• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 5, 2001
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. The fact is except for a resolution bump-up, there is almost no difference between the PSX and PS2 ports of this title -- and that's a sad state of affairs given the extra horsepower under the PS2's hood. Kinda makes you wonder what that $300 you spent on the system bought you.
  2. 989 Sports has a long way to go to be competitive with EA Sports, but FaceOff 2001, although deficient in almost every category, is an entertaining game that is certainly worth a weekend rental.
  3. 63
    The player control is top-notch and the fact that playing it reminded me a lot of EA Sports' Genesis hockey games is a very good thing. But, the game's horrible AI, limited feature set, lack of a poke-check button, and unsightly visuals, ultimately kills its value.
  4. This game fails to make the PS2 hockey play-offs.
  5. The fighting system is horrible. When is the last time that Jaromir Jagr fought Sandy McCarthy? Yeah that’s going to happen!
  6. The graphics aren't representative of what the PlayStation 2 is capable of, the gameplay is ruined by pathetic goalie AI, and the control options fail to meet minimum requirements.
  7. No matter how much one can hate the awful graphics the game does have a certain charm to it that is multiplied when you can get a party game going.
  8. The gameplay is leaps and bounds ahead of the game's graphical prowess, but then, that's probably not saying too much, now is it?
  9. Sure, it's got Mario Lemieux in it, but while Super Mario may be able to save the Pens, he can't save this one.
  10. 60
    When the final whistle blows, there's just no reason to step onto this ice. Stick with the far, far superior "NHL 2001" for your PS2 hockey cravings.
  11. Quite the insult to PS2 hockey fans. It's certainly not as good as NHL 2001, and that wasn't a great game..Poor 989 seems to be falling even further behind with old injuries and rusty skates. Someone definitely needs to check these guys.
User Score
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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. RobJ.
    Jul 19, 2001
    10
    I have al lot of experiance in hockey games, so let me make this short and simple. This game is so standard. It was, is, and always will be I have al lot of experiance in hockey games, so let me make this short and simple. This game is so standard. It was, is, and always will be the ani lanyard. Full Review »
  2. WesS.
    Jul 18, 2001
    0
    Don't waste your time with this game. Go out and rent "NHL 93" for the genesis you can probably have a better time playing it. Graphics Don't waste your time with this game. Go out and rent "NHL 93" for the genesis you can probably have a better time playing it. Graphics suck for a PS2 game. Just bloody horrible ... avoid like the plague. Full Review »