Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. The sounds and graphics are as good as allowed on the PSX platform.
  2. The racing in NASCAR Thunder 2002 is solid, fun and deep. Racing a career almost feels like an RPG when you take on the role of NASCAR's most famous teams and drivers.
  3. Although the game is lacking in the audio department, the game's depth is what makes it special. For die-hard Nascar fans, I would give two thumbs up in buying this title.
  4. 80
    Has all the realism most gamers will want, plus plenty of mini-games to keep you challenged.
  5. Can’t live up to its big brother on the PS2, but don’t let that stop you from playing it, especially if you’re a NASCAR fan. It’s fun, exciting, and very playable, but its hard to keep people who’ve seen the Sistine Chapel to appreciate graffiti.
  6. Steering becomes a problem even in analog. The least little movement of the analog stick jerks the car to the side.
  7. The updated roster, extra tracks, and added thunder card elements are nice endowments, but the overall driving experience is muddled enough to frustrate diehards and casual players alike.
  8. Save your money for a PS2 and a copy of Thunder for that system. It's worth it. [Jan 2002, p.146]

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