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      12.04.2010 01:16
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      Great addtion to the FIFA series

      Although there have been many soccer simulations since on various consoles, I really like Fifa 2001 and at the time of it's release for the Playstation I think this was one of the best soccer games to date. There are so many great things about this version from the graphics to the gameplay. In the game itself there are huge amount of teams to select and play as which is fantastic. You can choose one of your favourite teams to play as no matter what country or league they belong to. When you go to select your team you are given the team's stats and it informs you of their attributes, whether that be offensive or defensive and the overall stats for that team. It can be quite challening, and something I like doing when I got a bit better, is to select the worst team and try to win with them. There are also a wide array of play options for this game. You can begin a season with any team and try to lead them to the championship. In addtion, if you like, you can compete in a tournament and various cup competitions. You have practice or training modes to play in as well. You are able to work on skills you need like corner kicks, free kicks or penalties, all of which you will need in a real game. One of the things I particularly like about this version is the realistic replay option. So if you do score a wonder goal in a game you can go back and relive it time and again from different angles and different speeds. This is a great feature. As stated the graphics are fantastic and add realism to the game in a big way. The crowd are great and cheer or boo their home players as in real life at a match. The players characteristics are very realistic as you can see when they are annoyed or happy during the game. The sound effects really help with the game realism as well from the tackles and player collisions and also players kicking the ball. The game is almost at times like watching a game on TV and is a great addition to the FIFA series.

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      04.09.2001 20:30
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      Here we go again, EA roll out another fully licensed Fifa game, a few tweaks here, a few tweaks there and what do we have? The same game they have been churning out for years, the sames blocky characters with wierd looking far too muscular shoulders, but this time it's different they tell us: -Goalies are now more challenging and play smarter -Volumes of new animation in kicks, sprints, shots, crosses, saves, etc. -60+ National Teams -Authentic kits and team logos for licensed teams -New default camera angle giving a completely new FIFA experience allowing the user to play more strategic football Making a game prettier and having real names doesn't make it better than the last incarnation. The gameplay is largely unchanged from the previous 80 outings (ok so not quite 80) although one thing does seem to be missing, i'm sure there was a button to allow you to dive in one of the other versions, I can't seem to find it this time around. I guess that's probably because diving is cheating and FIFA couldn't condone that ;-). The usually anticipation and excitement that comes with a new game is short lived as soon as you find out the easiest way to score it just becomes a sham. Banging 8+ goals a game is not very realistic. I have had the game for about 5 months now and I have to be honest I do occasionally play it, though now I tend to stick it on World Class, Fastest speed and with a super strict referee. Then I try to scythe down opponents as I try a) to injure them b)award them a penalty (so I can try to save it) and c)try to get my player sent off so that the game is a little fairer. I had Fifa 99, I waited until 2001, I certainly will not be buying another one until they do something remarkably different. I'm going to go and try to play ISS Pro Evolution 2, at least it seems like a challenge.

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        31.07.2001 22:43
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        I've seen quite a few heated debates about this argument...ISS Vs FIFA. I for one am a dedicated child of the FIFA games. I have every FIFA game there has been on the Playstation, right back to its humble days as FIFA '96. It is simple. There is no real talent to games like this, you soon learn how to pass the ball around and scored goals, there is no art. But the die-hard players will tell you otherwise. They believe they have perfected the game and everything too it. Don't give it to this bargaining. FIFA has been going for years, not sure how far back the game goes, but I have 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000 and 2001 for the Playstation. I have always loved FIFA games, they have been the number one football games in my life for years, and I'm not about to give up that simple tradition. I refuse to play anything else, especially that poor attempt at a rival ISS Pro. Now this opinion is about FIFA, but let me just digress and have a moan about ISS. The handling is laughable, the controls are impossible to master, and it just doesn't feel right. You know the feeling you get when your used to something better, and you know this alternative is just a waste of everyone's time. I have been fortunate enough to never purchase an alternative for the PS. FIFA all the way. To describe the premise behind FIFA is easy. You pick a team, buy and sell a few players, and control the team. This is different to games like Championship Manager. This has a 3D match engine. You actually control the players and move them about. Ah the wonders of modern technology. It's a pretty addictive game; I have often sat here for hours just playing a season with Man Utd and seeing how far I could get them. The game does have different difficulty settings. This is a feature that has caused the FIFA programmers plenty of torture in the past. They can never seen to get the levels right. An example; the 3 levels are Amateur, Professional and World Class. Th e Amateur level is so easy a fish could win. The Professional level is harder, but anyone can master it after playing for half an hour. Then there's World Class. Impossible to master. I have never in my life had any success with this level, and to be honest I don?t see the point in including it, when no one can win on it (this is the point everyone tells me that they CAN master it, and I look like a fool). So you want too buy FIFA? I won?t stop you doing so, infact I actively encourage it, I'm sure FIFA 2002 will be out at Christmas, so give it a go, I don't think you will be disappointed, especially with it's release on the Playstation2...well worth it!

