm. They do need a 360 version, and I don't remeber me ever taking part in a survey for that, but oh well. I'm most likely not going to get it, I already sold my orignal Xbox to my friend.

Elementskate14
Elementskate14

Yay but what about the xbox 360 version of nascar 07???????????????????????????????????????????????

dalejr88
dalejr88

Not as excited as last year. But still sounds ok.