Summary: Madden 2001 for PS2 is the best football game for any console, period. But why not 5 stars ??? This game would be a 5 star game IF one could play respectable pass defense , as in the old Genesis Madden 93-type game. In THAT game, you could usually be pretty sure where you needed to be to knock down (or , wow...actually INTERCEPT) a pass from the opposition. In PS2 Madden , it's an almost lottery-style thing.
Summary: I haven't always been a big fan of football games but this one has got me hooked. The graphics are amazing. Gameplay is smooth and very realistic. One major improvment from past Madden games is the ability to rush the ball against the computer and actually gain positive yardage! Of course the commentary gets repetative but every now and then Madden will say something new about a player or team.
Summary: After reading every review posted in the hopes of getting as much information as possible (not to mention trying to get some tips), I think I am ready to weigh in on the great Madden 2001 vs. NFL2K1 debate. First of all, as an owner of both games, systems and having played football myself, I am constantly struggling to strike the balance between superior graphices and realistic gameplay.
Summary: WOW! Truly amazing graphics. It's not just the fluid movement of the players, it's the minor details. The players adjust their pads after a hit, in a dome they all throw four shadows because of the indoor lighting, the linemen drop the first down marker and run out of the way when the play comes at them, and on and on. Not to mention the depth of play, playing a season, owning a franchise, worrying about the salary cap...it's all there!
Summary: The graphics and gameplay are smooth and realistic, like everyone has said. Only problems: 1) Kicks are too easy to aim, but too difficult to control distance-wise. I've found that 25 yard punts are not at all uncommon. 2) Almost never get pressure on QB without blitzing, as shedding blocks is very difficult . . . and without pressure, QB will pick you apart.
Summary: After not following American Football as i live in England, i was surprised to have found myself so engrosed in this game. After playing the game for a short while i was starting to learn all the plays and reading oppositions formations. I even found myself following the American games in reality. The graphics are close to photographic quality, and movements are mapped to almost perfection, right down to blinking and talking.
Summary: This is the first game I bought for my new PS2, and I have to say it's superior to any console football game I've played so far - including NFL2K1. I own both the Dreamcast and PS2, and this game is hands down superior to its chief competitor. The players are modelled in extremely lifelike fashion - the detail of the uniforms and equipmnent particularly stand out. Player movement and control are fantastic, as you would expect out of the Madden series.
Summary: If I were to come on and tell you this game wasn't the best football game i have ever played, I would have to be out of my mind. There are a few small things I could see EASports doing in the next edition to spice things up. First of all the graphics are spectacular. Although from the surface they look somewhat like Dreamcast as you progress into gameplay, you get upclose looks at coaches and the sidelines and they added some cool details like a bench on the sideline,...
Summary: Best football game I've ever played. GRAPHICS - almost perfect. Collision detection is a little off sometimes (player falls before graphics show the collision), and occasional glitches (player's helmet goes through another player) but overall amazing SOUND - very bad! John Madden and Pat Summerall are terrible announcers - no emotion in Pat's voice and Madden's phrases are repeated far too often.
Summary: I have never seen a game attract the attention of forty-year-old men the way a demo of Madden 2001 on PS2 did at Best Buy the other day. Then again, that may be the only place they could see it in action, given the hardware shortage. Graphically, the game is fantastic--though not perfect. Tackles, replays, cut scenes, and player animations all surpass what has come before (By light years on PS1, and by a significant margin on Dreamcast's NFL2K1, as well).