Sony hits the next-gen systems with the best football CD to date. With features, options, and gameplay that rival anything else on the market, NFL GameDay is one hot ticket.
Starting from the top, GameDay sports some of the coolest graphics seen for any next-gen game, and it's certainly heads and tails above the rest of the football pack. From the cool rendered helmets at the intro to crisp, full-field views when you throw to stadiums all around the league, GameDay has it all.
You have updated rosters of all 30 NFL teams (including expansion teams) with realistic action for each individual player. For example, if you're a mediocre running back like Harvey Williams, you'll have difficulty performing running moves against defenders. But if you're Emmitt Smith, you'll stiff-arm, spin out of tackles, and jump over diving linemen with no lag time. On defense, you can tackle, intercept, and tip balls better than the pros.
Other options include injuries, player trades, and onfield substitutions. all done with a minimum of button fussing. Receivers are assigned one of the four main buttons, and the play book, though sparse by Madden standards, highlights the passing and rushing strengths of each team.
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The crisp, clean graphics feature well-proportioned sprites (larger would be too cumbersome and smaller is never better). The action moves fast, and pixelization is kept to a minimum, even with the scaling. Other graphical touches (like lightning flashing when a player makes a huge hit in a rainy game) enhance this otherwise-flawless sim.
The sound effects are also a cut above. From the clink of the coin toss to the stadium shouts of "Dee-fense!", the sound is crystal clear. Every bone-crunching tackle, every quarterback cry of pain, and every crowd cheer is included here.
NFL GameDay is just what the next-gen sports fan is looking for. And with three skill levels (Rookie, Veteran, All Pro) to choose from, this game is so addictive you may find yourself missing a few kickoffs while you live your dream as Sanders or Rice. The PlayStation and Sony bring that dream one step closer.
- When playing against the computer, keep an eye on your offense the minute the play starts. They will use the five-yard "bump zone" to knock your player out of his receiving zone.
- Play your base defenses often (4-3 or 3-4) because both are good against the run and the pass. Save Nickel or Dime lor passing situations.
- When using ;i good running back (such as Smith or Sanders), time the speed hurst to burn trailing tacklers. Just as the tackier approaches, let loose.
- Crossing patterns work well against slower, inattentive corners (like the 4trs Marquez Pope).
- Young to Rice Money all the wav.
- To get extra yardage, spin your receiver.
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Having thrown its hat in the 32-bit ring, it's now time for Sony to put-up or shut up. The first real sports game on the plan is NFL Gameday, a brilliant gridiron sim that will make even the most die-hard EA fans fast become turncoats. This football game works on a 3-D field with fully-rendered characters. No detail was missed, either. The size of the real players is reflected in the game, along with all of their personal traits. Additionally, all characters interact in the game, including the refs and the cheerleaders, who you can take-out during play--if they get in the way.
Add a plethora of plays and audibles, different weather (which DOES actually affect gameplay), '94 stats and incredible sound and what you've got is a potential masterpiece.
Welcome to the next generation of football games. If you see this game in action, you won't believe your eyes. The playing perspectives are something to see--behind game more realistic rather than an all-out football game where the center can catch up to Ismail down field.
Being sponsored by NFL, you have the full roster of every team and players from each. Recognize players on the field by either names or the QB, corner angle and sideline, you get to see the action from anywhere. One thing that makes this game stand out from the rest are the sizes of the players. They correspond to the player, whether it's the running back or the 300-lb. lineman. Of course, the players' running ability corresponds to the ability and size, making this numbers.
NFL Game Day promises great results for both fair-weather and die-hard sports gamers everywhere.