• Publisher: EA Games
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2004
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    "Burnout 3" may beckon for the sheer thrills, but Chase is one of the best sports racing games ever released. [Oct 2004, p.108]
  2. 92
    It's a game for the masses, to be sure, but it offers more than enough the way of career, offline, and online depth to warrant a purchase for the enthusiast fan, for the diehard "Thunder" lover, and most importantly, for the person who passed up previous console efforts simply because they were not up to par.
  3. This game is a big step up in visuals compared to the Thunder series of old, which gives even more hope for future titles to come.
  4. Play Magazine
    Thankfully, they took it upon themselves to overhaul the game and create a NASCAR racing experience unlike any other before it. [Oct 2004, p.88]
  5. GMR Magazine
    With the improved online play, expansion of the popular lightning challenges, and inclusion of Chase for the Cup, NASCAR 2005 has enough horsepower to last you all year. [Oct 2004, p.102]
  6. An amazing game. I am not a NASCAR fan, but this game goes beyond if you are a fan or not.
  7. It re-creates the NASCAR experience in spectacular fashion, and all of the included modes, series options, and extras provide an excellent amount of value for the cost.
  8. EA Tiburon has gone far beyond a simple roster expansion. By making its career mode even more complex, it has succeeded in giving players of all stripes quite a bit to chew on. [Sept 2004, p.102]
  9. There’s plenty to do in the career mode, and players will truly enjoy the ability to define their game based on their personal driving style.
  10. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    There are some potholes - the graphics get choppy at times, and the retail-car challenges seem tacked on - but the sheer variety is something that even non-NASCAR fans will find addictive. [Oct 2004, p.98]
  11. Intense racing with hair-trigger controls and the option to adjust them to your personal setting. The game also allows you to play online with other racers in a full field of cars in each of the four NASCAR series.
  12. You have the nasty frame rate issue that can’t seem to be shaken. Honestly, the same company that made this is responsible for the Need For Speed Underground series, and we still can’t fix this problem for a game with lower-end graphics and less programming technicalities?
  13. PSM Magazine
    An incredibly valiant attempt to make an accessible NASCAR game, but many will still think it falls a bit short because you can only do so much with turning left. [Oct 2004, p.32]
  14. Delivers enough of everything (improved graphics, deep managerial options in Career mode, more vehicles/racing series, cleaner audio, etc.) to keep fans of the sport happily steering their favorite NASCAR racers to the left for another year.
  15. 80
    My biggest gripe with NASCAR 2005 is the lack of polish in the graphics department. The framerate was a bit sluggish at times and I had a hard time getting past the jagged appearance of the cars.
  16. 80
    A pack that responds to each race's events is an outstanding concept that should elevate the gameplay, but NASCAR 2005's execution of it is too unbalanced to create the hoped-for effect. [Nov 2004, p.142]
  17. 80
    There’s a real sensation of extreme speed, and even with a large number of cars on-screen, there’s only rarely a hint of stuttering or slowdown.
  18. 80
    Sure, the graphics and physics haven't changed, and this year's release beats you over the head with in-game advertising, but the enhanced career mode, online play, and other additions are more than worth the price of admission.
  19. 80
    Online support for PS2 and Xbox plus multiple race modes will keep you on the track for days.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jun 15, 2014
    This is a very fun racing game, with lots to do. It includes a great career mode and a simple and easy to use paint job creation feature thatThis is a very fun racing game, with lots to do. It includes a great career mode and a simple and easy to use paint job creation feature that allows you to make cool looking cars. Definitely a fun game for Nascar fans everywhere! Full Review »
  2. Chad
    Feb 18, 2005
    Cannot drive in car view like your driving.
  3. BobS.
    Dec 16, 2004
    It's the best racing game ever.