NFL Head Coach 09 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
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System: X360, PS3 Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Tiburon 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA Sports 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 3, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The process of getting through an entire four quarters is quite tedious, even to the most patient NFL gamers used to selecting plays and executing them on field. While some gamers will inevitably become frustrated by not being able to actually play in a game, NFL Head Coach 09 does a good job of simulating the exact feeling of a head coach watching from the sidelines. How fun that feeling actually is while playing a video game is up to you.

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As dull as this game tends to be, EA has gone to lengths to make Head Coach a little more exciting. NFL fans will appreciate the excellent character models of the athletes. Watching them play, athletes move fluidly and realistically, enough to make watching them quite enjoyable in all honesty. You also have the option to sim each game, or alternatively, SuperSim, so you can still pick each play and learn from their outcomes after a game. There are a few noticeable new additions to this title as well, including more detail on home stadiums; the camera pans over the crowd to get a better sense of the atmosphere and add a nice visual to make things a bit more interesting. There are also updates provided by commentator Adam Schefter, as he alerts you of new things happening with other teams around the league along with NFL Network promo videos. Little things such as these aren't much, but they do make the game slightly more interesting as opposed to simply looking at menu after menu.

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While the thought of a football RPG may bore some who enjoy the hands-on experience of Madden and other similar titles, there are some positives to NFL Head Coach 09. Football heads may enjoy the fact that the game does a good job of applying what your team learned from the drills they worked on throughout the week to the game you play the following Sunday, and that EA does a good job of adding a level of excitement to a very slow-paced game. Where it fails is in its ability to appeal to a wide audience. The only people who may actually be interested in purchasing NFL Head Coach 09 are those who crave so much football that their latest installment of Madden simply won't do.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
In a game not particularly graphics-oriented, in-game animations and stadium detail make for an enjoyable aesthetic compared to the amount of menus this game features.
3.0
Control
Not a whole lot to the controls in this game, though menu navigation is comprehensive.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Addition of some voiceover work and music is a nice touch to add a level of enjoyment to an otherwise very silent game. In-game stadium ambience is captured well.
3.1
Play Value
This title will only appeal to a small group of football fans, though those who enjoy this style of game will have an endless coaching experience.
3.0
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • All-new Play Creator: In the first fully featured play creator for a current generation football game, users can create new plays and use them in their playbooks.
  • Coach your team to victory with all the excitement of game day from the sideline. Utilize game planning and assistant coach's input to make the decisions that will define not only the game, but your career.
  • Enter into a brand new auction like "mini-game" that allows you to make key decisions like free agents, trades, and hiring new assistant coaches.
  • Every decision you make from who you draft, to how you react on the sideline will impact your approval rating with the media, fans, players, coaches, and your team owner.
  • Screen Resolution: Up to 1080i (Standard HDTV, Widescreen).


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