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  • Summary: 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. 90
    It's not perfect, but it's a polished, exciting ride.
  2. 78
    The cars are dialed, and the framerate is excellent, but when NASCAR comes back next year, I'd like to see more detailed damage animations and better-looking tracks.
  3. Aside from lacking an overall slick visual polish, NASCAR 2001 is everything racing fanatics could want, thanks to its huge list of licensed drivers, cars, and tracks, and its intense gameplay.
  4. Hardcore fans will love the action and the realism, but casual gamers just looking for action-packed racing fun may want to look elsewhere.
  5. It's almost impossible to ignore the game's graphical flaws -- specifically, its propensity to suddenly switch from high-res to low-res mode in the middle of a race, taking the frame rate south with it.
  6. Whether standing on its own or against the legion of fine racing alternatives out there (from "Gran Turismo" to "Wipeout"), this is one racer we'll probably leave in the games garage.
  7. The physics and feel of the cars is great, meanwhile the visuals are strictly last generation... Definitely not what we expected and not worthy of the PS2 name.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JackC.
    Oct 20, 2003
    8
    A good game but could have been made better.
  2. Michael
    Mar 23, 2003
    8
    This game is a good game, by my personal opinion I like it better on two player mode.
  3. JackH.
    Jul 6, 2001
    4
    Car adjustments DO NOT WORK. There are hardly any adjustments, even at the advanced level. If you're into fine tuning car adjustments to get around the track, this game is not for you. Expand