posted by Grawtail (NIAGARA FALLS, NY) Aug 24, 2009
Member since Feb 2008
This is not your typical football game. It's not a game you just insert and play. It takes a lot of work to build a respectable team if you don't start with one of the premier teams. Again this is a coaching game, not a player game. If you're into the strategy of football this is an outstanding game.
The problem with most football games is that a skilled player can consistently outplay a better team, which rately happens in real life. In this game the better team usually wins, but not always - like in real life.
The benefit to a game like this in not being able to manipulate the players is that it adds more startegic depth. For instance, players actually have to learn the plays before being able to execute them correctly. Also, player tendencies take over so a DT that is prone to a bull-rush won't try spin rushing everytime because that's what I can controll him to do.
As far as some of the critics about the graphics, I found them to be mixed. The fans and sideline graphics are sub-par but setting the display to Cinematic for on-the-field action is phenominal and definetly in HD.
If you're looking for an in-depth alternative to the typical button-mashing football games that takes more thought than reflexes, this is the game for you. If you're looking for a lot of action and button pushing you'll be very disapointed with this game and should probably stick to the typical Madden games.
posted by corrosive (NEW PORT RICHEY, FL) Sep 15, 2008
Member since Jun 2007
gamers (95%) found this review helpful
This game is almost everything fans of text-based simulations have wanted in a graphical representation of the genre. This is not a game for little kiddies (not that some younger folk won't like the game). While it doesn't quite give you the level of control of most text-sims (i.e. Front Office Football), it does make the transition to consoles well. The menu navigations and "clipboard" where most actions will take place work well in the absence of a keyboard and mouse combination.
The game play itself is solid but where this game really shines is draft-day. The scouting mechanisms are great and the systems used for rating the draftees is something console gaming has needed for a while. Instead of just giving the player a single overall rating many other things are taken into consideration. You must also look at the players potential. This potential grade will fluctuate from coach to coach as different players will do better or worse in different offensive or defensive systems.
The game is not without its flaws however, and this is what prevented the perfect 10 score, although it is very very close. There are some issues with the two-minute drill. There are a few glitches that cause scrub players to demand high salaries, and using the in-career play-creator feature causes injured players to never recover. However plays can still be created on the fly during the actual games and from the front menus. However the developers have promised to address these issues in a patch, at which time this game could easily receive a perfect 10 score. The play creator design itself also leaves something to be desired, but it is adequate. The option to export those plays to Madden is pretty neat too.
All in all, I don't think this is a game for the mainstream. However, those who are serious about football strategy and/or love text based sims should give this game a try. I have been playing this game much more than Madden and see myself playing it long after I have tired of Madden.
posted by Goldfox17 (STEVENS POINT, WI) Apr 4, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
When I first tried out the game it was hard to navigate through the menus and I thought I would hate it, but after a little time I got used to it. for the people who think it takes to long that’s because your doing all the stuff a coach/ GM does so your not just doing a Madden were your only really playing a game. Head Coach is like the real world of Football. The graphics are a little bad and feel like PS2 but I think we can get over that. The create your own play was annoying since I could not create any wild cat plays. The other thing is that the plays you call seem to matter more than Madden. one of the bad things is that it does at times freeze up which can be a pain and that unlike the older head coach now you have to wait for the FA you want to sign to appear in your menu. Over all this game is for people who love off season during Madden and like being the man who makes the big moves.