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Worth Playing (Jun 07, 2003)
Going over 200 MPH, it’s a hot pursuit. Thirty-three cars racing at crazy speeds trying to overtake one another, and prove they are the racing king. If you are wondering “can this possible be legal?” I’ll give you the answer to that, “Yes it is!” Welcome to Codemasters’ IndyCar Series.
Next Level Gaming (Jun 04, 2003)
Of all the racing games you can think of out there, companies have brought out many a Formula One game. But no one has yet to bring out an Indy Racing League game. While the stock car circuit has Daytona, there is a race that is just as popular; The Indianapolis 500. And it's been done before. In the arcade, Sega brought out an Indy 500 game a few years back that could have, no should have come out on the Sega Dreamcast. Even before that there was an Indy game made a LONG time ago on the PC, by none other than Electronic Arts and Papyrus Design Group. So what's been the hold up?
IGN (May 29, 2003)
All things considered, it seems amazing that PC's and consoles have gone as long as they have without one single attempt to reproduce the Indy 500. The most recent efforts we can recall were both for the PC, and are at least five years old. Yet NASCAR has dominated the video game scene, particularly on consoles, and open-wheel racing has been only truly represented by Formula One games. Luckily Codemasters has crossed the Atlantic from the UK to yanks what we are apparently unwilling to produce ourselves: an IndyCar simulation.
GameZone (Jun 08, 2003)
I’m a big NASCAR fan. I’ve been to Kentucky Speedway a few times, and watch the Winston Cup races every weekend. About three years ago, I got to go to the Indianapolis 500 with my Dad and his partner from work, and got my first taste of Indy racing. I was blown away by the cars zipping around at speeds over 220MPH, and immediately went on a search to find a decent IRL game for PS2. Well, Midway had done one earlier which was a little too arcade style for me, but finally someone has decided to put out an Indy game which tries to capture all of the speed and thrills of actual IRL racing.
IndyCar Series walks a fine line between being an arcade offering and a true simulation, and at the player’s discretion, the title can become either with solid results. However, fundamental flaws unjustly hamper the gameplay, and the lack of support for many USB wheels is nothing short of devastating. IRL fans shouldn’t hesitate to pick up IndyCar, since there’s no better way to virtually experience their favorite sport. However, the casual player should be leery; there are better racing games out there, just none featuring the Indy Racing League.
70 (UK) (Aug 04, 2003)
According to a guy named Michael Schneider, the "discovery and appreciation of the circle is our early glimpse into the wholeness, unity, and divine order of the universe". Sheesh, it's just a button on your PS2 controller.
Game Chronicles (Jun 23, 2003)
IndyCar Series is the topic of today’s review and after about 15 grueling hours behind the wheel I’m ready to blow the crankcase off this game. If you have read any of my other reviews you already know I am a racing fanatic. Growing up within earshot of the Texas Motor Speedway, I’ve been a track rat since I was 12. I’ve gone to racing school and driven both NASCAR and open wheel (IndyCar) machines so I know what’s real and what’s not.
63 (Jul 13, 2003)
Au weh! Selbst, wenn Ihr Euch mit der Grundvoraussetzung, bis zu mehrere Hundert Runden im Kreis zu fahren anfreunden könnt und eigentlich an Spielen wie beispielsweise zur NASCAR-Serie Spaß habt, wird Euch die technische Umsetzung schnell wieder zu den diversen Formel Eins-Spielen greifen lassen. Denn obwohl das Geschwindigkeitsgefühl gut vermittelt wird und auch Fahrphysik und mit Einschränkungen auch die Steuerung überzeugen können, steht der Rest der Grafik scheinbar mit einem Bein fest verwurzelt in guten alten PSone-Zeiten - dermaßen unspektakulär sah schon lange kein Rennspiel mehr aus. Dabei hat die Xbox-Fassung deutlich gezeigt, dass auch das scheinbar eintönige Rundendrehen für Fans, die auch exotischeren Motorsportarten eine Chance geben wollen, durchaus Spaß machen kann. Doch jeglicher Spaß wird auf der PS2 durch die detailarme optische Umsetzung im Keim erstickt. Sehr sehr schade, denn im Kern ist IndyCar Series eine penibel genaue Simulation des IndyCar-Sports.
GameSpot (Jun 11, 2003)
Much like NASCAR, IndyCar racing has steadily grown in popularity over the years, and Codemasters has attempted to capitalize on that popularity with IndyCar Series. Fortunately, the game is successful in capturing the essence of the sport, with its emphasis on strategic driving and having steady nerves when racing in the pack, but it's not an entirely realistic re-creation of the sport--newcomers can almost immediately jump right into the game's hardest difficulty setting and compete reasonably well. In addition, the modes available in IndyCar Series are all pretty shallow, which not only detracts from the overall experience, but also significantly reduces its replay value.
55 (Jun 23, 2003)
Indycars Series est loin d'être un mauvais jeu. Les sensations de conduite sont bonnes, l'animation est rapide, les adversaires disputent les courses de façon intelligente et le titre est assez joli. Maintenant la grande lassitude inhérente à ce sport sera un frein majeur pour la plupart des joueurs même pour ceux sachant apprécier les jeux de courses et à fortiori de F1. Le jeu de Codemasters étant réaliste et nécessitant pas mal de réglages, les amateurs d'arcade bouderont également ce jeu. Enfin le mode multijoueur n'a malheureusement pas bénéficié de beaucoup de soins et ici aussi la répétitivité de l'action achèvera le jeu qui n'est finalement destiné qu'à une poignée d'irréductibles.
Factornews (Sep 01, 2003)
Un jeu à réserver aux fans car la monotonie des circuits et la nécessité des réglages de la voitures devrait rebuter les joueurs occasionnels. Néanmoins le jeu multi-joueurs vient un peu relever la sauce et nous tire de la somnolence que procure le jeu solo.
GameSpy (Jun 14, 2003)
If you have the liberty to choose which version of the game to buy, the Xbox version is slightly better, with improved graphics and controls. I can really only recommend this game to those who appreciate and enjoy all the nitty-gritty of the Indy racing sport. If you are one of those people, add about 15 points to my score. If you are not, your time would probably be better served checking out some of the other racing games out there.