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Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

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  • Summary: Includes over 50 drivers (Gordon, Earnhardt Jr., Jarrett, and unlockable NASCAR® Busch Series drivers) and all 23 tracks from the NASCAR Winston Cup® series and allows you to Create-A-Car and earn money and sponsors to build your own racing dynasty. [EA Sports]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    If you were looking for the ultimate NASCAR game, you’ve found it.
  2. 90
    Edges out "NASCAR Heat" as this season’s top stock-car racer. Slick A.I. and a great Career mode make this game addictively playable.
  3. Speaking as a true Winston Cup fan, I can't say enough nice things about this game. [Dec 2002, p.169]
  4. 83
    As a simulation, it doesn't hold a candle to some of the games offered on the PC, but it makes up for it with its breadth of career mode features that help make it more than just a racing game, but a racing RPG of sorts.
  5. Stunted graphics aside, NASCAR Thunder 2002 is a Winston Cup fanatic's dream...absolutely the best NASCAR title available for the PS2.
  6. I believe the career mode could take a lesson from Madden. It seems the sponsers would be more fun if the negotiations were more like the free agent signings in Madden.
  7. Makes enough nods to the uninitiated that it is an accessible game, but at the same time it retains the depth that diehard NASCAR fans demand.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jake
    Nov 28, 2001
    10
    Best game with Busch drivers and new Dodges!!!
  2. TravisF.
    Oct 18, 2001
    10
    This game is the best NASCAR game I hav ever played. I ecspecially love the Dodges. Its worth saving up money for.
  3. R.Olson
    Jun 3, 2005
    10
    Im addicted probably the best racing game out there next to 04' and 05'
  4. Stevo
    Dec 15, 2001
    10
    Best NASCAR sim yet.
  5. ChrisN.
    Feb 4, 2002
    10
    Graphics are great best I've seen in a nascar game. Better handling than crappy Nascar 4 for pc. And a lot better AI than Nascar 4.
  6. ToriW.
    Jul 16, 2002
    10
    This game is awesome if you know what your doing, but if not you really hate it!
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 20, 2001
    9
    Very good game, career mode sucks.

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