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NHL FaceOff 2001

video game review video game review Video Game Review: NHL FaceOff 2001 Publisher: 989 Studios
Category: Sports, Hockey
Platform: PS1, PS2
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: September 2000

Overall Rating: 2 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
2 Stars out of 4
(Review of PS1 version)

NHL FaceOff 2001 delivers exactly what you would expect - a decent hockey game with fluent controls.

Indeed, the animation of the team players, hockey sticks, and puck is impressive. The puck spins, bounces, and flies around with convincing physics. However, passing is a nightmare.

The game offers little more than last year. Key features include the ability of switch teams in the middle of a game, a secret staff team consisting of the game's programmers, and injury reports.

The new Line Manager feature allows players to choose from more than 12 different offensive and defensive strategies while utilizing the roster to create strategic lines.

The new Shot Aim option lets you control the direction of your shot during the back swing as you prepare to launch a rocket past the goalie.

In the end, though, there's no need to pay the big bucks for the upgrade unless you are a die-hard hockey fan. With PlayStation 2 just around the corner, it might be a good idea to see if any next- gen hockey games appear before the year is out.

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