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The Madden football series moves onto a new console generation with Madden NFL 2001 for PlayStation 2. This version comes with an all-new graphics and physics engine, its own selection of modes and teams, and several unique features.

Besides highly detailed players, the new graphics engine for the first time offers such visual elements as players sitting on the bench, coaches walking the sidelines, line judges dropping their markers, grass sticking to players' helmets and rain drop splashes. Movement is now momentum-based, with players' height and weight taken into account upon running and changing direction, and hit location and speed determining how the tackle plays out.

Gameplay modes include a selection of those available on other platforms and include exhibition games, season, franchise and practice. A new mode is Quick Play which sets up a quick random game. For beginners, the game includes an Easy Play mode which simplifies the playbook, makes passes easier and auto-assists on running and receiving.

The game includes a large number of teams, second only to the PC version: the 31 regular teams of the 2000 NFL season, the 1999 All-Madden team, 31 all-time franchise teams, the 6 NFL Europe teams plus 124 classic NFL teams.

The game also includes the Madden Cards mode seen in the previous generation's version, even though the challenges differ slightly: by completing certain objectives in the game, players gain tokens that can be used to buy collectible Madden Cards. These cards offer upgrades of players' stats, unlock classic players as well as hidden teams and stadiums and can trigger various gameplay cheats and gags.


Madden NFL 2001 PlayStation 2 Incoming! A Washington quarterback anxiously looks for a receiver as two Titans come barreling down on him.
Madden NFL 2001 PlayStation 2 We're number one! The player models move very fluidly and realistically, and even include faces capable of emotions.
Madden NFL 2001 PlayStation 2 Home turf adavantage. Commonplace among football games, Madden features various weather effects, as well as differences between grass and astroturf.
Madden NFL 2001 PlayStation 2 Not the football they're used to. Madden 2000 includes a few international teams, like this team from Spain.

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User Reviews

Above average football keeping consistent with the Madden lineage Random Fiste (9) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 9.75 out of 10 98
Gaming Target Jul 05, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
PlanetPS2 Nov 03, 2000 90 out of 100 90
PSX Extreme Oct 26, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gamer's Pulse Nov 27, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited Feb, 2001 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamekult Dec 27, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Gameplanet Dec 04, 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamezone (Germany) Apr 26, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
The Video Game Critic May 18, 2002 C+ 58


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EA cover curse

Madden 2001 is credited with starting the EA cover curse by featuring a player on the front of the box instead of John Madden himself. Since then, players on the cover of EA games have seemed to have horrible seasons, severe injuries, and legal troubles.

After going to three consecutive pro bowls and leading the Titans to a Superbowl appearance, Eddie George earned the cover spot on Madden 2001. One season later, his all-purpose yards went from 1962 with 16 touchdowns to 1218 with 5 touchdowns.


  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – PlayStation 2 Game of the Year
  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #27 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
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Terok Nor (30542) added Madden NFL 2001 (PlayStation 2) on May 27, 2015