NASCAR Thunder 2004 Xbox

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

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  • Summary: The green flag has dropped with NASCAR Thunder 2004. 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 rememberThe green flag has dropped with NASCAR Thunder 2004. 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Xbox Nation Magazine
    90
    One kick-ass game. If you're a fan of NASCAR racing, you've never had it so good on a home console. [Dec/Jan 2004, p.97]
  2. 90
    If you're the kind of hardcore NASCAR fans that will revel in the challenge of Career mode, you'll have an absolute blast with Thunder, particularly now that Tiburon has included a ton of in-game help and redesigned the interface to be massively more usable.
  3. The "Madden" or "Tony Hawk" of stock car racing games. It's as close as you can get to the real thing.
  4. 85
    The only area that the Xbox version of this game really pales in comparison to its PS2 brother is in the lack of an online mode -- a pity when the system has the necessary hardware built right in!
  5. Game Informer
    85
    The new driver ally/rival dynamic makes for some interesting new twists. [Oct 2003, p.137]
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    85
    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]
  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: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. DrewB.
    Sep 20, 2003
    10
    It's Awesome!!
  2. Brettb.
    Sep 23, 2003
    10
    This is the greatest game ever the AI drivers are awesome they actually fight back. THIS GAME ROCKS!!!
  3. JustinM.
    Nov 21, 2003
    10
    I have played this game quite extensively and it is by far the best nascar game to hit a game console.. Gaphically, game play, difficulty, I have played this game quite extensively and it is by far the best nascar game to hit a game console.. Gaphically, game play, difficulty, tracks, physics..you name it... This game just kicks ass... I on my 7th season in carrer mode and even in easy on career mode this game is challenging... If like to watch nascar you'll love to play this game.... by the way... Don't make the mistake of pissing off your competition they will return the favour with no hesitation.... Expand
  4. RichieR.
    Sep 22, 2003
    9
    Could have had all the paint schemes but its still ok.
  5. Uter
    Feb 11, 2004
    8
    I'm not a fan of Nascar, but this is genuinely a good game. There are a few problems though. The framerate takes a bit of a hit at some I'm not a fan of Nascar, but this is genuinely a good game. There are a few problems though. The framerate takes a bit of a hit at some camera angles (none during gameplay thankfully though). Sharing drafting to gain allies seems like a bit unrealistic and gimmicky. In multiplayer, it'd have been nice if the pit crew weren't invisible. But overall it can be really fun. Expand
  6. KyleR.
    Sep 18, 2003
    8
    2003 was a great game, 2004 is suppose to have awesome AI the drivers will remember what u did to them last race and pay u back. It's 2003 was a great game, 2004 is suppose to have awesome AI the drivers will remember what u did to them last race and pay u back. It's going to be an awesome game. Expand
  7. RaceFan
    Sep 19, 2003
    4
    I am gobsmacked! None of you have played this game yet you have reviewed it between 8 and 10? Damn I want your crystal ball!!!

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#69 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2003