Summary: Nostalgia is great, but it only gets you so far. The
diehards bought this on day one without reading anything. Everyone else? It depends on how highly you value the experience. One of the biggest problems with this release is that most people are going to be off put by the unlicensed nature.
Pros: Tecmo Bowl, goodness, Fun to play with old players, Multiplayer can be fun if you play the right people, Nostalgia factor
Cons: Nose tackle glitch STILL present, Passing game completely ineffective due to curl-and-stop at the throw by the receivers, Unlicensed game, meaning either fake names or hours in an editor, Limited replay value
Conclusion: Sure the names of the players are different and the logos sometimes don't make sense, but that doesn't take away from the replay value of this game. I loved the fact that you could go from 3-d'ish graphics to the original pixelated 2-d at the tough of a button. You can play the game 28 complete season and never have the same schedule. At 800 MSP I recommend this title to all sports fans!
Excerpt: With pixel-perfect stadiums, motion-captured athletes, and real plays from real coaches as the benchmarks for today's football games, it's amazing that Tecmo Bowl still holds the crown as the most beloved football series of all time. Even today, I fondly remember my game-winning plays with Montana, running the field with Rice, slipping through the defensive line as Bo Jackson, and risking it all on 75-yard field goals, and making them.
Conclusion: So what you end up with is a package that looks mostly like the original with 3D elements and an additional multiplayer mode. For what you get, a 800 point ($10) price tag isn’t too steep. It’s just a bit repetitive and doesn’t quite have that extra little bit of lasting power. But it isn’t completely unattractive. Fans of the original should be pleased with this update, considering it doesn’t take too many liberties.
Conclusion: A model for the successful re-envisioning of a classic series, Tecmo Bowl Throwback mixes old and new in a way that appeals to those looking for nostalgia and those just looking for a spot of fun in the long football offseason.
Excerpt: Calling something a "throwback" isn't always considered a compliment. The word can have positive connotations when you're talking about sugar-based soft drinks or cool old 70s sports jerseys. But it can also be used to refer to, say, somebody who still tells the gals at Supercuts to style his do all business in the front and party in the back. Tecmo Bowl Throwback, however, is no mullet.
Pros: Fast, straightforward arcade football, Just deep enough to keep things interesting, Visuals and sound blend the new with the 8- and 16-bit era
Cons: Shallow gameplay by modern standards, Not many people playing online
Conclusion: Concept: Resurrect the sports classic Tecmo Super Bowl – without the NFL and NFLPA licenses
Graphics: You can switch between the classic 2D and new isometric 3D view with the push of a button
Sound: Classic mode brings back those familiar blips and bleeps, but the revamped 3D mode fumbles the soundtrack
Playability: Same two-button scheme from the NES version, now with analog support
Entertainment: Nostalgia may factor in for fans of the original, but newcomers may find...