What's the deal?
"People who will play NFL 2K1 will walk away with a grin on their face," says Visual Concepts' Rustin Lee. Last year, Sega was all smiles after the warm reception gamers gave NFL 2K, but now there are expectations to meet. Explains Lee, "Every football game out there has a label: 'It plays great, but looks horrible,' 'It looks amazing, but has no gameplay,' or even worse--'It's about the same as last year.'"
Chances are, that last label won't be attached to NFL 2K1, since it's the first console football game to have online play. "They can expect to be blown away by the fact that there is virtually no difference between playing at home offline vs. being online," says Lee, who then concedes, "There is a tiny bit of latency you'll feel, but that's about it." The improvements don't stop there. "You'll be treated to new defensive line moves, bump-and-run coverage, true zone defense, zippier passes, an improved running game, new animations, true pump fakes and greater speed overall," Lee told us.
So why is it a must-get game?
Lee isn't blowing smoke in your helmet-NFL 2K1 really is very nimble online. Once in a while latency may slow the game down by a fraction, but we came away very impressed and satisfied knowing that we can log on and stuff our running back down someone's unwilling throat a few thousand miles away.