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          29.07.2001 04:21
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          The special moves are the most unrealistic feature. I don't play online games because everyone uses these cheap moves repeatedly to break the defence. You can do 10 spins or flicks and the defence can't touch the ball. I don't ever use these and win with skill since I can't get satisfaction knowing that these moves are totally out of reality and makes scoring very easy. Otherwise, without the special moves the gameplay is realistic and fun because there are many ways to score unlike EURO 2000. FIFA 2001 should have an option to turn on/off the special moves as in EURO 2000. There is a lot more creativity in FIFA 2001 than EURO 2000. The large field is great for making plays. Passing is more strategic than before where you must decide whether to give a normal pass or a through pass. Defenders are though to beat. Goalie makes smart plays. Can score out of the box seldomly. All these are very realistic. It is only the special moves that keep the game from otherwise being perfect. I will not buy anymore EA soccer games until there is an option to turn them off. The reason EA doesn't provide an option to use the special moves is to increase the sales of Sidewinder and Gravis 8 button gamepads which are shown in the game's manual. Graphics: The best graphics in a soccer game. Stadiums have animated fans. lighting effects are good. Players more 3D than fifa 2000. Need a fast CPU and a high MB video card to benefit. Actually a 400 MHZ cpu is good enough but you need a 32 MB video card. My 4 MB card can only run at the lowest rendering. Sound: Great chants. I don't like the music. Fifa 2000 and World Cup 98 music was better. Euro 2000 and World Cup 98 play by play was better. Player's names are not mentioned. Too much repetition.

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            23.07.2001 16:29
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            I believe Fifa 2001 for the Sony Playstation Console, is the best soccer game made for playstation or any other game console so far. There are so many great aspects, which give this game the greatness that it contains. The graphics for this game are ground breaking. I am not sure what the makers did for this game, but they have definitely stepped up the standards for the game graphics. You are even able to see the jerseys of the players as if you were watching the game on TV. The facial expressions and the diversity of physical appearance on the players still amaze me. When a goal is scored, there are cheerful looks on them, and when they get injured or knocked down, there is a look of frustration on their faces. I feel like I am watching the game on TV. There are just so many teams to choose from, it will baffle you. If you are a fan of the sport of soccer, you will be able to play as your favorite team, no matter what country or league. They even have all the up to date teams in the MLS. In the team selection stage, you first pick the country of where your team comes from. You are then able to cycle through the many teams of that country while you are given the team’s stats. It will inform you of the offensive, defensive, and overall stats of the team. This was very helpful to me because when I had just started playing the game and was not very good, I played the team that was by far the worst overall. Another great aspect of the game is that there are many different play options that you can choose from. You can start a season with any team that you would like, and try to take them to the championship. Or if you want to compete in a Tournament, in which they have a few different ones like the European Premiere Cup, you can battle your way through the bracket and hope to win the trophy in the final game. What I love most about this game is that you are able to play cooperative or head-to-head with a friend. I recommend cooperative because i t can last for hours and hours of fun. The last mode to play in is the practice, or training mode. You can work on skills like a corner kick, direct kick, or even my favorite, the penalty kick. It is a great way to improve your skills for when you are going to try to compete on the harder skill levels like Professional, or even WORLD CLASS when you think you are ready to compete on an extremely difficult field of play. Another wonderful aspect of FIFA 2001 is the realistic replay action to your delight. You never know when you will score that golden goal on a bicycle kick in overtime, so you need to be able to watch it over and over again with the angle that you desire. My favorite is action mode. Here you are able to watch the replay, as it would look on TV with the cameras rotating to give the best angle for every spot on the field. I could just spend all day watching a great save or a spectacular goal go by in slow motion as many times as I want. It is also a great way to annoy your friends when you are playing them. If you want to rub it in their face, just show them the action replay over and over again from the view of each of the players. The crowd also gives a sense of realism as they cheer or boo for their home team players. The sound effects are some of the best that I have ever experienced with a video game. From collisions, to the sound of the player kicking the ball, and to the chatter going on between the players on the field seizes to amaze me. If you are in a tight game and you need the crowd behind you, there will always be some sort of a chant from the crowd like oo-lay or whatever it may be. This game to me is a stepping stone for the future of video games and a sign of good things to come

