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  • Summary: IndyCar Series 2005 lets you compete from Pole Day to Bump Day as one of 33 racers. You'll race an entire season that takes you from the Indianapolis 500 to other IndyCar Series tracks, including the Texas Motor Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pikes Peak International Raceway, and the new Twin Ring Motegi Speedway in Japan. Now you can practice your driving skills in an updated Masterclass training mode, and then compete online against 11 other players. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. If you are a racing fan of simulation style real world physics car races, IndyCar Series 2005 is a must have - as no other title in the genre is as indepth.
  2. For fans of this racing genre, you will kick yourself if you don’t treat yourself to the best the sport has to offer. It’s deep, it’s fast, it’s authentic, it’s online, it’s fair, and it’s fun!
  3. 80
    Those folks interested in a casual arcade race, or who like getting a little drunk and playing "Cruisin' USA" in the arcades will not, I repeat, will not enjoy this game at all. It's a game of .03 second winners, a game of incremental lap increases, and a game of intense concentration and focus.
  4. 75
    After my ears finally healed back up from the game's soundtrack, I was pleasantly surprised by IndyCar Series 2005. For a budget title (retail price is about $20), the game really comes across as a solid racing title. The learning curve is definitely steep, but it's still a good enough game to appease most fans of the genre.
  5. This game is for someone who wants to turn Indy Racing into a lifestyle, not for a casual player looking for a five minute break from "Halo." It's a good game for its audience, but isn't going to break out of its niche.
  6. The graphics looked old, the sound effects where poor and driving round a track for 50 laps was mind numbing.
  7. Take away the license for IndyCar Series and you are left with nothing more than a below average racer.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. HowdyDoody
    Jun 25, 2004
    This is an excellent oval racer. The graphics do look a tad dated, but the sweet framerate more than makes up for it. The sense of speed in this game is blistering. I'm not much of a single player person, so I'll tell you what I like about it on LIVE. 12 humans,+ 8 AI cars (optional) = 20 car field. ability for 10 to 200 laps plus pits. Allows for qualifying before each race. Also has options that starting grid is created by the order of persons checking the ready box. The person that readys up first is on the pole. LIVE keeps up with all records/stats. You accumulate points per race that LIVE keeps up with. These points allow you to go up in rank. This rank can then be used to filter created games. All my races were lag free, and it hard to explain the sensation of speed when your traveling 235 at Indy, heading right into a 6 car pileup. Perfect! Collapse
  2. JMAN51
    Jul 8, 2004
    This is an awesome IndyCar sim. There is nothing majorly wrong with the game although graphics could use some fine tuning and it would have appeal to casual gamers if there was an arcade mode of some kind. If you are a fan of oval racing and tuning race cars this is definitely the game for you and its only $20. Expand