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PlayStationPSX Nation (Oct 20, 1999)
NASCAR 2000 managed to make me have fun while racing in an 81 lap circle. If you like the sport then you will absolutely love this game. If you aren't all that big of a fan you still may want to give this game a try. Although I would rather not admit it, it's rather fun!
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PlayStationGamezilla (Feb 01, 2000)
The main differences between this game and the previous NASCAR 99 version are the improved graphics, updated physics, and more realistic feel and control in addition to the updated roster. This game is a lot of fun and is sure to please NASCAR racing fans of all ages. With plenty of options and racing modes, it is sure to keep your attention for quite awhile too. If you’re into racing games, this one is a safe buy and will not disappoint you.
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WindowsGameSpy (Apr 29, 2000)
Right now NASCAR is hot, and only the most dedicated fan would find any serious flaw in the tracks or the drivers as presented.
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WindowsGameplay (Benelux) (Jun 29, 2000)
Nascar 2000 is een knappe racesim die vooral de liefhebbers zal plezieren.
80
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Dec 15, 1999)
Overall, I have to give a nod to the team at EA for making what is really a remarkably good NASCAR simulator. As I mentioned previously, if you’re a fan of NASCAR racing and own a PSX, there is no reason at all for you not to go out and buy NASCAR 2000. Unfortunately, no matter how good the graphics, physics, and racing engine all are, you’re going to be bored to tears with this title if you’re not into NASCAR style racing, and I believe that the majority of gaming racing fans fall into this category. As I mentioned before, if you know whether you’re a NASCAR type racer or an autocross type racer, you know whether you’ll like NASCAR 2000 or not. In the end, though, as bored as I eventually became, driving ceaselessly to the left around a never ending series of ovals, I have to admit that NASCAR 2000 is a remarkably solid game, well deserving of a bit of praise.
80
Previous EA NASCAR games have always been heavy on features, but stumbled when it came to aesthetics. Not so here. The graphics, while not outstanding (like Gran Turismo 2 or R4), are very well detailed in terms of making the cars look identical to their counterparts and doing the tracks justice, Also, the game's steady frame-rate doesn't sputter during the split-screen two-player mode.
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PlayStationNowGamer (Sep 24, 1999)
Bad physics occur elsewhere too, especially in crashes. A head-on collision will get your garish plastic Chevrolet rocking back and forth on its roof like an egg, suggesting shoddy model design somewhere along the line. A half decent cockpit view and a couple of bonus (non-elliptical) tracks specific to the PlayStation version earn NASCAR 2000 a few points, obscured by nasty graphics and the inherent monotony of the sport.
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WindowsPC Player (Germany) (Jul, 2000)
Electronic Arts weiß schon, warum man auf eine Übersetzung von Nascar 2000 verzichtet. Jedes mittelmäßige Formel-1-Programm verkauft sich hier zu Lande besser als eine hochklassige Stock-Car-Simulation. Die Rennen sind dramatisch, die Fahrt rasant. Zusätzlich gibt es noch etliche Phantasiekurse (keine Ovale!), die vor allem im Multiplayer-Spiel Spaß machen. Aber das interessiert nur wenige. Sollte es anders sein? Fahren Sie gern im Schwergewicht? Haben Sie die Ausdauer für einen NASCAR-Marathon? Dann greifen Sie zu. Aber wer NASCAR noch nie gemocht hat, wird auch jetzt nicht mehr damit anfangen wollen.
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PlayStationMega Fun (Dec, 1999)
Rein spielerisch hat NASCAR 2000 den Sprung ins nächste Jahrtausend sicherlich geschafft. Die Boliden lassen sich sehr realistisch über die Rennpisten steuern. Zudem reizen den Spieler die nervenaufreibenden Kämpfe um Positionen. Die Technik hingegen bleibt weit hinter den Erwartungen zurück. Unvermittelt ploppen beispielsweise ganze Tribünen in das Geschehen. Ferner wirkt die pixelige 3D-Engine des Racers etwas antiquiert und bietet nur wenige Highlights, wie Licht- oder Schatteneffekte.
75
PlayStationGameSpot (Oct 29, 1999)
In the end, NASCAR 2000 is a better version of last year's title with more than enough new options and features to warrant a purchase by anyone who already owns NASCAR 99. If you're a fan of NASCAR and want the best NASCAR game for the PlayStation, this is the one to get. However, if you are simply a racing-game fan who's looking for a new game, keep in mind that NASCAR 2000, while definitely one of the best NASCAR simulations ever, is still all about driving in circles until your eyes bleed.
