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74
Gamesmania.de (Feb 08, 2008)
Für alle die sich nur ein wenig für American Football interessieren und eher nach schneller Action als ausgeklügelter Strategie suchen, könnte NFL Tour das richtige sein. Leider muss man sich mit einem sehr einfachen Computergegner zufrieden geben, da das Spiel auf den schwierigen Stufen einfach unspielbar ist. Wer mit diesem Titel Spaß haben möchte, sollte allerdings über einen Xbox LIVE Gold-Account verfügen oder den Titel regelmäßig mit Freunden an einer Konsole spielen, da das wahre Potenzial in den sehr viel faireren und abwechslungsreicheren Mehrspieler-Partien zu finden ist. Unter dem Strich, sind allerdings die alten NFL Street Spiele deutlich spektakulärer, und Blitz – The League deutlich brachialer und umfangreicher, so dass wir eher zu einem dieser Titel raten.
74
Cheat Code Central (Jan 12, 2008)
As you already know, I really liked this game. I had a ton of fun. Unfortunately, I can't call this a great game. Some of you will absolutely hate this title. The wacky gameplay, broken tackles, and cheating computer may get the best of you. On the other hand, those of you that are arcade buffs or are particularly good at sports games should love it. I can't tell you how great multiplayer showdowns can be against stiff competition. There are a lot of things that could be adjusted in order to make it a better title. For example, I would love a much deeper offensive playbook. However, this game is exciting and is probably still worth your $39.99 plus tax.
70
Kombo.com (Jan 22, 2008)
NLF Tour keeps its feet grounded in believability while taking a more arcade style approach. To boil it down, Tour is a happy medium between Madden and NLF Blitz. The gameplay is unapologetically simple and straightforward, with a clear focus on accessibility. For that, Tour succeeds with the best of the extreme arcade football games. While the depth of title can be called into question (there could have been a little more) this could signal for the start of a new type of sports game that hearkens back to a time where Tecmo Bowl ruled the roost.
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Game Over Online (Mar 10, 2008)
Unfortunately for fans of EA's NFL Street series, your option this year is a relatively thinned out, shallow arcade football game. The presentation is sub-par, the gameplay is too simple, and there is just not enough to keep you coming back for more. Unless you absolutely must own every single football game for your beloved console, it's tough to recommend this one.
60
Maxim Magazine (Jan 08, 2008)
If you're one of the six fans of EA's NFL Street series, we've got some bad news for you. It's dead and gone. What, you didn't get the memo? But from the ashes rises NFL Tour, a somewhat less "street" version of NFL Street. The difference? There's less of a trash-talking, back-alley vibe in Tour (something the NFL has been trying to get away from since its players began participating in drive-bys and dogfights). Madden-ites will bitch about the arcade-y quality of the game—it's all about big hits, big catches, and big points—but the rest of you will find that these 10-minute quick-and-dirty games scratch your footballing itch.
60
GameDaily (Jan 10, 2008)
Overall, NFL Tour is sort of like taking the Universal Studios Tour when the mechanical Jaws shark breaks down. You'll still have a good time, but you'll miss what makes it so much fun.
59
Fragland.net (Mar 14, 2008)
EA has definitely chosen a wrong direction with NFL Tour. There is hardly any depth in the game, audiovisually it's average and after each game one has a 'been there, done that' feeling. Are you looking for a game in this category, you’re better off with one of the others. This game can keep you busy for twenty minutes or even less!
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Console Monster (Mar 12, 2008)
Overall, as bad as this game is, it is good for kids and has a nice pick up and go style of play. But it lacks depth and creativity. There are only two extra modes besides just playing football and they are boring. NFL Tour has failed to be a fun fast paced arcade football game all around, but it can be enjoyable in spurts. If you live in the UK, take this score and subtract 20%.
