EA Sports: I Want More Football
I’m fine with the fact EA has the exclusive rights to the NFL license even though it did kill the NFL 2K series. I’ve accepted that, I’ve moved on. But I do have a problem with EA sitting on other NFL games and doing absolutely nothing with them. EA currently owns the rights to the NFL Blitz series and NFL Street, so why haven’t we seen a NFL Blitz in 5 years or a NFL Street in 10?
Playing through these Retro Sports games lately I realize how much I miss having different choices and options of games to play. When EA locked down the NFL license not only did it kill the competition, but it killed our options. Over a decade ago EA created the NFL Street series, and that gave us an Arcade style outdoor football game, players had special moves, could run on the walls, it was something goofy, but it was different. I personally enjoyed the series and like the option. A little bit later on EA acquired the rights to Blitz and they released NFL Blitz on the XBox Live Arcade and Playstation Network, it went up for $19.99 and was a perfect re-creation of the classic NFL Blitz series, it is currently my preferred choice for a game of NFL Blitz.
I think it’s EA’s duty to gamers and the NFL to make the most out of the NFL license and keep these titles alive and active and I don’t believe that’s very hard or expensive for them to do. Madden understandably needs gameplay tweaks and advancements to continuously progress the franchise and video game football each year, I get that costs money. But a game like NFL Blitz doesn’t require any gameplay tweaks, it doesn’t require much for development or resources on it. When I pick up NFL Blitz ’17 I want it to play like NFL Blitz ’12 and NFL Blitz ’97. There is no need to upgrade or change anything other than a roster, and that’s what I want to see!
I want to see them release a base game of NFL Blitz for $19.99 and every year just release a roster update for $9.99. That’s it! How difficult is that, how much does that cost? I want to scramble with Russell Wilson, I want to crush a QB with Vic Beasley, I want to make crazy catches with OBJ. Give me the same exact product, but with a roster update. Or make a create a player/roster option and let us make our own and share it.
With NFL Street, the original reboot might take some development, but year after year for the rest of this generation just churn out roster updates every year. These arcade type games don’t need the time and advancements that Madden needs. We don’t put the same expectations on NFL Blitz as we do with Madden. Please, give us more options to play games with the NFL License!!
Posted on February 4, 2017, in Featured Opinion and tagged #EA Sports, #nfl, EA, Madden, N64, NFL Blitz, NFL Street, Nintendo 64, Nintendo64, Playstation 3, PS3, Video Game Football. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.