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  • Summary: From 200 MPH super-speedways to hairpin turns on 11 fantasy tracks, tuning your car and finding the line is no longer enough. Now you?re running to the edge against 42 other unique NASCAR® personalities every race, drivers who remember your every move and won?t think twice about paying you back. Out-smart and out-drive them as you battle three-wide from green to checkers. Online or on your own, racing just became a contact sport. Grudges & Alliances: Emotion comes to a racing game for the first time as CPU drivers remember your every move and aren't afraid to pay you back. Pick up & Play controls help new fans navigate over 60 events including all real world NASCAR races, plus 12 winding road courses. NASCAR Thunder 2004 goes online with peer-to-peer racing on the PlayStation®2 and 16 player races on PC. The most extensive Career Mode in a NASCAR video game just got deeper and easier to navigate! The deepest NASCAR game ever created with over 70 drivers and 175 authentic cars and the first game with a full pack of 43 Cup Series cars. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Not quite as amazing as Papyrus' "NASCAR 2003," but it's definitely on the lead lap. [Dec 2003, p.100]
  2. 85
    It may not unseat "NASCAR Racing 2003 Season" as this year's premier PC NASCAR sim, but the NASCAR Thunder series is now right on the leader's tail.
  3. 85
    It's definitely better in almost every way than it was last year, but there are still AI issues to work out, the need to support large fields online, including AI drivers where desired, better force feedback and a re-vamped audio. All that said, the actual driving is getting quite good and believable.
  4. It's fun and impressive, but neither the drama nor the realism will convert anyone who isn't already planning on naming their first-born "Dale."
  5. A competent game that looks like it's only going to get better as time goes on.
  6. A definite improvement upon its predecessors and is loaded with playworthy features. The efforts to reach a wider audience are laudable; however, with the new features still in need of work, hardcore drivers should look elsewhere.
  7. Fanatics will tweak tire pressure, suspension, and build dynasties, alliances, and sponsorships; rookies can learn the nuances of drafting, passing, and holding position on dozens of real-world tracks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    10
    To say the least, this is one of the best Nascar games out there. many things are improved over the last game, and this may be the greatest Nascar game of all time. Expand
  2. AlexZanardi
    Sep 18, 2003
    10
    Good game.
  3. Epic
    Oct 8, 2003
    10
    Jeszcze w nia nie gralem ale jestem fanem wszystkich Nascarow i daje jej 10!!!
  4. DaveB.
    Oct 12, 2003
    8
    Only thing needs a drafting meter like ps2.
  5. JoeG.
    Oct 27, 2003
    8
    Exciting game, especially the presentation when starting season.
  6. RobC.
    Nov 10, 2003
    7
    Doesn't rate against Papyrus's Nascar sims. And oh yeah Dave B. you want a drafting meter? lmfao. Go and play with your console. Or load up need for speed. Expand
  7. AlastairM.
    Oct 1, 2004
    4
    I was a big fan of the 2003 papyrus franchise but this game was a huge dissapointment. Good thing I only paid $10 for it. The career mode is a good attempt that can be developed, but I bought the game for onlien play and to be honest its nearly unplayable, frequently lose connection and becomes choppy (I have a 1.5mb connection, stable ISP). Circuits with more than 4 or 5 human racers become unplayable. I'll be sticking to TOCA race driver or colin mcrae in future. Expand

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