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PlayStationPlaystation Illustrated (2000)
I liked the realism additions in the game, but I still think it runs too slowly and choppy. Of course, it does look good, but the gameplay suffers a tiny bit. I found the many, many controls to be difficult at first, but once you get used to them, they work out great. One of the best features of the game is the fight. I mean, what's a fight without a little hockey. NHL FaceOff 2001 even has special controls for the fights. I think this is a well put together, complete hockey simulation. The game looks great, has everything you could ask for, while playing at an acceptable level. Anyone from Canada to south Louisiana can appreciate NHL FaceOff 2001.
PlayStationGamePro (US) (Nov 24, 2000)
FaceOff 2001 is a genuine contender for the PlayStation Stanley Cup this year. It shows a lot more polish and precision than previous versions, and will give you hours of hard checking NHL and international team competition.
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Feb 05, 2001)
Sadly, 989 Sports? PS2 lineup has bombed, and while NHL FaceOff 2001 is one of the beleaguered Sony studio?s better efforts, it?s still a sorry sight. Unfortunately, FaceOff?s few successes can?t redeem its laundry list of woes. When the final whistle blows, there?s just no reason to step onto this ice. Stick with the far, far superior NHL 2001 for your PS2 hockey cravings.
PlayStationPSX Extreme (Sep 16, 2000)
In the end I found Faceoff 2001 to be the most pleasing hockey videogame out there, yes more enjoyable than NHL 2K. Everything from the visuals, to the fast gameplay, and to the excellent commentary makes up a great game like Faceoff 2001. Hats off SolWorks and 989 Sports who have done a wonderful job by creating the finest hockey game to date, the only thing left to ponder is how EA's NHL 2001 can compare.
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation (Oct, 2000)
Overall this is a solid title. It's got great (but not groundbreaking) graphics and a very user-friendly interface. This is a game that will lend itself to playing with groups or friends if you have a multi-tap or two. Otherwise, there is plenty to keep you occupied and interested. Who wouldn't like to stack their team with all of the best stars in the NHL and dominate? Here's your chance.
PlayStationDa Gameboyz (2000)
The Graphics are good, the sound is good, and the gameplay is almost great and even if you are not a hockey fanatic you will enjoy this game and its easy control system. I would recommend this game to everyone; the joystick is definitely up for NHL FACEOFF 2001.
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2000)
The innovator of Icon Passing has done little to impress over the last few years. After dishing out mediocrity last year, developer SolWorks has more or less given up trying to compete with EA’s NHL Hockey series. Instead of focusing on new features and gameplay ideas, Face Off 2001 is a port of last year’s game with updated rosters and subtle graphical changes. If you’re looking for a straight-up hockey game, Face Off is a decent release. If you desire fantasy options and realism, EA’s hockey is the only game you need worry about.
PlayStationGameSpot (Oct 02, 2000)
In the end, NHL FaceOff 2001 is basically the same game we've been playing for three years now. If you're a fan of the series, you'll enjoy the new modes but will surely find that the game just simply hasn't changed much. If you've never played a NHL FaceOff title and are interested in picking up a hockey game, you'd be better off with Electronic Arts' NHL 2001.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Feb 02, 2001)
NHL FaceOff 2001 follows in the dubious footsteps of NFL GameDay and stands as a poster child for uninspired next-generation game development. The graphics aren't representative of what the PlayStation 2 is capable of, the gameplay is ruined by pathetic goalie AI, and the control options fail to meet minimum requirements. If you're looking for a hockey game for your PlayStation 2, pick up EA's NHL 2001 and forget about this one until next year's edition.
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2000)
Dumb. This one isn’t even in the same league as NHL 2001. It is virtually identical to last year’s game. At least they added the Wild.
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Feb, 2001)
Faceoff 2001 is quite the insult to PS2 hockey fans. It's certainly not as good as NHL 2001, and that wasn't a great game. What was barely excusable on the Playstation has no business being on a next-generation console. Poor 989 seems to be falling even further behind with old injuries and rusty skates. Someone definitely needs to check these guys.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2001)
True to its form with football, 989 Sports has just slapped slightly better graphics onto its PS-X game. This equates into a PS2 hockey game that pales in comparison to EA Sports' offering.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2001)
When you look at the features FaceOff has to offer, it sounds like a decent game. Not only are the statistical categories and mode selections comparable to EA’s NHL 2001, FaceOff’s rosters include the latest transactions, and yes, the unstoppable Mario Lemieux is dressed and ready to slap a one-timer through a goalie’s five hole. Going the extra mile, 989 has also secured the exclusive rights to NHL legends like Bobby Hull and Gordie Howe. Everyone loves the old farts. So essentially, on paper, FaceOff is the game to get. That is, unless you actually want to play it. In many ways, this title is nothing like hockey. The gameplay is miserable, and the graphics are simply atrocious. Many of the starting lines are messed up, and scoring is as easy as blinking. For a game that sounds perfect, it actually couldn’t be any worse.