NASCAR 06: Total Team Control
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|NASCAR 06: Total Team Control|
|Series||EA Sports NASCAR Series|
|Genre(s)||Racing, Sports, Arcade|
|Mode(s)||Single-player, Online, Split Screen Multiplayer|
NASCAR 06: Total Team Control is the ninth installment of the EA Sports' NASCAR video game series. It was developed by EA Tiburon and released on August 30, 2005 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The NTSC game cover features Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevy Monte Carlo and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevy Monte Carlo. The PAL region game cover features Kurt Busch in the No. 97 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Taurus. A Xbox 360 version was planned but canceled. It was advertised in EAs upcoming games - packaged in some games - as "also available on Xbox 360".
NASCAR 06 follows the series' recent tradition of being subtitled with the major new feature of that edition. Total Team Control derives from the new teammate features: one can switch control from their driver to another car on their team during a race, and can command the teammate to follow, block for or work with the player. It also implements Logitech USB audio technology, allowing the player to order their crew chief with a headset or microphone. The rest of the game retains the modes and features brought into the series by NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup, making NASCAR 06 very similar to its predecessor. The game begins with the Pepsi 400, where Jimmie Johnson gets wrecked after bumping Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the player must take control of Gordon and win the race.
While a large number of real drivers are present in the NEXTEL Cup Series, National Series (Busch Series), and Craftsman Truck Series in NASCAR 06: Total Team Control, fantasy drivers are still present, sponsored by fictional or unused sponsors. However, the Whelen Modified Tour is entirely made up of fantasy drivers except for Ray Evernham's's 19 car and Matt Martin's 66 car. The No. 91 car driven by Bill Elliott was removed from the game for unknown reasons, but his name is still shown with the other Evernham Motorsports drivers in a tutorial video.
The Dodge Challenges, formerly the Lightning Challenge of the previous three games, return with a new set of challenges. This mode allows users to relive NASCAR moments of 2004 and first part of 2005. Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 22 Stacker 2 Ford in the Busch Series, is the commentator for all the challenges, replacing Michael Waltrip who had done it the last two games. Once a challenge is completed, the player will receive skill points that they can use to unlock Chase Plates, formerly Thunder Plates of the previous games as well, ranging from simple tasks such as holding off other drivers for the win, to hard tasks such as helping teammates reach the top ten.
The game received positive ratings from many reviewers who praised the new teamplay features, adding to an already abundant amount of content. It is likewise criticized by fans and reviewers for subpar graphics, unrealistic damage, and not making the strides to the series NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup did; John Davidson, a reviewer on 1UP, called the features "gratuitous" and believes that they "provide a constant feeling of detachment" from the racing experience.
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- "NASCAR 06: Total Team Control". IGN. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
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- "NASCAR 2006 Review for PS2 from". 1UP.com. 2005-08-29. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
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