Paramount Digital Entertainment, NASCAR, Sony Computer Entertainment of America and Piranha Games all want to announce that Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition is coming to the PlayStation Network.
“Racing against NASCAR drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin and ‘Days of Thunder’ characters Cole Trickle, Rowdy Burns, and Russ Wheeler simultaneously is something that could only happen in a video game, and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film,” said Tom Lesinski, president of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “We are pleased to team up with SCEA and NASCAR to bring fans an adrenaline packed, one-of-a-kind arcade racing experience.”
In Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition, players will join Rowdy Burns’ team as the latest rookie to tear up the NASCAR circuit. With Rowdy as their coach, players will learn to hit the pit, upgrade their ride and trade paint with other cars. They can even “drop the hammer” like Cole Trickle for a boost of extra speed. Rowdy Burns will be voiced by the actor from the film, Michael Rooker, also known for his roles in “Mallrats,” “Eight Men Out” and “Cliffhanger.” Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition comes equipped with twelve NASCAR-sanctioned tracks, including Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.
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“After 20 years ‘Days of Thunder’ remains one of the NASCAR community’s most celebrated films,” said Brad Ball, Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing, at NASCAR and NASCAR Media Group. “NASCAR loyalists and ‘Days of Thunder’ fans of all ages should enjoy the opportunity to compete and trade paint with today’s NASCAR drivers and ‘Days of Thunder’ characters – after all, rubbin’ is racing.”
With artificial intelligence tailored to match each film character and NASCAR driver, players will experience each driver’s personality, driving style and maneuvers. For example, players will need to watch out for Cole Trickle’s reckless, aggressive driving, Rowdy Burns’ ruthless, veteran skills and Russ Wheeler’s hot head. Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition features many of the top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers including Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.
“With more than 38 million users worldwide, PlayStation fans are turning to PlayStation Network more than ever for unique downloadable games,” said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “Offering a robust multiplayer racing experience, Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition is a great example of exclusive content that can only be found on PlayStation Network.”
Now all you need to do is find out when it’s being released, Summer is all they’re saying, so I’m afraid I can’t give an exact date of when it will become available. For those of you that will buy it, you can look forward to unlocking car customization options and bonus tracks as you rise up the scoreboard in games such as Quick Race, Time Trial, Career, with circuits of varying difficulty, and Derby Mode, where players are encouraged to deal as much damage as they can.