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            23.07.2001 00:27
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            Fifa 2001 is the next installment of the famous FIFA series. Once again EA Sports have improved the graphics using a new display engine. Never before have the players each looked so different, making each one a perfect individual. The kits look more realistic and finally the crowd do not look like cardboard cut-outs. John Motson produces some fantastic commetary, along side his football punters. Gary Linekar in Match of the Day style, introduces each game. If you shut your eyes, you wouldnt know whether you are playing FIFA or watching telly. The game has a few new features, there are more modes of play such as Exhibition. You cna play from on of the 17 included international leagues, such as the "Spasish Leguá" and the "English Premeirship". This is the first FIFA to be released on the most game platforms, including the all new PLAYSTATION 2, and yes even the Gameboy. I find this game really enjoyable to play, but to be really honest, there is not much differene between the last FIFA. However you must buy the latest one if you want to make sure that you are playing with the msot up-to date teams. If you are new to FIFA you will find the game really great, but if you have had the last few FIFA's like me, then it really get's boring after you ahve got customised to the enw features.

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              19.07.2001 01:55
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              Last year's game, Fifa 2000, I was pretty negative about, because although it is a great game and to someone who's never played Fifa before, it was probably the best football game avaiable, I had only recently been playing Fifa 99, and got bored of it, when I bought Fifa 2000, and so it was a great disappointment to me as except for a few improvements it was very similar to 99. Does the trend of similarity follow this year? Nope! Obviously Fifa 2001 is going to be similar in some ways to the previous releases, but there are also many new ideas and improvements to make Fifa 2001 the best football game yet. Things kept the same include the Camera Angles - I recommend Telecam or Tower Cam as you can see the play from the side and control is quite easy. But on Fifa 2001 you can customise the cameras, you are able to zoom in, zoom out, and position the camera higher or lower. Another thing the same is the controls, the basic Fofa controls that are now natural instinct to many of use, with O to shoot, X to pass etc. Although this year holding down the skill buttons (L2, R2) will perfrom a different skill. I think these two things being kept the same was a good decision by EA because it is important to feel comfortable and used to the gameplay so that you can play well, and so that you don't have to spend time getting used to the game. For new users, the controls and angles help this game to eb very easy to pick up quickly. One important improvement from Fifa 2000 in my opinion is that in season mode you can continue for more than one season and teams are promoted and relegated. This gives you purpose in season mode, it's not just about winning a trophy then that's it, you must try to qualify for Europe, avoid Relegation etc. And Also it expand the variety of teams to play, with first division teams being promoted. As well as that adding to the variety of teams, the game itself has an extremely wide variety of teams now - on the International scale there is everyone from England to Qatar, and at club level there are teams from the English League, Spanish Leaugue, Italian, French, German and even Israeli leagues, as well as several others. You can play in a large number of competitions in Fifa 2001, the game modes include Friendly, Season, Custom Cup and Tournaments. Friendly is basically an exhibition match between any two teams of your choice, it is a good one for practice or to play with your mates. Custom Cup allows you to create your own tournament. You can choose the teams to go into the tournament, and you can customise everything from whether or not there is a league stage, to how many legs there are against opponents, to how many teams are promoted from each league group (if you decide to have a league stage). The season mode as I mentioned earlier continues for more than one season, and includes the League, the national cup, and european competitions. These are not played in stages, one-by-one, they are played like they are in real life, a few league games then a cup match, then some more league games. The tournaments game mode allows you to enter every tournament from the European Cup to the World Cup. As well the above, Fifa 2001 has so many more great features and improvements thta relly make it the ultimate football experience. I recommend you get your hands on it immediately

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                18.07.2001 01:59

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                I don't think that there is any point buying FIFA 2001 if you already have FIFA 2000. There is virtually no difference between them both. I think this with a lot of othe games as well, like 'Tomb Raider' or 'Command and Conquer'. When you have the previous games you don't really ned the other games unless if you've completed them. The graphics on these kind of games nowadays can't be improved any more until they find a way of making the graphics like on the PS2. So I think all those people who want ot bu FIFA 2001, don't bother, buy FIFA 2000, it is cheaper and can offer the same graphiucs and game options.