50
4Players.de (Feb 05, 2008)
Man nehme: Ein viel versprechendes und sowohl erfolgreiches als auch unterhaltsames Spielkonzept namens NFL Street. Und dann entferne man alles, was den Erfolg ausgemacht hat, mische das Ganze mit einer schwachen Präsentation und was bekommt man? Richtig: NFL Tour. An sich ist die Idee, sich vom "Over-The-Top"-Football der Street-Serie zu verabschieden, begrüßenswert. Doch anstatt im Gegenzug ein auf Hochglanz poliertes Arena-Football mit krachigen Kollisionen und spektakulären Spielzügen vom Stapel zu lassen, das Midways Blitz - The League Paroli bieten kann, hat die Tour Probleme, ein Bein auf den Boden zu bekommen. Denn bei der Reduzierung auf das Wesentliche hat man eines vergessen: Den Spaß. Der stellt sich nämlich nur kurzfristig ein und ist ebenso schnell wieder verschwunden wie er kam - schwache KI, in der Karriere eine sehr billig wirkende Präsentation sowie eine spartanische Spielzugsauswahl.
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Game Vortex (Feb 03, 2008)
It's not entirely clear where NFL Tour intended to take the Street series. It seems like it was meant to be something for the more casual football fan who might be intimidated by Madden. If this is the case, NFL Tour comes off as a bit of an insult to this group of players given its shallow, simple gameplay. Though fun for the first game or two, there's no depth or incentive for playing longer. If the idea behind NFL Tour has you interested, you're better off tracking down a copy of NFL Street.
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Game Chronicles (Feb 01, 2008)
I suggest you save about $20, and pick up a copy of All Pro Football 2008, which is currently being liquidated most anywhere for between $15 and $20 – it might not be the best game out there, but it is infinitely more enjoyable than NFL Tour.
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GameSpot (Jan 14, 2008)
Outside of the fact that there are no NFL Street games available for the PS3 or 360, it's puzzling why NFL Tour even exists. If you're cool with spending $40 on a few hours of entertainment--go to town, but don't say you weren't warned. However, if you don't like wasting money, take a pass on this one altogether and pick up an old copy of Street (or even Blitz) if you need an arcade football fix.
50
Given how badly this reinvention of NFL Street has gone, I'd ask for an overhaul of NFL Tour, but who knows what we'd end up with then.
48
Xbox-quality graphics, sketchy gameplay, no player selection, limited rosters, no build-your-own rosters, no build-your-own team mode, and the anti-comedic announcer (who blatantly calls out the lack of quality play-by-play) round out one of the most lackadaisical game releases in years. Which begs the question: Is EA trying to lose the NFL license with these terrible games?
45
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 05, 2012)
Pauvre et incomplet, NFL Tour pourra éventuellement plaire aux néophytes mais sera très loin de satisfaire les passionnés de football américain, même ceux prêts à accepter un remaniement arcade des règles. Electronic Arts aurait dû en rester à la formule NFL Street et se pencher sur une vraie suite plutôt que de s'égarer dans ce NFL Tour.
45
IGN (Jan 10, 2008)
Not only has NFL Tour dropped the ball, it's completely taken the air out of the old NFL Street series entirely. The tricks, attitude and character that made its predecessors enjoyable is lost in favor of unbalanced play, missing incentives to progress through a bland tour, and a horrible presentation. If you're looking for an arcade football title, this definitely isn't it. Track down an old copy of NFL Street instead.
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GameZone (Jan 22, 2008)
You can’t rewrite history. You can’t make us forget about everything that NFL Street achieved. Every year, my old sports games collect dust. They lose all their value the second the next one is released. Street, however, keeps on rocking the gridiron. NFL Tour had the opportunity to do the same – to be a groundbreaking, unforgettable classic. But it missed the kickoff, losing all hope for a touchdown.
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GameAlmighty.com (Jan 18, 2008)
So while this game may flaunt itself as the grand successor to the NFL Street series, it only falls flat on its face before it hits the turf. What you’ve got instead is a hyped arena football game with some poor choices in atmosphere and fun. If you simply want a run and gun football experience here with no frills, then yes, NFL Tour may be for you. But if you are a fan of deeper football games and don’t want to have your intelligence insulted, then just stay away. Summer will be here sooner than you think, bringing with it an all new Madden, just be patient.
