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Madden NFL 2001

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PlayStation 2

User Reviews

Above average football keeping consistent with the Madden lineage PlayStation 2 Random Fiste (9)
Eye popping graphics, and Classic Madden Windows William Shawn McDonie (1092)
The best football game ever. Windows Attila (495)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Nintendo 64 6 3.2
PlayStation 5 2.8
PlayStation 2 13 3.4
Windows 8 3.0
Combined MobyScore 32 3.1

The Press Says

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Nintendo 64Nintendojo
Love football? You'll love Madden. This definitely ranks as one of the best sports games for the N64. While QBC put up a valiant fight in its battle with Madden, the EA sports team has put all the pieces together and created some gaming magic. I suggest checking this game out for the incredible gameplay alone.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
The entire Madden package presented on the field is exceptional, and I can easily say that it’s the best I’ve seen. Then, when you toss in the off-the-field details and options such as the coaches, interactive chain gang, adjustable AI and penalties, and the addictive Madden Cards, no other game is going to touch Madden this football season.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Last year, the leader in sports entertainment lay dormant as Visual Concepts and Sega enchanted pigskin followers with the astonishing rookie release, NFL 2K. Ever so quietly Electronic Arts has emerged from the shadows, presenting an alternative to Sega’s gridiron dynamo. An alternative that will lead the way for the future of digital sports entertainment. Madden on the PlayStation 2 is a beautiful thing. I never thought gaming would reach the graphical realism set by this stellar release. Madden’s gameplay has also matured into an unstoppable powerhouse. From the statistical breakdown to the overall gameplay presentation, Madden 2001 is brilliant, addictive, and essentially perfect.
PlayStation owners should rejoice that EA Sports has labored so well and hard to come up with this stellar and inevitably award-winning football title. From the first boot-up to the first Superbowl Championship celebration, Madden NFL 2001 will dig its cleat into your heart and feels like a score every time!
PlayStation 2Gaming Target
Madden 2001 is the epitome of a good football game. In addition to being easily playable, this game offers enough features to keep even the die-hard PC sports fans happy. I look forward to what EA's direct rivalry with Sega's sports franchises will produce for the next version. If you like football, this is the NFL game of choice on the PS2. Touchdown!!!
If you haven't figured it out yet, Madden NFL 2001 is definitely worth picking up. It's a great game no matter how you slice it. It may not be significantly changed from last year's, but if you're not going to run right out and buy a PS2 on October 26, this is the next best thing.
Nintendo 64GameSpot
Overall, Madden NFL 2001 - while not dramatically different when compared with last year's game - is a slightly more advanced version of the game. Everyone who's a fan of video game football, whether a fan of the Madden series or not, will surely enjoy the game's solid control and presentation. The tweaks to the AI and the small additions like the two-minute drill and coach-specific playbooks are more than enough reason for fans of the series to pick this year's iteration up.
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Besides the disappointing sound effects and "crap Rap" soundtrack, this is arguably the best PSX Madden to date. There are a plethora of options, menu selections and gameplay modes that are sure to satisfy even the most hardened armchair quarterback. Add to that the excellent gameplay that Madden football is known for, the incredible graphics and you have yourself one hell of a sweet football title here.that is until Madden 2001 arrives for the PS2.
PlayStation 2GameSpot
Madden 2001 is the most realistic and complete video game interpretation of the sport of football ever. The level of detail in the game's presentation and feel is so dramatically superior to previous football games, it's unbelievable. If you enjoy football in the least, the game is a must-have PlayStation 2 game, and even if you don't like football, you may want to pick the game up just to see how amazing it looks. In any event, the game is easily the best iteration of the Madden series.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
With Microsoft’s decision to scrap this year’s version of NFL FEVER, PC football fans are faced with the old Henry Ford Choice: they can have any football game they want, as long as it’s MADDEN 2001. Fortunately, you need not fret over this lack of options. Because whether you choose to play MADDEN 2001, or you decide to play MADDEN 2001, either way you’ll be getting the finest title in the series, and quite possibly the finest PC football game ever. But what’s really interesting is that this year’s PC version — provided you have some serious horses under your hood — actually looks better than EA’s ballyhooed PlayStation 2 version, reviewed mostly due to the PlayStation’s lack of anti-aliasing and to the lower screen resolution of the TV.
