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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.9
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.0

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With Microsoft’s decision to scrap this year’s version of NFL FEVER, PC football fans are faced with the old Henry Ford Choice: they can have any football game they want, as long as it’s MADDEN 2001. Fortunately, you need not fret over this lack of options. Because whether you choose to play MADDEN 2001, or you decide to play MADDEN 2001, either way you’ll be getting the finest title in the series, and quite possibly the finest PC football game ever. But what’s really interesting is that this year’s PC version — provided you have some serious horses under your hood — actually looks better than EA’s ballyhooed PlayStation 2 version, reviewed mostly due to the PlayStation’s lack of anti-aliasing and to the lower screen resolution of the TV.
Gamer's Pulse (Nov 23, 2000)
Madden 2001 is currently the only game in town if you want the NFL on your PC. Fortunately for us, they’ve done a great job of putting together a fun and fairly realistic title. While there is the occasional questionable call by the AI, and the play-by-play is downright annoying, the game rocks on so many levels that you’ll be able to forgive it these failings. If you aren’t sure, be aware that the controls provide for a rather steep learning curve, but that the unprecedented level of on-field control you’ll gain once they’re mastered makes it more than worth the price of admission. I’d suggest using a Gravis Pro Gamepad, one of the Microsoft Sidewinder line of gamepads, or a pad with at least eight buttons, in order to get the full experience. As long as you have the requisite number of buttons, you’ll be juking and spinning down the sidelines in no time. If you are a fan of football, or a fan of good sports titles on the PC, I’d highly recommend picking up this title.
PC Games (Germany) (Mar 07, 2001)
Die Simulation begeistert durch die Vielfalt an offensiven und defensiven Spielzügen, Dutzende Statistiken und Optionen, wird Einsteiger aber nicht zuletzt aufgrund der komplexen Steuerung überfordern. Football-Kenner dagegen dürfen bedenkenlos zuschlagen.
Mit einer komplett neuen Grafik-Engine und zahlreichen Football-Teams, inklusive sämtlichen Mannschaften aus der NFL, darf auch dieses Jahr wieder gegen das Lederei gekickt werden. Neben einem motivierenden Liga-Modus sorgt vor allem der Klassik-Modus mit berühmten Matches für Kurzweil. Da die vielen Spielzüge und taktischen Variationen eine gute Kenntnis der Spielregeln verlangen, werden Anfänger nach wie vor überfordert sein.
I did find that some online gamers had customized super-players and were very tough to beat. Watch out for those folks, especially if they are using NFL Europe teams! Overall, Madden NFL 2001 is a great game that perpetuates the tradition of quality games with the Madden nameplate. If you like football, you will love this game.
GameGenie (2000)
Madden NFL 2001 is the best football game for the PC. Its graphics are stellar, the gameplay is capable, and the overall experience is satisfying. If you are a football fan, this title should not be missed.
Kein anderes Programm vermittelt die Atmosphäre einer Football-Übertragung im US-TV so gut - da fehlen nur noch die obligatorischen Werbespots für Bier oder Pickup-Trucks. Madden 2001 wurde poliert und überarbeitet, spielt sich aber nicht großartig anders als die 2000er-Ausgabe. Ein solider Spaß ohne große Überraschungen, der nur mit dickem Rechner und Regenkenntnissen genießbar ist.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2000)
Nach der Flurbereinigung der letzten Jahre ist Madden (zumindest hierzulande) die einzige American-Football-Serie. Das ist auch nicht weiter schlimm, denn Madden sieht gut aus und bietet einiges an Spieltiefe. Einsteiger werden klar überfordert, Profis toben sich an der umfangreichen Spielzugsammlung aus. Schade nur, dass der Sound immer noch so mickrig ist. Das wird ambitionierte Fans aber nicht abhalten, vor allem weil endlich europäische Teams ihren Weg ins Spiel gefunden haben. Allein dafür lohnt sich allerdings schon der Neukauf.
Madden 2001 makes a strong attempt to follow in the footsteps of its successful predecessor, as it includes all of the features from the 2000 version while trying to improve on the formula. Unfortunately the bugs in the AI system for both the offense and defense, as well as some control and frame rate problems prevent Madden 2001 from being as enjoyable as it easily could have been. When all of the features are integrated and considered as a whole, Madden NFL 2001 is still a solid sports offering that has enough in the way of content to keep all players away from their chores for weeks at a time.
De mannen van Electronic Arts hadden ongetwijfeld de bedoeling om van Madden NFL 2001 een verbeterde versie te maken van Madden 2000, maar als we eerlijk zijn, is dit niet echt gelukt.
Gamekult (Jan 01, 2001)
Malgré des tonnes d'options, Madden NFL 2001 possède de nombreuses lacunes. D'une réalisation très moyenne par rapport à la production actuelle sur PC, il souffre de plus de gros problèmes de jouabilité, d'une vitesse de jeu un peu trop élevée et d'un système de passes un peu décourageant. Une version qui paraît un peu baclée au profit de la PlayStation 2, en fait, et c'est bien dommage.

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