NFL Blitz 2000

a game by Midway
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Dreamcast, Nintendo 64Nintendo 64, GameBoy Color, Playstation
Editor Rating: 8.9/10, based on 6 reviews, 8 reviews are shown
User Rating: 9.0/10 - 4 votes
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See also: Football Games, NFL Games, NFL Games
NFL Blitz 2000
NFL Blitz 2000
NFL Blitz 2000
NFL Blitz 2000

The hardest-hitting football game of last season returns to the gridiron, hoping to once again dominate the field from end zone to end zone. NFL Blitz 2000 will contain both an offensive and defensive play editor, updated NFL rosters, players that catch fire, up to four-player capability, and plenty of secrets like hidden characters and big heads. This year, you'll have 27 offensive plays and approximately 18 defensive plays to choose from. Hopefully, icon passing will also be available to provide armchair QBs with more accurate passing control--something the arcade version sorely lacked.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Nintendo 64 Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

GBC Download

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

The magnificent fury of NFL Blitz is clearly bursting the seams of the PlayStation's 32-bit processor, but Midway is nevertheless trying to sate its rabid fans by cramming as much wholesome mayhem and nutritious agony into Blitz 2000 as possible. In an attempt to pack all the punch of the latest arcade blitzkrieg. Blitz 2000 offers four-player simultaneous matches (via the multi tap) and a new on-fire mode for more opponent-humiliating, arthritis-inducing obliteration. In addition to the new animations, catch phrases, and stadiums, improvements like difficulty adjustment, manual punting, and multiple selectable playbooks will kick up the Blitz formula a couple of notches.

In the preview version. Blitz was ponying up as a poster boy for the PlayStation's technical limitations--clipping, sound drop-off, and murky textures may sack the PlayStation version this fall when fens see how superior the Dreamcast and N64 versions of Blitz turn out There are a lot of technical hurdles ahead for this same on the PlayStation--lets hope Midway Home Entertainment can leap them!

People say:

9

Getting a console-based version of Blitz that's better or at least as good as anything that has been at the arcade is pretty awesome. There isn't one thing off-center about Blitz 2000. And since most every arcade version of Blitz that has been out kicks so much booty...well, you see the score. The play is fun as hell and incredibly easy to get into. The graphics in this DC version are spot-on--super crisp and clear. Animation is right-on. The sound quips from the announcer are still hilarious. And the play selection and passing interfaces are still as easy as ever. Dreamcast owners who've never played a console version of Blitz are going to be in for a real treat. And even if you have had the pleasure of playing other versions of Blitz 2000, or any of the other games in the series, the graphics and smooth play will still be pleasing. The one-player is a blast thanks to Al that's pretty smart most of the time. But of course the two-to four-player stuff is the biggest treat. Throw four controllers in the system with custom plays and the whole nine yards and go to work. Needless to say, Blitz 2000 was an excellent way to alleviate late-night deadline stress this month. Blitz is an excellent alternative to the sim-like nature of NFl2k. And actually, if you have the extra dough I think it'd be ideal to have both games in your library for balance.

8

I'd like to say that this is THE Blitz 2000 to get, but the bugs are crawling all over. This Blitz was clearly rushed, because it crashes once in a great while (and you can see other silly little oversights, like the code entry screen not telling you that you inputted the code correctly). But if you can get used to the problems, you'll find an awesome-looking (and playing) conversion. The VMU play screen is a nice touch for those hidden play selections.

9

If there was ever one version of Blitz that was worth owning, this baby is it. NFL Blitz 2000 for DC one-ups the arcade version of Blitz 99 in every way, making for a better-than-arcade-perfect experience. The new stuff added for "2000" is pretty slim, but it doesn't matter--just having a perfect four-player version of Blitz at home is reason enough to get this. My only complaint? The final game has a couple of minor bugs, which dampens things a bit.

7

What more can I say about this game? It's arcade perfect, fast, exciting, 4-player equipped...the list goes on and on. Naturally, out of all the systems sporting Blitz 2000, this one kicks the most "arse" (as John would say). I like the custom play editor as well as the ability to create your own mix from other teams' reserves. Helmet-popping, on-side kicks and mushy fields are nice additions. Dreamcast owners should definitely own this arcade classic.

NFL Blitz was the most unique, refreshing take on football since the Mutant League. Can Midway go all the way again?

Blitz Can Take You and You and You

The kinetic, furious action of the first NFL Blitz impressed gamers everywhere, but even a few minutes of play betrayed inherent problems in its design: The directional-passing interface was flawed at its core, producing unreliable aiming and other frustrating hassles. Now, with traditional icon passing so prevalent in console gridiron games, Midway has shrewdly incorporated both throwing interfaces into NFL Blitz 2000 so you'll be able to hold a button to bring up passing icons or just unload a pass in the normal Blitz style.

Improved passing ain't enough? Up to four players can join the mayhem, or you can team up with friends to take on the computer. Think the A.I. won't be challenging? Step up to the new Intelligent Play Select A.I. that learns as you play (the computer will even select a power-up to match yours). Midway also plans to eliminate the CPU's cheap come-from-behind victories from last year's title--let's hope it succeeds!

