NASCAR Rivals is now available on the Nintendo Switch, and we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of the new game.
The newest NASCAR video game on the market is NASCAR competitors From Motorsport Games for the Nintendo Switch. This is the follow up from last year NASCAR Heat Ultimate Edition + The title, which was also released for Switch exclusively.
Welcome to another year of NASCAR gaming on the go, but this time with competitions ahead. The game can be played by hand or on a TV docking station. It supports single-player career, races, 16-player online and challenges, as well as a split-screen multiplayer mode.
I’ll dive into some basics for NASCAR competitors To help start everyone. From setting the controls to starting a career, from playing online to customizing your driver, and everything else in between, you’ve got what you need to succeed in NASCAR’s latest mobile game.
First things first, you are going to set up how you want to play the game. There are four difficulty presets – normal, normal, hard and expert. The lower you are, the easier things will be. More driving assistance will be implemented and artificial intelligence will be rejected. On the contrary, the higher it is, the more difficult it is.
Being on a Nintendo Switch with digital controllers, the gas and brakes aren’t pressure sensitive in any way. It is more than a constant feeling of fullness and fullness when the corresponding buttons are pressed. The Switch Pro controller will provide more accurate input. The Hori MK wheel is not optimized for use with its competitors.
Stopping all the aid would need a professional touch to not turn completely on take off or lock the brakes when trying to slow. Start with a lower setting until you feel more comfortable, then lift it up from there. Players can also make custom settings, such as a harder but more helpful AI or vice versa.
At any level, from normal to expert, players can adjust the textured to loose slider to adjust the vehicle’s setting. There are no custom settings, similar to the method NASCAR 21: Ignition There’s just a slider that makes the car spin more (and it might spin more) or spin less (and it might be harder to spin).
As is usually the case with NASCAR console games, the career mode is the big ticket item for most of them. NASCAR competitors It sends players directly to the NASCAR Cup Series to participate in, but there are two potential paths to follow.
You can either race each season as an owner/driver or drive for a pre-existing team.
The latter will allow players to choose from one of the entry-level teams, such as Rick Ware Racing or Spire Motorsports.
Players will choose the driver to replace them and start their career from there. As players progress, the teams to choose from and lead for will become more profitable as each team’s goals are met.
As an owner/driver, you will create your own team, manage expenses and people, upgrade equipment and work to the top of the NASCAR Cup Series.
For NASCAR fans, think of it like what Tony Stewart did when he drove to Stewart-Haas Racing, or what BJ McLeod is currently doing with Live Fast Motorsports.
The ultimate goal is to become the NASCAR Cup Series Champion. If one or another path is chosen initially, at the end of the season, the other option will be on the table.
Sponsors goals and cash in hand
There will be incentive based challenges from sponsors to complete so that you can choose how easy or difficult it is. An easier challenge will result in a smaller prize money. Momentum is something that can be gained during the season that provides a bit of a speed boost.
If you’re struggling to complete your sponsors goals, you might consider taking a lower goal. Completing goals is generally a good thing for the business relationship you share with your sponsor.
If you consistently fail to meet expectations, you will make it more difficult to retain sponsors and find better flights. Also, you will have at least some income, even from a lower target.
For the owner/drivers, there are four different types of cars, from Short Track to Speedway, then Superspeedway and finally Road Course.
The first race of the season is the Daytona 500, but choosing the Superspeedway as the first purchase will put players behind the ball on the next highways.
There are also engineers for hire who will help increase the engine, chassis and aerodynamic capabilities of the vehicle.
You will need to upgrade both departments (with money) and people (with money). Don’t overspend if you find a place to compete, you won’t need the full upgrade until later.
NASCAR usually isn’t all about winning everything in season one, you have to be a mill to the top. It’s your fake money, so spend it as you wish.
Career race schedule, challenges, discounts
The career schedule follows the 36-race NASCAR Cup Series schedule, beginning in Daytona and ending in Phoenix. Races can be set to different lengths, and some will allow more options to run, such as yellow flags, stages, and black flags.
You can also choose to turn on DNF in the settings. If you hit hard enough, you will finish the race without completing. You can simulate sessions if you don’t want to participate in a training, qualifying, or even a racing session.
There are only 36 races and one series to face right now. The season is divided into six Superspeedway races, eight Short Tracks, six road races and 16 intermediate road races.
My suggestion is to build an intermediate car for the fast track first, as this is the largest. Next, which one do you prefer out of the other three. Don’t forget to upgrade your staff and departments along the way!
Keep in mind that the game classifies Phoenix Raceway as a short track, so a car with a short track will do better there…but that’s clearly a mistake.
The title of the game is Rivals, so you will get a reputation based on the way you lead the computer opponents.
You compete with drivers by getting them dirty and you will make it difficult to race around them.
On the other side of the coin, if you work with another AI driver on drafting and clean passes, you’ll be friendly with them, making them more likely to work with you.
Other ways to play
There are a host of other modes outside of the NASCAR Cup Series career. Single player modes, such as Singles Race and Challenges, are set to keep players entertained at their own pace.
There are multiplayer options, such as Online or Local, to allow players to enjoy the title with others.
Finally, there are customization options to get into. Both cars and drivers can be created to your liking for a truly immersive experience.
Single player racing now
Racing Now is somewhat self-explanatory. Choose a series, choose a car, choose a track, go racing in a single event.
Race Now is great for learning the circuit for the first time in a race setting, perhaps to see how different settings might work.
All 27 NASCAR Cup Series places are selectable here, and some places host a second date that can be rotated so that all 36 push-up races can be attempted.
Online and local multiplayer
For NASCAR Rivals on Switch, up to 16 players can enter a lobby and race against each other or against a number of AI vehicles. The host can set up the lobby, choosing most of the details that can be selected for an offline race.
Options range from the basics, such as the number of laps and flag and track settings, to the number of aids that can be turned on or off. While NASCAR races for up to 40 cars can start normally, the system is limited to the Nintendo Switch online play system.
Split Screen is a local multiplayer option to allow players to race in an offline session on a single console. At the moment, these are the only multiplayer options available.
Car paints and character creation
The NASCAR Rivals paint booth is similar to the NASCAR 21: ignition paint booth, and both are an upgrade and a bit of a frustration at the same time.
No more pre-made rules or easily laid out sponsors, creators will need to build their own livers out of the shapes and size of their own logos to make them fit well.
A driver can also be created in NASCAR Rivals, and this is the same process as it has always been. Details such as facial features, weight, height and outfit can be modified.
When you load Weekend Race, you will see your character leaning against the racing vehicle. When you win, your avatar will celebrate in victory lane. Make yourself as subtle or as unruly as you like.
What do you think? Are you ready to beat your rivals and become the next NASCAR Champion?
Remember that this is a starter guide for beginners. If you have any other questions regarding NASCAR Rivals for the Nintendo Switch, ask them away in the comments below.