FIFA 2001 (PlayStation 2)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 2.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.7
Overall User Score (11 votes) 2.8

Critic Reviews

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PlanetPS2 (Dec 27, 2000)
Its not a perfect game, by any means. It is, however, the third excellent title to be released by EA Sports for the PS2, following Madden and SSX. If you're a fan of the series, newly interested in soccer (um, football), or simply looking for a top-notch title for your library, you can't go wrong with FIFA 2001.
Video Games (Nov, 2000)
EA hat sich offensichtlich bei der PAL-Konvertierung sehr viel Mühe gegeben, den Spielfluss stärler einem echten Fußball-Match anzupassen. Damit wurden die klassischen und leider recht unrealistischen Torvarianten (Ball schnappen und mit Vollgas bis ins gegnerische Tor rennen). Dennoch ist es in FIFA 2001 immer noch möglich, mit bestimmten Spielzügen den Torwart nahezu bei jedem Anlauf auszutricksen. Abgesehen von diesem kleinen Manko erhaltetet ihr jedoch ein fast schon beängstigend umfangreiches Spiel, in dem jede nur erdenkliche Nationalmannschaft und unzählige Lokal-Teams bemerkenswert akkurat implementiert wurden. Ob ihr euch letztendlich für International Superstar Soccer oder FIFA 2001 entscheidet, hängt von euren Ansprüchen ab: Einen Tick mehr Simulation bietet Konamis Ballspektakel.
Fans of soccer may finally rejoice, since the first PS2 version of the FIFA series is the most comprehensive and exciting simulation of their sport to date. While the controls may not be easy to learn, they offer an unprecedented level of control over the on-field moves. Essentially, if you’ve seen or tried it on the field, it appears in FIFA 2001. Better still it appears very nice, since the PS2′s gutsy system lends the proceedings highly detailed models, crisp textures and mercury smooth animations. With lots of gameplay modes to choose from, tons of customizable features and a massive library of teams, this title will keep you occupied for hours on end without ever becoming stale. Anyone with even a passing interest in soccer should put FIFA 2001 on his or her must-have list today.
IGN (Nov 28, 2000)
Depending on your bent, you either like FIFA or ISS, and frankly I like them both, and for obvious different reasons. However, this version of FIFA, despite its slight slant toward arcade-style "futbol" is really the very best of the FIFAs, period, and in fact, it's the best soccer game out for any system. Until Konami knocks out a Western version of ISS, Live World Soccer -- and if it truly defeats EA's very significant FIFA for the PS2 -- EA securely holds the axe. The level of challenge, complex plays, articulate animations, and overall smoothness of gameplay is simply superb. FIFA 2001 Major League Soccer comes with as a highly recommended soccer game and is a must-have game for the system.
GameSpot (Jun 07, 2000)
FIFA 2001 isn't flawless, but the game is extremely well rounded and it excels in every category. The game follows in the footsteps of last year's amazing game and sets new graphical and gameplay standards for the series. And though FIFA 2001 leaves plenty of room for improvement in the future, this game is an excellent first effort on the PS2 and it offers some of the best soccer available on a console.
GameZone (Jan 15, 2001)
Though there is some breakdown in rules, this program does succeed in translating the pace and abilities of the game onto the console screen. This is not arcade action, but rather nice, flowing game play with a solid options package.
The Video Game Critic (May 28, 2001)
The two British commentators add realism and stay on top of the action. They're occasionally hilarious, so be sure to crank up the commentator volume and turn down the crowd (why does EA always set the crowd noise so high?) The game doesn't have any major flaws. You can be just about any professional team in the world, and the game is fully customizable.
PSM (Dec, 2000)
In fact, the only thing we could really complain about is the fact that the developers weren't ambitious enough. FIFA for the PlayStation 2 takes the series to its next logical level, but the console it's on is capable of so much more. This game is a great taste of the future, but we're definitely hungry for more.
80 (Dec 06, 2000)
Un très bon jeu de football qui est un concurrent de poids pour le tout nouveau ISS. Certains points restent perfectibles, mais EA Sports nous propose dans l'ensemble un jeu complet, bien réalisé et très prenant.
Thanks to Electronic Arts’ launch lineup, my checking account is tapped. Madden – gotta have it. NHL – wouldn’t miss it for the life of me. SSX – playing it as we speak. EA’s sports onslaught continues with FIFA 2001. For those of you who have followed the series, a good majority of the PS2 alterations are of a graphical nature. Along with enhanced animation, EA pumped hundreds of polys into the character models. The stadiums also harness the smallest of details. Shadows of the flags mounted on the top of the stadium are projected down onto the field, and the crowd is animated to be as rowdy as the real deal. The gameplay still fits like a glove, yet the AI has been tweaked to play a more aggressive game. With over 60 teams, and a wealth of interesting options, FIFA’s PS2 debut is powered by a mighty kick.
Power Unlimited (Feb, 2001)
Een lust voor het oog, dat wel, maar kwa speelwijze is er nog steeds niet genoeg verbeterd om mij uitzinnig te krijgen. Redelijk happy, dat wel.
Gamezone (Germany) (Apr 26, 2001)
Diese Fortsetzung der Fußballreihe ist grafisch, wie auch spielerisch gut gelungen. Jeder Sportler sieht recht originalgetreu aus, und auch die Bewegungen sind recht realistisch. Die Ballphysik, wie auch die Handhabung, ist auf schnelles Gameplay ausgelegt und funktioniert gut.
PlayFrance (Apr 08, 2003)
Fifa 2001 est finalement assez proche des précédents volets au point de vue du jeu et se démarque principalement grâce à son impressionnante qualité graphique avec quelques améliorations ici et là. Fifa 2001 reste derrière ISS Pro Evolution de la PlayStation mais demeure sans problème le meilleur jeu de foot PlayStation 2.
In terms of options, FIFA does a great job by providing easy-to-use menus and logical formats for the Season, Tournament, and Practice modes. Plus, with over 60 teams, there is definitely a big selection (I prefer the Netherlands). However, this game definitely needs some extras – possibly a challenge mode like Madden and Live.
Gamekult (Dec 07, 2000)
FIFA 2001 marque l'arrivée de la série sur PS2. Et quelle entrée puisque, avec une réalisation largement à la hauteur de son homologue sur PC, un gameplay assez équilibré et une licence toujours aussi monstrueuse, le jeu de EA Sports peut sans conteste se placer en numéro un sur PS2. Reste son aspect encore un peu arcade, une IA très faible (surtout dans le placement des joueurs) et le système de passe parfois un peu imprécis. Un bon jeu pas loin du grand jeu !
Med detta i åtanke är det svårt att inte bli besviken på FIFA 2001. Men bara för att jag är besviken betyder det inte att spelet är värdelöst. Som vanligt innehåller det massor av riktiga ligor och trots att detta idag inte är lika unikt som för några år sedan är fortfarande Electronic Arts det företag som har bäst koll på spelarövergångar och liknande. Så de som tror sig kunna leva med en medioker spelkontroll och halvdan grafik kan roa sig hela vintern. Jag är dock som sagt alldeles för besviken för att ens försöka vinna skotska Premier League.