It’s a racing simulator for PC and consoles, the only objective is to become the best driver of NASCAR. It uses DX11 and far from being content with offering players realistic handling and graphics, it focuses on an immersive universe that plunges you into the frantic world of American stock car racing. You will compete in more than 40 seasons throughout 4 decades of American motorsports, becoming one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.
NASCAR Heat Features:
– Detailed damage system via simulation parts breakage. If your car doesn’t have enough protection or it gets too much hits, the performance will decrease until its retirement
– A new competing experience through 25 opponents that are really smart both visually and intellectually (they will not hesitate to cut you off or push you out of the road if needed)
– Dynamic weather and time that influences gameplay, as well as a day/night cycle that let’s you race in different settings under different lights
– Free practice and preseason online and offline events: Test your skills against other users before the championship starts and learn how to master all 14 tracks available for this first edition of NASCAR Heat. You can also compete with others during official NASCAR Heat pre-season events, held every week on one of the available circuits
NASCAR Heat is a series of NASCAR video games
NASCAR Heat is the official video game of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) from 2000 to 2014, published by Activision. In 2015, Dusenberry Martin Racing took over as publisher and developer of the series. The video games have been developed by Monster Games as an arcade style stock car racing game.
NASCAR Heat 1
NASCAR Heat 2000 was the first installment in the NASCAR Heat series, released on September 20, 2000. The game features Jeff Gordon as its cover driver. It is the first NASCAR game to be released on a sixth generation video game console. The game features 29 drivers and 11 tracks, including both real-life courses and fantasy tracks that take place in cities such as Orlando, Florida.
NASCAR Heat 2
NASCAR Heat 2 is a racing video game developed by Monster Games and published by Dusenberry Martin Racing. It was released on September 12, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows. This is the first NASCAR game to be published since 2008’s NASCAR: Dirt to Daytona which was published by Activision. The game features 24 tracks of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule as well as new at-track stories of drivers battling for positions in their race cars.
NASCAR Heat 3
NASCAR Heat 3 is the third installment in the NASCAR Heat video game series, which was released on September 7, 2018. It included all 23 circuits on the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, as well as all riders who completed at least one race during that season.
NASCAR Heat 3 is the first game of the NASCAR Heat series to be published by 704Games, who purchased all of Dusenberry Martin Racing’s assets in April 2018.
As for Monster Games, they are no longer part of the development team. All development on NASCAR Heat 3 is done by Monster Games’ successor, Beenox.
NASCAR Heat 4
NASCAR Heat 4 is a racing video game featured by the NASCAR, that was published by 704 Games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on September 11, 2019. It featured the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series schedule, all drivers and tracks within that schedule, as well as extra cars such as a K&N Pro Series car.
NASCAR Heat 4 have a career mode featuring three different classes of cars, “Busch Series, Monster Energy Cup Series and the Xfinity Series” that will include all drivers in each series’ respective class. The player can play on some tracks from previous games in the series including Bristol Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway & Sonoma Raceway.
NASCAR Heat 5
NASCAR Heat 5 is a racing video game featured by the NASCAR, that was published by 704 Games for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows on September 10, 2020. The game has been announced to have a new Career mode that allows you to create a driver, pick a name and select a number before putting them up against the best in NASCAR. The player will be able to play on some tracks from previous games in the series including Bristol Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway.
NASCAR Heat Mobile
NASCAR Heat Mobile is a mobile racing video game featured by the NASCAR, and was published by DMi Games. It was released on February 13, 2018 for iOS and Android devices. The game features all 23 tracks of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule as well as every driver who ran at least one race during that year’s season.
NASCAR Heat Mobile Lite
A free version of NASCAR Heat Mobile that has a 5 available tracks to play on with only 10 available drivers to use from the start. This version of the game does not allow progress from being saved which means if your device crashes or you delete & reinstall this app then everything will need to be repeated again as this is an “unlimited trial” of the full game.
NASCAR Heat Mobile was made by DMi Games, a company that has also developed other titles for NASCAR including Daytona 500: Drive for the Championship, NASCAR The Game 2011 & 2012, and NASCAR Revolution. They have also partnered with Monster Games to bring you the original games of this series starting back in 2002 with their release of NASCAR Heat which was released on PlayStation 2 & Microsoft Windows.
NASCAR Heat 5 Xbox One
NASCAR Heat 5 was the first video game in the NASCAR Heat series to be available for purchase on U.S. home consoles, as previous games up until now have only been made available for PlayStation 4 & Microsoft Windows users.