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Nintendo 64GameSpot (Oct 29, 1999)
In the end, NASCAR 2000 is a better version of last year's title with more than enough new options and features to warrant a purchase by anyone who already owns NASCAR 99. If you're a fan of NASCAR and want the best NASCAR game for the N64, this is the one to get. However, if you are simply a racing-game fan who's looking for a new game, keep in mind that NASCAR 2000, while definitely one of the best NASCAR simulations ever, is still all about driving in circles until your eyes bleed.
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WindowsActionTrip (Apr 17, 2000)
The game is altogether mediocre. There is nothing that would make it particularly bad, just as there is nothing that would make it good. Racing fans can try it out, but I would recommend them not to expect too much fun. NASCAR fans, on the other hand, might have a lot of fun with it providing they are not too keen or realistic games.
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PlayStationVideo Games (Nov, 1999)
Wer auf diese exotische Raserei steht, kann mit NASCAR 2000 die bislang realistischste Umsetzung erwerben. Wem diese Sportart allerdings rein gar nichts sagt, sollte vor dem Kauf lieber ein paar Übertagungen auf einschlägigen Sportsendern verfolgen. Denn obwohl NASCAR sich mehr als alle anderen Rennserien (ausser Stock Car) durch harte Kollisionen auszeichnet und auch deutlich mehr Überholmanöver als die Formel 1 bietet, könnte sich der Zugang für Einsteiger schwierig gestalten. Ansonsten gibt es an NASCAR 2000 nicht viel auszusetzen - im Gegenteil, die peitschenden Rocksounds unterscheiden sich wohltuend von den gängigen Duddel-Sounds anderer Games.
70
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Jul, 2000)
Unlike its revolutionary bad predecessor, NASCAR 2000 is a fun game. EA Sports has finally put (most of) the pieces together and crafted an entertaining title that preserves the essential thrill of pushing a car to more than 180 mph. At the same time, however, this is still “NEED FOR SPEED does NASCAR.” Hardcore realists should clutch their copies of NASCAR RACING 3 to their chests and stop reading right now. If you’re an arcade-racing fan who’d like to shift the scene from Dolphin Point to Sears Point, keep going.
70
PlayStationIGN (Oct 29, 1999)
NASCAR 2000 is nothing more than average to gamers whose interests lie in different racing styles. I found myself bored as I played through its many courses since there is a serious lack of variety, one which ultimately decides whether it was indeed enjoyable or not. That's not to say this game is bad. In fact, as far as an update goes, it's an excellent one. This year's version has a lot of extras last year's didn't, and it shows in the overall feel and several different modes available for fans of the genre.
70
WindowsPC Gamer (Jul, 2000)
Sierra had better start watching its rear view mirror, as EA finally steps up with a stock car challenger.
68
Nintendo 6464 Power / big.N / N Games (Oct, 1999)
Nascar 2000 ist für Hardcore-Nascar-Fans ganz nett. Zugegebenermaßen wüßte auch ich nicht auf Anhieb, wie man diesen Sport beleben könnte und dabei trotzdem noch realistisch bleibt. Er ist und bleibt schlicht, wie dieses Spiel. Wer Nascar ‘99 schon sein eigen nennt braucht Nascar 2000 auf keinen Fall.
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Nintendo 64Sports Gaming Network (Oct 14, 1999)
If you like NASCAR racing, but don't have NASCAR 99, and own only a N64, you may well find this game to your liking. If you already own NASCAR 99, you may not find the new version much of a change; it may be better to invest your money elsewhere. And if you own a PSX, go with the richer and deeper Playstation version. And if all you want is to acquire a new racing title, think before you buy this one--unless, that is, you really like NASCAR racing or want to see what all the fuss is. In truth, there's plenty of strategy and excitement in NASCAR racing, but console translations are not always successful in capturing these qualities.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany) (May, 2000)
Nach dem letztjährigen Murks-Flop hat EA Sports die Kurve diesmal besser gekriegt – aber immer noch nicht perfekt. Nascar 2000 serviert relativ leicht zugängliche Rennen mit adretter Grafik und Unmengen an Unfällen. Ob sich Profis damit allerdings von Sierras Simulations-Klassikern weglocken lassen, ist ebenso fraglich wie der Faszinationsgrad für europäische Gelegenheits-Raser: Strecken-Monotonie und Schumi-Mangel sind hierzulande eine schwere Bürde.
