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NFL Blitz 20-03 Package Art
GENRE
Extreme-Sports
DEVELOPER
Midway
PUBLISHER
Midway
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1-4
CONNECTIVITY
no
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NFL Blitz 20-03

I have never been a very big fan of professional football. Perhaps this is because my state has no team. Maybe because I just find college sports more competitive. As such, I've never really been fond of professional football games. Madden and NFL2k just bore me. When I picked up NFL Blitz 2003, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Blitz is a different kind of football game, full of in-your-face arcade action.

visuals

The graphics in Blitz are suitable. They are not quite as good as the graphics in Madden or the NFL2k series, but they get the job done, and the helmets are as shiny as ever. A nice interface is provided for working your way through the game's various options. Members of the crowd are nice and detailed. It's nothing spectacular, but it's nice.

audio

Blitz's audio is pretty enjoyable. After a while, the announcer's start to sound repetitive, but they have some of the best lines I've ever heard in a football game. You can hear every hard tackle and every taunt of the players. The music is also good in this game, though there isn't much of it. You will appreciate what's there.

gameplay

I had never played the Blitz series before, so I was pleasantly surprised by the gameplay. Forget all of the rules and regulations of pro ball; in this game, you win by any means necessary. Pass interference is encouraged and late hits earn you complements from the commentators. The game has an extremely fast pace which makes it better suited for a quick gaming session. Thirty yards are required for a first down now, which isn't as hard to achieve as it sounds. The game is really balanced by the 30-yard approach. Players who attempt to make an extra point will automatically be greeted with "It's Good!" I mean, who ever actually misses one? It's nice to just skip on ahead. Football fanatics may want to note that there is a disturbing lack of running plays, however. This game really reminded me of my favorite football game, Super Tecmo Bowl, with it's fast pace and simple gameplay.

Blitz has a variety of modes, most notably Season and Exhibition. In Season mode, you play through your division in an attempt to make it to the Superbowl. In Exhibition mode, you play against all 32 of the game's licensed NFL teams, with full stat tracking. Each season only takes up 14 blocks, so memory space is not a problem. The loading times are also very fast. I should also mention the create-a-player option, with which you can (slowly) build a low-level player into a legend.

multiplayer

The focus of Blitz seems to be on multiplayer. This game really caters to fast paced sessions with your friends. Playing with four is extremely fun, but it will be impossible to beat someone who is really good.

overall

NFL Blitz is a very fun experience for casual fans of football. People who religiously buy football simulation games every year may not like it, but that's their loss. If you're looking for a great, fast-paced multiplayer experience, then you'll find it in Blitz.

final score 7.5/10





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