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NFL Head Coach

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Combined MobyScore 3 2.5


The Press Says

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75
XboxTeamXbox
I for one don’t really enjoy the tedious nature of Head Coach, although the fantasy football gurus who tried out the game along with me seemed to enjoy it a great deal. From a video game standpoint, there are things that the game does well, like the strategy and motivation of your players, and things that it doesn’t, such as the barebones online showing and the absence of any offline multiplayer.
73
XboxGameZone
If you ever thought Madden just wasn’t “Sim” enough for you then you’re the guy/gal that EA wants to try NFL Head Coach. Or if you’ve always plays the franchise mode several times through on each Madden game then Head Coach is the game for you. Get used to the interface and you will find a very deep game that should give you a new respect for the job of a NFL Head Coach.
72
XboxGameSpot
There was a great deal of potential in NFL Head Coach, and that potential shines through in several key aspects of the game. But it's also hard not to be at least a little disappointed by some of its more glaring flaws. The artificial intelligence issues really put a damper on the on-field action, and some of the concepts within the coaching model, such as the motivation system, just don't feel as fleshed out as they could have been. Still, while Head Coach is ultimately an imperfect football-management simulation, it is also, almost in spite of itself, a frequently fun one. Those with a penchant for serious football management are most certainly going to find things to like about it.
72
XboxIGN
NFL Head Coach does a lot of things right, and EA should be commended for its creativity and trying to cater to hardcore simulation fans. Then again, Head Coach does a lot of things wrong. Coordinators will recommend you to take a knee in the closing moments of a half even if you are losing and on your opponent's side of the field. Thankfully you don't have to call that play, but to cater to the hardcore fan you have to get all the little things right. As it stands, NFL Head Coach will appeal to die-hard fantasy football fanatics and Madden franchise mode junkies, and to little else. Still, that's all EA ever wanted.
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PlayStation 2IGN
NFL Head Coach does a lot of things right, and EA should be commended for its creativity and trying to cater to hardcore simulation fans. Then again, Head Coach does a lot of things wrong. Coordinators will recommend you to take a knee in the closing moments of a half even if you are losing and on your opponent's side of the field. Thankfully you don't have to call that play, but to cater to the hardcore fan you have to get all the little things right. As it stands, NFL Head Coach will appeal to die-hard fantasy football fanatics and Madden franchise mode junkies, and to little else. Still, that's all EA ever wanted.
68
XboxKombo.com
However, this isn't a casual gamer's type of game. This isn't even for most fans of EA's Madden series. This is truly a game for Football fans interested in experiencing the complexity of the life of an NFL Head Coach.
64
XboxLawrence
It's right around this time of year that I go into full-blown NFL fever mode. Preseason games start next month, the new Madden is on the horizon, and I can start getting my hopes up about the Chiefs only to get them terribly crushed later on. I hoped NFL Head Coach would help me pass the time until the season, but it's unfortunately less of a football game and more of a menu experience. I'd imagine this game might be fun for the guy from Stump the Schwab, but for your average football/Madden fan, there's just not enough interactivity and far too much busywork. It's a novel concept, and I might be interested in future installments if they make some serious changes to the format of the title. As for now, I'm just going to hold out and wait for Madden.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
It's right around this time of year that I go into full-blown NFL fever mode. Preseason games start next month, the new Madden is on the horizon, and I can start getting my hopes up about the Chiefs only to get them terribly crushed later on. I hoped NFL Head Coach would help me pass the time until the season, but it's unfortunately less of a football game and more of a menu experience. I'd imagine this game might be fun for the guy from Stump the Schwab, but for your average football/Madden fan, there's just not enough interactivity and far too much busywork. It's a novel concept, and I might be interested in future installments if they make some serious changes to the format of the title. As for now, I'm just going to hold out and wait for Madden.
60
PlayStation 2GameSpy
Playing NFL Head Coach and having a good time while doing so is a daunting task, one far more challenging than taking the Browns to the Super Bowl. The online multiplayer mode is worth playing, and it's a fun game to play when you don't have the desire to test your thumbs in a game of Madden. While this is the first three-dimensional football strategy game, it could have learned a lot from the two-dimensional predecessors and web-based fantasy football games whose audience it's attempting to appeal to. Ultimately, fantasy football fans will have more fun managing their team during football season this year, and die-hard football-sim enthusiasts are probably looking for something with a better interface and far fewer load times.
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WindowsGameSpy
Playing NFL Head Coach and having a good time while doing so is a daunting task, one far more challenging than taking the Browns to the Super Bowl. The online multiplayer mode is worth playing, and it's a fun game to play when you want to give your thumbs a break from Madden. However, Head Coach should have learned a lot from the two-dimensional predecessors and web-based fantasy football games whose audience it's attempting to appeal to. Ultimately, fantasy football fans will have more fun managing their team during football season this year, and die-hard football-sim enthusiasts are probably looking for something with a better interface and far fewer load times.
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WindowsAll Game Guide
NFL Head Coach isn't for everyone; in fact, it's probably not for most people. There is a great deal of sitting around doing nothing, but it's probably a fairly accurate depiction of the daily life of an NFL head coach.
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XboxThe Next Level
At the end of the day, NFL Head Coach is the kind of game that will appeal to a specific type of strategy and sports game enthusiast, and we're not too sure how many of those people actually exist. Its overly repetitive aspects of conversation and player interaction, mind-numbing amount of menu navigation, and shockingly high number of required mundane tasks will test the patience of all but the most fantasy football stat geeks. Combine those attributes with lots of load screens, terrible coordinator intelligence, and a clunky interface, and you'd be best served waiting for the next installment of Madden (or at least NCAA Football) to quench your football video game jones.
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XboxGameSpy
Playing NFL Head Coach and having a good time while doing so is a daunting task, one far more challenging than taking the Browns to the Super Bowl. The online multiplayer mode is worth playing, and it's a fun game to play when you don't have the desire to test your thumbs in a game of Madden. While this is the first three-dimensional football strategy game, it could have learned a lot from the two-dimensional predecessors and web-based fantasy football games whose audience it's attempting to appeal to. Ultimately, fantasy football fans will have more fun managing their team during football season this year, and die-hard football-sim enthusiasts are probably looking for something with a better interface and far fewer load times.
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XboxGame Chronicles
All joking aside, NFL Head Coach might have been better received it appeared on the scene as a newly added mode within the Madden franchise – because as it stands, it really isn’t worth your hard earned cash.
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Windows1UP
Casual gamers will be frustrated at having to spend around 10 or more real-time hours in monotonous tasks before finally getting to the first preseason game. They will quickly tire at the hours spent on mandatory, uninteresting activities such as practice drills in which a lone running back trots into a lone defensive back over and over and over (10 repetitions per drill, with a minimum of five keystrokes per rep.) While you can sim over these deadly dull activities (which take up much more time than actual games), there are significant penalties for doing so, including injuries and loss of player skills. But sports management sim fans live for such details, right? They'll be just as frustrated by the tedium, but they'll also loathe the unrealistic stats, unchangeable five minute quarters, intentionally limiting interface (for example, you can only make two roster changes per "task time") and odd A.I.