Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
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  1. 100
    Excellent control scheme with key tweaks makes the gameplay versatile and very fun.
  2. CNET Gamecenter
    The best NBA hoops game on the system.
  3. Da Gameboyz
    Definitely the best basketball game available on the PSX console.
  4. There is a good core of solid gameplay ideas and control physics at the center of "NBA ShootOut 2001", but you have to live with outdated-beyond-its-time graphics to enjoy them.
  5. But what can keep you going back for more are the key aspects like creating your own elite players to go head-to-head with all the NBA teams, or recreate your own signature dunks to showoff who's the man.
  6. Serves up a decent game of b-ball, but sluggish gameplay and the lack of a few fundamental options keep it from reaching its full potential.
  7. While Shootout 2001 is not a bad game, it's not as good as "Live 2001" for the PSX.
  8. A basketball game that remains virtually unchanged from last year's version.
  9. 63
    I am sorry that 989 has mastered how to mess a game up as it ages as opposed to making a game shine as it matures.
  10. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the video hoops world: not the worst team in the league, but lacks flash, is thin in the middle and an absolute non-factor in the playoffs.

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