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NFL Tour

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Pick-up football, oversimplified and not much fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The emphasis is more on the brutality of football than the team aspects.

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish violence shows up in some of the hits and tackles. This game shows tackling without pads, so the hits can seem extreme.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Technically the soundtrack and the real NFL team logos are product placement, but it's not overt.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is not a traditional football simulation game. This is a game of 7-on-7 pick-up football, played by NFL pros wearing no helmets or pads. It emphasizes the brutality of football and shows some tackles that are extreme, especially because they are shown without players wearing pads. The gameplay is about speed, action, and scoring, and it does little to reflect football's complexity.

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What's it about?

Add NFL TOUR to the long line of "casual" football games that already includes NFL Blitz and the NFL Street series. NFL Tour is sort of NFL Street reborn, but EA hasn't changed or improved the gameplay enough, resulting in a mediocre experience at best.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The game boils football down to a more manageable 7-on-7 (in Madden, for example, it's 11-on-11). It also throws out much of that pesky playbook and gets rid of the kickoff (instead the QB tosses the ball down the field). The game takes the most famous from every team, removes their helmets and pads, and lets them go at it, including some tackles that are over-the-top. With its simplified controls, you should be able to play fairly well from the start -- the trouble sets in after you've played awhile and realize that the gameplay is shallow and unbalanced. In Tour mode, you create your own player and pit him (along with your favorite team) against the rest of the NFL on fields that include walls (players can run up the sides to avoid hits). There's also exhibition mode and two minigames. All are fun, but they won't occupy you for very long.

NFL Tour fails where the cleats hit the fields. The game might be worth a play or two, especially with casual players, but anyone who spends some time playing will notice the huge advantage the offense has, the ineffectualness of the defense and defensive stars, and realize that the game needs significant tuning up for next season.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why players wear pads and helmets in the real football games. Why are certain kinds of hits illegal? Do you favor playing this over-the-top pick-up game or a game that is more like real football?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$27.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:January 9, 2008
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymr bannana September 12, 2012

wonderful

this game is for e1. the game is like football imagination. and also the tackling is one of the games top things. its a wonderful game any1 can play
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