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Nhl 2001. I originally picked this up on a demo which gave me a whole game. and i played my uncle at constantly. So eventually i went and bought the game and it didn't disappoint. You can play with all the teams in america and with the international teams also. the graphics are quick and smooth and some of the little affects are great to. After playing against my uncle for about 4 hours i gave the 1 player tournaments a bit of my time and they are also good they are challenging and most teams have different ways of playing which gives you a extra challenge unlike the fifa series when you play a team you need to be clever with your plays. The overall game is excellent and if you see it pick it up i believe it's in the bargain section now. you don't even need to like hockey just giving your wee brother a hiding at games in general will do and you'll love this.
Its yet another sequel from EA (is that all these guys release?), and yet another improvement on the previous game. However, the same applies with all the EA sequels, there?s not enough in this game to warrant a purchase if you already have NHL 2000. If you don?t then that?s a different kettle of fish! OK, the game is an absolute GEM, and one I was surprised d about how much I enjoyed playing it. Graphically, this game is astounding; with some of the smoothes animation I have seen for some time. The players are detailed and clear, while the ice and the reflections are mind-blowing in terms of the realism. If you have a high end 3D graphics card, then this is certainly a game that will benefit and shoe it off! Audio wise, we have some nice effects, great musical menu?s (which also look nice BTW) and math commentary. Crowd effects add to the game, and again this is another aspect of the game that is hard to fault. The sound of the ice, the skidding, and the impact on the puck are all there and very realistic, EA have done a top job audio wise on this release! Game play in this release is certainly the strong point (not that the audio/visual quality are letting that standard drop of course), as this plays like a dream. The plays are responsive and react well to your control, and the game plays equally well on a joy pad or keyboard, depending upon your preference. Control is quite simple, and well thought out, spanning four buttons that is both easy to get to grips with, yet complex enough (within the game play and match environment) to keep even the best gamers happy. The game plays well, with some pretty decent AI, although you still notice the odd idiot floating around the rink with little input, while the balance between playing up and down is quite drastic (from my experience), although these are just minor niggles. One omission from the old style games is the ability to strike a good punch up. Maybe this is in the game, but no matter how vicio us a foul I make on an opponent (and boy, I?ve made some BAD challenges), I can never seem to start a fight?Something I certainly would like to see! :) As with pretty much all Electronic arts titles, this is a very polished and complete release. Definitely FIFA on ice, this is a top quality title that is both very playable and hugely entertaining, while the increased difficulty of some of the computer teams will add some longevity to the single player game. As a game in its own right, this is pretty hard to fault, but its just a crying shame it took them NHL 97,98,99,2k and now 2001 to get it right, which merely is here to squeeze a few more pennies out of the customer. As I said when I started, if you already have a recent version of this game, then I seriously doubt this is worth the inflated asking price, and stick with what you have got. However, if you don?t own an NHL title, get this as soon as you can lay your hands on the cash, and provided you have a decent enough specced PC, you are in for a serious ball! Let the fun begin!
It's an other year already and an other of the NHL series. This time, it's more than just adding tiny details that no one even notices. NHL 2001 is more realistic than all of the previous NHL games rolled in one. The graphics are exceptionally good. Even without a 3D card, I can have good on-play details. It is important to have a fast processor though. As usual, NHL is difficult to get used to at first. It's a very fast game and it takes practise to get the control buttons right and make your player do what you intended him to do! But once you get used to the controls, playing the game is very addictive and entertaining! A new feature I like is the momentum. Once you've done a good play (big hit, several shots on goal), the momentum of your team increases and your players are more eager to score. That's when you have to try to make the right passes and the perfect shot for the goal. Another new feature is when you play a season. If your players play well during a game, they are on a hot streak and play really well during the next match. On the other hand, if a player played a bad game, he'll be on a cold streak and he won't play very well his next match. If your player has the flu, you have a pop-up screen telling you that he's ill (the screen appears between matches). You can then decide if you'll let that player play the next match, or if you'll put him on the side-line. When a player gets injured during a game, he'll recover after a few weeks and when he's nearly ok, you can still put him on the lines but he won't be as good as usual and he'll still be a bit weak. If a few of your players play very well for more than two matches, and other teams are interested to trade with a few of their players, you'll have a screen (between two matches) asking to trade players. You'll see what the offer is. The only offer I had was to trade two very good players of mine and a less good one against two very good players. I refused the trade because I thought the trade was unfair. Hits are bigger and better than ever! Face it, the only reason why you want to play NHL is to have a good defenceman hitting some player you hate and trying to injure him or try to smash him out of the rink through the glass. Well, now you can, and legally! Bad thing about the game is that the computer scores too easely even on Pro level. It's as if the computer decides that it's time to score and whatever you do (hit the shooter, block the shot), it's still a goal. Not fair!
