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  • Summary: When the original PlayStation launched without a Madden title, SCEA seized the opportunity to successfully launch the GameDay series. Madden returned fire the next year, and the healthy competition between the two football series has made both better. Now 989 Sports brings its popularWhen the original PlayStation launched without a Madden title, SCEA seized the opportunity to successfully launch the GameDay series. Madden returned fire the next year, and the healthy competition between the two football series has made both better. Now 989 Sports brings its popular football franchise to PlayStation 2 with NFL GameDay 2001. Obviously, the biggest change from past games in the series lies in the graphics, which have been greatly improved. The game features 1,100 position-specific tackles, jukes, spins, and stiff arms motion-captured from 13 pro NFL players. Grass and mud stains grace the players' jerseys, and photorealistic stadiums help to make for a more lifelike atmosphere. Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. 70
    GameDay has always seemed to be chasing EA's Madden games, and this GameDay is no exception, but it still shows some spark, and manages to be a fun mix of football action.
  2. Someone - a tester, scriptwriter, programmer... somebody had to say, "Uhhh, guys, this game sucks!" But they published it anyway.
  3. The only way that I can sum up the PS2 version of Gameday 2001 is that it seems to be a slightly enhanced version of the PSone incarnation. This game just squeaks by with a joystick up.
  4. Those who've seen and played "Madden" on the PlayStation 2 will immediately see the difference and recognize that NFL GameDay 2001 is merely a PlayStation game posing as a PlayStation 2 product.
  5. 989 Sports should be pelted with sweaty towels for releasing a football game with so many glaring gameplay flaws. When the collision detection is so bad that players can literally run through their fellow athletes, you know something's dreadfully wrong.
  6. Until next year, avoid the weak gameplay, shoddy animation, and disappointing graphics. Stick to meaty, mighty, Madden.
  7. This horrible travesty might cheat a couple of otherwise unsuspecting parents, who meant to buy Madden, out of their hard-earned money with a game that even a chimpanzee with a transplanted goldfish brain could see was unfinished.

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