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Gamer 2.0 (Mar 23, 2008)
So, NFL Tour is a $40 mess for the Xbox 360 and PS3. There was a time where we didn’t think it was all that bad, but then we kept playing. So if you must have some arcade football action, dig up your PS2 or Xbox and buy Blitz: The League or any of the NFL Street games used for $30 less. You’ll thank us for it.
40
Eurogamer.de (Feb 20, 2008)
Und so könnt Ihr NFL Tour prinzipiell spielen, Spaß wird es Euch aber kaum machen. Mittelmaß, ganz sicher abwertend. Was bei den Street-Titeln noch ein gelungenes Abspecken auf die Basics war, verkommt hier zu einer Totreduktion auf das, was nötig ist, um es noch als Football-Spiel zu verkaufen. Spielzüge, die keine Auswirkungen haben, billiges Passen, eine gehirntote Defense und Buttonsmashing als Dauerzustand. Bitte, EA Big, beerdigt die Tour irgendwo klammheimlich und schickt uns in 2009 zurück in die Streets.
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Deaf Gamers (Mar, 2008)
NFL Tour is fairly mediocre by all accounts and it's a game that sits rather uncomfortably in the EA Sports catalogue. NFL Street was a wacky and contrasting game to the illustrious Madden NFL series. It wasn't perfect by any means but there was enough there for those who didn't want a full blown NFL simulation. Virtually nothing of what gave the NFL Street games its charm can be found in NFL Tour. There's none of the traditional EA Sports BIG pizzazz in NFL Tour and it feels really odd. The single-player game feels shallow and the lacklustre AI only serves to weaken the experience. It's all too easy to score against the AI and all too frustrating to defend against them. When it comes to NFL games for the PlayStation 3 you have a choice of Madden NFL 08 and NFL Tour. Unfortunately for NFL Tour it's not much of a choice. Madden NFL 08 is one of the best EA Sports titles to date (even though it has a few performance issues on the PS3) and NFL Tour is arguably one of the most forgettable.
40
Gamernode (Jan 23, 2008)
Truthfully, this is one of the worst football games I've ever played. If you crave arcade action football, go pick up one of the NFL Street games. They're cheaper, and even though they're five years old, they're still much better.
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G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 21, 2008)
NFL Tour has its fun moments, but the gameplay is just so damn shallow. Once you’ve played one or two games, you’ve experienced all the game has to offer. Even in multiplayer, the matches become point-fests. Speaking of which, one thing NFL Tour is great for is padding your Xbox gamerscore. Otherwise, don’t bother with this one.
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GameSpy (Jan 16, 2008)
We're hard-pressed to come up with a reason to recommend NFL Tour, since the price point isn't justifiable enough. You don't even get Achievements with this version, which is a mild incentive for 360 owners. Sure, the online functions decently, but it's merely allowing thousands of gamers with buyer's remorse to play a mediocre game. There have been worse football games out there, but not a lot. If you've got young gamers in your household, sit down with them and break down a Madden playbook instead of forcing NFL Tour on them. Unlike its spiritual predecessor NFL Street, there are no Gamebreakers here. Instead, the game itself is broken.
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Game Watcher (Feb 14, 2008)
After Homecourt and even the previous NFL Street games, this is more than a huge disappointment. Taking a decent game, filled with potential, and removing almost everything that made it enjoyable is not a good way to “evolve a franchise”. Let’s hope the forthcoming FIFA Street 3 doesn’t suffer the same fate. As they say in their version of “Football” – FUMBLE!
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1UP (Jan 08, 2008)
NFL Tour was designed do be an antidote to Madden's impenetrably complex controls and play calling, but it goes so far the other way that it's just far too simple. Plus, any arcade-rich sports game worth its salt is all about the yin/yang, risk/reward, back-and-forth (think NFL Blitz, NBA Street Homecourt, and The Bigs). But there's no degree of risk in this rush job, which means no degree of fun.


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