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|A.P.I Review:||NFL GAMEDAY '99|
|Developer:||Red Zone Interactive Inc.||OPTIONS:||
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|Distributor:||989 Sports||1-4 Player|
|Game Type:||Sports Sim||Memory Card|
|Review Date:||September 1998||Dual Shock.|
Setting the Scene
It's the end of the summer, the pre-season is wrapping up, and kids are on their way back to school. Football Fever is heavy in the air and even Philadelphia Eagles fans are eager to start the season. I can't think of any better way to kick off the year then with the best football game I have ever seen. If your football motor isn't running, this game will surely rev you up. Let's check it out.
Simulation of American football.
Incredible!! These players are so realistic you'd think you were watching a real game. The high polygon count allows for extremely smooth and very realistic player movements. It's unbelievable how life-like these guys are, right down to the saunter of the QB on his way to the line. The only minor problems I had with the look were the stadiums and sidelines. Each stadium resembles the real thing but there is little attention to detail and there aren't any players standing around on the sidelines. It looks a little goofy but the game is usually so intense that you don't care. It would have been nice to see a little crowd detail when the Packers jump into the stands. Yea, that's right, they jump into the stands after they score, and the Broncos do the "Salute" too, as well as all the celebratory dances after big plays. You also have the ability to change the time of day and the weather. This is really neat because it means you can play at night (Monday Night Football), in the rain or snow, or in the wind. Extremely realistic. The detail in the players and other smaller aspects is amazing, including the American Flag used to show wind direction instead of a wind sock. That scores big points in my book. There's even a great video FMV in the beginning to really get you pumped for play. All in all, the graphics of NFL Gameday '99 are the best I have seen in a sports game to date on the Playstation.
Sounds and Effects
Another key part in the realism of NFL Gameday '99 is the sounds of the game. The background crowd noise is about all you could expect, but the game sounds are excellent. You would think they taped real games and played them back on the CD. The crunch of a hard hit, the thud of a diving player crashing back to the turf, these are the effects that make games great. The commentary and analysis by Dick Enberg and Phil Simms is pretty good too. The only problem I had is that Phil never shuts up; but you can turn him off in the options. However, if you don't mind his babbling, he does have some expert analysis to provide. The sounds of NFL Gameday '99 are excellent and help to provide a late December Sunday realism unrivaled in football games out to date.
Well, where do I start? This game is absolutely fantastic! 'NFL Gameday '99 has every aspect of football imaginable with multi- tap capabilities for up to eight players so you and your friends can really get into it. Controlling the players is really not as difficult as it may first seem. As you experienced football gamers know there is always a slight learning curve in the beginning. But once you get the beginner offense/defense controls down, there's no stopping you. Basic running, passing, and catching are really quite easy. Eventually, you'll be running the no huddle offense, high stepping, pitching the ball (like the old Buddy Ryan defenses), and stiff arming opponents without even thinking about it. You can even dive over piles at the goal line and Forearm Shiver an opponent at the line of scrimmage. Beyond the actual player controls there are all the GM and Coaching responsibilities. There is every play imaginable in the playbook. If you're not already football savvy it might even be a little confusing. This could be a bit frustrating if you're playing a good team and have selected total control. On the GM side, NFL Gameday '99 really gives you some power. There are free agent signing and releases, trading, drafting, and there is even a salary cap. Don't worry though, you can turn it off to create the super team of your dreams. You can also create players with abilities from the puny kicker to the 6'6" 300 pound D-Lineman. As far as game modes go you get the basic pre-season and season modes but you also get a Tournament mode where you can compete in an 8 or 16 player tournament. Saving to memory card will ensure you have your season results including every football stat imaginable. Unfortunately, if I were to go into detail about every aspect of this game and how good it is, this review would become entirely too long. But to sum things up knowing that I am repeating myself, "This game is FANTASTIC!!" It looks great and is extremely good fun to play. Once you break through the wall into the realm of the complex player moves, you'd be amazed at what you can make them do. Oh, one other thing - the dual shock works superbly with this game. Every bone crunching tackle is highlighted with a response from the controller. Even catching the ball for a return issues a slight vibration! Ah, it's just icing on the cake.
Value for Money
This game is worth whatever price you can find it for. I don't recommend wasting any time in purchasing it because it will clear the shelves pretty quickly once the word gets around. There has never been a better football game on any system! Although some playing schemes can be difficult to get a hold of at first, this just adds to the replay value of this game. With so many teams, and season and tournament modes to master, you will be sure to spend a lot of time playing NFL Gameday '99. It is definitely worth the investment!
This is by far the most realistic and exciting football game I have ever
played. It is quite possibly the best sports game ever too, but since I
like hockey better I will leave that slot open to what the 99 games have
NFL Gameday '99 has incredibly realistic graphics and animation coupled with unbelievable gameplay. With the insane amount of teams and multitude of gaming options, this game will excite even the biggest of dorks. You can't help but fall in love with this adrenaline pumping game and in turn, football. If you don't go out and get this game right now, you're CRAZY!