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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.
GamePro (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.
PSX 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.
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.
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.
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.
GameSpot (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.
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.