Nintendo 64Gaming Age
While the game suffers from a few flaws, it's identical to its PSX cousin, just with a prettier face. One thing is true, Madden 2001 is the best football game to ever grace a cartridge, and EA leaves the N64 with a bang. Good job guys!
PlayStation 2PSM
To be perfectly honest, we didn't expect too much from the first PS2 Madden game. Videogame history has taught us that great sports franchises take time to evolve, and they're rarely great at a system's launch. However, after playing Madden 2001 for countless hours, we're happy to report that we were wrong - dead wrong. In almost every way, Madden 2001 fulfills the promise of the PlayStation 2, and at the same time pushes the entire genre of football games forward.
WindowsGamer's Pulse
Madden 2001 is currently the only game in town if you want the NFL on your PC. Fortunately for us, they’ve done a great job of putting together a fun and fairly realistic title. While there is the occasional questionable call by the AI, and the play-by-play is downright annoying, the game rocks on so many levels that you’ll be able to forgive it these failings. If you aren’t sure, be aware that the controls provide for a rather steep learning curve, but that the unprecedented level of on-field control you’ll gain once they’re mastered makes it more than worth the price of admission. I’d suggest using a Gravis Pro Gamepad, one of the Microsoft Sidewinder line of gamepads, or a pad with at least eight buttons, in order to get the full experience. As long as you have the requisite number of buttons, you’ll be juking and spinning down the sidelines in no time. If you are a fan of football, or a fan of good sports titles on the PC, I’d highly recommend picking up this title.
PlayStation 2Gamer's Pulse
It is pretty easy to call this one. If you have a Playstation 2, you should go ahead and pick up this game. It is easily a must-have title. It features solid, sometimes addictive, game play, the best graphics ever (yes, better than Sega’s NFL2K), and you will enjoy it for years to come. Well, at least until Madden 2002 comes out...
Die Vorzeigeserie für Konsolen-Football erhält auf der PlayStation 2 eine würdige Fortsetzung. Hervorragende Spielbarkeit und eine stetig hochgehaltene Motivation lassen die leichten grafischen Defizite schnell vergessen. Voller guter Ideen wie z.B. die Challenges/Madden Cards und übersichtlicher Optionen bietet die diesjährige Madden-Auflage sowohl Profis als auch blutigen Anfängern Spaß ohne Ende. Wer gar nichts, aber auch rein gar nichts mit American Football anfangen kann, wird auch von Madden 2001 nicht eines Besseren belehrt. Wer jedoch gebannt den Super Bowl verfolgt, oder auch nur ein bisschen Interesse für diesen Sport aufbringen kann, erhält mit Madden NFL 2001 das derzeit beste American-Football-Spiel für Konsolen, das selbst den harten Konkurrenten NFL 2K1 aus dem Hause Sega in die Defensive drängt.
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme
Being my very first US PS2 reviewed game, I can safely say that Madden NFL 2001 is probably the #2 game to own with your Playstation 2. The graphics that look as real as the real thing itself, the gameplay actually feels like the real thing and nothing like previous Madden games, which are based on a slower pace, and the tight controls make the game as real as it is. It would be easy to say that Madden NFL 2001 is the best of the series, because it isn't competing with much, but I know what you all want to hear and here it is; Madden NFL 2001 is indeed better than Sega's NFL 2K1 in nearly every single way, the game offers much better gameplay, better collision physics, AI, graphics, more options, and a deeper game overall to make Madden NFL 2001 the best football game ever.
PlayStation 2PlanetPS2
Now, Madden NFL 2001 is not perfect. The game was over hyped, and could not live up to expectations. Although the game has a great multi-player mode, it still doesn't feature the online play of NFL2K1. The game has many annoying features, and also has some amazing ones never before fully utilized. And, although it plays beautifully and realistically in some areas, others just don't and ruin the package as a whole. But remember, this is still perhaps the best football title in history.... PlanetPS2 recommends it, and believe us in that next year's version will indeed make it the best of all time, without any doubts.
PlayStationVideo Games
Okay, es ist hierzulande ein Nischenprodukt. Doch es lohnt sich wirklich, sich mit dieser Sportart vertraut zu machen. Denn kaum eine andere Disziplin wurde bislang so akkurat auf den heimischen Bildschirm umgesetzt wie American Football. Zwar kann die PS-Version nicht mit der unglaublichen Optik der PS2-Variante mithalten, doch wer noch vor dem PS2-Kauf zurückschreckt und diesem Sport dennoch etwas abgewinnen kann, sollte hier unbedingt zuschlagen.
