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NASCAR 2005 Chase For the Cup - PlayStation 2

by Electronic Arts See the Amazon Page for this brand
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) 87 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Introducing Fight to the Top Mode: Become a superstar owner or driver and decide where and how you want to race. Develop essential racing skills and increase fan support
  • All-New Chase for the Cup: The first and only game to feature the new NASCAR point system. This 10-race championship shootout is available in both Fight to the Top mode as well as its own stand-alone game mode.
  • Next-Generation Grudges and Alliances: Make your driver a hero or a villain. Force mistakes with the new Intimidator Button as rivalries even spill off the track with post-race confrontations.
  • Four New Racing Series: Try your hand at the NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and Featherlite Modified Series. Opportunities present themselves on all levels youre a few wins away from hitting the main show, the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
  • American Muscle Cars: Settle bitter rivalries with other NASCAR drivers through the streets in production cars, including the Ford GT and Dodge Viper.

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Platform: PlayStation2
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  • ASIN: B0002I9ROU
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,219 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation2

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NASCAR 2005: Chase For The Cup lets you feel the action, on and off the track. Develop your racing skills and intimidate your rivals -- then watch as fans react to the drama. Become a superstar owner or driver in Fight To The Top Mode, and become the top driver that NASCAR teams are looking for. Chase For The Cup is a thrilling 10-race championship shootout involving the new NASCAR point system, for all-new chances to show the owners and sponsors what you can do. New Create-A-Driver puts you inside the world of NASCAR -- create your own team colors and designs, customize your body and racing gear Go up against 4 different racers at once, for a new level of online racing

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NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup challenges you to battle through a groundbreaking new story mode to achieve NASCAR stardom. Start from humble beginnings by earning NASCAR Busch, Craftsman Truck and Featherlite Modified series rides before grabbing million-dollar purses in the NEXTEL Cup Series. Develop your racing skills and intimidate your rivals on the track with all-new controls. Off the track, force the action with post-race confrontations, and settle disputes by racing AmericaÕs top production cars through city streets. Fans react to the drama, idolizing both NASCAR heroes and villains, while owners and sponsors recognize talent and reward success. ItÕs up to you to show 'em what youÕve got.

Key Features:

  • New Fight to the Top Mode: Develop essential racing skills and progress to become the top driver teams wantÑ-battle through multiple racing series in your pursuit to race for the NASCAR Nextel Cup.
  • The Field Expands: The NASCAR Busch series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, NASCAR Featherlite Modified series, and American Muscle cars join the circuit.
  • New Chase for the Cup Mode: Make your own late season drama in the only game featuring the new championship points system.
  • Be Hero or Villain: Force mistakes with the new Intimidator Control, but be prepared to deal with the consequences after the race.
  • Enhanced EA SPORTS Online: Join the largest sports gaming community featuring all-new four player racing where you take on a full field of cars in each of the four NASCAR series.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game for what it is February 22, 2005
By Dave
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It you're into racing sims, this game isn't for you. If you're into racing sims and say that this game sucks as a sim, that's like saying that Madden 2005 is a terrible hockey game. Yeah, it isn't a good hockey game because it's a football game.

The Fight for the Top mode of this game is fun. You start at the bottom, race your way up, earn money, buy teams (to earn more money), win championships, etc. I could go on with the fun stuff, but now that the price is marked down or you can buy a used one, quit reading reviews and just try it.

The negatives: Two things bug me about this game. First, the autograph signing sessions are a waste of time. Second, once you pick the settings in the Fight for the Top mode, you're stuck with them (unless you want to start new game). That's a problem because, as you progress, you'll need less and less "driver assist" and will want to compete agains better AI competitors (rookies, veterans, legends) and change other settings related to tire wear, refueling, damage, etc. So you'ver earned $2M and now realize it's getting too easy to win. Can't change the settings. Gotta give it all up and start over. You can change the settings anytime in the other modes (e.g. Race Now), but that doesn't carry over to the Fight for the Top.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I just wasted 40 bucks..... December 21, 2004
By Axl
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I had some extra money laying around, and i decided I wanted another Nascar game. What a waste of money....2003 was so much better than this crap. So heres what's bad about it.

