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  • Summary: The makers of Madden NFL hit the track with NASCAR Thunder™ 2002. Take on more than 50 NASCAR superstars on 23 Winston Cup Series tracks, with shockingly realistic damage effects, a complete "rookie-to-champion" career mode, and pit four gamers head-to-head on a single Xbox!The makers of Madden NFL hit the track with NASCAR Thunder™ 2002. Take on more than 50 NASCAR superstars on 23 Winston Cup Series tracks, with shockingly realistic damage effects, a complete "rookie-to-champion" career mode, and pit four gamers head-to-head on a single Xbox! It's NASCAR the way it was meant to be, from EA Sports. Expand
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  1. On both the Xbox and PlayStation 2, EA Sports has brought the Thunder with authority as far as this race fan is concerned. I've played both versions and the Xbox version is the better of the two.
  2. Fluid handling, detailed cars and tracks, varying weather conditions, and an impressive 43 cars on the playing field all add a sense of depth to a game that was once known as the smallest niche in the race market.
  3. The overall best looking, sounding, and playing NASCAR game to date, for any gaming system.
  4. It's the best-looking NASCAR racer on any of the next generation consoles...The AI is solid most of the time, but there are instances where you get clipped for no known reason.
  5. This title feels more like an arcade game than a serious simulation, so players who crave an authentic experience probably would prefer Sierra's "NASCAR Racing 4" for the PC, where you drive using a game controller with a steering wheel and pedals.
  6. Graphically, a solid game, with great reflections, sun wash, damage modeling, persistent skid marks, and more. [Jan 2002, p.28]
  7. Competent but uninspired. [Jan 2002, p.94]

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  1. DavidB.
    Dec 26, 2001
    9
    Nascar Thunder is a great game for all ages its easy and its fun and I recommend this game to anyone who loves racing.