I have to say that I don't follow Ice Hockey at all, I wouldn't even know where to find, although im assuming Channel 5 probably shows it. Even though i've got no love for it, the first time I played NHL 94 for the SEGA Megadrive I was completley hooked, the way you skate around so smoothly and the high pace action really is tremendous fun.
So with NHL 2001 I was very pleased, the game is obviously an Ice Hockey game with different options from exhibitions to leagues to a tournament or the career type mode where you play a Season. The graphics were very nice to look at with each team having really cool well detailed fully customized strips and everything right down to the colour of their stick was greatly detailed.
The gameplay was brilliant, as you glide almost hovvering along the ice at a great speed and connect with the puck beautifully you can pass shoot or do little skillfull dribbles to outwit your opponent or when your defending you can barge your oppenent with shoves until he starts a fight with you.
This for me is just a great fun game to throw on when you want some fast easy action, Plenty of options and some great sounds and sights,NHL 2001 gets the thumbs up from me.
First of all let me give you some background - I love Ice Hockey and I'm a big NY Rangers fan. Now although this gives me added insight into playing the game it also gives me a bit more knowledge to criticise this game - which is difficult. This is arguably the best team sports game I have ever played. It is realistic, it has all the players and you can change the game settings to suit your own capabilities. Unlike a lot of games where you choose beginner, pro or expert level and that is it, NHL 2001 allows you to set the game speed, the harshness of the ref's, the likelihood of fights, whether you want to control your lines, the camera position, your goalie, the number of games in a season etc...... But, my favourite addition of all is the NHL Challenge where you create a player (use yourself - trust me its much more fun!) and by reaching milestones throught the games you can score points which can be added to your players attributes - or you can use a cheat I found and create yourself like a good player already. Also when you move on to a second season you go through free agency, retirements and drafts as you would normally, and your current crop of players skill levels change at random. The other good features are player trades, injuries, hot and cold streaks, big hits, in-depth stats and retro uniforms. Like every game there are bad points, but not many: When you sign a new players all your lines automatically re-shuffle to accomodate your new player (there could be a way to turn this off - but I haven't found it yet); To trade players you have to scroll through all the teams, you can't do a search by position or name; During gameplay the commentary can be quite a way behind the play; When changing lines during open play it basically involves the entire team (excl Goalie) clearing the ice and leaving you exposed to an attack - in real life the player coming
on is often on the ice before the other player leaves. Apart from these few little annoyances the game plays brilliantly - its fast, furious and fun (especially when you create yourself as a player and score a goal!!). You also have the option of playing it for hours or just for a quick game (which lasts around 15mins). If you are looking for a good sports game, then I would recommend this one - even if you haven't got a clue about the game.
Ok. I'm not exactly one of those people who likes to sit around all day and play on computer games. However, since the discoveries of Championship Manager and NHL 2001...i have no excuses. I currently own a version for the playstation but hope to purchase it for the PS2 as soon as i get one. This game is extrememly good. I'm not just saying this because i like ice-hockey and of course play it...for the neutral gamer...it is most defineitely a must buy! Along with the stunning graphics that seem to by far in advance of most sports games around today, NHL 2001 sends the playstation console straighning because of the hugeness of the game(this doesn't doesn't affect the speed though). The huge hits have you giggling with glee as you merrily send your mates best player screaming into the perspex. The speed of the game is also phenominal and i was very impressed with the fact that the commentators in the game kept up with the action. Ice hockey is, as we know, the fastest sport on the planet and so congratulations to EA sports in the creation of a game that verily resembles the real thing. If you don't have this game packed with its up to date roster stats, BUY IT! Even for those of you who do not really know a lot about ice-hockey (most of my friends come round for an evening a week on this game)...you'll end up having so much fun with this.