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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.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
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.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
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.
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.
PC Games (Germany)
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.