NFL Blitz Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
NFL Blitz Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360
Dev: EA Tiburon
Pub: EA Sports
Release: January 10, 2012
Players: 1 - Multi
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Comic Mischief, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence

The graphics look bright and clean, sort of a throwback to the Blitz games of old, which is a good thing. All 32 NFL teams' uniforms are reasonably recreated, as are the stadiums. The particle effects are also adequate and both the players and the ball react with somewhat realistic physics properties. The classic Blitz fire doesn't look all that bad either. Players are obviously simplified versions of the real-life counterparts. Even so, the lively animations they carry out are just cartoonish enough to be believable, which always makes for some entertaining on-screen antics.

NFL Blitz Screenshot

My favorite aspect the presentation is the audio. Everything—from the sound of the tackles to the thud of the ball being kicked to the sound bites—evokes that sort of over the top "NFL Sunday" presentation the team must have been going for. The two-man team of commentators, Brian Haley and Tim Kitzrow, are legitimately funny. I found myself waiting to snap the ball just so I could hear what they were saying on more than one occasion.

The game's longevity will inevitably depend on what each individual is willing to put into it. If you're looking to take a few minutes at the end of the day and wind down with Blitz, the game has the perfect gameplay for you. If you'd like to delve in and create your own fantasy football team, you can do that too. Its closest competition comes from games in the Backbreaker franchise, specifically the first offering. In my opinion, Blitz has a slightly more "arcade" feel that gives it an edge over Backbreaker, if only a slight one.

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NFL Blitz is a timely reminder of just how old I am, and how fun an unrealistic experience can be. It's a reminder of a time when all the best games could be found at the arcade and when Tecmo Bowl was the basis of all the football knowledge I possessed. It certainly isn't a game for everyone; if you're looking for a more faithful recreation of the sport, look elsewhere. For the rest of us, though, NFL Blitz is exactly what it needs to be: stupid good fun. The only thing it's missing is that old pizza parlor smell.

By
Patriel Manning
Video Director
@PatrielManning
Date: January 10, 2012


RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The graphics are adequate. The player animations are fairly realistic and the particle effects are good.
4.0
Control
Controls are tight, responsive, and not overly complicated.
3.7
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is appropriate enough. The commentary is actually funny.
4.0
Play Value
There's enough here to keep you coming back if you're so inclined. You can get out of it what you wish.
3.6
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Classic Blitz Gameplay – Fast-paced football action at its best, featuring the 7-on-7 wide-open gameplay of the original arcade hit. Two minute quarters, 30 yards for a first down, no penalties, exciting tackles, and, of course, players ON FIRE!
  • Blitz in HD – For the first time in franchise history, Blitz hits the gridiron in high definition. Take to the field with top players from each of the 32 NFL teams, play in all 31 NFL stadiums and battle bosses from the Gauntlet at the Blitz Coliseum.
  • Ultra-Responsive Controls – Running at 60fps/60Hz, the pick-up-and-play controls perfectly replicate the twitch arcade experience. Disrupt the opposition with stiff arms, knock down receivers before a catch, dive to tackle ball carriers, and hurdle pass for the big play, all with the touch of a button.
  • Blitz Battles – Challenge the competition online in head-to-head matches or team up (on a single console or online) 2-on-2, ranking up local, regional, and national Battle Boards - all the way to the Blitz Hall of Fame.
  • Blitz Gauntlet – The ultimate single-player challenge! Battle through a multi-tiered Gauntlet, taking on NFL teams and exclusive fantasy character bosses in the Blitz Coliseum. Take down the fantasy character bosses to unlock them for use in all modes.
  • Elite League – Join the Elite League and strive to create the perfect squad of ultimate players. Purchase card packs using Blitz Bucks earned through online games to collect players to customize your lineup. Collect an entire NFL team of players to unlock powerful Pro and Ultimate players that give your team the competitive edge. Change the game in unique ways by acquiring and using Power Ups to further your advantage on the field. For the ultimate rush, risk one of your valuable players in a winner-takes-all Risk and Reward game. Online Co-op – Grab a teammate on the couch or join a friend online and crush the competition in classic Blitz 2-on-2 style. Track your records against friends to show who owns the Blitz gridiron.

  • Videos / Game Trailers
    NFL Blitz - Blitz is Back with Digital Cover Athlete Ray Rice - click to enlarge
    Digital Cover Athlete
    NFL Blitz - The Blitz Store and Blitz Bucks - click to enlarge
    The Blitz Store and Blitz Bucks
    NFL Blitz - Media Tour - click to enlarge
    Media Tour
    NFL Blitz - Gauntlet - click to enlarge
    Gauntlet
    NFL Blitz - Elite League Deep Dive - click to enlarge
    Elite League Deep Dive

    Screenshots / Images
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