Tecmo Super Bowl
Today we have the sequel to Tecmo Bowl, which we absolutely loved. Will the sequel live up to the expectations of the first...or even...surpass it?
Released in 1991 by Tecmo, this game is a big part of video game history. This is the first football game to be licensed by both the NFL and the NFLPA, which allowed for both real team names and real players. Not only that, this game emulated the 1991 season and the full team rosters prior to 1991. For the time, this was one of the most authentic NFL experiences out there.
In many ways, this game takes the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. It does not do anything THAT different from the first one, instead choosing to tweek and improve the established system. The game has different play modes, including preseason (exhibition), season, and pro bowl modes. Also, a player will play through a full season, including the playoffs. When a season ends, you will play through the 1991 season again, it does not randomly generate new seasons.
Like the first game, actual player attributes are translated into the game. The better players and better teams will be easier to control. That way, if you have a top tier player (Montana, Bo Jackson, Barry Sanders) you will be able to make a lot more plays easier. Play selection is the same as before, using button combinations to pick plays. Also, the game included the ability to substitute players, have players be injured, have timeouts, and fumble the ball. Interceptions are still in the game, but happen much less frequently.
Some of the changes were more subtle. For one, the game moves slightly faster than Tecmo Bowl, which Brian did not mind but Jim was slightly disappointed in. While not a huge hinderance, it does make the game a little more wild. One thing that definitely disappointed both of us was the fact that when players collide, they don't bounce away like they used to. We liked to call it the popcorn popping effect, and it is a shame they took that little extra bit of fun out.
An easy thing to enjoy is the fact that there are way more cut scenes than in the first one. You get scenes for halftimes, interceptions, fumbles, scoring plays, coin tosses, etc. A very tiny improvement but one to notice It really adds that something extra that turns a great game into an all timer.
This game is one of the most beloved games of all time. Year to year, it tops many all time game lists, and has a huge cult following. There is not much more to say than it is a must play, and if, for some reason, you have not had the chance to play this yet...do yourself a favor and play it now.
As far as beer goes, this is a fast paced game, so during games you are not going to have time to sit back and savor the flavor. Light or cheap beers go best with this, since you are just getting the buzz but not worrying about all the little things. Never drink an expensive beer with this, because you will not have any time to get your money's worth. So sit back, crack open a case of Keystone, grab a buddy, and enjoy.
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