NFL Blitz (2012 video game)

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NFL Blitz
NFLBlitz2012.jpg
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series NFL Blitz
Platform(s) PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade
Release date(s)
  • NA January 4, 2012
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

NFL Blitz is a downloadable video game by EA Sports featuring the teams of the National Football League. It is a reboot of the NFL Blitz series,[1] the first Blitz game officially sponsored by the NFL after a number of releases in the Blitz series which did not bear the NFL's official license.. It was released in North American territories on January 4, 2012 on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was selected to be the virtual cover athlete of the game.[2]

Development[edit]

Following the liquidation of Midway Games in 2009, EA Sports acquired the NFL Blitz intellectual property.[3] In order to emulate the original gameplay elements, EA Tiburon held tournaments with the original arcade version of NFL Blitz.[4]

EA Tiburon worked in relation with the NFL. While the league was supportive of many gameplay elements, they did request that late hits be removed from the game due to their stance on player health and safety.[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 80% (PS3)[5]
78% (X360)[6]
Metacritic 80/100 (PS3)[7]
78/100 (X360)[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com B[9]
Destructoid 8/10[10]
EGM 6.5/10[11]
Game Informer 8/10[12]
GameSpot 7/10[13]
GamesRadar 4/5 stars[14]
GameTrailers 7.9/10[15]
IGN 8.5/10[16]
Joystiq 4.5/5 stars[17]
OXM 7.5/10[18]

Reception has been mostly positive for Blitz; though some critics have bemoaned the lack of late hits and the capricious interceptions (see: Getting Midwayed), most view the game as a welcome return to the simplicity of early Blitz games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EA Sports Makes NFL Blitz Remake Official". pastapadre.com. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ Robinson, Jon. "Ray Rice wins 'NFL Blitz' cover vote - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  3. ^ "EA Set to Launch NFL Blitz". Yahoo! Finance. Yahoo!. October 21, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Workman, Robert (January 17, 2012). "NFL Blitz Interview". GameZone. GameZone Next. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ "NFL Blitz for PlayStation 3 - GameRankings". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  6. ^ "NFL Blitz for Xbox 360 - GameRankings". GameRankings. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "NFL Blitz for PlayStation 3 Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  8. ^ "NFL Blitz for Xbox 360 Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sliva, Marty (January 6, 2012). "Review: NFL Blitz Serves Up Violence With a Side of Football". 1UP.com. IGN. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Sarkar, Samit (January 27, 2012). "Review: NFL Blitz". Destructoid. Modern Method. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Carsillo, Ray (January 6, 2012). "EGM Review: NFL Blitz". EGM. EGM Media LLC. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  12. ^ Ryckert, Dan (January 9, 2012). "NFL Blitz Review - Game Informer". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  13. ^ McShea, Tom (January 19, 2012). "NFL Blitz (2012) Review - GameSpot". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ Grisham, Richard (January 6, 2012). "NFL Blitz Review - GamesRadar". GamesRadar. Future plc. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  15. ^ "NFL Blitz Review Text - GameTrailers". GameTrailers. Gamer Network. January 18, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ Eykemans, Peter (January 3, 2012). "NFL Blitz Review - IGN". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  17. ^ Hinkle, David (January 6, 2012). "NFL Blitz review: All-star team". Joystiq. AOL. Retrieved October 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ Hayward, Andrew (January 9, 2012). "Official Xbox Magazine - NFL Blitz Review". Official Xbox Magazine. Future plc. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2015.