|System: Xbox 360, PS3|
|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.
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.
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.
Date: January 10, 2012