NASCAR 2001 PlayStation 2


Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
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  1. 90
    It's not perfect, but it's a polished, exciting ride.
  2. The graphics are outta this world and with the different driving views, you can get a really good perspective of what it's like to be in the driver's seat of a real race car. The instruction booklet is concise and to the point.
  3. 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.
  4. If you don't expect the world when it comes to simulation options or graphical detail, it sure is a fine game of racing.
  5. CNET Gamecenter
    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.
  6. Most importantly though, NASCAR 2001 is fun. The various difficulty settings provide an enjoyable experience for all levels of skill, and the multiplayer mode provides an exciting challenge to share with your friends.
  7. A mixed bag. And it definitely isn't for everyone. If you want a serious NASCAR sim and are willing to put up with some very schizophrenic graphics, this is your game.
  8. Game Fan
    The game can never decided what resolution it wants to run in. Never before have I seen such a problem in a game -- it's so bad you can even see the textures on your car go from respectable DC quality textures to ugly N64-esque textures... one word: lame.
  9. Hardcore fans will love the action and the realism, but casual gamers just looking for action-packed racing fun may want to look elsewhere.
  10. With all the extra power of the PS2, all EA could do was add two more cars to the field. The 20 cars race in a pseudo-sim. This leaves arcade and sim racing fans alike scratching their heads.
  11. 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.
  12. 55
    A very mixed bag. The graphics will swing from impressive to tolerable to utterly nauseating in a split second, the customization options are almost nonexistant but offer a very quick and easy entrance into the game.
  13. Daily Radar
    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.
  14. I'll admit I know nothing about NASCAR, but I do know speed and this game lacks it and more.
  15. Sadly, the best thing about this game is testing the crash physics...To my delight, the crashes in this game are superb. Not only does the car fly into the air, but debris from the car litters the track and remains throughout the race. Neat.
  16. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User 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
    A good game but could have been made better.
  2. Michael
    Mar 23, 2003
    This game is a good game, by my personal opinion I like it better on two player mode.
  3. JackH.
    Jul 6, 2001
    Car adjustments DO NOT WORK. There are hardly any adjustments, even at the advanced level. If you're into fine tuning car adjustments to 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. Full Review »