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NASCAR Thunder 2003 GameCube

NASCAR Thunder 2003

Developer: Tiburon

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Players: 1 - 4

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ESRB Rating: EveryoneESRB Information

Overall Rating8.5 / 10

NASCAR Thunder 2003 surrounds you with the emotion, sound, fury, and risks of the high-speed, high-drama career of a NASCAR star. Feel the adrenaline rush, intensity, and passion of being a NASCAR driver on a quest to become a NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion.  Take on various real-life scenarios in Lightning Mode, complete with dramatic pileups, walls of smoke, and constant door-to-door, three-wide racing, to test your nerve and improve your racing skills.  Build a racing legacy over the course of 20 drama-filled seasons.





Go deeper than ever in Career mode. Compete for top sponsors, the best crewmembers, and the latest racing technology during 20 seasons.

Relive over 30 MRN Moment of the Race scenarios from real-life NASCAR races in Lightning Challenge. Each scenario is explained by the NASCAR driver who lived it first and the actual MRN radio calls. See if you can match his feat or do him one better.

Interactive instruction from "The King" himself, Richard Petty, and NASCAR's top drivers puts you behind the wheel and teaches you the best driving lines, brake points, and all the nuances to get you driving like a pro.

More realistic vehicle dynamics, including tire grip and wear, handling and suspension, and collision physics. Entry-level control gets you on the track while progressively more challenging control delivers deeper simulation.

Compete on six new infield Road Courses and one new Super Speedway, trade paint on all 23 NASCAR Winston Cup tracks, or go back to the '50s and take a spin on Daytona Beach road course.

Witness spectacular crashes where blown tires shred, and sparks, dust, and car fragments fly - avoid car parts and other on-track debris or you'll be out of the race.

Animated crowds, mascots, and asst. coaches; more music, chants, and beats; and effects such as sneaker scuffs on the floor.

Feel the tension build with dramatic pre-race camera fly-bys, and experience the emotion of victory with driver celebrations, trophy moments, and fireworks.

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Great Presentation, Incredibly Realistic Graphics, Accurate Physics, Impressive Career Mode
Announcers are a Little Weak; Excessive Memory Card Usage

IGN Cube:

"Promoting the realistic side of the sport in terms of presentation, car models, physics, and season structure, the true-life fans should be an ecstatically bunch. Tiburon has also managed to snare the arcade guys with unlockable bonuses, hidden characters, and a fast paced, overly forgiving crash engine..."


Electronic Gaming Monthly:

"This is, hands down, the best console NASCAR game yet. The incredibly deep Career mode has you taing care of your cars, sponsors and crew members through a 20-season dynasty. It comes together to create the most immersive NASCAR title ever on any console..."


Game Spot:
"Nintendo-bound NASCAR fans will have more than enough on their plates to keep them racing until well into next year. Overall, NASCAR Thunder 2003 is a well-made, polished, and thoroughly playable game, and stock car racing fans should be quite pleased with it..."


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