Fifa 2001 Major League Soccer
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FIFA 2001 is the latest game in the massively popular soccer franchise from EA Sports; like its predecessors, it's sure to find its way into many a football fan's stocking this Christmas.
Over 60 international teams are available, and you can take yours through a number of different game types, including playing a one-off friendly or attacking the full World Cup. While these might seem appealing, you're tempted also by the inclusion of the major European and American leagues--15 in all.
The Season option, on the other hand, lets you play up to three consecutive campaigns, with relegation and promotion available in a FIFA game for the first time, and with versions of the UEFA and European Champions Leagues also available.
Gameplay is not radically different from FIFA 2000, but there are new player animations, with a lot of attention placed on the keepers. First-time players will find it very easy to get into, although the learning curve through the game's difficulty levels can be surprisingly steep.
Nearly everything can be customized or changed on the fly as the game progresses. The graphics have been polished, and the game runs very smoothly. FIFA 2001 is full of detail: key stadiums are accurately modeled, and each team has the correct sponsor logo on its shirts--with the exception of Arsenal, for some reason.
FIFA 2001 is probably still the best pick-up-and-play soccer game available. It might lack the depth of the ISS series; but, for immediate accessibility, it's still the champion. --Michael Bartley -- Amazon.co.uk
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Although I like some of the customizable functions - and the added challenge of "multi-year" play with relegation and promotion - some of the best features that made 1998 FIFA more realistic have been taken away.
Here's the first REAL ANNOYING thing: the realistic songs and cheers have been replaced by slightly reverbed crowd cheers from their NBA game series....you can even distinctly hear specific basketball references and cheers from the crowd - very, very disappointing. If they would have just kept the same sounds from FIFA 1998 that would be better.
Secondly, you play in a generic stadium, versus the team specific stadiums. Again, why take away features that were already there?
Game play is more difficult...which is a good thing: no more 22-1 drubbings. Although i think certain teams were given an unrealistic amount of money for their transfers, whilst others were given a whole lot less....such as Celtic and Rangers, two of the most profitable teams in Europe, have very little money to spend on transfers versus less profitable teams in the EPL.
All in all, a bit of a disappointment.