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  • Summary: NASCAR Thunder 2003 features an all-new game engine with more realistic vehicle dynamics, including tire grip and wear patterns, handling and suspension behavior, and collision physics; fun entry-level control with progression to deeper "simulation." The Career mode now includes 20 successive seasons in which you will need to manage four major components while building a racing car. Compete for top sponsors, the best crewmembers, and the latest racing technology. [EA Sports] Expand
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  1. The experience of NASCAR Thunder 2003 can be summed up in four words...replayability, challenge, realism, and FUN!
  2. 90
    The most remarkable new feature, though, is the cavernous Career mode.
  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. 85
    The balance between pleasing hardcore gamers while pleasing Joe Gamer is astounding.
  5. From the first few notes of Steppenwolf's “Magic Carpet Ride” to the victory lap at the end of the season, NASCAR Thunder 2003 proves to be the most enjoyable NASCAR racing game yet on any console.
  6. Even someone like me, a NASCAR illiterate, has to profess amazement at how much fun running around in circles trying to beat 43 other drivers can be.
  7. Packed with nuances that, for aspiring fans and drivers must really float their Skoal. Drafting, line selection, pitting...this is a great simulation covering 20 seasons. Not for me. [Oct 2002, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. RichardS.
    Jul 20, 2003
    10
    The best nascar game yet, realistic.
  2. JoshB.
    Dec 25, 2002
    10
    One of the most real, race games around!!!!!!!!
  3. ChrisK.
    Nov 8, 2002
    10
    This Game is Awesome. the graphics are great. i like the career mode probably the most. wonder what the next one will look like.
  4. Matt
    Feb 22, 2003
    10
    If you bought "Dirt to Daytona" instead of "Thunder", take it to your backyard and bury it in the dirt!
  5. JamesT.
    Dec 15, 2006
    9
    This games was the best nascar game up until 2003 and the graphics and sense of speed is awesome.
  6. Aug 24, 2013
    9
    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. Collapse
  7. BrandonH.
    Sep 27, 2002
    8
    Good game, but doesn't hold a candle to some of the games offered on pc such as nascar racing 2002 season. The graphics are a huge improvement from last year and the controls are good to overall a great game but i'm more excited about the upcoming grand theft auto game we all know about. Expand

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