Football Frenzy
This month I am going to review a football game.  Since football season is in high gear, it seems only appropriate.  The only football game that I know of on the Neo Geo is Football Frenzy, one of those bash and smash games that are all the rage now.  Think of High Impact Football and you have a decent idea of the game.

One of the first things you will notice is the interesting names for the teams.  With nicknames like the Hitmen and the Scuds, it seems like the predecessor of the XFL that is around the corner.  As you can tell by the names, the teams are all fictional.  

(I could make a toasted cheese sandwich in the time it takes this guy to get down the field)

The gameplay is sorta slow, compared to today's games, but still fun.  It falls somewhere between NFL Blitz and 10 Yard Fight to give you an idea.  Your guys sorta move along in a leisurely pace like 10 Yard Fight, but the hits and the close up camera angles of the hard hits are more like Blitz.  

There is a decent amount of plays, but nothing like what is available now.  You have your run and pass plays and kicking plays.  Nothing too fancy, just your typical stuff.  Like the Blitz series, there is a fair amount of stomping after plays.  I personally think this detracts from the gameplay, but I guess I am more of a purist than a violence monger.  To each his own, I guess.

(A close-up of the action that is ready to take place!)

The graphics and sounds are good, but not great.  If you look at the era it came from (it was made in 1992), it is quite good.  But, like most sports games, it doesn't stand up to the test of time.  That is one flaw with most sports games, when they get older, they get very dated and unlike a good shooter or RPG, they just aren't as appealing.  But if you want a fun little football game, it isn't a bad time waster.  Just don't expect to play it too much as you will soon move onto your newer football games.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.


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