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NASCAR Racing 2003 Season

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NR-2003 THE BEST PC NASCAR/RACING GAME! Windows Robert Wolfe (87)

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Platform Votes Score
Macintosh 2 4.4
Windows 17 4.0
Combined User Score 19 4.0

Critic Reviews

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WindowsPC Gamer
The last in a long line of NASCAR titles from Papyrus, this final chapter is easily the finest in the series. NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season has the legs to reign for a long time as the de facto standard-bearer for the genre and it offers a rock-solid base from which the third-party mod community can begin working it's mojo. The King is dead. Long live the King.
When I read that the racing gurus at Papyrus would no longer be making NASCAR sims, the first thing I did was dig for corroborating evidence. I just could not believe they would abandon their cash cow. Unfortunately for them, either EA outbid them, or for some other financial reason Papyrus couldn't continue the way they were, and thus we are faced with the reality that NASCAR Racing 2003 is their last such title. So they "pulled out the stops" as designer Rich Yasi put it, to give us the best possible experience, and set the bar as high as possible for EA.
Despite all its strengths, you could find small things to nitpick about in NASCAR Racing 2003 Season, but that would be like complaining you didn't get a prize in your Cracker Jack box after you just won the lottery. About the only major problem you're likely to encounter is the framerate issue. But assuming you can get that sorted out, you're in for some thrilling racing. It's a black day for gaming when a superb, hardcore sim series like this is abandoned in its prime. There are way too few serious sims of any sort these days. On the bright side, the NASCAR Racing series ends it career with a resounding victory.
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season earns an extra half mouse over its 2002 Season predecessor, thanks to an updated driver, a team and sponsor roster, all 23 real-world NASCAR tracks, and a dramatically reworked physics engine. These features, along with new graphics and AI improvements, make the game even more realistic and challenging than before.
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich glaube, die Jungs von Papyrus wollen mich arbeitslos machen! Denn was soll ein Spieletester kritisieren, wenn es nichts mehr zu kritisieren gibt? Das Fahrgefühl: perfekt. Die Gegner-KI: hervorragend. Der Motoren-Sound: extra knackig. Die Mehrspieler- Rennen: ein einzigartiges Erlebnis! Formel-1-verwöhnte Rennfahrer müssen sich mit der fremden Nascar-Welt zwar erstmal vertraut machen. Tutorial und Fahrhilfen ermöglichen aber jedem den Sprung aufs Podest – Lenkrad und gute Englischkenntnisse vorausgesetzt. Bei einem Preis von 30 Euro kann es nur heißen: Gentlemen, start your engines!
Alles neu macht der Mai zählt leider nicht für Nascar Racing 2003 Season, dennoch ist die derzeit beste Rennsimulation, die man im Laden kaufen kann. Wer sich für den Sport begeistern kann und hartes Fahrtraining nicht scheut, der sollte dich 25 Euro ruhig investieren. Bei dem Preis kann man nichts falsch machen.
This would be an Editor’s Choice Award game if the target audience wasn’t so narrow. See that Ballistics Report on the previous page? Well, you’ll see it again one day, as the picture next to the definition of ‘nit-picking’. Much like the movie Gosford Park, it’s just not something you can appreciate the first, second or even third time around. Like Quake, it’s not just a game that you get better at the more you play it – it’s a game that gets better for you as you learn to understand the intricacies.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
NASCAR Racing Season 2003 is een waardige en mooie bekroning voor deze succesvolle racereeks van Sierra. Het biedt een heel realistische race-ervaring en tegelijkertijd zet het de deur open voor nieuwkomers door enkele handige hulpmiddeltjes te integreren.
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
В игру, конечно же, попали все 23 трека североамериканского чемпионата, причем авторы настаивают на их абсолютной достоверности. К примеру, в асфальтовых текстурах якобы присутствуют все трещинки и ямки с настоящих трасс. Команды, болиды и гонщики численностью, составом и боевой раскраской соответствуют данным сезона 2003 года, который, как обычно, начался почти одновременно с выходом проекта — 8 марта в Дайтоне, а знаменитое «Gentlemen, start your engines!» произносится на каждой трассе своим, «реальным» голосом.
WindowsJoystick (French)
Les sensations de pilotage sont excellentes, le moteur physique est impeccable, le graphisme est splendide... Que demander de plus pour un jeu de course ? NASCAR 2003 est un très bon titre qui devraient faire changer d'avis ceux qui regardent avec dédain cette discipline.
Au final, Nascar Racing 2003 Season n'évolue qu'assez peu par rapport à son grand frère, mais les quelques changements qu'il instaurent valent la peine puisqu'ils contribuent à renforcer le réalisme de cette simulation. Reste que comme toujours, le titre est réservé aux fans déjà conquis par ce sport, les autres trouvant difficilement leur compte. Mais pour vous, les amoureux de Nascar, c'est du tout bon.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
If you’re a casual gamer or first-time buyer looking to experience a realistic and full-featured racing simulator, you should really spend your hard-earned dollars on NASCAR 2002 Season. This year’s model leaves you feeling like it's nothing more than one big, full-priced retail patch.