• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2001

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. A fine racing sim, and a fantastic F1 title. Highly recommended indeed.
  2. With its groundbreaking realism, intelligent opponents and top playability, F1 2001 has set a new standard in racing simulations.
  3. The feeling of speed in Formula One 2001 really gives you a thrilling ride. This coupled with the excellent AI, great handling, the latest F1 data and faultless presentation push it streets ahead of the competition.
  4. Effectively the Gran Turismo of the F1 video-game scene. [Nov 2001, p.108]
  5. 80
    Arcade racers will be quite challenged by the difficulties of true F1 racing, and may run crying back to the muscle cars in GT3 out of frustration. However, if you already know what F1 racing is all about, then you can expect a well-crafted racing experience.
  6. Not a car game just anyone can pick up and play. You have to be able to fully control the car, which is one of the game's biggest challenges; if you don't, you're in for a long and disappointing afternoon.
  7. While EA Sports' F1 title has better graphics, sound, and features, Formula One 2001's superior driving and racing model make it the PS2 F1 game of choice in my mind.
  8. While the game is pretty fun, it isn't much to look at.
  9. It's not the most visually astounding game, but it finds middle ground between being a rigid sim and a strap-in-and-stomp-it arcade racer.
  10. The difficulty level is significantly greater than most racing games, which is simply because F1 racing is extremely fast-paced. Although it does have its downfalls, it still proves to be a fun game.
  11. Not for everybody, but the committed few that love F1 racing can purchase this puppy knowing their $50 are getting them one heck of a decent-looking, long and challenging affair.
  12. 70
    In comparison to EA's F1 2001, it definitely feels like it's more of true-to-life simulation. The learning curve is really steep.
  13. The fantastically realistic physics engine makes this the game that F1 purists will want to own, but the control and graphics frustrations will likely result in them not enjoying their time spent with this game.
  14. Generic sounds, with graphics that don't blow you away, and gameplay that matches every F1 game I've played before, it just isn't worth a pick-up unless you are a hardcore Formula One racing fan.
  15. Aside from not producing the kinds of graphics that you’d normally see out of a PS2, Formula One 2001 also has a lackluster interface, unconvincing physics and damage engine, and a shortage of good audio effects.
  16. I hate Formula One 2001 because it has bland graphics, bland sounds, and its not even close to fun.
  17. Has a good number of officially licensed drivers, tracks, and tons of customize options. But it also has twitchy steering that might throw players off the track and out of the game.
  18. The handling and difficulty levels are completely screwed up. [Nov 2001, p.153]

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