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Nintendo 64IGN (Sep 18, 1998)
Since NASCAR 2000 would theoretically be at its best reflecting all of the little details of NASCAR racing, then as a videogame it could only be as fun and engaging as the sport it represents. The problem is, NASCAR '99 already did this and there's not enough new or improved about N2000 to warrant paying new money for the game. Considering that PSX version of N2000 is boasting new driver A.I., a create-a-driver feature and a Parappa style interactive pit stop system, it makes us wonder why at least some of those couldn't be thrown into the N64 version. A NASCAR game doesn't have much to work with anyway as far as gameplay, so adding a few standard arcade features like a more dynamic replay feature certainly wouldn't have hurt. It's not like N2000 for the N64 is a port of N99 for the PSX, since each console had its own version last year.
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WindowsFragland.net (Sep 18, 2002)
The only thing that really made me like the game for a few seconds was the pits, and it wasn't because there were pit babes, but rather because the guys changing the tires and doing maintenance on my car looked like full-grown LEGO-people and I don't think EA meant this to be...
60
Nintendo 64Gamezilla (Nov 23, 1999)
This is not my type of racing, period. I did not enjoy it at all. I really tried to give it a fair shake but I just could not get into it. I guess the game has some options that might make it more appealing to fans of NASCAR but I still think the plain graphics will be a turn off to most gamers. I prefer games that offer more variety and excitement over repetition and patience. To me, racing should not be about patience. I guess the bottom line is that if you are not a fan of NASCAR, stay far away. If you are a fan, I suggest renting first to see if you like it.
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Windowsincite PC Gaming (Jul, 2000)
The king of NASCAR games is Sierra's NASCAR Racing 3. And when compared with that king, NASCAR 2000 can't keep up the pace.
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WindowsElectric Games (2000)
NASCAR 2000 is much better then EA Sports' previous effort, NASCAR Revolution. It improves the game on many levels but still falls short of the standard set by NASCAR Racing 3. This is a series to watch, however - I can see future releases gaining ground and becoming a real contender. As it stands, this title isn't a bad game, but it doesn't compare to Papyrus' NASCAR Racing series quite yet. Bottom Line: Better than NASCAR Revolution, but still isn't ready to unseat Papyrus' NASCAR Racing series. The graphics look good, but the engine bogs down in places. Sound effects are very well done, but the radio warnings are off. Opponent AI is very strong and shows off distinct personalities and driving styles.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (May 22, 2000)
NASCAR 2000 is clearly a lot better than its awful predecessor, NASCAR Revolution, but it still does not make the grade. Sierra’s NASCAR Racing 3 and NASCAR Legends are still the titles of choice for racing simulation fans, and for those who love arcade racers there is still no PC stock car offering satisfying out there. In just so many areas NASCAR 2000 comes close but gets no cigar, and after two tries I am beginning to suspect that there are some fundamental flaws and limitations with the basic Stormfront Studios code that underlies this effort. The only really commendable areas are the graphics (but not including the animation), the pit crew dynamics, and the artificial intelligence (but not during crashes), and these are more than offset by areas of fatal flaws such as in frame rates and collision behavior. So if you are considering buying this release, consider the yellow caution flag to be firmly out there giving you fair warning of problems ahead.
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Nintendo 64CoreMagazine.com (1999)
Someone in the EA camp needs to stop the madness. A new calendar year looming on the horizon is not an excuse to release a new version of a sports title that is only slightly different than the last. Such is the sad case with NASCAR 2000 for the Nintendo 64. Unlike its PlayStation cousin, NASCAR 2000 for the N64 adds very little to what was only a mediocre title to begin with. Big on features but short on exciting gameplay and fun, NASCAR 2000 is the Lincoln Town Car of racing titles. Even NASCAR faithful may want to pass on this title if they own last year’s installment. Only those individuals with three or more Jeff Gordon and/or Dale Jarrett T-shirts in their closet should consider purchasing this one.
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Nintendo 64Total! (Germany) (Jan, 2000)
Die Grafik ist keinen Deut besser als die des 99er Moduls, wobei der offenbar einzige Unterschied in einer umgestalteten Tachoanzeige besteht. Steuerung und Kameraführung belegen den letzten Platz im Rennspielgenre, womit wir beim angesprochenen Humor wären. Denn wenn ihr den nicht habt, dann könnte es durchaus passieren, dass ihr euch ein wenig grämt. Satte 150 DM hingeblättert zu haben und dann feststellen zu müssen, dass man wie im Vorjahr schon wieder danebengegriffen hat, könnte Kopfschmerzen verursachen. Unser Tipp: Es lohnt sich, die Geldbörse stecken zu lassen.