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NFL Tour doesn't go to cartoonish extremes, and its self-imposed limitations send some long-term potential off the field on a stretcher, but the smooth play and slick presentation keep it a worthwhile sport.
75 (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.
74 (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.
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.
Game Tap (Jan 08, 2008)
But even with all of these omissions, I still find myself strangely addicted to this game. I know I want more moves and I pretty much have given up playing against the computer, but when a friend comes over, this is one of the first games we throw in to play. There's just something about Tony Romo running up the side of a wall and leaping into the end zone for the game-winning score while Rodney Harrison whiffs himself into a face full of plexiglass that I can't get enough of, even if it's the only time the Patriots lose all year.
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.
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.
Inside Hotwire 3D (Jan 24, 2008)
Far from the Madden tradition, NFL Tour delivers its own unique touch of football madness to the Xbox 360, where players are treated to smash-and-dash gameplay and high-scoring half times. Similar to Blitz: The League, NFL Tour provides a quick fix to your football cravings and it manages that aspect particularly well. Though, the game is built primarily for those individuals looking into an arcade experience, it did not come with enough interesting options that would have kept us motivated to continue the “Tour”. Nevertheless, the gameplay is excellent. The action is fast and the controls are very easy to learn. The turbo in conjunction with certain action button results in dramatic performances like wall jumps and incredible ankle breakers.
NZGamer (Feb 19, 2008)
As a package NFL Tour doesn’t quite cut the mustard. The tour mode is all well and good but there just isn’t enough content behind that to support a game, despite its cheaper retail price, and its enjoyable gameplay.
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.
Darkstation (Jan 29, 2008)
Overall NFL Tour is still a pretty big letdown in the sense of how great of a game it could have been. The ground work leads you to believe that the game is set in the right direction, but in terms of this first installment all the pieces are just not aligned. The mechanics for NFL Tour have some issues, there isn't always a lot of rhyme or reason for why the AI does what they do. Even on the higher difficult levels the intelligence of the opposing side doesn't seem to have their ducks in a row, so to speak.
Console Obsession (Mar 18, 2008)
As the spiritual successor to the Street series, NFL Tour is going to understandingly disappoint. The game certainly hasn’t got the same appeal or as over the top action as its predecessor, although that’s not to say that NFL Tour isn’t intuitive fun, it’s just not NFL Street.
XboxAchievements (Feb 03, 2008)
Overall, NFL Tour was a good idea, but they fell very short of what they were presenting. With no way to advance or increase your player's stats, the actual tour mode feels like just a bunch of exhibition games over and over. The two tacked on game-types are boring and repetitive as well. A far cry from the NFL Street franchise, but that is definitely not a good thing. Instead of abandoning it, they should have pushed the fourth installment and forgot about this game.
Lawrence (Jan 30, 2008)
In essence, this is NFL Street Vol. 3. Outside of the watered-down control scheme and omission of style points, this is virtually the same game as the Street series with a couple of added minigames. Instead of the "street" playgrounds, we have actual football fields set in parks and downtown areas of several major cities. Gameplay-wise, the biggest change is the counter/reversal system. If you're running with the ball and a defender gets a hold on you, you can break the tackle by pressing the A button when prompted. Likewise, defenders can counter this with a well-timed press of the X button. It's not a massive upgrade to the gameplay, but it can be nice when you break what seems like a sure tackle and sprint 30 more yards for a touchdown. The Smash N' Dash and Redzone Rush minigames are nice distractions, especially with a few friends to play against. Unfortunately, the simplified controls and repetitive gameplay cause NFL Tour to become stale very, very quickly.
Console Monster (Feb 22, 2008)
So to answer my quote in the opening paragraph NFL Tour is a fun game that you will have fun playing, but after completing Tour Mode you are only left with two mini games and Xbox Live which isn't enough in my opinion to play the game at any great length. The Achievements are easy to obtain gaining about 400 with little more than 20 minutes work so it’s worth a rent. There isn't much competition for this type of game on the next generation market but the retail price of £39.99 is a big let down and doesn't give you value for money however if you are looking for a Madden alternative then I'd imagine it would end up gathering dust or being used to hold up books on a shelf within a couple of weeks.
50 (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.
Worth Playing (Feb 17, 2008)
As I sit here, I wonder what on earth made EA decide to abandon the Street franchise, which was just reaching its prime, for what's found in NFL Tour. Perhaps the NFL didn't like the "urban" feel of the games and demanded things be toned down, or maybe the developers just didn't know a good thing when they had it. Regardless of the reasons, NFL Tour is a game that offers very little flash and even less substance. This title is a sack, a fumble and an interception, all rolled into one.
If you are really dying for an arcade-style video game and have money to burn, then this game is for you. You'll get a solid 3 hours of entertainment out of it. Otherwise, take a pass on this title and wait for EA's real football franchise (Madden) to release its next installment and forget arcade sports games.
