User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 82
  2. Negative: 11 out of 82
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  1. EddyC.
    Sep 17, 2003
    4
    Game looks awesome, but lacks the gameplay the old game had. The screen is too cluttered with popups and the fuel gauge isnt even close to visible. For someone that bought a huge tv and still played to this day with 4 players, you let me down EA Sports!
  2. MikeG.
    Sep 24, 2003
    4
    The game is ok, but is missing one thing for me...TONY RAINES. im a big raines fan and i cant believe he is the only full time driver not available.
  3. RacnChampTRG
    Jul 15, 2004
    1
    EA sports sucks this game sucks just as much as the first one.
  4. 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.

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#32 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
Metascore
88

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 85
    Does an excellent job of representing the sport that it is supposed to replicate – the trouble doesn’t really lie in EA – it stems from a sport that is shallow - painfully repetitive to watch and even more so when you’re playing.
  2. 88
    As long as you don't come in expecting any serious realism in the driving model, there are many ways to play and enjoy this title...The game is simply PACKED with playing modes and features, all of which look and sound great.
  3. 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.