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A fun football game for the N64 Nintendo 64 Mario Duenaz (32)

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Combined User Score 13 3.8

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PlayStationThe Video Game Critic (Jul 15, 1999)
This game is a trip! The controls are simple and responsive, and the crisp arcade graphics are outstanding. The wacky announcer tosses out hilarious lines like "That was totally uncalled for ...but alot of fun to watch!" The game's torrid pacing is key. A single contest takes less than ten minutes to play, but those are ten minutes of non-stop action!! NFL Blitz is to football what NBA Jam was to basketball, effectively emphasizing the best aspects of the sport.
PlayStationIGN (Sep 11, 1998)
OK, so it's not exactly a direct port of the arcade -- there are a few minor changes to the game, namely the newer rosters to mirror the 98-99 season (Ty Detmer, for example, is off the Eagles and now on the Niners). They've also deleted a few objectional phrases (like the "What the #$%& is he doing?" phrase so popular in the arcade), and obviously the minor load-times have to be mulled through between menu changes. But other than that, you guys who love Blitz in the arcade are going to love Blitz on the PlayStation.
Nintendo 64Gamezilla (Oct 01, 1998)
This is one of the funnest games I have played in a long time. Once you get used to the feel of the game, you will be slamming players down in no time. The plays were a bit too sparse for my liking, but if it really bothered me that much I could always make my own plays in the play editor. I think that this game will bring smiles to the faces of many console owners across the land.
Nintendo 64GameSpot (Sep 16, 1998)
The team that brought you NBA Jam and NBA Hangtime has returned to glory with the amazing action-based football game, NFL Blitz. The N64 translation of the game may not look or sound as pretty, but the gameplay is basically the same, and the addition of a play editor can breathe new life into the game on a daily basis.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
This game is fun. Yeah, it's not football played according to real rules, but it's still a blast. It's more like those pick-up games you played with kids in your neighborhood way back when, when every play was a pass and you needed two completions for a first down. The only difference is that punting is an option in this game, and if you had treated your opponents as a kid the way you can treat them in this game, then you're probably reading this from prison right now.
Nintendo 64Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Nov 29, 1998)
Had Midway opted to include in this game a little better AI, and the features that made the second and third editions of NBA JAM so great, we’d definitely be looking at one of the best games of all time for a home system. Even though that didn’t happen, NFL Blitz is still one of the best games of the year, and a definite buy for action and sports gamers alike.
PlayStationGamezilla (Oct, 1998)
The more I played the PSX version, the more I got used to the graphics. Even though the graphics were of lesser quality, the controller was much better suited for this type of game so it was easier for me to play. You do get a few little extra modes with the PSX version, mostly due to the extra storage capacity. In the end, I would definitely recommend the N64 version just because it looks better, but if you only have a PSX you should also be satisfied with the game.
PlayStationGameSpot (Sep 16, 1998)
If you're after arcade-style football, look no further than Blitz. It's easy enough to learn that even those of us that don't like sports games can easily get hooked. Blitz is the most addictive sports game ever created. Don't even rent Blitz. Just go buy it. You won't be sorry.
Nintendo 6464 Power / big.N / N Games (Jan, 1999)
In NFL Blitz könnten ein Vollprofi und ein Anfänger gegeneinander antreten, die Chancen wären ungefähr gleich verteilt. Das Spiel basiert auf einem Spielhallenautomaten, und das merkt man. Ob NFL Blitz deshalb ein Erfolg wird, bleibt dahingestellt. Hardcore-Fans wollen eine möglichst realistische Simulation, und Spieler, die kein American Football mögen, werden sowieso grundsätzlich von der Sportart abgeschreckt sein. Anfängern können wir NFL Blitz jedoch wärmstens empfehlen. Vor allem der Zweispielermodus hat seine ganz besonderen Reize. Vielleicht bringt er Footie-Fans und Nicht-Fans endlich mal ein bißchen näher zusammen.
PlayStationMega Fun (Dec, 1998)
Was NFL Xtreme eher halbherzig andeutete, wurde bei NFL Blitz kompromisslos durchgezogen: Funsport in Reinkultur. Bereits nach wenigen Spielminuten kann man sich dem rauhen Charme dieser American-Football-Rauferei kaum entziehen. Erfreulicherweise spielt sich dieser Funsport-Titel genauso flott und unkompliziert wie das große Vorbild NBA Jam. Ich bin mir sicher: An diesem Titel dürften auch American-Football-Hasser ihre wahre Freude haben.
Nintendo 64Nintendo Power Magazine (Sep, 1998)
If you like football, and if you like fast, arcade action, you'll like Blitz. From the smooth graphics to the attitude of the play announcers, the presentation is first class. The game action is intuitive, intense and involving. One of the best arcade adaptations for the N64.
Nintendo 64HappyPuppy (Oct 19, 1999)
All in all, both versions of Blitz are great, but money's probably on the N64 version due to its slight advantages (and I hear rumblings of a code for an N64 tournament mode, so chalk up one more plus for it). But, Blitz as a whole has its weaknesses. It's intense and action-packed, but it's not really a fun one-player game, in whatever format. The depth of a game like Madden 99, which has hundreds of plays, and more complex and realistic gameplay, guarantees long-term single-player enjoyment. For football purists and people looking for long-term play value, NFL Blitz just won't cut it as a one-player game. As a two-player game, though, it is incredible--easy to learn and thrilling to play for just about anybody, even football dummies like me.