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.
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.
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?
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.
45 (Feb 02, 2008)
This is just another game in the long line of games that EA tried to re-invent. SSX on Tour, Def Jam: Icon, and now NFL Tour. This game tries to bring the fun and fast gameplay of NFL Street to the next generation, but instead manages to drop it down to worse than last gen. Don’t buy it, don’t rent it, don’t think about it. If you want a good arcade NFL experience, this game just isn’t for you. Are you ready for the Tour? A better question would be “Are you ready for Trade-In Credit?
45 (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.
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.
ZTGameDomain (Feb 05, 2008)
Sadly this is yet another example of what I have been saying for years. EA is always prone to take "two steps forward and two steps back" The NFL Street franchise is sooo much fun, and it is supposed to be a completely different approach from Madden. NFL Tour is just Arena Football with professional teams. Instead of releasing this game, they really should have made NFL Street 4, especially since the third entry in the series was so bad. Plus with next gen systems, the possibilities of all the craziness that could ensue is just mouth watering to think about it. I’m sorry but I have to say avoid this one folks, unless you just have nothing at all to play during this drought of games, this one is to be rented or ignored all together.
TeamXbox (Jan 09, 2008)
There no way around it. Fans of the NFL Street franchise are going to be disappointed by this watered-down replacement. There’s simply not enough meat in this bare-bones arcade footballer to warrant picking up season tickets. Basic and boring gameplay, teamed with poor presentation, anemic customization and a total lack of motivation to actually win make the prospects of NFL Tour’s future less likely than the return of the XFL.
43 (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.
Gaming Age (Jan 18, 2008)
Is NFL Tour going to be a "new" franchise that will replace the street game, or is it just filler material while hardcore gamers wait for Madden. If EA wants to continue this title, they certainly have some serious building to do as far as providing options and depth for games who want to have enjoyment beyond a rental period. NFL Tour does play an exciting and fun game of arcade football, but in the end it feels as if it was meant for a stand up arcade machine rather than in the home.
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 (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.
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 Xbox 360 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 and NFL Tour is arguably one of the most forgettable.
Video Game Talk (Apr 25, 2008)
NFL Tour is really a game without an identity or purpose. You won’t feel the same visceral excitement from a round of NFL Tour as you do when playing NFL Blitz. The game also fails to offer any type of challenge to a Madden vet as the defense is ridiculously stupid and far too easy to evade during long pass routes. I can’t recommend NFL Tour to anyone that enjoys simulation or arcade style football. It’s easily one of the stalest football titles released in the last few years.
GameSpy (Jan 14, 2008)
We're hard-pressed to come up with a reason to recommend NFL Tour, since the price point and Achievements aren't justifiable enough. 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.
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.
AceGamez (Feb 19, 2008)
There is massive potential in NFL Tour for some fleshing out of the source material. The gameplay is fun and easy to pick up, just as you would expect from an arcade style sports sim, but the overall package doesn't seem to take itself seriously, due to the parody commentator and muted atmosphere. Combine this with the below par graphics and high price and you've got a game that is still really only worth a look for those who love the sport it is based upon.
Daily Game (Feb 07, 2008)
It's unfair to lump NFL Tour together with the NFL Street franchise because the former far outshines the successor. NFL Tour feels as if it was slapped together under a tight deadline by a team of unfortunate interns strapped with the project as punishment. There's no heart, no soul, no creativity and no enjoyment to be had other than the bubbling of competitive juices playing against a friend. Even then you're likely to drop the controller after a couple quick matches, and are much better off tracking down last year's version of NFL Street for real arcade football action.
Diehard GameFan (Jan 17, 2008)
We should know better than to think EA would actually put in the effort to rejuvenate a struggling franchise. NFL Tour is nothing but NFL Street with prettier graphics and commentary that will make you wish you were deaf. Being able to customize a game any way you want is wonderful, but it’s useless if the game itself isn’t any fun to play. And for an arcade-style game, NFL Tour is simply a boring game to play.
30 (UK) (Jan 31, 2008)
Probably not. I guessed at the beginning that NFL Tour is an NFL game for thickos. There are no injuries, field goals, audibles, safeties, penalties; it's just pick a play and then pick up and play, with as few things to think about as possible. We expected that, but it turns out it's also the main reason that NFL Tour is rubbish: American football needs these things. It needs a bit of complexity and nuance. Without it, it's only ever slightly entertaining, and if you catch the Superbowl and it catches your interest, you're much better off reading up on the rules a bit and buying one of the much better Madden games instead.
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.
Game Shark (Jan 14, 2008)
NFL Tour is one of the worst video games I’ve played in some time. There’s no way this game is worth $50 – even All Pro Football has more customization. This game isn’t even worth a rental – you are much better off getting Blitz the League to satisfy your arcade football hunger. This is a complete and total disappointment.