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  • Summary: The main game offers immediate high-paced action and player-friendly handling, making the feel both authentic and realistic. It is easy to pick up and play and offers a dynamic difficulty management system to keep the action packed, 200mph maneuvers coming thick and fast. Modes include Quick Race, IndyCar Series Season, and The Indy 500. Features realistic AI and team tactics modeled after real IndyCar Series drivers and tems. Learn more about IndyCar Series tactics from the Masterclass, taught by Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. Create your own racing drivers and teams with your own personalized car. IndyCar Series TV-style presentation, which enhances the immersive gameplay experience. [Codemasters] Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
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  1. One hell of a good Indy simulator. Fine for single and multi-player if you can't get online. Once again, a solid effort and more proof that Codemasters truly knows racing games.
  2. Despite a few AWOL features, however, it can still deliver a healthy 230-mph kick in the pants when pushed. [Dec 2003, p.102]
  3. The racing action is fast, while still maintaining a smooth, polished feel. The controls are solid and the cars handle very well.
  4. Although there are some problems with the music and interface, the sheer playability of IndyCar Series shines undeniably through them.
  5. The effort required to make any progress is so frustating that you'll undoubtedly start to wonder what you're doing playing an IndyCar racer when there are plenty of decent Formula 1 games out there already.
  6. As an Indy car simulation, the game does offer an accurate representation that should appeal to a small base of fans. Problems with steering and slight AI deficiencies are likely to turn some away, although Indy Car Series is a decent approach to a popular event.
  7. Does a remarkable job of simulating just about every aspect of the IndyCar season and the world famous Indianapolis 500 right up to the point where you get behind the wheel. The car setup, the schedules, the teams, the racers, everything is perfect and you won’t find a more authentic presentation of IndyCar racing - just don't drive this out of pit row.

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  1. ChristopheS.
    Oct 5, 2003
    Superb graphics, arcade AND simulation modes, nice car damage model, very realistic physics and game design: Great game!
  2. ColinM.
    Oct 9, 2003
    The game does a nice job of showing you how difficult the drivers have it. If you can stay floored all the way on any track then you are dialed in.
  3. MikeEd.
    Apr 29, 2004
    I like this game a lot - but i grew up in Indianapolis and have a near religious affection for the Indianapolis 500, which makes me want to like the game but also makes me more critical. I hope they come out with an expansion - a few tweaks and this game would be great. I play with a game pad and it is one of the few racing games in which I can actually steer and have my car's motion look something like real driving - but I am still frustrated that no PC game completely makes driving a race car as easy and smooth as driving my 4-Runner. Fun game - easy to get into but with considerrable enjoyment endurance. Needs a rear view mirror and an exit the pits shortcut that gets you on the track right away for practice. Expand
  4. GregoryH.
    Aug 20, 2003
    Very difficult and challenging. One small mistake and you're out of the race.
  5. JasonH.
    Sep 14, 2003
    Cars dont show damage and far too arcady but an ok game..not really a sim.