• 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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]
  5. An amazing game. I am not a NASCAR fan, but this game goes beyond if you are a fan or not.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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]
  10. "Burnout 3" may beckon for the sheer thrills, but Chase is one of the best sports racing games ever released. [Oct 2004, p.108]
  11. 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]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  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.