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What would you expect from NHL 2001? Thirty NHL teams, including the expansion teams Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild? Yes, they're all there, but the game also has 20 international teams, including Ukraine and Latvia. You can go in for just one game, or stick with it through the whole season. And now, you can try out Career Mode, where you can delve into the proplayer experience of drafts, trades, and free agency. Also, you can customize your games with a jersey editor, a logo importer, even EA's Face in the Game feature, which allows you to paste a picture of your face onto a character model. Eager to compete? Try the online-play feature, where you can meet other players via the Internet and compete head-to-head against them.
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This game has a ton of options and fun stuff, like alternate jerseys, momentum shift meter, and good animations in between plays. The Season mode is where this game really shines, where you can choose (of course) short, medium, and long seasons. If one of your players has been scoring a couple of goals a game for a while, that player will gain an ability to shoot harder, just like the stars in the game.
The crowd animations are sub-par, although no computer game has really captured that effect well as of yet. The players are very well made, and their movements aren't artificial or odd.
I recommend this game to any hockey fan, there is something for everyone. This is a great bargain, even though you may find the rosters outdated, it's still great nonetheless.
Gameplay is very arcade like, so you're looking for that classic, fast skate and shoot game, this is a fun way to unleash your inner desire to score goals like crazy. This game is extremely easy to play and doesn't take much time to master. Sure, you'll probably end up scoring every few seconds, but it's endlessly fun scoring back and forth playing friends and family.
Graphics, well, let's just say we're fortunate that graphics are much better nowadays. But for it's time, it was top notch. In NHL 2001, you'll see signs of detailed faces, models, and distinct behaviors of players.
Dive in, have some mindless hockey playing fun. Skate from one end to the other in 3 seconds. Challenge a friend. Score lots of goals!
The graphics in this game are excellent. They rival anything I've ever seen on any PC or console. Some of the cinematic scenes, like at the beginning of a game when both teams take the ice, almost look like a real TV game. Those used during the game itself aren't too shabby either. As one who sharpened his ice skates on previous incarnations of NHL games such as those on the old Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Genesis, and even PSOne, the graphics here blow all the rest off the ice by a long shot.
The opening little "movie" scene itself is a joy to watch again and again, with great music and visuals and even after playing the game so many times, I still love to watch it. It will really "pump" you up for some NHL hockey.
The sound effects, crowd noise (and reactions), and announcers are all great too. Customization galore here. You can play not only all the NHL teams but various international ones as well. You can even create your own team, customize jerseys, and even paste your own picture (or any other) as a face on a player. You can make the game hard or easy and everything in between, there are numerous camera angles you can try, and a great replay system. You can play a quick game, tournament, season, try shoot outs, and before or during play you can try different coaching strategies, shuffle lines, substitute players, the works.
I use a basic digital PC gamepad like the playstation one and it works great, however I wouldn't recommend playing this or many other PC games without one. They are really cheap AND well made however these days (search Amazon for gamepad and you'll have a big choice), so if you're going to buy this, buy a gamepad of some sort also if you don't already have one.
If you are a hockey fan of any sort, you're going to love this. And like playing Madden or NFL Fever and so forth during "off season," you'll be glad you have this game when about the only pro sport available is baseball. The controls are easy once you get the hang of it, and I really can't think of anything negative to say about this title at all. It's not only a great (and fantastic looking and sounding) PC game, but it's a hockey fan's dream come true.
If your system meets the system requirements and you have a gamepad or controller of some sort, and you enjoy the greatest game on earth (NHL HOCKEY), place this in your wish list, go check out some reviews and search for and download the DEMO on the net to play, and soon enough, I'd bet this quickly winds up in your shopping cart. This is a great 3D hockey simulation for the PC and for the price, a true must buy for any sports and/or hockey fan. EA Sports has done it again. Wonderful...
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