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|System(s): Sega Saturn|
|Publisher: Electronic Arts|
|Developer: High Score Entertainment|
|Peripherals supported: Arcade Racer, Saturn Backup Memory|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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NASCAR 98 is a NASCAR game published by Electronic Arts for the Sega Saturn. It is pseudo-sequel to Andretti Racing (itself a follow-up to Mario Andretti Racing), being developed by a similar team at High Score Entertainment. It stands as the only officially licensed NASCAR game for a Sega system (bar Daytona USA and its sequels, which have the Daytona International Speedway branding, not NASCAR as a whole).
NASCAR 98 continues the tradition of Western-produced 3D games of its generation, performing noticeably worse on the Sega Saturn than in its PlayStation iteration. Frame rates, texture quality, draw distance and in many cases polygon counts are all lower on the Saturn, and alpha transparency is either estimated though "checkerboarding" or removed altogether (or in the case of opponent car shadows, not rendered until close to the camera).
Similar to the original Saturn release of Daytona USA, the draw distance limitations manifest themselves as scenery pop-in, however unlike Sega's older efforts which saw entire chunks of the track pop-in at once, the road in NASCAR 98 is rendered to a further distance than walls, lights and stands, which partially masks the problem. On the whole, however, there is far less scenery to draw than in Daytona, and on the PlayStation much of the pop-in happens off-camera.
The cockpit view sees the Saturn render the wheel as a sprite, while the PlayStation uses a (crude) 3D model. The PlayStation also attempts to simulate lens flare while in this view mode - an effect the Saturn version scraps completely.
Despite the Saturn usually having an edge in 2D graphics, in NASCAR 98 2D menu transitions are noticeably more jerky and sometimes distorted than on the PlayStation.
- Main article: NASCAR 98/Magazine articles.
|Sega Retro Average|
ROM dump status
|393,115,632||CD-ROM (DE)||T-5028H-18 V1.000|
|392,278,320||CD-ROM (EU)||T-5028H-50 V1.000|
|391,229,328||CD-ROM (US)||T-5028H V1.000|
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