Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Even if Madden NFL 2001 wasn’t the only game in town, it would still be one of the best football games ever.
  2. It really is an awesome game that is getting better with age, unlike John Madden, who is heading in the opposite direction.
  3. 87
    For God's sake, what is that crappy music? There's only one kind of music that should ever be associated with professional football in America, and that's the NFL Films soundtrack
  4. Overall, even despite some of its shortcomings, this game is a good enough improvement over last year's game to warrant a purchase.
  5. It's the only choice for PC fans, but as luck would have it, it still gets the job done. [Nov 2000, p.128]
  6. A great game that perpetuates the tradition of quality games with the Madden nameplate. If you like football, you will love this game.
  7. 80
    Pat Summerall does a good job with the play calling and the color commentary from Madden himself is amusing at times but quickly becomes repetitive.
  8. Far from perfect, but it still provides a decent football experience.
  9. An attempt shagged to the left that lands just inside the uprights.
  10. If you're willing to look past some minor gameplay quirks and some initial frustration, "Madden" is a worthwhile purchase.
  11. There are times when it plays like a dream; conversely there are times that it plays more like the Arena League rather than the NFL.
  12. There's some fun to be had with the game, and if you're looking for updated rosters and stats this is a must-buy, but don't expect anything revolutionary.
  13. The flaws in the passing and running game prevent "Madden 2001" from being completely enjoyable or realistic, which will disappoint fans of the series as well as those who are experiencing Madden football for the first time.

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