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Generally favorable reviews- based on 75 Ratings

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  • Summary: From 200 MPH super-speedways to hairpin turns on 11 fantasy tracks, tuning your car and finding the line is no longer enough. Now you?re running to the edge against 42 other unique NASCAR® personalities every race, drivers who remember your every move and won?t think twice about paying you back. Out-smart and out-drive them as you battle three-wide from green to checkers. Online or on your own, racing just became a contact sport. Grudges & Alliances: Emotion comes to a racing game for the first time as CPU drivers remember your every move and aren't afraid to pay you back. Pick up & Play controls help new fans navigate over 60 events including all real world NASCAR races, plus 12 winding road courses. NASCAR Thunder 2004 goes online with peer-to-peer racing on the PlayStation®2 and 16 player races on PC. The most extensive Career Mode in a NASCAR video game just got deeper and easier to navigate! The deepest NASCAR game ever created with over 70 drivers and 175 authentic cars and the first game with a full pack of 43 Cup Series cars. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. In Thunder 2004, you take the track with 42 of the most vindictive drivers ever to hold a wheel. [Oct 2003, p.118]
  2. 100
    Gone are the days when bouncing off another car to make a turn was acceptable. In Thunder 2004, you can still pull crap like that, but don't be surprised if your victim stuffs you into the wall on the next lap. [Oct 2003, p.63]
  3. It's quite a phenomonal take on the sport. Where most developers spend their time making sure their physics engine, models and sound effects accurately portray vehicles driving extremely fast, EA Tiburon has already accomplished this years ago, so instead they focused on the personality of the sport and it makes all the difference.
  4. Extremely fun to play and highly addictive! And there are so many options that will keep you running back to your videogame system time and time again.
  5. Taking the checkered flag involves strategy, which the Grudge/Alliance feature exemplifies perfectly. Still, the controls are a bit too unforgiving for the casual racing fan. [Oct 2003, p.132]
  6. 85
    The meat of the game is in the career mode, which is incredibly deep, but takes a real time commitment to get the most out of.
  7. Fanatics will tweak tire pressure, suspension, and build dynasties, alliances, and sponsorships; rookies can learn the nuances of drafting, passing, and holding position on dozens of real-world tracks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. BenjamimW.
    Sep 11, 2003
    10
    I'm a huge nascar fan of Jeff Gordon and I'm fisten to get my race car and nascar thunder games help me out alot cause it teaches me about the cars and i have everyone so far so they can just keep on making them i love these games. Expand
  2. jewseph
    Sep 1, 2005
    10
    I give it no hands down a f*$%ing 10.
  3. JacobB.
    Sep 14, 2003
    10
    This game is totaly awsome i cant wait to get im gona be playin for hours.
  4. ScottE.
    Sep 23, 2003
    10
    I race cars in real life and this is by far the best and most realistic racing game i have ever had the pleasure of playing.
  5. TaylorK.
    Oct 21, 2003
    10
    Once again EA Sports & Tiberon have created yet another masterpiece. this game has so many features that it draws you in,the lightning challenge was a little to easy as it took me less than two hours to get to the bonus round. Out side that this game plain kicks --- as for White boy and Wynads, you two should go back to making hogendaise and milkshakes cause you don,t know alot about nascar. maybe you should break out the Atari and play pong again.EA Sports keep up the good work and i,am sure your fans will remain dedicated.Again thanks for another great year of Nascar. Expand
  6. MikeB.
    Sep 26, 2003
    9
    I gave this game a 9 because i thought it was the greatest nascar game out to date. Grudge matches are great. EA Sports you did a great job. And for the message from the white guy how bout you learn how to spell before you go and diss on EA Sports. Expand
  7. Whyrad
    Sep 25, 2003
    1
    Should have went to Papyrus for nascar game rights. not even close to real like Papyrus was with there last nascar game. Not close to Nascar Heat either. Expand

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