Graphics: This really doesn't matter much to me, but after playing games like GT3, and soon GT4, and seeing those graphics, EA could have improved a lot here.

Depth: Yes, now you can race in 4 different classes, whoopie. What happened to all the stuff you could do to manage your team from 2003? You used to be able to hire individual crew members, determine salarys, BUy specific upgrades for your car, like new chassis, engins, R&D, ect, now, its all rolled into one boring bunch.

"Intimidator": When I first read about this feature, it sounded pretty cool, and like it would add a lot to the gameplay. What a waste of time, and it totally destroys any sense of fun this game had going for it. While racing, you can make friends and enemys on the track. Although making alies seems to have no effect what-so-ever, if you make an enemy, they'll ram you until you spin out and hit the wall. YOu make enemys if you hit them, or, even if they run into you first. It;s totally off balance.

It's also missing all the other little details that made the career mode fun in 2003. Now all you get to do is get text messages from your cheif...

All in all, save yourself the money, wait for GT4

If you already own this like I do, I found that it;s better used as a frisbee than as a game
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO...NO...NO...Come on EA!!! October 27, 2004
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I just don't understand what EA is trying to accomplish with thier NASCAR game of the console. I think they are moving twords a total arcade game and phasing out any signs of being a good sim. They also added way too much other junk to this game that has NOTHING to do with NASCAR...I don't care to race production cars on fantasy tracks...I'll get GT4 for that! Here is my list of Pros and Cons for this years PS2 offering. The Cons way outnumber the Pros (at least from a sim standpoint)


**The Graphics are about as good as they'll get on the PS2

**They Finally got the sounds right and the Music trax are good.


** They took out cokpit view(that right their negates any sim aspect)

** AI ans paybacks are just as bad as last year...they don't PAY you back...they SLAM you back.

** They tried to institute the new caution freeze the field into the game...boy is this bad...Say you are in 20th and a big wreck happens up in front of you and the lead cars go everywhere and flip and crash...well...they freeze the field and on the restart they line EVERY ONE of those cars is back up in front of matter how bad they were damaged...ALSO almost all the cars always finish the race on the lead lap regardless of the difficulty setting.

** The only way to do the "Chase for the Cup" is in Chase for the cup mode where you only run the last ten races...If you run a season or do it under the old points system...How stupid is that!You also can't do "Chase for the Cup" in two player mode...why not?

** They took out all the cool pre and post race stuff...No more National Anthem...No more "Gentlemen start you engins"...No more flybys...No more through the field...
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By jaylr
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This game will probably be a huge seller because the changes they made will appeal to the younger masses. But if you are like me and want to try and create the same experience drivers have on Sundays, then avoid this kiddie game at all costs.

The decline started with last years hokey grudges and alliances feature. Pressing the R2 button to draft was unrealistic. It has continued with the elimination of the cockpit view and elimination of customizable gameplay features. You can still set various assists and difficulty levels, but they are more part of a package system and do not allow you to adjust every aspect of racing AI and rules like in the past.

But there are improvements. The level of gameplay modes is huge. The creation of various racing series is very good. The inclusion of more road courses adds great variety. The graphics and sound and the best yet. The sense of speed and framerate are superb. And it is online.

However, losing the cockpit view is a HUGE loss. NASCAR Dirt to Daytona could do it despite having various racing classes... so EA's omission is either intentional or lazy. Most will not agree since EA is targeting this to younger gamers and EA figures the hardcore NASCAR crowd will buy it whether they like it or not. Whether they trade it back in doesn't matter... they got their money. But the cockpit view provides an immersive simulator experience similar to a first person shooter. When you drive a car you do not drive it from the bumper or from behind... you drive it from inside the vehicle. But since so many huge games such as Gran Turismo and Need for Speed do not provide a cockpit view EA figures they can get away with it.

If you are a teenager or new to NASCAR you will probably love this game.
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Everything went great. It shipped and arrived in timely fashion. Plays fine, with no scratches. It was exactly what I wanted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its Okay
When I first got NASCAR 2005:Chase for the Cup I thought immediately it would have the cockpit view. It didn't which was a shock after the success with it in the previous games. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars I hate this game
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