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                04.07.2001 00:18
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                • "poor game"

                I think that all the fifa's are rubbish they have rubbish graphics,rubbish commetry(it just always repeats it self or it is late like you score then 5 mins after it will say what a goal or something.)It has up to date players but all football game should have,the game is easy but you can change the difficulty to easy,hard,proffesional and world class.The fifa's i think the ones from like 98 are better than 2001 so the newer they get the worse they get all that changes in the game is some game modes and the players.I have got most of the fifa's because the front cover looks good and it encourages you to buy it but when you play on it is rubbish for me but not for others.They have some good games like golden goal,league,world cup and create your own torniment so i wouldnt get it if i was you but thats up to you.

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                  25.06.2001 20:34
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                  • "Not as good as 'FIFA 99'"

                  Football events in the year 2001 weren’t exactly predictable, with possibly the exception of Man United of course; whom everyone knew would win the Premiership again. However there was one other equally safe bet, and that lay with EA Sports releasing their sixth reinvention of the FIFA legacy, as always the software giants haven't failed to provide some stability to this hectic world we live in. The big question remained though, 'is FIFA 2001 worth forking out £29.99 for?' The answer to be quite frank would be 'no'. It seems like EA have left their best programmers in the 20th Century, as the precedent FIFA 99 set, is yet to be equalled, especially after the dismal 2000 effort. Which has been improved upon somewhat with better visual graphics and audio, playability has also been given a big boost; goalkeepers can now actually save a shot from 40 yards, meaning no more comical 8-2 results. The tackling problem from 2000 has also been repaired, and a few other minor steps have been taken too. Sadly that’s where it ends. With major cut backs in the number of teams - possibly to compensate elsewhere, who knows – some of the favourite domestic and international teams from previous editions have been replaced with the likes of 'Mauritius', c’mon- do they even play football? So I’m afraid as with Beckham's Mohican hairdo; 'Nooooooooo!’ To warrant a thumbs up, you will definitely have to try harder with 2002, which I'm sure is already well on its way.

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                    20.06.2001 22:40
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                    It was as if Christmas had come early, as the man carrying a FedEx parcel addressed to me arrived at the door later yesterday afternoon. I snatched it off him and ran to my PC as quickly as my legs could carry me. After entering the usual installation method, I was about to experience FIFA 2001 for the first time. Before I did though, I took some time to look through the options. After years of fast paced action, I was delighted to be able to change the Game Speed to "Slower". Anticipating the new larger field I changed the camera angle to "Tower", and decided to experiment with the new "On Field" sounds option. As they game began I realised my dreams had come true. On top of this, I was filled with excitement as realisation of just how enjoyable the upcoming FIFA 2001 season will be for not only the fans even none fans of the game which in all honesty is magnificent in it's current state, to near perfection. The pitch was big! I pinched myself then looked again, and I wasn't imagining things, but the pitch as we've always wanted it to be: the size of a real football field. As I kicked off, and passed the ball back to one of my midfielders, I was amazed at the new feel of the game. No longer did I feel like I had to get rid of the ball as soon as it hit my feet. I was able to stop it, look around for options, and if no one was open, lazily lay it back to one of my defenders. The new "Slower" game speed was working like a charm. I had set the difficulty mode to Professional and was finding it tough to get through the CPU's defense. I finally made it through... sprinting into a gap I got into position, lined up my shot, and as I have done in all other FIFA games, smashed my thumb onto the shoot button for the hardest possible shot. To my disbelief,the ball didn't even trouble the keeper, infact the only person in the ground it would have troubled would have been the fan in Level FF, Row 64. Aaaahhhhh, this must be the new "Shot Power Bar" I thought to myself. It took me some time to get the hang of it, but once I did, goals began to flow, and I found myself comfortably winning my league games in Professional mode. Having only had the game for 24 hours, I am yet to step up to World Class mode, and from what I have heard, I am set for shock when I do. The challenge is still certainly there when I take on harder teams like Man U and Arsenal, so I think I will stick to Professional for at least a few more days while I am still enjoying scoring goals and watching and listening to the new celebrations. The "On Field" sound mode is a great new feature. I find it to be a pleasing change from the commentary which, incidently, has improved this year. John and Mark's chemistry is better and they talk amongst one another quite often. All in all, my first FIFA 2001 experience exceeded my already very high expectations, so much so, that I find myself rushing to finish this opinion so that I can load the game up again. Get excited ladies and gentlemen, get very excited. FIFA 2001 will rock your world and have you locked in your computer room for days on end. The awesome new gameplay and visual eye-candy is enough to make you die for the game.

