Blitz: The League review

  • Old-school Blitz gameplay
  • Clash slo-mo jukes
  • Dirty hit tackles
  • Fugly visuals
  • Near-dead announcer
  • Barren online environment

Back in the day, Blitz rocked the local arcades. We spent countless hours and quarters tearing up the fields with NFL teams and players in bigger-than-life footballmageddon-style rampages, some of which bore a small resemblance to an actual gridiron game. Years later, it migrated to consoles, only to suffer an untimely demise when EA secured the sacred license to be the sole producer of any NFL videogame properties. Midway could have taken their ball and gone home, but has instead resurrected the franchise with a fictional league backdrop as a nastier, meaner and decidedly more politically incorrect game than they could've ever gotten away with before.

Stripping away any semblance of morality or sportsmanship, Blitz: The League will have you pumping your players full of ‘roids while purposefully breaking their opponents' bones, spleens and other internal organs. The single-player campaign will introduce all manner of nefarious antics - sex, gambling, performance enhancing drugs and political corruption are all on display within the first couple of hours. Take that, NFL!

On the field, the action is frenetically true to the old-school Blitz vibe - everything moves at light speed. Madden fanatics may thumb their nose at seven-player teams, 30 yards for first downs and no more than a couple of dozen play options, but it's a hallmark of the series and frankly easy to pick up and play. The running game should be an afterthought unless your halfback is a superstud - this is a pass-happy game all the way. As in the past, playing defense successfully is generally based on random lucky breaks, although pass interference is never penalized (and highly recommended).

More Info

Release date: Nov 16 2006 - Xbox 360 (US)
Nov 16 2006 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Published by: Midway
Developed by: Point of View
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs, Violence


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