NASCAR Heat 5 comes as a stand-alone video game and does not require previous installments of the series to play. The last installment available for Microsoft Windows users was NASCAR Heat 2 back in 2016, so this marks 4 years from that date to the day that Xbox One fans was finally be able to experience their first NASCAR Heat video game on their consoles. Additionally, this marks the second year in a row the series has skipped the Nintendo Switch platform with no future plans of ever making any games available on it either which is something they have done since 2017 starting with NASCAR Heat 3.
NASCAR Heat 5 PS4
NASCAR Heat 5 launched on PlayStation 4 September 10, 2020. It was include every track from the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule as well as all drivers who ran at least one race during that year’s season. Additionally, a new Career mode that allows you to create a driver and select a number before putting them up against the best in NASCAR has been announced. The game has not yet stated if this Career mode includes any of the lower-tier racing divisions such as K&N Pro Series.
NASCAR Heat 5 has been available for pre-order at GameStop & Best Buy for PlayStation 4 users which will include an exclusive Chevrolet SS driver suit in the game.
NASCAR Heat Setups
NASCAR Heat Mobile Setups
The standard NASCAR Heat Mobile uses a turn toggle setup for both of their available tracks which is different from the default. The original default was a 9-degree banking at Atlanta Motor Speedway with completely flat straightaways, and a 13-degree banking at Martinsville Speedway with completely flat straightaways. Newer devices that have the latest software updates installed will use an 11-degree banking at Atlanta Motor Speedway with completely flat straightaways, and also use an 11-degree banking at Martinsville Speedway but with slightly angled straightaways. These are much more competitive settings compared to the original defaults in game so there is no reason to start this game over again to experience them yourself.
NASCAR Heat 4 Setups
NASCAR Heat 4’s setup is one of the most unique setups ever released by Monster Games & 704Games because of the option to set each tire compound separately along with overall suspension stiffness which can allow users to experiment with different strategies; but if you’re looking for a setup that uses standard NASCAR rules & regulations, there are always generic ones available when entering your own custom setup during any race weekend or season mode within this game. There are also real-world setups made by popular people in the NASCAR Heat community such as Jayski, Smoke, DriftOnDemand, and 704Games themselves.
NASCAR Heat 5 Setups
Jayski is the main setup resource for NASCAR Heat 5 with many different setup guides available. The first one would be the Advanced setup guide which has detailed setup explanations for both short track & speedway setups. The Intermediate setup guide only uses short track setups with a good baseline setup that can be used for more than one setup. The Beginner setup guide is good for learning the game and getting started with setup strategies. If you’re looking for short track specific setups, check out each track’s notes where Jayski has also written recommended setups that he feels work well there. Finally, if you are looking for a standard setup, check out the Standard setup guide which is considered by many people within the game to be the best setup available.
Other parts of NASCAR Heat
NASCAR Heat 2017
NASCAR Heat 2017 is NASCAR Heat 2’s predecessor which was developed by Monster Games & published by 704Games in 2016. Although the game was not as accurate as NASCAR Heat 2, it still contained many of the same features & options that are available in later games. A Career mode, sponsorship deals, dirt racing, and some other features were added to this game which you can read more about below.
NASCAR Heat 2017 Career Mode
The career mode in NASCAR Heat 2017 features the Camping World Truck Series, Xfinity Series, and Monster Energy Cup Series. Players start as a rookie in the Truck Series and will need to choose if they want to stay there, compete for Rookie of the Year, or move up to either the Xfinity Series or Monster Energy Cup Series. Players can only run full-time seasons within one series and must complete all races within those respective series before being promoted or moved down. After completing a series, players can choose to enter other series during the offseason before starting all over again. There are also 1-off races for Truck Series drivers to compete in which could allow them to compete at different short tracks or road courses outside of the regular schedule without having to make it an entire season like with the Xfinity and MECS.
Sponsorship deals were introduced in NASCAR Heat 2017 which allowed players to choose between different companies who would pay based on your race result. At the end of each race, you were given the option to pick a company that will either give you money or nothing at all, depending on whether or not you finished in the top 10. If you finished in the top 5, you could either get a better sponsorship deal or more money than usual. The sponsorship deals were removed from NASCAR Heat 2 but other sponsors can be found throughout career mode to help players continue their journey without needing to rely on the sponsorship system anymore.
NASCAR Heat 2017 Dirt Racing
Dirt racing was added into NASCAR Heat 2017 but was absent from the previous game. The dirt racing aspect within NASCAR Heat 2017 may not be as detailed or accurate compared to Monster Games’ own iRacing simulation, but it still has its benefits to go along with your typical oval racing.
