NFL Head Coach updated demo

NFL Head Coach updated demo


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 5 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
Not available
File Size:
300.1MB
Date Added:
June 15, 2006
Price:
Free to try (Limited gameplay)
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
57,423
Downloads Last Week:
5
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP, 1.2GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, 64MB video card, 2GB disk space

Editors' review

NFL Head Coach takes a good idea--a 3D football-management simulation--and nearly pulls it off, with a dizzying array of options, plays, and tasks for any would-be football coach or general manager. Managing in-game options is intuitive, but the 3D graphics slow down the gameplay in places where fancy graphics aren't needed, such as during drafting and making roster changes. The action is broken up into three main sections: preseason scouting and drafting, practice, and games. Though the demo ably demonstrates the depth and breadth of content available, it leaves out some key game elements such as the play designer.

The demo begins one week before the draft, although preseason options are quite limited. You can only access office hours, a coaches meeting, and the NFL draft, where you will be making selections in three rounds for the Houston Texans, who have the draft's first pick. The action is much more hands-on during an actual game, where you can call every single play, motivate your players with speeches, and make slight strategy tweaks to help your squad. In the practice sessions, you can offer specific advice to your players that they will remember come game time. For example, you can tell your quarterback to always look to the sidelines during a specific passing play, giving you a good option when you need to stop the clock. The game in the demo only allows for one-minute quarters, but there's a full set of time-outs to maximize the gameplay. On our system (2.4GHz CPU and 512MB RAM), however, the action by the players on the field was incredibly slow, enough to almost ruin the experience. Navigating menus by mouse is often frustrating, but the keyboard shortcuts work fine.

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    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "all the files never download"

    January 31, 2007   |   By OGnupe62

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    cant play it!

    Cons

    everytime i download the game there is always a file thats missing, foe example the d3dx9-27.dll file never loads with the game

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  • 4 stars

    "if your in to the NFL this is a good one"

    August 26, 2006   |   By bama_out_law

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Lot's of fun and love everything about it. like to get this for my PS2 OR MY XBOX. i don't like playing games on my pc as much. but will if this is the only way i can get it.

    Cons

    Not much that i can think of.

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  • 4 stars

    "Good start, but maybe TOO involved?"

    July 19, 2006   |   By raneyday

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    Great for geeks that want to get into every, and I mean every aspect of head coaching.

    Cons

    Boring meetings with the owner, etc. You got to be really into it to enjoy all aspects of the game.

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  • 2 stars

    "Not an improvement over what Sierra did"

    July 06, 2006   |   By DeViLzzz2005

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    I like the concept of the game as I have played similar games in the past like MicroLeague's Sports Illustrated '97 football game and also the various Sierra Front Page Sports Pro Football games. It is fun to be able to manage and then just play call a game instead of having to play arcade type games like Madden which get ridiculous after awhile with the high scoring games and unrealistic stats. Simulations are fun when done right. EA attempts to do a sim and so at least I give them credit for that cuz alot of people just won't play this type of game. They need to see extreme graphics.

    Cons

    It felt incomplete and yes it is a demo but it worries me cuz I assume the interface is going to stay the same and quite honestly it made for a horrible experience. They really need to change that if possible for the final product even at this late stage. It takes so long to move through the plays I found I was getting delay of game penalties and ahhh sheesh it is just not like what Sierra and MicroLeague had ... the interface was perfect for those games.

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  • 5 stars

    "It's simply great."

    June 16, 2006   |   By deerestphrynd

    Version: Not Found

    Pros

    The storyline is really good and the graphichs are excellent.

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