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Written by  :  Katie Cadet (10131)
Written on  :  Jun 04, 2017
Platform  :  Macintosh
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The best and latest Papyrus NASCAR Racing simulation for OS X!

The Good

Papyrus did a good job with their NASCAR Racing 2002 Season 15 years ago, and this sequel showed some areas of improvement with the physics, graphics, sound, and AI.

Unlike Cartoon style Kart Racing games and Futuristic Racing games which are out-of-the-ordinary, this features a real NASCAR tradition, a Southern United States motorsport which feature stock cars. I can choose from either arcade-style or a full simulation to get in gear for the big NASCAR race!

I highly recommend using a force feedback driving wheel because there are many of them out there that are supported for the PowerPC OS X like the Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Driving Wheel. I don't have a driving wheel, and I have not tried the force feedback feature yet, but you actually feel like you are in a real stock car which mimics the actions found from there.

Don't forget about the Driving Lessons! If you are new to this game, be sure to check them out! There is a lot of information about driving a real stock car for those who haven't tried the game before, or want to do better at driving!

Also, there is a lot of realism options that you can't find on any other NASCAR Racing game! You choose the options to get the most out of each race!

Finally, 3D acceleration depends on the speed of the computer. I suggest going for a 1 GHz G4 (minimum), but I highly recommend a G5 with enough memory chips in the computer for the maximum racing performance.

The Bad


The Bottom Line

This is one of the latest NASCAR racing games for the PowerPC Mac OS X. Papyrus is still the champion at realistic racing simulation games! If you are a NASCAR fan, then you should get one of those for your iMac G5/Power Mac G5 (if you have one of those) for the best experience! While you can still run this on your G4 Mac (I tested this game on my 1.5 GHz PowerBook G4 running Mac OS X 10.4.11), you will need to have a much faster processor and enough memory to play the game at it's best!

Also, did I mention the 2017 Monster Energy Series in the real races? If you are watching this year's races on TV, you think it is good that you have watched it! Also, after Papyrus closed down and the license took over by Electronic Arts in 2004, the latest Racing Simulation for Windows computers is NASCAR SimRacing (which is made by Electronic Arts under the EA Sports brand).

Currently, I have seen NASCAR Racing games in the 2010s that are exclusively released for game consoles, but maybe someday (or some year), we will see another NASCAR Racing game in the future that is specifically designed for the Macintosh and/or Windows. The racing tradition of the Southern United States lives on! And NASCAR Racing 2003 Season is still the latest racing simulation out there for the PowerPC OS X! I highly recommend this game to anyone who is a NASCAR fan, and even non-fans will enjoy it too!