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|Publisher: Electronic Arts|
|Developer: High Score Entertainment|
|System(s): Sega Saturn|
|Number of players: 1-2|
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.
|Sega Retro Average|
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|Electronic Arts sports games for Sega systems|
|John Madden Football (1990) | John Madden Football '92 (1991) | John Madden Football '93 (1992) | John Madden Football: Championship Edition (1992) | Mutant League Football (1993) | Madden NFL '94 (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football (1993) | Bill Walsh College Football '95 (1994) | Madden NFL '95 (1994) | Madden NFL 96 (1995) | College Football USA 96 (1995) | Madden NFL 97 (1996) | College Football USA 97 (1996) | Madden NFL 98 (1997)|
|Tony La Russa Baseball (1993) | MLBPA Baseball (1994) | La Russa Baseball 95 (1994) | Triple Play 96 (1995) | Triple Play: Gold Edition (1996)|
|Lakers versus Celtics and the NBA Playoffs (1990) | Bulls vs Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (1991) | Jordan vs Bird (1992) | Team USA Basketball (1992) | Bulls versus Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (1993) | NBA Showdown '94 (1994) | NBA Live 95 (1994) | NBA Live 96 (1995) | Coach K College Basketball (1995) | NBA Live 97 (1996) | NBA Live 98 (1997)|
|Zany Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf (1990) | PGA Tour Golf II (1992) | PGA Tour Golf III (1994) | PGA European Tour (1994) | PGA Tour 96 (1995) | PGA Tour 97 (1996)|
|NHL Hockey (Mega Drive) (1991) | NHLPA Hockey '93 (1992) | NHL Hockey '94 (1993) | Elitserien 95 (1994) | Mutant League Hockey (1994) | NHL 95 (1994) | Elitserien 96 (1995) | NHL 96 (1995) | NHL Hockey (Game Gear) (1995) | NHL 97 (Mega Drive) (1996) | NHL 97 (Saturn) (1996) | NHL 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | NHL 98 (Saturn) (1997)|
|Mario Andretti Racing (1994) | Andretti Racing (1996) | NASCAR 98 (1997)|
|Rugby World Cup 1995 (1994) | Australian Rugby League (1995)|
|FIFA International Soccer (8-bit) (1993) | FIFA International Soccer: Championship Edition (1994) | FIFA Soccer 95 (1994) | FIFA Soccer 96 (32X | Saturn) (1995) | FIFA Soccer 97 (Gold Edition) (1996) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Mega Drive) (1997) | FIFA Road to World Cup 98 (Saturn) (1997)|
|EA Sports Double Header (1992) | IMG International Tour Tennis (1994) | Toughman Contest (1994)|