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NASCAR Heat is pleasant surprise from developer DICE and Hasbro. It manages to bring about a TV Style presentation that has been missing from other NASCAR games as well as a variety of fun modes. NASCAR fans should certainly check his sleeper hit out.
NASCAR Heat definitely does a lot of things that will please both simulation fans and arcade fans alike, but in the end it doesn't quite do enough for either. People looking for a pure arcade-style racer will find that there's a lot better in this area on PlayStation, while people looking for a pure simulation will likely find that Heat lacks some key features that users look for in a simulation -- such as more realistic racing physics and a fairly lackluster level of customization level with the cars. Nevertheless, the game is a lot of fun to play and the combination of the in-depth Championship mode with the enormously fun and addictive Beat the Heat mode, makes NASCAR Heat a very enjoyable and highly replayable game. It might not completely appeal to the extreme hardcore sim or arcade fan, but it has a lot to offer for people that like nice mixture of both.
Game Informer Magazine
This is a NASCAR game. That means a boring ride around an oval track (unless you're a NASCAR fan). Unfortunately, the game looks like crap on the PlayStation. You can literally see the track build itself ahead of you, and the textures are fuzzy to the point of being illegible. The one thing that makes the game somewhat interesting is a cool draft meter that shows how much pull you're getting off the other cars.
In the end, NASCAR Heat isn't quite the all-encompassing racing simulation that Electronic Arts' NASCAR 2001 is, but features like the beat the heat mode make the game worthwhile for any NASCAR fan.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
According to all reports, NASCAR Heat was a decent game when it was released for the PC; however, this stripped down port to the PlayStation does the original little justice. Featuring poor sound effects, barely existent physics, an AI that races fast but with little regard to the situation, and basically appalling visuals, there’s little to recommend this title to even the most rabid of NASCAR fans. The best features are the Race the Pro and Beat the Heat modes, both of which create “scenarios” to challenge the player. Beat the Heat is particularly well done, complete with FMV introductions and fun, challenging goals. Even these innovative racing challenges, however, can’t stop this title from stalling on its way out of the pit.