Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. The experience of NASCAR Thunder 2003 can be summed up in four words...replayability, challenge, realism, and FUN!
  2. Off the track, the game is a revelation. [Oct 2002, p.82]
  3. A deep and gameplay-packed treat for fans of racing whether they are looking for casual play or a more serious racing sim.
  4. Blows the doors off anything that came before it. [Nov 2002, p.283]
  5. 90
    The most remarkable new feature, though, is the cavernous Career mode.
  6. Truly the best NASCAR package for console racing fans. Regardless of your console, NASCAR gamers need look no further.
  7. Thunder 2003 takes last year's game and blows the doors off it. [Nov 2002, p.184]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Aug 24, 2013
    I have had this game for a long time, and I can say it is one of the best racing games in the ps2 library. the graphics are great for 2002. the music is good, albeit limited. the AI is solid, it has possibly the best career mode in a Nascar game, and most importantly, it's very fun! it is a fantastic game that succeeds in all categories. Full Review »