NASCAR Heat 2002
NASCAR Heat 2002 was the first NASCAR game created by Monster Games and publisher Hasbro Interactive in 2001 with a unique feature for its time which allowed players to create their own custom car paint schemes. This game also allowed players to start in the lower NASCAR tiers and work their way up to Cup with unlockable tracks along the way. Several features added within this game are still available within Monster Games’ current generation of NASCAR titles including track cutaways, dynamic racing lines, drafting, tuning, pit stops, and multiplayer.
NASCAR Heat 2002 Career Mode
The career mode in NASCAR Heat 2002 featured the Winston Cup Series, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, IROC series, and All-Star Challenge. There were also unlockable tracks including Daytona International Speedway which was not included within Monster Games’ next generation of NASCAR titles until RPM. Players were required to complete all races within a series in order to unlock the next series. An exception was made for All-Star Challenge which allows players to skip straight to the final race instead of completing each individual event throughout the season.
NASCAR Heat 2002 Generation Gap
Monster Games introduced split generations within NASCAR Heat 2002 that allowed players to choose between three different types of car models: Gen-1, Gen-2, and Gen-3. These were in reference to real life cars that were in competition at the time which ranged from 1997 to 2003. Some examples would be a Dodge Intrepid over a Ford Taurus for the older generation or a Chevrolet Monte Carlo over a Toyota Camry for the newer generation. This allowed for more diversity on the track as it could create some intense racing action with cars of different speeds on the same track.
NASCAR Heat 2002 Paint Schemes
One unique feature within NASCAR Heat 2002 was paint schemes which included any design that could be painted onto a car including a personal picture, a sponsors logo, or even a decal that was pre-loaded into the game at Monster Games’ discretion. Each car model had their own set of presets including Winston Cup, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck models in addition to Winston West and Dirt Late Model vehicles. Players were also able to add dirt onto their cars when competing in dirt racing events if they desired.
NASCAR Heat 2002 Customization
Monster Games included a basic free paint scheme editor in NASCAR Heat 2002 which allowed players to create their own designs in addition to the presets available within each car model. Custom car designs could be saved, edited, and even traded through the use of memory cards along with other profiles created by friends or online competitors. There was also an option to upload custom schemes designed by players on Monster Games’ website which was not available until 2003 when it became inactive for several years.
NASCAR Heat Evolution Car Damage
Car damage has been part of Monster Games’ NASCAR games ever since NASCAR Heat 2002 as one of the many subtle details added into each title from then on. Although it does not affect gameplay directly, wrecked vehicles were limited from participating in races or forced to retire if damage was too severe. This feature has evolved over the years with finer details being updated progressively. These include engine part failures, flat tires, debris on the track, and various types of car paint scratches within Monster Games’ current generation of NASCAR titles.
NASCAR Heat 2002 vs Modern Day Comparison
Monster Games’ early games in the NASCAR video game series are often compared to their latest games including NASCAR Heat Evolution which was released in 2016. Many people claim that later games improved significantly and provided a more realistic experience than earlier versions while others believed Monster Games took a step backwards when they began using an “arcade” style gameplay model where driving assists were introduced along with other changes such as implementing randomized car parts instead of manual tuning.
NASCAR Heat 2019
NASCAR Heat 2019 is the ultimate NASCAR experience. Race as the biggest names in motorsports with the official 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, your favorite Hendrick Motorsports legends, or even surprise drivers throughout the season. Race in the premier series, The Xfinity Series, and the Gander Outdoors Truck Series at your favorite tracks from the most prestigious racing championship in the world. Racing is more exciting than ever on the next gen consoles with new enhancements including updated physics, improved graphics and rendering, updated lighting, global leaderboards, and a new online hub where you can earn rewards to unlock cars and more. In addition, NASCAR Heat 2019 will immerse players into the action with a new broadcast presentation and the most immersive in-race experience ever. With a new publisher on board, Monster Games is poised to deliver a NASCAR game that will excite race fans and gamers alike.
NASCAR Heat 2019 Xbox One Enhanced Features
All your favorite tracks from the 2018 season are included with 8 Authentic Race Tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway Charlotte Motor Speedway Chicagoland Speedway Darlington Raceway Homestead Miami Speedway Michigan International Speedway New Hampshire Motor Speedway Richmond Raceway Talladega Superspeedway
All your favorite cars from the 2018 season are included: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Xfinity Series 2018 Toyota Camry NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series 2018 Ford F-150
Experience a new physics and rendering system that features an extreme attention to detail with 38.95 LOD car models, 4x resolution particle effects, HDR particle lights, shadows and more! Experience all the excitement of racing at over 100 tracks with race conditions that change every time you return to the track. Race as all your favorite drivers or choose from any of today’s current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers to see how you match up. Build your own race strategy with a massive number of options including configurable difficulty, race lengths, and rules.