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Electric Playground (May 03, 2004)
To be fair, I am being a little hard on NFL Quarterback Club 2001. The game isn’t nearly as bad as I made it out to be in most of this review. However, the game does suffer from some fairly annoying flaws. Taken singly, none of them are serious enough offenses to blunt an otherwise solid football game, but taken as a whole, even the best game would get weighed down. NFL QBC 2001 is firmly mired in mediocrity and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. Dreamcast owners looking for a great football experience, should look at SegaSport’s NFL 2K1.
There were few games the press speared more viciously last year than Acclaim's NFL QB Club 2000. Although it fully deserved what it got, this year's edition is a genuine improvement in a few important areas. However, like a knee with completely torn ligaments, no amount of reconstructive surgery is ever going to make it like new. QBC 2001 features a much better passing game and an amazing wealth of options, yet underneath the scar tissue is a joint that just does not move smoothly. The animation is crude, the controls are awkward and your team AI is frustrating. While it is a passable multiplayer experience, with the far superior NFL2K1 already in the game, this one can stay on the bench.
GameSpot (Sep 13, 2000)
It's clear that NFL QB Club 2001 is trying to play catch up with Sega's NFL 2K series, and the way things stand, QB Club still has a lot of cleaning up to do before it can smell as rosy fresh as Sega's superior offerings. Only die-hard fans of Acclaim's long-running series should bother with this title.
IGN (Aug 29, 2000)
No matter how hard QBC 2001 tried, I could have told you six months ago that it would fail to measure up to even last year's NFL2K. It blows my mind that anyone would believe such a title was worth releasing in light of the painfully evident fact that this game fails to do even that, much less live up to the legacies that are sure to be created by this year's efforts from EA and Sega. I would continue to rail on this game, but to tell you the truth, I kind of feel sorry for the series at this point. NFL QB Club 2001 tried really hard to improve this year, but is so lackluster in so many aspects of execution that it pains me to see a company be so desperate that they feel like they have to release such garbage on the public, because it honestly has no business on a next-generation console. Yes, it is that bad, and no, I'm not just saying that. This game is not even worth a rental. With 2K checking in at $19.99 and the next round of titles mere days away, don't even kid yourself.
The Video Game Critic (Sep 19, 2002)
You have to wonder if Acclaim really expected this to present any kind of challenge to Sega's stellar NFL 2K games. It's no contest. At first glance, QB Club doesn't look all that bad. The players are nearly as detailed as those in NFL 2K and Mike Patrick and Randy Cross provide a respectable two-man commentary team. There are a few cool minor features like sideline team reactions and 10 yard measurements (which remarkably do not appear in ANY of the newer football games). But other than that, QB Club has little to offer.