Excerpt: Talk about a screwy NFL Season, huh? If I turned to you before any games had been played and told you that San Diego would practically be undefeated this year, or that St. Louis would only have one win under their belts, you’d check to see if I was drunk or insane. Instead, the unpredictability of the season has proven a fallacy of a classic adage. While you may not want to fix what ain’t broke, you do have to perform a lot of maintenance during the off-season.
Conclusion: Once the play has been chosen, you go to the snap. At this point, you have a few options: you can try and draw the defense offside by fake hutting, putting receivers in motion, program a hot route, or call an audible play if the defensive line-up can be exploited. Hot routes are changes to a specific receiver’s route during a play – this is usually employed to take advantage of a blitz, so that you can burn the over-committing defense for a few yards.
Summary: If the Super Bowl isn't enough to get you pumped up, GameDay's loading screen cheerleaders are sure to help you rise to the occasion (hell, even Scalzo won't bitch about THESE loading times with hotties like this).
Excerpt: PS2 Screens (5) Are you ready for some football? Feel the power of the NFL with the ultimate football simulation. All the NFL teams and players, including the expansion Houston Texans, are here and waiting for you to take control. See if you have the skills to win it all and raise the Vince Lombardi trophy. No other game captures the power and athleticism of the NFL quite like the original PlayStation football franchise.
Excerpt: Over the course of its life span, 989's GameDay franchise has reminded me a lot of my favorite team, the New Orleans Saints. Much like the Saints, the off season is full of hope - maybe this year will be different, but once the season starts, it is all downhill from there. Sure both have had one or two good years - but for the most part, both have been average at best.
Excerpt: Gameday had fallen out of the picture in the last few years with Madden and NFL2K3 both being far superior games. There is still a big gap between Gameday and the big two, but they did a lot to narrow that gap. Even though I had NFL2K3 and Madden sitting right next to me I still ended up playing quite a bit of Gameday, something about it intrigued me.
Excerpt: From fame to tragedy, the history of Sony's GameDay franchise can be best told in a "VH1 Behind the Music" format. It was all going good as the GameDay franchise revolutionized football titles, by being the first to feature polygonal player models. It also featured some incredibly deep gameplay, and up until 1999 it conquered the virtual gridiron, toppling EA Sports' constant efforts.