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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 #24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevy Monte Carlo and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Home Improvement Chevy Monte Carlo. The PAL region game cover features Kurt Busch in the #97 Irwin Industrial Tools Ford Taurus.

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 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 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.

Drivers

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.

Sponsors

Alcohol-related sponsors are removed from the game completely. Examples include:

  • The Busch Series, which is referred to as both NBS and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (in reference to Busch Grand National Series, (now called Nationwide Series) a previous name of the series), along with a modified series logo. It is still referred to as the Busch Series by Bill Weber & Ace Moneymaker.

  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr.'s Budweiser car was replaced with Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

  • Rusty Wallace's Miller Lite car was replaced to "Team Rusty"

  • Sterling Marlin's Coors Light car was replaced to "Sterling Marlin"

  • Mark Martin's Viagra car sponsor, was replaced with Pfizer

  • In the opening driver cameos, an alcohol sponsor on a driver's uniform would be blurred out. This also happens in NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup and NASCAR SimRacing

  • In NASCAR 06: Total Team Control there is a race called the Busch Series 300; therefore, there is one alcohol sponsor in the game and was replaced with Camping World 300

    Features

  • While the game is, for the most part, similar to its NASCAR 2005 predecessor, it adds features subjective to the subtitle: teamplay. The player can swap cars with a teammate mid-race and give commands to the crew chief. NASCAR 2006 also features voice-recognition commands for teammates, the crew chief, or menus (Like a combination of A-spec and B-spec mode from Gran Turismo 4). Players can use a headset to call out commands to their crew chief; using profanity can cause them to get a stern reprimand from the crew chief (Example: "Hey! This game is rated E!").

  • This edition of EA's program brings back cockpit view, gone since NASCAR Thunder 2004.

  • NASCAR 06 has a lower frame rate than previous NASCAR games. While still considered to be smooth overall, the graphics sometime "double up".

  • The game's soundtrack features artists like Joe Satriani, Nickelback, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Black Crowes, Staind, Pantera, Judas Priest, Metallica, Seether, Drowning Pool, Alter Bridge, Creed, and Killswitch Engage.

    Dodge Challenges

    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 1st part of 2005. Kenny Wallace, driver of the #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 you complete a challenge, you receive skill points that you can use to unlock Chase Plates, formerly Thunder Plates of the previous games as well. They range from simple tasks such as holding off other drivers for the win, to hard tasks such as getting your teammates in the top ten.

    Backward compability

    Xbox 360 Core

    The Xbox version of this title has errors when played on the Xbox 360 Core. During network gameplay, with one Xbox 360 user hosting the game, and two others as clients, the host is randomly disconnected, and is unable to reconnect. But the game is rated highly by game sites such as IGN, and others.

    External links

  • NASCAR 06: Total Team Control Official Website

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