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86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The new 3D graphical rendering engine and photorealistic environments help to breathe new life to the series, finally trading in the carbon copy backdrops for lifelike and truly beautiful settings.
  2. Above and beyond the course designer, the online play, or the graphics, this is what makes Links 2001 the golf game of champions in my mind -- the ability to create an even playing field for anyone who wants to join in.
  3. With the addition of the course designer and the improved graphics engine, diehard Links fans will definitely want to get their hands on this year's model.
  4. When you get right down to it, this is the best-looking, best-playing, and most full-featured golf game on the market, bar none.
  5. With the significantly improved graphics engine, the wealth of options and an extremely powerful course editor, the trip to pick up a copy of Links 2001 may be your best drive to date.
  6. As close to golf you're going to get this winter. The only thing missing from this one are the beverages, the golf carts, and the camaraderie between friends.
  7. This, as of right now, is the de facto standard in high-end golf games, and no golf-game fan should be without it.
  8. It plays a rockin' good round of golf, and looks simply stunning into the bargain.
  9. While the course selection features slim pickings, the inclusion of the Arnold Palmer Course Designer is a welcome sight, and one that will undoubtedly excite the Links community as a whole.
  10. A decent golf game, but has it's share of problems.
  11. Its gameplay was relatively good, but there is still room for improvement. The sound quips in the game could use some improvement and features such as the course editor could clearly use more work.
  12. Simply the best golfing simulation available right now.
  13. While Links 2001 isn't sufficiently superior enough to pull anyone away from "PGA Championship Golf," it'll definitely please Links fans, especially once the promised course-converter becomes available.
  14. 92
    The graphics are jaw dropping and simply the best ever in a golf simulation.
  15. Good, very good. Excellent playability, a large selection of game modes, five good courses included, and improved graphics over the last version. What would I like to see? More pros, better chatter from the pros and players, and I would also like to see a build-a-player mode.
  16. Next time, the developers should do something about the voice acting and maybe add a more intuitive real-time mouse-swing system, and then we'd have an undisputed champion.
  17. 85
    If you've ever wanted to design your own courses, this is probably the closest you'll ever actually get to the dream, so you may want to jump at the chance.
  18. Any one of the "Big Three" is a good choice. I'll choose this one, thank you. [Jan 2001, p.165]
  19. The 3D accelerated graphics are a big boost in my eyes and the addition of the APCD is going to give this sim the legs it's been lacking in recent years.
  20. If you are an avid ... aficionado [of the sport], the included course designer makes Links worth more than its $55 retail price.

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