NASCAR 14 is a glossy visually appealing console game designed for the casual gamer, not the hard core simulation gamer.
This was my first NASCAR game since NASCAR 4 (circa 2001) and, compared to NASCAR 4, calling NASCAR 14 a simulation is false advertising. NASCAR 14 is a game console port, designed to appeal to the casual gamer who wants to be a Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon from the start. NASCAR 14 has great graphics, fun racing and some spectacular replays, but........ if you want realism, go and get NASCAR 4. It is extremely unrealistic in terms of damage and pitting on cautions, I was treated to a replay and then the option to pit BY PRESSING A BUTTON (which I never got to work). No worrying about pit road speed or hitting your stall or about being blocked out by another pitting car. Also after accidents including flipping my car, I was able to remain competive and didn't even lose a lap!
If you want realism or an immersive environment, don't get this game.
A career mode that implies you need to worry about sponsorship.
Nice music (NASCAR 4 had none)
Little skill required to play.
Ease of changing assists (i.e. it is not either all or nothing)
Career management is largely impotent due to very little impact to your finances even if you mess up your car on a practice session
Other drivers seem to be perfect and never crash. Sometimes bad things happen and sometimes you benefit and sometime you don't. In this game it is all in your hands
Little realism, no need to adjust your car to your driving preference. Go ahead and put all that weight on the front right tire, it won't blow at all! No need to spend time balancing your car to minimize tire wear while balancing it with the need for more speed.