Conclusion: Okay, so maybe NFL Head Coach 09 is more attractive to the play-calling purists without on-field action. But what’s up with the last-gen visuals? It would seem that an Xbox 360’s DVD could hold NFL Head Coach 09 ’s code and statistical data, plus some snazzy graphics pulled from Madden 09 . Instead, NFL Head Coach 09 looks more like Madden NFL 2004 .
Conclusion: NFL Head Coach features many innovations that are uncommon in sports games and offers an engaging coaching/GM experience. The depth and authenticity with regard to team management are impressive, and there are moments during a game when you actually feel like a head coach. Provided that you are a hardcore football fan and can look past its flaws, Head Coach is an enjoyable game with rich replay possibilities.
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Cons: Gameplay uses outdated Madden engine with poor frame rate, AI trade logic is flawed, Lack of audibles make no-huddle offenses impossible to stop, Online play is disappointing.