Likely the best of the four NASCAR games that 704 Games and Monster Games worked on together, NASCAR Heat 4 once again built a little bit more on the foundation NASCAR Heat 3 laid, particularly in the single player modes.
The career mode allowed players to start in any series they wanted among Cup, Xfinity, Trucks or the fictional Xtreme Dirt Tour. In single season mode, players now had the option to create a custom schedule. This included being able to run with or without the playoffs and included tracks that were Truck and Xfinity Series exclusive.
The game is far from perfect, though. Like the general NASCAR Heat franchise, the online mode left something to be desired. A lot of the community that was on the older NASCAR console games had now moved on to iRacing since it was a more functional online mode.
The game also was criticized once again for physics and the driving model. The same complaints that plagued the previous games. However, it was the best 704 Games and Monster Games had put out there.
Soon thereafter, however, Motorsport Games entered the fray, and it invested in 704 Games. You know where I am going with this.