NFL Head Coach 09
|a game by||EA Tiburon|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.5/10 - 12 votes|
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|See also:||Hockey Games, NHL Games|
I really think that EA was onto something with NFL Head Coach 09. This game was initially thrown in as a bonus for the special edition of Madden 09, before being sold as a stand-alone release. EA made some very welcomed improvements from the last NFL Head Coach game that they tried and it is a shame that this never spawned a new franchise for them. It is a game that is tailored to a very hardcore football audience so perhaps that is why it never caught on the same way that Madden did?
Your Team, Your Way
The real point of this game is to make your team as successful as possible. You have complete control of the franchise and nothing happens on this team on the field or of it without your input. With all this control comes a great deal of pressure though. You are always being judged on your approval rating and if it gets too low, the team owner will fire your ass!
The Gang Is All Here
All 32 teams and all 32 stadiums are in the game. There is even the Aloha Stadium too. It is very authentic in its presentation. The frame rate when you are watching the action of the field can sometimes suffer, but apart from that. What is on offer here in NFL Head Coach 09 is your typical EA Sports level of high-polish. The way the game is presented is pretty cool. The coaches clipboard is where most of your options are and the menus are very easy to get through and figure out. I would say that after five to ten minutes, you will be a pro at navigating all of the menus.
Every Decision Counts
If you ask me this is the kind of game that is aimed that those who are very nerdy about their football. Everything that happens is in your control. This is not just about picking a team and then a few plays and watching it unfold. Hiring staff, using draft picks, signing free agents, making trades, organizing training camps and more are all here. I would say that the majority of what you do in this game takes place not on the field, but off it. NFL Head Coach 09 has a fun way of trying to sign players in that you have to offer them a package. You want your team to be competitive, but you only have so much money to play with. You do not want to rush in and sign a prospect as they could turn out to be a dud, but if you are too slow someone else may snap them up. There are a million things to keep an eye on and that is what I liked about the game. On the flip side, I can see this being a massive turn-off for some players.
I really do wish that EA kept up with this series as I think it could have been great. I had a lot of fun with NFL Head Coach 09, but it just lacked that bit of “flash” to keep me fully invested. To be fair, the way that running a team in Madden has gone over the years they have in some ways melded some of the management stuff they had here with that game so perhaps that is why this series never took off?
- The game gives you complete control over your team
- I liked how the game was so in-depth with the stats
- It is a lot of fun to run an NFL team
- Dealing with trades and free agents felt great
- The game is not for those that do not like a slow pace
- The frame rate during games can be all over the place