Excerpt: Our readers should know up-front that I examine titles like NASCAR 2001 from the perspective of an interested, yet casual fan of the racing simulation genre. After spending a week+ with NASCAR 2001, I'm ready to offer my impressions. Having been a one time ardent NASCAR fan and after having spent many an hour doing laps with Papyrus' NASCAR series for PC (including online racing), I do have a basis for comparison.
Excerpt: EA Sports already has a solid foundation when it comes to NASCAR-inspired racing games. NASCAR 2000 had an arcade-quality feel, speedy visuals, and plenty of graphical eye candy, while NASCAR 2001 eschewed this graphical fluidity in favor of realistic drafting, car damage, and a plethora of options.
Excerpt: EA Sports dropped the ball here, folks. NASCAR 2001 's somewhat blocky graphics just aren't up to par with what the PlayStation 2 is capable of. Not only are the graphics blocky, but the game is extremely choppy, especially when the rear-view mirror is enabled. It seems that there is too much going on within the game (although it doesn't seem like it), making overall performance slow. The music and sound fx are actually pretty decent, however.