Nintendo 64Total! (Germany) (Nov, 1998)
NFL Blitz ist Action und Spielspaß pur, ohne Schnörkel und ohne ein kompliziertes Gameplay. Wer Gefallen an Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey und NBA Hangtime gefunden hat, wird von Midways neuestem Titel nicht enttäuscht.
PlayStationGameGenie (1998)
All in all I loved the game because it was so fun to play, especially if you are playing with a friend. This game is a definite must-have for all you football fans. Midway put everything that you have always wanted to do after a play into this game which results in hours of sitting in front of a TV and playing NFL Blitz 'til you can't play it no more.
WindowsPC Accelerator (Jan, 1999)
Playing against other people is the best way to Blitz, because the computer AI isn't particularly impressive - it cheats like Bill Clinton when it falls behind. That's why it's a shame there's no modem or net play, only support for two people at the same machine. But probably the biggest letdown is the failure to include a season mode or play editor, features that somehow made it into the Nintendo 64 version but not the PC one (though a later PC patch does add season play). Still, those are minor problems with what is otherwise one helmet-knocker of a game - and one heck of an arcade port.
PlayStationPower Unlimited (Dec, 1998)
De moves zijn agressief als een malle en de gameplay is zo eenvoudig dat je binnen no-time aan je monitor gekluisterd zit en er door geen linebacker meer vanachter vandaan te rossen bent. Hut, hut, hut!
Nintendo 64Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Oct 01, 2005)
So Blitz isn't perfect. But it provides the purest fun of any video football game ever created. Mark Turmell has two amazing hits on his resume with NBA Jam and Blitz. These games are even more fun than his 2600 Turmoil. The real challenge for him is going to be baseball.
PlayStationGame Revolution (Oct 01, 1998)
Overall, NFL Blitz serves up some pretty wily football action. Fans of Jam will love it, though you more simulation oriented sports gamers will have a conniption. If you own both a N64 and a PSX, I'd recommend the 64 version, if only for the Play Editor.
Nintendo 64Game Revolution (Oct 01, 1998)
Overall, NFL Blitz serves up some pretty wily football action. Fans of Jam will love it, though you more simulation oriented sports gamers will have a conniption. If you own both a N64 and a PSX, I'd recommend the 64 version, if only for the Play Editor.
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault) (Nov 04, 1998)
I see many missed opportunities with this title, but in the end if all you want is a faithful port of the arcade game then you won’t be disappointed. For those of you who haven’t played the game before, you will find yourself having a great deal of fun in a matter of minutes. People who want a break from full-fledged football simulations can find refuge in NFL Blitz, where the action is fast and furious and the hits are extreme. Midway could have made a good game even better by giving us remote multiplayer support and at least as many ways to customize the game as they did for the Nintendo version. It’s always possible for Midway to release a patch later on so don’t give up hope of being able to do at least what the manual says is possible, but as it stands right now, the game could have been better.
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Mar, 1999)
In a nutshell, the repetitive gameplay and one-note humor that make NFL BLITZ a worthwhile alternative to Eight Ball at your neighborhood saloon turn it into a long-term loser on your desktop. Adding league play in the patch helps some, but this title needs multiplayer options (or you need an always-available buddy) to make it truly worth buying. If you luck into a sale, this is a game worth considering, but there’s not enough gaming here to justify paying top dollar.
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Nov, 1998)
Im Vergleich zu seriösen Programmen wie Madden 99 wirkt NFL Blitz wie ein halbstarkes Hinterhof-Football angetrunkener Raufbolde. Doch Spaß und Spielbarkeit sind dabei erstaunlich hoch; die schnell erlernbare Steuerung flutscht vortrefflich. Motiviert kämpfe ich gegen immer stärkere Computergegner um den Sieg. Grafik und Optionen merkt man allerdings an, daß hier »nur« der Blitz-Spielautomat 1:1 umgesetzt wurde.
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine (Nov, 2000)
Blitz really was a breath of fresh air when it first debuted in the arcades a few years ago, but it has never transcended its coin-op roots. The endless turnovers and freewheeling play now seem to be little more than football for people who don’t like football. The Blitz formula has grown stale. Perhaps we’ll have to wait for the first XFL game to inject some life into this flagging genre.
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Nov, 1998)
Nach NHL Open Ice setzt Midway einen zweiten Spielautomaten für den PC um. NFL Blitz läßt die taktischen Elemente des American Football links liegen und konzentriert sich auf die Action: Ausgestattet mit nur 18 offensiven Spielzügen muß man versuchen, durch Lauf- und Paßspiel einen Touchdown zu erzielen. Grafisch macht NFL Blitz mit Auflösungen bis zu 1.600x1.200 Punkten (Direct3D) eine gute Figur, der Spielspaß bleibt nach einiger Zeit aber auf der Strecke.