NASCAR 08

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NASCAR 08
Nascar08ps2scan.jpg
Box art
Developer(s) EA Tiburon, Exient Entertainment (PS2)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series EA Sports NASCAR series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release date(s)
  • NA July 23, 2007
  • EU July 26, 2007
  • AUS November 15, 2007
Genre(s) Racing, Sports, Simulation, Arcade
Mode(s) Single-player
Online
Split Screen Multiplayer (PS2 Only)
Distribution Optical disc (all systems)

NASCAR 08 is the eleventh installment of the EA Sports NASCAR series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This is the earliest that EA has released a NASCAR game. It also marks the first time the original Xbox has been excluded from the NASCAR lineup since NASCAR 2001.

Tony Stewart is on the cover marking his third appearance on the cover of an EA Sports NASCAR game. The cover in the PAL region features Juan Pablo Montoya. NASCAR’s new Car of Tomorrow as well as the current car are present in the game, although the Car of Tomorrow is generic (no separate manufacturers). ESPN's NASCAR coverage is also integrated into the game. Crew chief dialogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game was recorded by Chad Knaus. The Whelen Modified Tour is not included in PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, but is still present in the PlayStation 2 version.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reception of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 version of the game has been average to negative. GameSpot gave the Xbox 360 version a 6.0 rating [1] and a 6.0 for the PlayStation 3 version.[2] The closing comments of the IGN Xbox 360 review:

NASCAR 08 is bare-bones, unpolished and uninspired. When you don't even have any sort of ending wrap-up screen for the Season mode, you know you're in trouble. Hardcore NASCAR fans will no-doubt rally behind the title and say that the reviews are wrong and that we just don't understand the sport, but there's very little to the package.[3]

Critical reception of the PlayStation 2 version was better when compared to the previous years NASCAR 07, but still fared average to negative. The closing comments of the Strategy Informer review:

Overall NASCAR 08 is a solid game, but not one that has received a lot of love and attention since last year. The changes that have been made are an attempt to widen the appeal to a less hard-core audience. The problem with this is that the majority of the fans of the series are those very hard-core gamers that they are ignoring. The end result is a game that has little to offer you if you have the previous edition. This game best serves those of us who are either new to the series or are hardened fans of NASCAR proper. Maybe a game to pick up once the price falls in a month or two.[4]

Soundtrack[edit]

Artist Song
Airbourne "Stand Up For Rock ‘N Roll"
Big & Rich "Loud"
Big & Rich "Radio"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Need Some Air"
Blackberry Smoke "Up In Smoke"
Brooks & Dunn "Long Haul"
Bucky Covington "Empty Handed"
Crossin Dixon "Stomp"
Halfway To Hazard "‘Til The Day We Die"
Jason Aldean "Johnny Cash"
Palmerston "Addicted To This"
Velvet Revolver "She Builds Quick Machines"

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Previous game:
NASCAR 07
EA Sports NASCAR Series Next game:
NASCAR 09