Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 90
    The multiplayer component and hardcore difficulty settings ensure you won't be done with this one anytime soon, unless you just tire of NASCAR itself.
  2. Heat offers a brutally honest driving experience, but with simplistic damage modeling.
  3. 88
    Easily the best NASCAR game available... until "NASCAR 4" comes out in February.
  4. The lack of a matchmaking service surely will make racing against real-life opponents a little difficult but visually, the game is spectacular and with most of the licenses in place, NASCAR Heat is an enjoyable ride.
  5. PC Gamer
    Definitely flawed, but still a serious threat to Papyrus' stranglehold. [Dec 2000, p.145]
  6. NASCAR Heat's glaring shortcomings rip the believability out of the game after its graphics and driving suck you right in.
  7. Decent graphics and sound, and a full complement of NASCAR drivers and cars, gives the game initial appeal, but questionable gameplay ensures limited long-term usage.
  8. Aside from the two new racing modes, Beat the Heat and Race the Pro, the best part of the gameplay in NASCAR Heat is the thrilling pack racing experience, driving door-to-door and fender-to-fender against your opponents.
  9. 100
    This is the best simulation of NASCAR racing yet.
  10. Despite the annoying bugs NASCAR Heat is now the new King of NASCAR racing games. Excuse me. I think I hear Lynrd Skynrds' White Knuckle Ride on my jukebox. I've got to go beat the Heat.
  11. Daily Radar
    It's not for everyone, but those who spend their afternoons daydreaming of driving at 200MPH in an oval will not be disappointed.
  12. CNET Gamecenter
    A comprehensive and versatile stock car title that should appeal to all levels of PC drivers.
  13. I just wish that the details of NH were as good as the foundational components such as the physics and graphics engines. The yellow flag bug will ruin a great offline race.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. DanielB.
    May 20, 2003
    This is a great game! Sorry got to go beat some of my heat!!
  2. DevonL.
    Feb 23, 2003
    This is a really great game! It has skins and other things you can find for it.
  3. AJF.
    Oct 26, 2002
    GREAT!!!!! not as good as nascar 4 but I like it.