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Backyard Football 08

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Also on:PS2, GBA, DS, GC
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402 ratings

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Great for those that find Madden Too Difficult

posted by 2rent2kid (LEXINGTON PARK, MD) Feb 15, 2008

Member since Dec 2007

8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

When we purchased our Wii just before Christmas, the first game we purchased aside from the freebies was Madden NFL. I remember playing and enjoying Madden back in Sega Genesis days and knew that it had to be incredible in the world of Wii. Unfortunately, my husband and I are apparently old, have limited memory capacity, and simply may not be as coordinated as we thought!

So, instead of hiring a personal instructor to achieve my desired football gaming experience, I decided to go with a simpler football game which brought us to Backyard Football.

The game is very easy to setup and learn all of the moves needed to rack up serious points. Actually, my 5-year-old who for the most part cannot read but does share my obsession with football is quite competitive--even when playing adults.

Pros: EASY!!!, "Cute" Field Choices, Allows you to setup your team each game, Once you call your play, you can maneuver your QB/RB etc. but you basically don't have to...the computer will take over when needed

Cons: Annoying and Nagging Chatter from Draft Pool when selecting team members, A Few Fields and Players are Locked for No Good Reason, If you call a stupid play (accidentally) such as a Field Goal when it's 1st and 10 from the 40, there's no apparent way to call a time out or change your play

I certainly recommend this game for all of the young video football game players, as well as the "old folks" who just don't have the time, energy, or memory retention to learn all the Madden maneuvers.

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Above Average

Decent Rental

posted by BigTung (Austin, TX) Oct 27, 2007

Top Reviewer

Member since Aug 2005

5 out of 9 gamers (56%) found this review helpful

- Fun casual art style football game
- Gameplay is arcadey and great for people who don't want a complicated football game

- Controls cannot compare with the intuitive Madden Wii Controls
- Game is not very deep, for a game this casual, there should be minigames, etc. Not many game options
- Is not for people who want a madden style sim football game

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Maybe for Children...but i don't have any yet

posted by CasuGamr (BUSHKILL, PA) Apr 17, 2008

Member since Mar 2008

1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful

This game disappointed me. It was much simpler than madden, but just too simple and too basic.
I got it for my wife to play. (I'm big into madden but too much for her) She was bored with this in a day. The game moves slow charaters basically just bump into each other, and its not really a "Wii" game, the motion is only for catching (lift up) and throwing (same as madden)
I was hoping for more arcade feel like NFL Hitz or something. Again not a totally bad game but probably more for young children.

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