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Die Simulation begeistert durch die Vielfalt an offensiven und defensiven Spielzügen, Dutzende Statistiken und Optionen, wird Einsteiger aber nicht zuletzt aufgrund der komplexen Steuerung überfordern. Football-Kenner dagegen dürfen bedenkenlos zuschlagen.
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited
Madden 2001 is heel erg dope... als je van American Football houdt.
Nintendo 64Mega Fun
Madden ist auch heuer die Referenz, wenn es um Statistiken und Details geht. Allerdings sind die goldenen Wertungszeiten seit einem NFL2K1 für die „alten“ Konsolen vorbei. Nicht nur, dass die Grafik auf dem DC um Längen besser ist, auch die Spielbarkeit und Dynamik ist von einem anderen Stern. Wer jedoch ein N64 besitzt und Football-Spiele mag, der wird an Madden natürlich nicht vorbeikommen.
PlayStation 2Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Realistic physics and hard-hitting plays are the order of the day, and the addition of Madden Cards incorporates cheats, secrets and other fun extras into the gameplay itself. The cards also act as a sub-game and competitive currency that gives multiplayer an edgy gambling feel. Unfortunately, all of this visual and visceral greatness is marred by a weak defensive AI that seems far too easily confused by the passing game and unable to break through the QB’s protective pocket. As a result, the totaled score of both sides usually ends up above forty, making close, tense matches rarities indeed. Adding to the difficulties faced by this title, the commentary is lackluster by any standard and particularly shows its age when compared to the scintillating play by play in NFL 2K1. Despite these drawbacks, however, the excellent gameplay and amazing graphics make Madden NFL 2001 a strong contender among the console football league, though not nearly the standout it has been in previous years.
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Without a doubt, this is the most complete Madden game yet. It offers a wonderful balance between arcade action and die-hard strategy with enough fantasy options to keep the game going and going and going. There is enough innovation added to the tried and true gameplay to give Madden some fresh legs. Rather than an aging marquee player who has slowed due to complacency, Madden has not lost a step, and is in the best playing shape it has been in some time. While there are minor trifles with generic AI, this is currently the gold standard of pigskin on the PlayStation. Madden 2001 is a definite candidate for a first ballot admission to the Hall of Fame.
Nintendo 64Game Vortex
My final note: The only thing that is dramatically different is the graphics, which got worse. A couple new game features provide some new fun, but all in all, you're playing the same game from a year ago... except with worse graphics.
Nintendo 64IGN UK
Ultimately, Madden 2001 is a good game and a fitting end to the series on the N64. While the graphics suffer this time out, the game remains quite fun and won't disappoint the Madden fans out there. With great replay value and the ever-important current rosters, it is virtually irresistible for N64 football fans. Madden is football, and it proves it here again with a solid, tricked-out game for the new millennium.
Madden NFL 2001 offers more than just a football game, as well. There's a bunch of different modes to play, like two minute drill, tournament play, and franchise mode. And don't forget those Madden cards! You can collect these electronic cards by completing certain challenges during the game. This game's got it all! That doesn't mean it's perfect, though. There are a few minor visual errors, like sideline players who all have the same number, stadiums that stutter and twitch every once in a while, and players who imitate statues sometimes when a play ends, but that's all minor stuff.
Madden NFL 2001 is the best football game for the PC. Its graphics are stellar, the gameplay is capable, and the overall experience is satisfying. If you are a football fan, this title should not be missed.
PlayStation 2Gamekult
Evidemment très ciblé, Madden NFL 2001 n'en est pas moins le meilleur jeu actuellement sur PlayStation 2. Des graphismes à tomber, des animations à se rouler par terre et des ralentis à nettoyer ses vêtements sont là pour la technique, une grande richesse tactique et une bonne profondeur (grâce à la gestion de la franchise) s'offrent pour l'aspect durée de vie. La prise en main est assez délicate et la maîtrise ne viendra pas de suite, mais c'est le prix à payer pour profiter du tout bon. Les fans de la discipline ont leur jeu PS2, les autres devront attendre encore un peu.
Un titre de très bon niveau qui séduit par ses nombreuses possibilités et sa dimension tactique. A réserver toutefois à un public averti et amateur de ce sport qui fait fureur outre atlantique.