Looks Like an All-Out Blitz

Blitz 2000 offers a blitzkrieg of new options, including selectable camera modes, fully editable team-specific playbooks with more routes, player-controlled punts with hang-time meters and wind variance, smarter defensive-player selection and, joy of joys, audibles! Blitz 2000 retains a few key elements from Blitz '99 (which wasn't available on home-console systems), including the "on fire" and trivia features. Clearly, Blitz is gunning for the arcade-football crown--and it's hard to imagine that it won't come out on top this fall.

A Lot of Fun To Watch

Forget the bland green fields and repetitive stadiums of last year--Blitz 2000 features a grip of ball battlefields. In addition to naturallooking turf, there will be up to eight field conditions that change over the course of a game due to weather, some of which may cause your players to slip or fumble. You want location? How about five stadiums, including a Roman coliseum and a city rooftop. Wanna really humiliate your opponent? Knock his helmet off or use one of the 10 new secret heads.

N64 fans can look forward to the latest version of Midway's Blitz to hit their system this September. Some new tweaks include the wind now affecting the ball (in passing, punting, etc.), and the ability to map a receiver directly to a button on the controller. If you want to pass to that receiver, you hold down the blitz pass button and the receiver button and the pass is made. The graphics will get a boost too.

People say:

7.5

If you're into "hardcore" football games. Blitz 2000 is your only choice (sorry NFL Xtreme 2). It's taken a year but Midway has produced a nearly arcade perfect version of Blitz '99. If you haven't overdosed on the arcade version (like we have) you'll want to check out the improvements over the original console Blitz. First and foremost, four-player is operational but a bit slow. That's the biggie, most of the other changes are small but they bring the game up to Blitz '99 standards. On fire mode, five new stadiums, snow and rain effects, 10 new secret heads and so on. In general, all the stuff you'll find in Blitz '99 at the arcade plus a bit more. The gameplay is essentially the same if not a bit smarter due to a beefed-up Al. The fields, stadiums and players have more texture as well. New animation amounts to endzone dances (they look really weird) and taunts. On-field moves are about the same except for helmet popping'. Rosters are updated along with the addition of the Browns and Titans. Beyond that stuff, a mess of new plays and a more comprehensive play editor are in place. In the end. if you already own Blitz, and you're not a huge fan, pass on this one. Outside of the four-player mode, the other improvements are nice but not tremendously important. If you are a fan, or you don't own Blitz, go buy Blitz 2000.

8.0

Graphically, Blitz on the N64 isn't as blocky as the PlayStation version, but it suffers from one major flaw-slowdown. Bad thing about that is when there's slowdown it gives your opponent more time to determine who you've just passed to. Other than that, both home versions have the same enhancements. Perhaps the slowdown problems could've been helped by RAM Pak support, but even with the slowdown, this is a good version of Blitz.

8.5

If you don't mind that this is only a minor upgrade over Blitz '99 (which only came out in arcades), but can appreciate that it is a major jump over the first NFL Blitz for N64, then by good golly, this cart is for you. The animation runs very smooth, except when it's broken up by the occasional heavy slowdown in thick traffic. The four-player mode, the ability to catch on fire and the new plays make this one of the best party games for the system.

7.5

You just can't go wrong with Blitz. Everything in the game just makes a lot of sense -from the play-selection screens to the gameplay itself to the various play modes. The Al opponents in the one-player mode put up a good fight, two-player battles are a blast and the newly added four-player mode is simply outstanding. It's just a fun game. In fact, the only gripe I have is the slowdown the game experiences when a lot is going on on the field.

The hardest-hitting football game of last season returns to the gridiron, hoping to once again dominate the field from end zone to end zone. NFL Blitz 2000 will contain both an offensive and defensive play editor, updated NFL rosters, players that catch fire, up to four-player capability, and plenty of secrets like hidden characters and big heads. This year, you'll have 27 offensive plays and approximately 18 defensive plays to choose from. Hopefully, icon passing will also be available to provide armchair QBs with more accurate passing control--something the arcade version sorely lacked.

NFL BLITZ IS back on the N64 with some new moves and features. Midway's working hard on making Blitz 2000 the champ of over-the-top football and is certainly blazing trails with a new four-player mode, an on-fire option, and gobs of revised animations. All this machinery may come at a price, though--the preview version had significant slowdown when the going got bloodthirsty. Hopefully, Midway will correct that

Blitz 2000's revised and expanded playbooks add a significant amount of strategy to last year's pithy arsenal, while the new punting interface allows for more complete control. Best of all, the three top-C buttons are specifically designated for receivers, so you can play either a Blitz- or Madden-style passing game. Graphically, the new animations already rock--you'll ventilate, eviscerate, and humiliate your opponents with that trademark Blitz trash-talking style. Midway had also promised that this year's edition would tone down the Al's catch-up cheating, but that wasn't apparent at this stage of development. Fortunately, it still has time to perfect Blitz's red zone efficiency--let's hope for a TD on the final drive.

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