• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Aug 13, 2001
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. An outstanding update of the Dreamcast version–-does truly replicate this most unique of races, while not forcing players to endure a full day of gaming.
  2. It's not perfect, but it does capture the all-important essence of seat-of-your-pants racing against other human opponents in officially sanctioned events better than any other console game ever. And yes, that includes GT3.
  3. Don’t overlook this one – it’s quite quietly one of the most agreeable racers we’ve seen for some time.
  4. I don’t know about you, but I’m sold!
  5. This doesn’t mean for one second though, if you own "GT3," you shouldn’t own Le Mans. The two games are totally different, and Le Mans is still definitely a must have for racing fans.
  6. A damn good game, and no "Gran Turismo" can change that.
  7. 80
    It's an exhilarating driving experience. It plays exactly like the Dreamcast version: It's fast, provides plenty of challenge, and has all of the extra stuff the Dreamcast version didn't. It's just doesn't look or sound as good.
  8. Less-than-impressive graphics and underwhelming sound aside, we cannot help but recommend highly Le Mans 24 Hours to the simulation driving fans out there that are done (or stumped) completing "GT3: A-Spec".
  9. Nice graphics aside, the real strength of Le Mans lies in its superb controls and physics, a well-balanced system that walks the fine line between realism and fun. [Oct 2001, p.145]
  10. A great characteristic of this game is that you typically race against fifteen other cars (sixteen cars total) and in the Le Mans race the total is twenty-four cars! This is in contrast to the typical six driver racing games, which are quite boring after experiencing this.
  11. Le Mans fans who don't have a Dreamcast should by all means pick it up.
  12. The handling is drastically better than it was on the PSone, but horrendous anti-aliasing issues, draw-in, and loading times are still present.
  13. There's something a bit anticlimactic about the game... When you pull into the lead, win a race, or improve upon your lap time it would make the experience so much more gratifying if you got some acknowledgment, whether visual or audible.
  14. This Le Mans is more like coming down from a caffeine binge than the exciting beginning, especially when there are fresher drugs, err… games, like "GT3" just waiting to be played.
  15. 65
    Falls short of what I think it intended to accomplish. The guts [are] there with the good control and tight physics model, but the presentation is not up to the level it should be.
  16. 60
    The visuals and sound are the major sore spots of Le Mans. The graphics are grainy and not very sharp, especially when you’re driving at night or in the rain.
  17. A less than stellar port of that stellar [Dreamcast] game.
  18. Yet another checkpoint-to-checkpoint semi-sim, and racers yearning for something new will run out of gas quickly. [Nov 2001, p.105]
  19. 30
    If "Gran Turismo 3 A-spec" was like opening Christmas presents as a kid, then Le Mans 24 Hours is a lot like getting mugged.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. GeorgeS.
    Aug 7, 2004
    10
    Very cool game worth buying better than gt3.
  2. Oct 12, 2013
    6
    This is nowhere near as fun as the Dreamcast version. Its missing some detail and it just feels like a different game. The car handling hasThis is nowhere near as fun as the Dreamcast version. Its missing some detail and it just feels like a different game. The car handling has its own style and of course some tracks are fun. But for the most part this is not exciting to play. I don't know why, but the Dreamcast Le Mans was better in every department. If you play GT3 or Toca Race Driver, totally skip this one. Full Review »
  3. AlexB.
    Aug 7, 2004
    10
    This game is awesome it is the only game that lets you race for a full 24 hours and it has way more cool prototype cars than gt3.itsThis game is awesome it is the only game that lets you race for a full 24 hours and it has way more cool prototype cars than gt3.its simulation isnt as good as gt3 but the sense of speed is amazing and the way the game shows the difference between a porshe 911 gt3 and a nissan r390 is also very good.and it has a well modelled pit crew that replaces fuel and changes the tires.all up it is a great game, it doesnt have the best graphics but it is a very life like le mans simulator 10/10. Full Review »