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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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  • Summary: NASCAR SimRacing has been redefined specifically for the unique tastes of the PC gaming community. Featuring the top three NASCAR Series - the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series - NASCAR SimRacing gives you the full experience of the track. Take on racing?s biggest challenge in the all-new Career Mode, where you battle your way through the different series against the NASCAR elite. Or, choose your favorite series and take on a full pack of 800 horse-powered monsters?the authentic sights and sounds of NASCAR racing will blow you away. See it, feel it, hear it... authentic NASCAR. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Game play is a godsend for fans of the Cup, as NASCAR Sim Racing is exactly what it states…it is sim racing. While some newbies to the sport or gamers who prefer arcade style action may be turned off by the relentless realism, I say it is better to sacrifice the weaker links in favor of the hardcore fans that make this sport what it is today.
  2. A rich, vibrant, and very accurate view into what it really takes to successfully race in America’s favorite racing league.
  3. 92
    EA has not only closed that gap, but they have exceeded Papyrus' efforts in many significant ways, such as the excellent physics model, featuring "drivable oversteer," third-party extensibility, and just about every option imaginable.
  4. The developers also do a great job of placing you right into the action, including the national anthem, flyover, and the obligatory “Gentlemen, start your engines.” If you've seen it in a NASCAR event, you will see it in the game.
  5. Control in the game is tight and responsive; either with a wheel controller or even if you brave it with the four arrow keys.
  6. 80
    For the most part, NASCAR SimRacing boasts a fine presentation, although the graphics aren't that cutting-edge, and the cars can look a bit too simple. There's also a silly flaw that hurts the game's authenticity: censorship of beer logos.
  7. 60
    Though we've managed to tune the game, the clunky interface and hidden Sim settings are definitely a turn-off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Andrew
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    How is it not a sim. You can change everything from sponser to track bar setting to left rear tire pressure. There are 50-60 settings you can change before each race. I dont know how it can be anymore realistic than that. I guess all you haters just want static racing where you can sit down in an arcade and race away. Expand
  2. Dennis
    May 11, 2005
    9
    Put the setting to maximum...realisim is great...must know your mecanic...a booklet is available on the company's site!
  3. RacingFAN
    Sep 5, 2005
    8
    It is an awesome sim racing game, the only problem is no good career mode to keep me coming back for more. That and long load times!
  4. MikeL.
    Apr 1, 2005
    4
    Like said before, this is not really a sim, rather a "dressed up" arcade game made to look like a sim.
  5. KiDCoDEa
    Feb 21, 2005
    2
    Dreadful game. arcade but not fun. as a sim it fails miserably. built on reashed to death isi engine. drivable oversteer and oscar winner testers... the usual pressrls crap. EA sure bought the reviews but they didnt buy the users , driver and simmers around the net. just a quick browse for demo reactions makes it clear. this is a flop. no even name papyrus as comparison makes you instantly look moronic. it doesn't even qualify to be compared. 1 point for trying to copy n2003 menus and ui. uninstalls fine though, thus 1 extra point. 2/10 Expand
  6. RichardM.
    Nov 23, 2005
    1
    This game is awful! There are bugs throughout the entire game. Yellow Flags dont work correctly, the one patch ea came out with was pitiful. Gamespy multiplayer has major issues of removing your loging and not allowing a player to ever return. You have to go and buy another game and use a totally different email, and login. EA Sports has no technical support to speak of. I am in the third day of their "24hr" response, and still nothing. Dont buy this game!! Its a waste of money. Expand
  7. CasualRacerA
    Apr 24, 2005
    0
    Horrible, even after the patch. Problems just too numerous to mention, not a realistic sim at all. I regret giving my money to EA for this one.

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