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Review: FIFA 2001 for the PS2
(IDG) -- Long known as the best-playing soccer series out there, FIFA 2001 carries on that tradition with its PS2 debut. As always, FIFA packs in an obscene amount of teams, tournaments, and leagues-everything from the MLS to the English Premier League to all the national squads can be called onto the pitch. The gameplay feels more realistic than it has in years past-on anything but the Rookie difficulty level, you'll be hard-pressed to score more than a couple goals. But that just mirrors real life, and the action delivers plenty of thrills. While it's not as ground-breaking as NHL 2001 or Madden 2001, it's a stellar soccer game that will delight fans of the sport.
Graphics: Visually, FIFA shines. The lighting on the pitch changes as the sun drops, and the players throw elbows or stagger away from rough tackles. Some of the player models look a little too mannequin-like at times, though.
Sound: On the sound side, you can change between the cool onfield player chatter or the commentary, and while both are well-done, they aren't as detailed and as varied as they should be.
Control: Deep, intuitive controls back up the action all the way. The ball physics feel natural, and there are tons of customization options.
Fun Factor: FIFA 2001 delivers a fine performance. It's not the instant classic that some of EA's other titles are, but if you're a fan of the world's most popular sport, you'll be glued to the controller.
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