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: The Create-a-play feature isn't really necessary as most of the user-created plays don't work all that well in the games, and the online community is DEAD, not that it would be any better playing online in the first place. If you don't mind simulating for some decent gamerpoints and you think that's worth buying the game, then by all means do so.
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Cons: Gameplay uses outdated Madden engine with poor frame rate, AI trade logic is flawed, Lack of audibles make no-huddle offenses impossible to stop, Online play is disappointing.