Excerpt: each and every year. They wait outside GameStop for the now-requisite midnight launch, rush home after purchasing, and spend the night setting up their franchise, going through drafts, off-season moves, and assembling the coaching staff.
Summary: Simulation sports games face a difficult burden. They must offer a fun and engaging gaming experience while remaining as authentic as reasonably possible. In this regard, EA's NFL Head Coach 09 manages to strike an effective balance. Although the game lacks the slick presentation of longer-tenured sports franchises, Head Coach brings a strategic depth that one would expect from managing a sports franchise and offers a rewarding experience to those willing to endure hours...
Pros: General management tools are deep and realistic, Menus direct player tasks well, Teams play like real-life counterparts, Free-agent bidding and negotiations are innovative and fast
Cons: Gameplay uses outdated Madden engine with poor frame rate, AI trade logic is flawed, Lack of audibles make no-huddle offenses impossible to stop, Online play is disappointing