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63.60% Overall Rank: 14104
PlayStation 2 Rank: 1097
2000 Games Rank: 14078
2000 PlayStation 2 Rank: 1097
Score based on 25 reviews


Easily the most ambitious NASCAR game to date on any platform, NASCAR 2001 has been designed from the ground up with completely original programming code that takes advantage of the power of the PlayStation 2. With the advanced power of the Emotion Engine, the designers for NASCAR 2001 have been able to duplicate key driving points and strategies of some of the biggest names in the racing field. Gone are the days of one-dimensional AI, thanks to independent artificial intelligence routines geared towards each racer's personality--older drivers will wisely hold back until key moments, while the rookies and speed demons will be more prone to charging recklessly into turns. Thirty-five active drivers with their respective cars (complete with sponsors) are available to rip around 14 different tracks--including night races and (in a NASCAR game first) Daytona. Body deformation, particle effects (like smoke and fire), sparks, tire marks on the road, and wall marks ensure that it looks as good as it plays.
Release Date: November 6, 2000

Latest Reviews

GameSpot 11/17/00 Review 7.6 out of 10
P2 Magazine UK 04/01/03 Review 5 out of 10
Game Vortex 12/07/02 Review 78 out of 100
The Laser 08/08/02 Review n/a
Media & Games Online 01/01/80 Review 8.3 out of 10
Next Level Gaming 01/01/80 Review 3 out of 6
PSM Magazine 01/01/80 Review 4 out of 10
Gamers Pulse 03/21/01 Review 76 out of 100
GameZone 03/02/01 Review 8 out of 10
GameSpy 01/15/01 Review 55 out of 100