Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. 100
    A sports gamer's dream come true. The potent combination of smooth fast graphics, excellent gameplay options, and a tough as nails AI, makes this hockey game king of the rink.
  2. So damned good I don't know how EA will top this performance next year.
  3. The sound is nothing short of spectacular. Every noise you'd expect to hear at a hockey game has been taken into account and put in the game.
  4. No longer is the NHL series just an arcade game. Finally, us die-hard hockey fans have a simulation/game to be proud of.
  5. Not only contains top-notch gameplay, but it's also the most realistic-looking sports game to ever hit a console
  6. If you can get past the sometimes chugging on-screen action, and are just looking to have some good old fashion video game hockey fun, then NHL 2001 is just the game that will soak up your afternoons.
  7. Dazzling graphics couple with intense and addictive play.
  8. Once again the AI needs tuning and the graphics need optimizing. Otherwise, though, this game is still as fun on the PS2 as it is on the PSX, and with the new range of customization options, you're sure to find a gameplay style you like.
  9. Although NHL 2001 is by no means perfect -- it lacks drop passes and give-and-goes, and is mysteriously missing the icon-based passing found in the PS1 version -- it is so visually spectacular and sound in fundamentals that we don't hesitate to recommend it.
  10. Another minor issue with the game is with the PlayStation 2 version; while the graphics are quite impressive, the speed of the game play seems to lag other platforms (namely, the PC), as well as the competition's hockey games.
  11. And it has marvellously crap fighting, which should please you louts out there. Punch him! Hit him in the face! We demand blood!
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. RyanM.
    Apr 28, 2003
    9
    A great hockey game. I haven't played 2002 yet but it is definitely going to be hard to beat. The one main drawback is the memory it A great hockey game. I haven't played 2002 yet but it is definitely going to be hard to beat. The one main drawback is the memory it takes up which is 2 megabytes. On an 8 meg memory card thats a lot. But the game itself is great. Full Review »