NASCAR 2001 PlayStation 2

Metascore
66

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. 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.
  2. CNET Gamecenter
    70
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Game Fan
    69
    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.
  5. Hardcore fans will love the action and the realism, but casual gamers just looking for action-packed racing fun may want to look elsewhere.
  6. 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.
  7. Daily Radar
    50
    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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#20 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2000
User Score
6.5

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
    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 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 »