NASCAR Unleashed on 360, PS3, Wii, 3DS this year

Activision combines circuit and street racing in latest game based on popular stock car series; 15 licensed drivers and five tracks including Daytona included.

Earlier this year, Activision got behind the wheel of the NASCAR gaming franchise for the first time with the Eutechnyx-developed sim-focused NASCAR 2011: The Game. For the publisher's second lap on the license, it's taking a decidedly less authentic tack.

An all-new way to kick up sand in people's faces.

Activision today announced NASCAR Unleashed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and 3DS. Set for release this fall, Unleashed lets gamers take their stock cars beyond the track for arcade-style action on city streets, beaches, and off-road locales. By employing techniques like drafting and sling-shotting, players will be able to earn boost power-ups and make the most of what Activision describes as the game's "lax physics."

Despite the arcade-focus, Activision isn't completely doing away with authenticity for NASCAR Unleashed. Players will be able to swap paint with 15 licensed NASCAR drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon on a selection of real-world tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

For more on Activision's first go-around with NASCAR, check out GameSpot's review of NASCAR 2011: The Game.

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27 comments
SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

looks like fun - what about an EU release please???

Prohuman86
Prohuman86

I was hoping Activision would be able to deliver something that would rival Papyrus' Nascar sims, I was looking forward to their second game, this does look fun but I hope they try for a decent sim

thunderbone
thunderbone

I don't know if this will be any good. I heard the kart-racing game for Wii was complete trash, and I don't know if Activision would follow EA or not. Though, like xads308, I will consider this if it's like Rumble was. @ xFishBowlx: Well said. I hate the "h4t3rz." They can f*** off with their crappy F1 and...oh, what a shock. Sebastian Vettel wins. God, I got sick of that sport... @ caketoo: I remember when EA tried that with games from Thunder 2004 to NASCAR 07. Didn't bode well. They'd better make sure there is NO simulation-like physics. After playing Race Driver 2006, I can say running a stock car at a road course is about like going ice skating in a pair of flip-flops: you're gonna get hurt...

BoabDreeps
BoabDreeps

Wow! This is great news. Only way NASCAR could be improved upon was to let you drive those motoring slugs on beaches and swap the paint about. Looks like Activision have done the right thing...dumb down the game for the dumb NASCAR fans. This will be a hit!

xads308
xads308

can you say NASCAR Rumble? if it is in fact anything like rumble, i may consider a purchase :D

theKSMM
theKSMM

I thought NASCAR fans were really prickly about authenticity. I know Activision wants to make the most of the license they purchased, but I wonder how die-hard NASCAR fans will respond to the idea of racing across beaches and down highways.

holtrocks
holtrocks

YES now i can finally get all this turning left out of my system.

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

@chilly-chill you must lived under a rock your hole life and your a trollface for asking that.you can go back under your rock now k

PsiPhiTy
PsiPhiTy

Yeah more racers on 3ds, sounds good. I hear we're getting F1 for 3ds as well.

caketoo
caketoo

Maybe they should add more street or road courses to the NORMAL version of nascar games to offer more variety. Allow a custom schedule and a career. Why move on to another style of 'nascar game' when 2011 was so horrible? This is bound for the bargin bin.

Triton
Triton

This will be a failure.

edranyesul
edranyesul

Much like EA's Madden and NHL games, developers are starting to grasp at straws for new ideas for NASCAR games. Really, there's only so much they can do... I mean, I know the only reason I've purchased all the NASCAR games is for the paint schemes! Pretty sad, I know, but there's nothing wrong with buying them cheap. Anyhow, so long as this game has plenty of unlockable content, it'll be alright. NASCAR Rumble had lots of it, and it even let you explore outside of the racing area for "keys" to unlock stuff with. That's what I'm hoping for, anyway.

nastyhotpocket
nastyhotpocket

they should atleast put some legends in it like #3 dale earnhardt sr the jordan of nascar..

xFishBowlx
xFishBowlx

Fehhh... When can we get another good NASCAR game? This reminds me of the game I played when I was a kid, I loved it. As a kid.. I just want a good non rubish game. People who see NASCAR as only cars going in circles obviously don't see any of the strategy within the racing, just as a chess player may not see it in football. And once you go see one race, you'll be hooked for the rest of your life.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

This is disapoointing for those who are looking for an authnetic racing game based on all NASCAR drivers and tracks. I was hoping for like the old EA games like NASCAR Thunder.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Is this the sequel to Nascar Rumble on Ps1, or Rumble Racing on PS2?

apollo333
apollo333

This is probably the dumbest game idea I've ever heard! Who wants to bet that they don't get a renewal on the license when it expires?

jcopp72
jcopp72

interesting, how much? is this a full game? I would maybe get it for $10 off of PSN

beuneus12
beuneus12

i see race game, ok somewhat interested. I see Activision, ok nothing to see here

Freezezzy
Freezezzy

They're making another left turn! They're making another left turn! They're making another... right turn?! OMG!

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

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rarson
rarson

Lax physics? Don't want.

Dragonsingh3000
Dragonsingh3000

Wooo no more round and round tracks it's time for an burnout, need for speed style game for NASCAR, but will it be enough lol

moviequest14
moviequest14

This looks like it should be enough to catapult Nascar out of the their boring bland routine...after all there are only so much excitement that can be held through a series after so many tracks (that hardly differ) with no sense of danger or extremism...just racing over and over in an oval while you see Need for Speed and Ridge Racer tearing it up with unique tracks...it is Racing Revelation time for Nascar.