AFL (video game series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
AFL
Genres Australian rules football video game
Developers Beam Software (1991)
Blue Tongue Entertainment (1996)
EA Sports (1998–1999)
IR Gurus (2001–2007)
Wicked Witch Software (2009–)
Big Ant Studios (2011–2012)
Publishers Mattel (1991)
Cadability (1996)
EA Sports (1998–1999)
Acclaim Entertainment (2001–2004)
THQ (2004–2005)
Sony Computer Entertainment (2005–2009)
Tru Blu Entertainment (2009–)
Platforms

Current:
Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, iOS

Notable past systems:
NES, Nintendo DS, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox
First release Aussie Rules Footy
1991
Latest release AFL Live 2
12 September 2013

The AFL video game series is a series of Australian rules football video games based on the AFL. Released originally by Beam Software, it has since been developed by several other game developers.

Games in the series[edit]

AFL Live 2 AFL Live#Game of the Year Edition AFL (video game series)#Other titles AFL (Wii) AFL Live AFL Challenge AFL Mascot Manor (video game) AFL Premiership 2007 AFL Premiership 2006 AFL Premiership 2005 AFL Live: Premiership Edition AFL Live 2004 AFL Live 2003 AFL (video game series)#Kevin Sheedy's: AFL Coach 2002 AFL (video game series)#AFL 99 AFL (video game series)#AFL 98 AFL (video game series)#AFL Finals Fever Aussie Rules Footy

Aussie Rules Footy[edit]

Main article: Aussie Rules Footy

It was the first AFL video game. The game involves playing a game of Australian rules football from a third-person perspective, with the ability to perform the basic actions of a typical player of the sport. The game can be played by one person, or by two players against each other. There is also a kick to kick mode, and a season mode where one to six players can play multiple games in a season finishing with a grand final. It was developed by Beam Software, and was published by Mattel.

AFL Finals Fever[edit]

It was released for PC only on 9 June 1996. You could play as one of the 16 clubs of the 1996 AFL season. It was also the last video game in the series to feature the Fitzroy Lions and the Brisbane Bears as playable teams before they were merged. The game was also the first game to be developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment and was published by Cadability.

AFL 98[edit]

It was released on 30 September 1998 for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. Though released in 1998 it was based on the 1997 season. You could play as any of the 16 teams and was the first game in the series to feature Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide. Its also the first game in the series to have commentary, which was provided by Bruce McAvaney. The game was developed and published by EA Sports.

AFL 99[edit]

It was released in 1999 for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. It was based on the 1998 season and you could play as any of the 16 teams. The commentary is provided by Bruce McAvaney and Leigh Matthews. The game was developed and published by EA Sports.

Kevin Sheedy's: AFL Coach 2002[edit]

It was the first AFL video game to be developed by IR Gurus. The game was released as a PC only game. In the game you assume the role of an AFL Coach, you tell your players commands such as the type of play you want them to play (attacking, defensive, Normal) and when to interchange. It sold well for a "then" IR Gurus game but not too well on the market.

AFL Live 2003[edit]

It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The game is based on the 2002 AFL season with team rosters. It was first released on 5 September 2002 in Australia. It was developed by IR Gurus and published by Acclaim Entertainment. It is also the first game in the series to feature a live action intro of AFL games in the 2003 season with the song Lost Control by Grinspoon as the intro song. The game was only released in Australia.

AFL Live 2004[edit]

It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox on 28 August 2003. The game is based on the 2003 AFL season with team rosters based on that year. AFL Live 2003 includes all 16 official AFL teams and only 6 stadiums which were, MCG, Telstra Dome, AAMI Stadium, Subiaco Oval, Gabba, SCG. It also included all 22 home and away matches and the finals series. The game was published by Acclaim. It was developed by IR Gurus and published by Acclaim Entertainment.

AFL Live: Premiership Edition[edit]

It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2 and Xbox on 29 April 2004. The game is based on the 2004 AFL season with team rosters based on that year. It was developed by IR Gurus and was the final AFL game to be published by Acclaim Entertainment, before their defunct on 1 September 2004.

AFL Premiership 2005[edit]

Main article: AFL Premiership 2005

It is based on the 2005 AFL season and was released only for the PlayStation 2. This is the next edition after AFL Premiership Edition. When Acclaim shut down its operations in Australia, Sony Computer Entertainment got publishing and distributing rights to the game. Because Sony Computer Entertainment had an exclusive period with the title, initially it was only launched on PlayStation 2. However, THQ released a Microsoft Windows and Xbox version of the game. It was released on 22 September 2005 and is only available in Australia.

AFL Premiership 2006[edit]

Main article: AFL Premiership 2006

It is the tenth game in the AFL game series. It is based on the 2006 AFL season and was released only for the PlayStation 2. The game is a follow-up to AFL Premiership 2005. The game, unlike its predecessor, was less criticized by game reviewers. Its main features included the addition of training mode, revamped career mode as well as more attention paid to gameplay, rather than graphics, with the whole gameplay system being started from scratch. It was developed by IR gurus and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

AFL Premiership 2007[edit]

Main article: AFL Premiership 2007

It is a simulation game for the PlayStation 2 based on the AFL. The game marks the final AFL game to be developed by Australian games company IR Gurus and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment, IR Gurus seventh collaboration in the series, and was released on 28 June 2007. The game includes all 16 teams, more than 600 AFL players with updated stats and all of the major stadium. Game modes in AFL Premiership 2007 are Single Match, Season Mode, Career Mode, Mission Mode and Training Mode. It was a follow-up to AFL Premiership 2006.

AFL Challenge[edit]

Main article: AFL Challenge

It was released for the PlayStation Portable. The game was developed by Wicked Witch Software and co-published by Tru Blu Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment. It was released on 10 September 2009.[1] The game is based on the 2009 AFL season and includes all 16 teams and players.[2]

AFL Live[edit]

Main article: AFL Live

It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 based on the 2011 AFL season. It was developed by Big Ant Studios and released on 21 April 2011. The Game of the Year Edition, an updated version of the game for the 2012 AFL season was released on 6 June 2012.

AFL Live 2[edit]

Main article: AFL Live 2

The current game in the series released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 12 September 2013.

Other titles[edit]

It was released for the Nintendo DS on 2 July 2009. The games focus more on the mythology of the League's Mascots then on the sport itself. The central component of the game is the adventure the players Mascot will experience in the themed worlds. As such, it is aimed at the younger fans of AFL.

Is an AFL simulation video game based on the 2011 AFL season for the Wii, developed by Wicked Witch Software. It was released on 19 May 2011.

  • AFL: Gold Edition

Is an iOS AFL simulation video game based on the 2011 AFL season, released on 14 December 2011. The 2012 AFL season update was released on 4 June 2012. It was developed by Wicked Witch Software and had similar gameplay to AFL on the Wii, as it was a direct port. It costs $9.49 on the App Store.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EB Games product page". Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ The ultimate footy playoff, AFL.com.au
  3. ^ "AFL Live 2". Retrieved 20 August 2013.