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At first glance, Konami's NFL Football looks like an exciting, graphic-intensive game with plenty of bells and whistles, including real NFL teams and logos. However, the awesome-looking graphics quickly become tiresome and actually detract from game play. What starts as a very promising game ends up as a lesson in frustration. It doesn't matter how great the players look if you can't find the ball!
Great Gridiron Sights & Sounds
NFL Football features some of the best graphics and sounds of any gridiron game. Its extensive use of Mode 7 rotation gives the SNES a real workout. The programmers spared no expense when it came to details, such as digitized team helmets, cheerleaders, and mini displays of actual stadiums. As for sound, the music pumps up the action, the announcer's voice is crystal clear, and there are good sonic details throughout.
The game's problem is the game screen, which unfortunately is in constant motion, providing no established point of view on the action. For example, kickoffs appear initially with the kicking team at the top of the screen kicking down to the receiving team.
However, as soon as the ball is caught, the entire field rotates 180 degrees, placing the return man at the top of the screen running down to the goal line. You'll get dizzy trying to keep up.
- For an effective onside kick, immediately press Kick as soon as the Kick Strength Meter becomes activated, then press Left or Right on the control pad.
- During kick returns, watch for a wedge of blockers to form in front of the runner. Follow it to gain the most yardage.
Mode 7 also intercepts every passing play. As soon as the QB passes the ball, the entire field rotates 90 degrees, following the ball downfield to the receiver, who then must run down the screen to the goal line. Consequently, it's very easy to lose track of the ball, which is already a blur amid the abundant colors. Moreover, the closer the camera zooms in on the ball carrier after a catch, the harder it is to see the defenders closing l. It would have been better to simply keep the play at one angle.
Most teams have a weak pass rush. As the QB drops back, focus in on your desired receiver and watch him exclusively as the field rotates.
Only a Rookie
To enter the SNES football arena is to invite comparisons with the resident powerhouse, John Madden Football. Although NFL Football is a well-rounded game with many of the usual features of most football games, its game play just doesn't stack up. Also, its animation is choppy, the controller interface is clunky, and the playbook isn't as detailed as Madden.
Your best running path is to follow another player. If there's opposition ahead, he'll run into them for you.
NFL Football is fun to look at, but it's not as fun to play. Perhaps some of the special effort put into the graphics should have been applied to refining the game play and the control interface. If John Madden Football weren't on the field, then this game would have definitely been a starter. However, in light of the current standings, NFL Football is unfortunately just a good-looking second- string rookie.
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