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  • Summary: NFL Head Coach reinvents football gaming by introducing the first 3D strategy sports game that challenges gamers to build and manage every aspect of a football team from the ground up. A simple conversation system and an engaging 3D graphical interface allow users to immerse themselves into the lives of an NFL head coach. As head coach, you develop a team strategy, execute it on and off the field, and try to build a winning organization year after year. Your status as a coaching legend will rise and fall based on all of your actions as you strive to become the greatest head coach of all time. Behind the desk, on the practice field, or while wearing the headset on game days, take the reins of your favorite NFL team and lead it to victory. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. It’s not perfect, it’s not available on next-gen systems, but for control freaks, it may be the most exhaustively complete sports SIM ever released on a console.
  2. It is nice to see EA Sports use their license for something a bit different.
  3. Basically, all of the micromanagement parts of the game will make fans gush with excitement.
  4. 70
    Overall, the unique approach of NFL Head Coach makes this game a smart pick for football freaks and sports gamers looking to add some analytical and intellectual flavor to their library.
  5. If I had to give advice to the development team, it would be to allow players more freedom in the off-season. Only allowing them two things to do between idiotic load screens is awful.
  6. 60
    NFL head coach takes a bold leap and attempts to start something well needed in the sports simulation field, change. Unfortunately, it falters in more aspects than it flies, with horrible AI, and an in game system that makes the game feel like more of a chore than a fun experience.
  7. The load times between each task are inexcusable, but worse yet are the games themselves, which you barely have to orchestrate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. TonyC.
    Aug 17, 2008
    10
    A revolutionary game of its time...a game that could help coaches reinforce how they want their players to be coached in specific ways, with flexible draft ratings, and board room meetings with other coaches. A game that also allowed innovation of created plays, personality type, and other things. A bit slow, but really ahead of its time. It just needed to clean up a few things, like speed, but other than that, it was a great game. Expand
  2. AndrewC.
    Jun 30, 2006
    9
    It was an 8.5, but I rounded up. If you're expecting Madden reincarrnated, do NOT buy this game. It's tedious at times, but definitely hands-on and the best football sim out there. Expand
  3. MikeJ.
    Jun 21, 2006
    8
    If you know what kind of game you are buying when you buy this title, you'll enjoy it. It is NOT an arcade-type game.......its thinking, planning, stragedy, ect.......and if thats what you're looking for, and willing to take a little time getting used to being a Head Coach, and all the decisions that come with that job, I think you'll really enjoy it!! Expand
  4. BigD.
    Aug 10, 2006
    8
    This is a very addicting game if you like these types of games. There is no action for you in the game at all, but if you are buying this, and know an ounce about football, you should expect that. You are the head coach in this game, not a player. I love this game, and love the idea. I only gave it an 8 because they could have done better with what you are allowed to do. The schedule is so limited in you being able to arrange your scehdule, it's almost pointless to have it there, and motivation factor is quite random, why would a running back or quarterback get upset when you tell him he did a good job after running a touchdown? There are a few other quirks, but I'm sure if EA chooses to make this game every year like their other franchise games we will see the options improve drastically. If you like the offseason stuff in Madden, you'll love NFL Head Coach Expand
  5. FrankT.
    Jul 13, 2006
    3
    Neat Idea; however, not delivered very well. Downloads take way too long to make this title enjoyable. Not worth it. You will be bored.
  6. MushaS.
    Jul 17, 2006
    1
    This is quite possibly the worst "game" I have ever played. Take away all the gameplay from madden and add some more menus and spreadsheets and you have this pile of crap. Even if you like the idea of making decisions, this is too much and there is no reward for doing well. Absolute rubbish. Not even worth the bandwidth used to download. Expand
  7. JoshC.
    Aug 30, 2006
    0
    This game doesnt even get a "1",.... Do not make the same mistake I made by purchasing this boring game, thats all i have to say about that.