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XBox 360 Review: NASCAR Unleashed

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My son is 14 and loves playing video games. Finding video games that he enjoys and I actually want him to play is not an easy task at all. Many of the games that he wants to play are way too violent for me to feel comfortable with. When I heard about NASCAR Unleashed, I was excited because he loves cars and racing games and I knew this would be something that he’d enjoy.

NASCAR Unleashed is a new game from Activision that is available on the XBox 360. NASCAR Unleashed is an arcade style game with a NASCAR racing theme. Players will get to play on real life NASCAR sanctioned race tracks with some fun changes. Some of the real life tracks you’re racing on include Daytona International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Martinsville Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. As you’re racing on the tracks, you get to break away into new areas like the city, the woods or a harbor which gives the player a nice break from the traditional tracks.

There are fifteen different NASCAR drivers that appear in the game including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, and Joey Logano. It’s great to be able to choose your favorite driver to play!

Your goal while playing is to place a certain position or to get a certain time for the race. If you don’t manage to meet this goal, you will have to do it over to move on. There are also two secondary objectives to accomplish as well in order to receive more race points. There are more challenges you can complete during each game to earn more boost on your boost meter. Boost gives you a burst of speed when you choose to use it.

There are all sorts of fun things you can do while racing including drafting, boosting, and drifting. As you play, you can make rivals for big points by slamming into your opponents. If your car is damaged, you can head into pit lane to repair your car and get an extra boost. There are some challenges in pit lane as well so watch out. The better you drive, the more boost you earn. With each event that you win, you can earn upgrades to customize your car and make it look more unique.

My son had a great time playing this game. He loved crashing the cars and going off road with them as well. The special effects were pretty good with cars flipping over and clouds of smoke billowing up in wrecks. He has spent tons of time playing this game and doesn’t seem to be bored with it yet. This is definitely a fun, family racing game.

NASCAR Unleashed is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB for Violence. This game can also be found on: PlayStation 3, Wii and Nintendo 3DS.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.