NFL GameDay (video game series)

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NFL GameDay
NFL GameDay 99 Coverart.png
Box art for NFL GameDay 99.
Genres Football Simulation
Developers 989 Sports (formerly Sony Interactive Studios America)
Publishers 989 Sports (formerly Sony Interactive Studios America)
First release NFL GameDay
November 21, 1995
Latest release NFL GameDay 2005
August 1, 2004

NFL GameDay was a football video game series for both the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 video game consoles. NFL GameDay directly competed with EA Sports' Madden NFL Football and Sega's NFL 2K franchises. The NFL GameDay series began with NFL GameDay released for the 1995-96 NFL season and ended with NFL GameDay 2005 following EA's acquisition of exclusive NFL licensing. The games were designed by 989 Sports throughout their ten-year duration.

NFL GameDay[edit]

NFL GameDay was the first video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released in 1996 on the PlayStation by Sony Interactive Studios America as a competitor to the Madden football game series.

Reception[edit]

The game was a success for Sony, selling over 300,000 copies.[1] It was also a critical success. Both of the sports reviewers for Electronic Gaming Monthly gave the game a 9 out of 10, saying it "could very well be the Madden killer that everyone is waiting for."[2] Scary Larry of GamePro called it "the best football CD to date", citing the graphics, accurate gameplay performance of each individual player, appropriately sized sprites, and comprehensive sound effects.[3] Maximum scored it three out of five stars. They remarked that the graphics suffer from jerky animation and a general last-generation appearance, but are outweighed by the outstanding gameplay and reliable player AI. They summarized that the game "plays quite a mean game of American football without ever becoming bogged down in horrific amounts of tactical decisions."[4]

NFL GameDay '97[edit]

NFL GameDay '97 was the second video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released on November 30, 1996 on the PlayStation by Sony Interactive Studios America. On the cover is Daryl Johnston. Gameday 97 includes new options & features like season-ending injuries, a full-fledged Draft, more Statistics, and the ability to create players. All 30 NFL Teams (1,500 NFLPA Players) and Modeled Stadiums, Including Real NFL Uniforms with Real Logos and Numbers, letting you put your favorite team on the field for intense NFL Action.

Reception[edit]

The game was another success for Sony, selling over 350,000 copies.[5]

NFL GameDay 98[edit]

NFL GameDay 98 was the third video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released July 31, 1997 on the PlayStation by Sony Interactive Studios America. On the cover is Jerome Bettis. It was also the first football video game to feature 3D polygonal graphics.

NFL GameDay 99[edit]

NFL GameDay 99 was the fourth game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released July 31, 1998 on the PlayStation, and August 31, 1998 on the PC, both by 989 Sports. On the cover is Terrell Davis.

NFL GameDay 2000[edit]

NFL GameDay 2000 was the fifth video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released July 31, 1999 on the PlayStation by 989 Sports. On the cover is Terrell Davis.[6]

NFL GameDay 2001[edit]

NFL GameDay 2001 was the sixth video game in the NFL GameDay series, and the first to be released on the PlayStation 2. It was released October 30, 2000 on the PlayStation, and November 20, 2000 on the PlayStation 2, both by 989 Sports. On the cover is Marshall Faulk.[7]

NFL GameDay 2002[edit]

NFL GameDay 2002 was the seventh video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released August 6, 2001 on the PlayStation, and December 4, 2001[8] on the PlayStation 2, both by 989 Sports. On the cover is Donovan McNabb.[9][8]

NFL GameDay 2003[edit]

NFL GameDay 2003 was the eighth video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released August 13, 2002[10] on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, both by 989 Sports. On the cover is Tom Brady.[11]

NFL GameDay 2004[edit]

NFL GameDay 2004 was the ninth video game in the NFL GameDay series. It was released September 13, 2003 on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, both by 989 Sports. On the cover is LaDainian Tomlinson.[12]

NFL GameDay 2005[edit]

NFL GameDay 2005 was the tenth and final game in the NFL GameDay series, and unlike the last few GameDay video games, it was only available on the PlayStation console, and not on the PlayStation 2. It was released on August 1, 2004. On the cover is Derrick Brooks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFL GameDay" at the top of the charts". Business Wire. April 8, 1996. Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  2. ^ "Box Score: NFL GameDay". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (78): 188. January 1996. 
  3. ^ "GameDay Could Go All the Way". GamePro (IDG) (88): 124. January 1996. 
  4. ^ "Maximum Reviews: NFL Game Day". Maximum: The Video Game Magazine (Emap International Limited) (6): 121. May 1996. 
  5. ^ "NFL GameDay '97 Sacks the Competition". Business Wire. February 11, 1997. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  6. ^ "NFL GameDay 2000 Redefines Football Videogame Category". Business Wire. August 9, 1999. Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  7. ^ "NFL GameDay(TM) 2001 for the PlayStation(R) Game Console Hits the Line At Full Speed on August 15.". PR Newswire. August 14, 2000. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  8. ^ a b "NFL GameDay(TM) 2002 Now Available for Gridiron Action On the PlayStation(R)2 Computer Entertainment System". PR Newswire. December 4, 2001. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  9. ^ "NFL GameDay(TM) 2002 Takes to the Gridiron for Another PlayStation(R) Season.". PR Newswire. August 7, 2001. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  10. ^ "989 Sports(R) Kicks Off the Football Season with NFL GameDay(TM) 2003 for Both PlayStation(R) and PlayStation(R)2 Platforms". PR Newswire. August 13, 2002. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Tom Brady Signs on as Cover Athlete for 989 Sports(R)' NFL GameDay(TM) 2003". PR Newswire. May 16, 2002. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  12. ^ "989 Sports(R) Kicks Off the Football Season with the Release of NFL GameDay(TM) 2004 for PlayStation(R)2". PR Newswire. August 26, 2003. Retrieved 2011-05-17.