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  • Summary: A blend of arcade and simulation games, 2002's edition of Heat features Championship Race, Beat-the-Heat, and Race-the-Pro modes utilizing 25 Winston Cup drivers (including Gordon, Wallace, Bobby Labonte) and 19 real-world NASCAR tracks.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    Until we see how well EA Sports’ "NASCAR Thunder 2002" turns out, NASCAR Heat is the stock-car game to beat.
  2. No matter which mode you choose, hours of adrenaline-pumping, white-knuckle racing will be at your fingertips. The developers did a wonderful job of capturing the essence of NASCAR racing.
  3. If you can handle the twitchy racing style of the expert mode, the tuning options are numerous. The game features a good damage model, and the support of the Logitech force feedback wheel adds to the realism of the game.
  4. 80
    The one category where this game stands above others is the physics and controls.
  5. NASCAR Heat is more than a grueling simulation, it’s a grease monkey’s wet dream come true.
  6. It will probably appeal more to the less hard-core racing fan and to those who can ignore the game's slim damage model.
  7. While it is to some degree better than "Nascar 2001," in many ways it is almost the same game (aside from the new foil cover). It features the same oval tracks, same types of cars and the same types of options.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. ToddT.
    Aug 7, 2001
    9
    This game is just great from the graphics to the intensity. It's like really racing in NASCAR. The best NASCAR game I have ever played!!
  2. S.M.
    Nov 21, 2001
    9
    The realism is awesome and challenging. For me that's what it's all about.