PlayStation 2Digital Press - Classic Video Games
As an entire package, Madden 2001 easily eclipses Sega's NFL 2K1 as the premier football game this year. While 2K1's internet play makes that entries replay value sky high, Madden's franchise mode is a great substitute. If you were lucky enough to nab a PS2, this is a MUST buy. Even if you're not a football fan, it'll impress your friends enough to make it seem like your $300 console purchase was worthwhile.
PlayStation 2Gameplanet
Some small flaws do little to interrupt Maddens' momentum and ultimately are forgotten in the grand scheme of things. Playing faster, and smoother than it's predecessors Madden 2001 on PS2 demonstrates that sports games will hit the ground running and leave many in their wake.
WindowsPC Player (Germany)
Kein anderes Programm vermittelt die Atmosphäre einer Football-Übertragung im US-TV so gut - da fehlen nur noch die obligatorischen Werbespots für Bier oder Pickup-Trucks. Madden 2001 wurde poliert und überarbeitet, spielt sich aber nicht großartig anders als die 2000er-Ausgabe. Ein solider Spaß ohne große Überraschungen, der nur mit dickem Rechner und Regenkenntnissen genießbar ist.
PlayStation 2Gamezone (Germany)
Madden 2001 ist ein sehr gelungener Titel. Hat man sich erst einmal mit den Regeln und dem gesamten Gameplay vertraut gemacht, macht es richtig fun. Der Spielverlauf ist sehr flüßig, jedoch die verschiedenen Angriffs- und Abwehrtaktiken wollen geübt sein. Die Grafik kann sich sehen lassen, und die Präsentation ist ganz im Football-Style. So zeigt sich teilweise die Freude und Agression der Spieler in sauberen Animationen. Falls nicht so ganz klar ist, wie ein Angriff gestartet werden soll, kann der eigene Trainer befragt werden. Verhält man sich eine Zeit lang, nach seinen Anweisungen, steigt man doch recht schnell hinter das Spielgeschehen.
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Nach der Flurbereinigung der letzten Jahre ist Madden (zumindest hierzulande) die einzige American-Football-Serie. Das ist auch nicht weiter schlimm, denn Madden sieht gut aus und bietet einiges an Spieltiefe. Einsteiger werden klar überfordert, Profis toben sich an der umfangreichen Spielzugsammlung aus. Schade nur, dass der Sound immer noch so mickrig ist. Das wird ambitionierte Fans aber nicht abhalten, vor allem weil endlich europäische Teams ihren Weg ins Spiel gefunden haben. Allein dafür lohnt sich allerdings schon der Neukauf.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Madden 2001 makes a strong attempt to follow in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, as it includes all of the features from the 2000 version while trying to improve on the formula. Unfortunately the bugs in the AI system for both the offense and defense, as well as some control and frame rate problems prevent Madden 2001 from being as enjoyable as it easily could have been. When all of the features are integrated and considered as a whole, Madden NFL 2001 is still a solid sports offering that has enough in the way of content to keep all players away from their chores for weeks at a time.
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
De mannen van Electronic Arts hadden ongetwijfeld de bedoeling om van Madden NFL 2001 een verbeterde versie te maken van Madden 2000, maar als we eerlijk zijn, is dit niet echt gelukt.
PlayStationGame Revolution
When all is said and done, Madden 2001 is just an upgrade to a series that is dying for the move to the PS2. As it stands, it's only for football pedants and hardcore fans of the series. The rest of you should just wait for what will likely be the REAL upgrade coming October 26th.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
The replay-ability is extreme, thanks to a load of special features like a Practice Mode, Franchise Mode, create-a-player, and old-school teams with throwback uniforms. "Tokens" are earned by accomplishing certain feats, and these can be used to purchase "Madden Cards" which open even more options. Madden 2001 is hands-down the best-looking football game of its time, but is it really better than NFL 2K1?
Malgré des tonnes d'options, Madden NFL 2001 possède de nombreuses lacunes. D'une réalisation très moyenne par rapport à la production actuelle sur PC, il souffre de plus de gros problèmes de jouabilité, d'une vitesse de jeu un peu trop élevée et d'un système de passes un peu décourageant. Une version qui paraît un peu baclée au profit de la PlayStation 2, en fait, et c'est bien dommage.