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                      18.06.2001 03:57
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                      This my first review. I am only 12 but really into the Playstation. FIFA 2001 is basically the same as all the FIFA games that were released before. The only updates I have noticed are: - New up-to-date teams - The graphics have improved - The skill level has improved This game is in my opinion the best football game on the market. It's better than all other competetive football games. I am now going to list the advantages and disadvantages of FIFA 2001: ADVANTAGES: - The graphics are better than most of the other leading football games - The game-play is excellent - The controls are easy to get used to DISADVANTAGES: - The game-play hasn't changed from previous versions - There aren't really enough skills to keep me into the game - Even on the World Class level (the hardest), it's still too easy for me and I always win with a score at least 7-0 Overall the game hasn't chnaged a lot from previous versions, but it is still the best football game on the market!

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                        16.06.2001 00:24

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                        I think fifa is one of the worst football game I played ! All is not bad in that game. Indeed, the presentation is dynamic, sounds are good and graphics are good too (texture of stadiums and football players are great) Options are very complete and you can play in many competions (world cup, natinal cups, championships, friendship etc) The choice is important and I think all players will be pleased with that. So, the durability of the game is important ! However when you start a play, you become disapointed because animations are badly done ( movements of the football players are too rigid) and the playability is unpleasant. The referee is certainly blind because he never gives red cards (or almost) even if your are rough ! The game is not realistic and too horse. You don’t have fun when you are playing that game ! Don’t buy that game even if you are a fan of arcade games ! I think ISS pro evolution 2 is a better choice because that game is very fun and very realistic !

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                        15.05.2001 21:16
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                        I'm sorry but I just advise getting this game. It is exactly like Fifa 2000. Whats the point. Apart from the players and clubs I really can't see much of a dramatic update from the other games in the Fifa series. It occurs to me that Electronic Arts are now just trying to con us. Anyway enoght moaning lets get on with the review of the game. The game isn't actually that bad if you don't have any of the othere Fifas. There is a very good season and Tournament mode that nobody can find fault with. Also unlike the other Fifas you don't get the commentators saying the same things over and over again. There is also another problem with the game which is that it isn't very realistic. I know that Man U are good but there not good enought to win a match 30 - 0 against Real Madrid with Beckham getting ten of those goals. This game just falls way short of the mark. Yet another complaint is the amount of bicycle kicks that the players seem to do. In a real game you hardly see any, but with this they are an unfortunate usual sight. If you dodn't have any othere Fifas then by all means buy it, it is slightly better that 2000 but don't go out and buy it if you have a will to live.

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                          15.05.2001 01:58
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                          Fifa games generally do not get hyped about in the magazines and TV, but they should be. Each and every year since 1996, we’ve seen a new and improved football game. Some years the sneaky people at EA sports introduced a bonus game, like in 1998 they brought out Fifa ’98 and Fifa: Road to the World Cup. You might think a game with the same name and gameplay each year wouldn’t get sales, but you’d be surprised about the vast improvements on the game each year. GAMEPLAY: In the game, there are a lot of features and game modes that you can play. The best is the Season/Career mode. Firstly you choose a team from a huge selection of hand crafted squads all over the world. The amount of detail put into each player and his clothes is absolutely amazing; you can see the number and sponsors logo even when playing. There are options when you start. You can either have a FA Cup or a Premier League or all of them including The Champions League in one big season, if your lucky, you might win the Treble! There are also quick matches available if you just want a quick 5-minute game. Plus, if you’re a bit rusty with your set pieces or defending, you can play in Training mode to improve your stats. If, like me, you’re a whiz and win the Treble in the first season and want a challenge for next season, you can change the settings to make it harder. GRAPHICS: As I mentioned before, the graphics and details that are on each player are amazing. There are over 3400 unique players’ hand crafted from head to toe. Each and every facial expression is noticed a recorded in the game. I just want to say again that the graphics are truly amazing. SOUNDS: The sounds are cool. They are actually chart-toppers and work great with the game. There are good sounds during the game like the roaring of the crowds and the occasional “one-two, one-two” heard from the players. VERDICT: Overall, this is a killer game. Each and every Fifa was the best when it came out and each one has the same and more features than the last. This is no different, definitely worth your money. Buy this game now!

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                          The 2001 installment of the FIFA series of soccer games features tremendous detail and realistic players. New visual effects such as lighting, depth of field, dramatic new cut scenes, and realtime projected stadium shadows are also featured. Defenders mark better, and goalies are more challenging and play smarter.