Well, over the years the folks at EA have heard probably millions of gripes about how easy it is to score on breakaways in the NHL series. From playing about 40 games of NHL 2k1, they fixed that problem. When i first got this game, i pretty much expected it to be in the dumps, since NHL 2000 sucked. The demo sucked too, it was as if players were fed steriods intravenously in that game. Interface, it's pretty slick, pretty much the same as previous years, although it'd be nice to display all the players on your teams attributes on one screen, but that's asking too much. Modes, the usual, nothing added. You can create your own jerseys now, but thats probably for little kids since most of us want to lead our favorite teams, in my case, the Pittsburgh Penguins, to glory. Sound, its the same year in, year out..sound effects get better, voices are still repetitive after awhile, the ditty importer is nice, it allows you to put your own music into your game so all 14 year olds can put emimem in the game. Graphics, well, i run on a geforce 2/ 750 t-bird so its nice, the facial expressions are incredible, specially if you scan yourself into the game. Graphics in this game look better then ever, although there are no more smashing glass or knocking off helmets stuff. Okay, that above information was for the casual player, for the serious one, its the gameplay that matters. Sooo..at first glance, the game was too fast, too much hitting, etc. it sucked. But then you realize that you can set personal AI hittings, and i suggest that everyone do this. You can slow down the game and make it a lot more realistic (or really really unreal, depending on how you like your games). This is quite cool. The game play is rather smooth once you tweak it down, the goalies are devastatingly hard to beat on breakaways, its usually 1 in 6 chance of scoring. However, they are prone to the long shot, which really kills you. The 2nd patch fixes this up, but not 100%, its really frustrating to score and then see the computer take one step over the blue line and lob it over the goalie. Scoring comes on deflections, shots and mostly one timers. Players react okay, although it'd be nice if the defenseman played the BODY instead of the PUCK. For some reason, the computer always gets to loose pucks quicker, and that could annoy some. Hitting is somewhat realistic, it'd be nice if they had a hold button, as now you are just restricted to hooking. theres a nice big hit button you can do, but you risk getting a penalty every time you do it, althought it can switch momentum. oh yah, the momentum, thers momentum now, which is really good, as thats how most sports work. You do a lot of good things, your momentum goes up, and good things happen. Do bad things, vice versa. Shots are way too hard, i seriously doubt bobby holik can shoot 113 mph, but it happens in this game. Powerplays work nicely, short handed works okay. Fighting sucks in this game, nhl 99 had the best fighting. Nhl 2001, you just punch, you cant move so it becomes an exercise of button jamming. Basically, gameplay depends on how you tweak it, if you can find whats right for you, this game can be really entertaining. for season mode, you'd think by now they would have a baseball mogul style GM mode, heck, even Madden's GM mode is nice, but there is none of that, there is trading, and the computer will make stupid offers and you can reject them, you can draft players and sign players (with no cash problems) and stuff, but its really non-realistic and non-detailed. Some of the trades the computer pulls off are idiotic same with te trades you can make with the computer. It'd be nice if they payed attention to this for once instead of adding spit to some persons face when he talks in a cutscene. Also, they need to put restrictions on how good a player you can make. Thats all. I still think nhl 99 is the best.
Having played this series in both the previous version and being so successfully hooked to start staying up to watch the NHL @ unearthly hours on channel 5. I was slightly less impressed on first sight of this latest incarnation. This was because I preferred NHL 2000 graphics, they seem sharper and clearer. This said the graphics still rate as excellent, it’s just that the previous incarnations’ were superb. In the defence of the new graphics I think they may be more realistic (chunkier with better movement and more detail in the face, etc.) and expect that it is only my opinion. Starting negatively may be unfair, as the game is excellent otherwise, the most important improvement (and one often overlooked in upgrades) is to the gameplay and computer AI. In previous versions, like a lot of sports sims, a pinball style of play (pinpoint passing to memorised positions) could be adopted that was too successful (FIFA series suffered from this until its 2001 version) and also there were certain moves that always scored. These loopholes have been successfully plugged, for which I am very grateful as the pal I generally play these games with just finds these easy scoring ways/pinball play and uses them ad infinitum! With 2001 he has to try and learn how to play properly, he doesn’t win as much anymore. As with the previous versions of this series the sound is awesome! On ice sound effects are truly brutal and the commentary is excellent – far better than the equivalent football games. As this is full licensed tie in with the NHL, all the stats and history for each player is used in the games, giving far greater detail and feeling of being in a real game. Add to this the ‘colour commentary’ which generally takes the mick and gets more animated. Finally on the sound, the ability to add your own music and jeers is excellent – great fun playing Americans with a jeer of ‘Up yer’ or other favourite c hant – adding your own music to the ingame breaks is cool and the options are massive. Presentation is brilliant as usual from EA Sports and the general support/drivers/compatibility are to their high standards as well. For those not acquainted with the game the rules can seem strange and the controls are quite in depth (although aficionados of FIFA will notice great similarities). It is certainly worth persevering with as it is probably the most fun sports sim to play with mates (up to four per PC). For new users it’s great fun just smacking your opponent into the boards, couple of pals played for a whole night without scoring once but enjoyed it none the less. Unfortunately I don’t think the game performs as well over the net as 2000 did and they have changed the method of connection to use your web browser when it was hosted within the game before… it was fine why change it. Overall I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys playing sports sims along the lines of FIFA and don’t mind learning a control system. If you own NHL 99 then upgrade but if you own NHL 2000 then I would check out a demo first. Great game, hard to get to grips with but rewarding consequently.