Madden NFL 95 - Superbowl Hack
Welcome to NFL '95, the latest and greatest installment in Sega Sports' long string of football games. The competition between NFL '95 and Madden NFL '95 for the Genesis Super Bowl crown is tight. Like the latest Genesis Madden, this game has new graphics, features, and options. Read on to see who wins!
In terms of stats, NFL '95 edges out Madden '95. Endorsed by both the NFL and the NFL Players' Association, NFL '95 features real teams and logos and actual, current team rosters, giving you a huge amount of stats to play with.
- Close down the kick- return lanes by kicking off to either side of the field.
- Move the QB so he follows the flow of the offensive line, giving him some extra time to find an open receiver.
Choose from the '92-'94 NFL seasons with your favorite team or one of nine all-star squads. During game play, you get updated stats on both teams and individual-player performances. The full stats of players' strengths and weaknesses really help you decide on substitutions and on which free agents to sign.
Receptions aren't automatic. Leap to catch balls that overshoot the on-field cursor.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
The graphics are very similar to Sega's other NFL football games. All action scrolls vertically from a third-person, behind-the-quarter- back perspective. The zoom-cam effect of zeroing in on the ball carrier in earlier versions has been toned down to allow much more effective passing. The entire field shifts to give the QB a wide-angle view of all his receivers within 40 yards, which does wonders for the passing game.
Unfortunately, this down- field view isn't used throughout the game. It would've been useful for the running game, which now only shows you 10-15 yards of field in front of the ball carrier. When comparing graphics, Madden '95 wins the round, because it keeps a constant wide-angle view and its players move faster and more smoothly.
NFL '95 has a slower pace than Madden, which makes for a different kind of game. However, once you adjust, you'll appreciate NFL's realism. Running backs must fight for every extra yard, and QBs must give receivers time to run their downfield routes. Unlike Madden, where you can sometimes run up a ridiculously high score, scoring's more controlled and realistic in NFL '95. The nod for controls goes to NFL '95.
On offense, you can flip the direction of plays to double your number of play options.
Call the sounds a draw. Both games have some sound effects, but they don't set the world ablaze. NFL has no Madden-style commentator, but you do get trash talking. None of it really makes the game much better.
Both NFL '95 and Madden '95 are first-class games. The grittiness and intense details of NFL '95 are intended for die-hard fans who have the time and enthusiasm to take advantage of all the stats and options. While Madden '95 isn't much less detailed, it has more of an arcade feel that makes it more appealing for a quick game. So really, the competition for the highest FunFactor is a tie because they're slightly different types of games. But either way, you can't go wrong!