NASCAR Heat 2002

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Race as one of twenty-five drivers at nineteen tracks, in this simulation of the 2001 Winston Cup season. Race head-to-head against your friends, or try to beat the real drivers' ghost cars in Race The Pro. Real racing scenarios are recreated to provide a quick challenge, in Beat the Heat.

The Xbox version differs from the PS2 version: it has all-new track models, textures, and car models. Also, rather than returning to the UI between Practice/Qualify/Race, the player would experience "race day" on a track-side monitor.


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Alternate Titles

  • "云斯顿热力赛车2002" -- Chinese title (simplified)

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GamePro (US) Xbox Nov 29, 2001 4.5 out of 5 90
Gaming Target Xbox Apr 10, 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Dec, 2001 8.25 out of 10 82
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) PlayStation 2 Sep 26, 2001 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Jul 09, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
GameSpot Xbox Nov 16, 2001 7.6 out of 10 76
Gamezilla Xbox Dec 05, 2001 73 out of 100 73
PSM PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Jul, 2001 B- 67


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NASCAR Heat 2002 (PS2) was Monster Games' first console game, and was one of the first racing simulations for the PS2 in the US market. It is a direct descendant of NASCAR Heat (PC) (2000, Monster Games).

The xbox version remains one of the few xbox games that can play four-player split-screen in link play, with a maximum of 32 players. At 2001's E3 Expo, attendees could play in an eight-player link race between Microsoft's booth and Infogrames' booth.

Contributed to by Dave Broske (95)