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WII
GENRE
Sports
DEVELOPER
Midway
PUBLISHER
Midway
WI-FI ENHANCED
no
WII EXCLUSIVE
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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
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NFL Blitz 2002

NFL Blitz started the whole “Blitz” game craze way back in the N64 days with its extreme-style football mayhem, lightning quick gameplay, and so forth, and with most sports games out there, another year has passed, so it’s time for the latest incarnation of NFL Blitz.

Impressions
So you’ve played the previous versions of NFL Blitz already, and you might even own one of them too: why should you bother giving this one a try? Well, you should be able to deduce that when you’ve got a great game already, you shouldn’t change it much since it’s already fine, but that doesn’t stop you from trying to optimize the heck out of it, especially since it’s the first incarnation on the next-gen machines!

On the gameplay side of things, there isn’t a ton of features reported to be changed or added this time around. Of note are the new “on-the-fly” play calling system and the play format has now grown to 8-on-8, from 6-on-6.

Blitz ‘02 is an absolutely beautiful game with lots of attention to visual details, just how you’d expect to see a simulation style football game, except slightly less polished and more exaggerated. Arms have veins, mesh on the jerseys look almost real, helmets have shine, gigantic stadiums overflow with realistic fans, and everything casts a shadow. These are just a few of the drool-inducing visuals you will come across…

Word On The Street
Two words: Gamer Beware. Fans of the previous incarnations of NFL Blitz will naturally be all over this game like stink on a monkey, but casual gamers or gamers who burnt out their love for the game will think of it as the same old thing except on a next generation system.

From The Horse's Mouth

  • Extreme Football – The best extreme-style gameplay available on any console
  • Player Format – New 8-on-8 format adds more players to the mix
  • Impact Player – This revolutionary play calling system allows the player to "on-the-fly" alter the route or assignment of the impact player within any play in the team’s playbook
  • Outrageous Animations – More than 1,500 animations, including the motion captured moves of professional stuntmen
  • Multiple Player Models – Player models that feature different body styles based on player positions
  • Spectacular NFL Stadiums – All of your favorite NFL Stadiums in all of their next-generation, high poly-count splendor
  • Real NFL – "Officially licensed" means that gamers can play all of their favorite NFL teams and of course, all their favorite players, too, each with real body styles, abilities and attributes.

Conclusion
The popularity of extreme sports is still high, so there’s no doubt this game will do well so long as Midway continues to fine tune the already addictive system going. The improved visuals alone in this incarnation of NFL Blitz will make it a worthwhile purchase for the hardcore "Blitz" gamers but not for the casual gamers. Yet if you passed up playing the previous versions, there’s no better time to pick up this iteration at the local video rental store and give it a whirl.

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