NFL Head Coach PC

Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
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  1. This really is only for a defined group of hardcore football fans, but those fans won’t find anything close to this anywhere else.
  2. When Head Coach hits, it slams it out of the ballpark. Excellent structure and balance in the practice periods before game day ensure that you take your time and prepare extensively, while tasks at the front office put you in control of every aspect of the franchise.
  3. EA Sports is best known for its other monster football game, "Madden NFL." But where "Madden" lets you control real-life players and plays on the field, "Head Coach" takes you behind the action, putting you in the Gatorade-scented shoes of a coach you create from scratch.
  4. It is nice to see EA Sports use their license for something a bit different.
  5. A game specifically catered to football enthusiasts who are not really on the nitty-gritty of football technicalities. Creativity and the spirit of the football game are the very elements that EA and Tiburion had wonderfully weaved into this All-American game.
  6. 72
    As it stands, NFL Head Coach will appeal to die-hard fantasy football fanatics and Madden franchise mode junkies, and to little else. Still, that's all EA ever wanted.
  7. Still, while Head Coach is ultimately an imperfect football-management simulation, it is also, almost in spite of itself, a frequently fun one. Those with a penchant for serious football management are most certainly going to find things to like about it.
  8. There are a lot of great ideas in NFL Head Coach, but quite a few of them aren’t executed to perfection.
  9. Chances are that NFL Head Coach won't cure your football jones unless heavy-duty statistical simulators are up your alley. On the other hand, there's so much to do - and gobs of hours that can be invested - that it's likely to keep fantasy football maniacs going for months (or at least until the next Madden comes out).
  10. A decent product that has a few adjustments that need to be made. I am sure that the next revisions of this game will definitely become a really great product that people will be waiting in line for every year like Madden and the NCAA football series.
  11. NFL Head Coach brings football sims into the 21st Century, but it still won’t appeal to many people beyond hardcore sports sims fans.
  12. Game Informer
    68
    Even though you are the coach in this game, you're still little more than a bystander. [Aug 2006, p.84]
  13. 60
    The online multiplayer mode is worth playing, and it's a fun game to play when you want to give your thumbs a break from Madden. However, Head Coach should have learned a lot from the two-dimensional predecessors and web-based fantasy football games whose audience it's attempting to appeal to.
  14. PC Gamer
    54
    I'm sure that coaching in the NFL is one of the world's most grueling desk jobs, but the whole idea behind sports management games is to indulge fans after they get home from work, not make them feel like they've swapped one desk for another. [Oct. 2006, p.106]
  15. 50
    NFL Head Coach is a game you really want to like, but ultimately it's a poorly executed great idea.
  16. NFL head Coach is obviously targeted toward a very niche group of extreme football enthusiasts, but the game, such as it is, has been made into such a laborious, oftentimes arduous affair that even the target audience is likely to be turned away.
  17. 40
    There’s something decidedly satisfying seeing your hard work and meticulous planning pay off with a trip to the Super Bowl. But that trip is fraught with so many pitfalls – the most annoying being the rigid scheduling issues – that you’ll need superhuman patience to see it through to the end.
  18. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    The most egregious crime is the game's interface. It's a monstrosity of a design, one full of unnecessary busywork. [Oct. 2006, p.69]
  19. The load times between each task are inexcusable, but worse yet are the games themselves, which you barely have to orchestrate.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Jul 23, 2014
    1
    This game should have been the best game ever for me, its mission is exactly what I am looking for. But the execution was beyond awful. HeadThis game should have been the best game ever for me, its mission is exactly what I am looking for. But the execution was beyond awful. Head Coach 09 is very good - still has some warts but closer to the vision. Full Review »
  2. JoelD.
    Sep 19, 2006
    9
    I think this is a wonderful game, been playing it pretty much none stop since the day I bought it which was 2 weeks ago.
  3. MZ
    Jul 13, 2006
    4
    I wish I would have waited for version 2. I was hoping it would be just a expanded Madden Franchise mode. The interface is laborious. I wish I wish I would have waited for version 2. I was hoping it would be just a expanded Madden Franchise mode. The interface is laborious. I wish I would have waited for version 2. I was hoping it would be just an expanded Madden Franchise mode. The interface is laborious. Things can be quite annoying, if not confusing. I Full Review »