Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 9, 2012
    Even with the omission of late hits, NFL Blitz is an old-school arcade experience that hasn't lost the fun factor it had a decade-and-a-half ago. As a casual football fan who hasn't seen more than three regular season NFL games this year, it still managed to win me over with its fast-paced action. Blitz's gameplay will seem unmistakably familiar to fans of the original, but it's still a great title to have in your library to pull out for the occasional game.
  2. Feb 1, 2012
    NFL Blitz feels so very much like its predecessor on the Nintendo 64 that you'll jump right in without a hitch. However, once you get into the game modes and features, you'll find that there is plenty of new content to keep you busy – especially for a downloadable game. If you have a few virtual dollars sitting in your PSN or Xbox Live account, I recommend this game to fans of the series, and fans of a solid arcade experience.
  3. Jan 25, 2012
    Blitz is about thumbing your nose at reality and glorifying the exciting parts of football.
  4. Jan 23, 2012
    Despite the elimination of the ability to deliver late hits and other illegal moves, NFL Blitz remains a fun arcade experience that can finally be taken online.
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    NFL Blitz has all the personality and appeal of installments during the franchise's glory days. It can feel a tad thin due to a lack of options and customization – you can't change the quarter length, for instance – but I doubt the old-school fans will be disappointed.
  6. 70
    The offline mode can get tiresome, but the online modes are enough to keep arcade gamers busy for some time.
  7. Jan 6, 2012
    This package boasts an impressive amount of features for a downloadable title, and provides a slew of nostalgic fun when paired with an eager partner. Blitz is a worthy throwback to the simpler days when you could tackle a man-sized hot dog with reckless abandon.
  8. Jan 4, 2012
    The lack of late hits and the inability to change the length of games don't take away from the fact NFL Blitz is a whole lot of fun. Compounded by the fantastic announcers and ongoing unlocks, NFL Blitz is a great sports experience folded into a downloadable package.
  9. Still, the experience as a whole suffers only slightly, and we're left with an endlessly engaging arcade title any gamer can enjoy. [Mar 2012, p.81]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 14, 2012
    Initially after buying this game I gave NFL Blitz a mediocre score of 5/10 I was sad to do so because I loved the core of the game. The play was fast and the hits were brutal, but my complaints weren't with the gameplay they were with the online component. I purchased the game the morning after it released on PSN and already by that point the online seemed to be completely inundated with "cheesers". They played a style of defense in which all three of a teams receivers were knocked down immediately after the snap forcing the QB to either throw a bad pass or run as their only two options. Because this play style ruined online gameplay, and because the online component was Blitz's biggest and most important feature I felt that my score was justified.

    Having spent more time with the game, much more time, I have noticed that this play style has begun to become rarer and rarer, I even met a new player online who said that he hadn't encountered it at all. With this in mind I feel that its necessary to change my review score.

    Blitz is home to an insane amount of content for a downloadable title. There are among others, a Gauntlet mode which has you working up a ladder Mortal Kombat style to unlock special players like zombies, and ninjas; there is an excellent card game in the style of Madden Ultimate Team, an online co-op mode (which I have yet to try out), and of course NFL Blitz is one of the best games ever to play on the couch with friends.

    My original complaint was with the online mode which appeared to be ruined by a terrible play style that removed the fast and loose, big play fun that made Blitz famous, since that complaint is no longer as valid as it had been I can easily recommend this game to anyone that has even a little love for football.

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  2. Jan 7, 2012
    I bought NFL Blitz because I thought it would be like playing a faster and crazier version of madden which in most part it is. This being my first Blitz game since I was never into American football until I got into high school, I was not expecting that the game was going to be as simplistic as it was. Simplicity is fine and all but I felt that some of the games I played were more of a chore to do than fun especially when you're winning by more than twenty points. The way how you would throw the ball to the receivers surprised me as I thought it would be more madden like, although it works very well for this game. The game modes are pretty beefy for a dlc game with the elite league and co-op modes added in. I was a bit annoyed that Vick and Tebow throw with their right hand instead of left and that there are no dreadlocks or hair on the notably hairy players, also the rosters for some of the teams are lousy. Hopefully they could add dlc players like Jimmy Graham and the Gronk in the next game. This game is pretty fun and is worth the $14.99, but if you are really into madden and ncaa, NFL Blitz will seem too easy. I like the game and is easy enough so that you could play with a little kid or just screw around in with friends. Full Review »
  3. Apr 6, 2014
    I was excited to see this game on the PlayStation store because, TO THIS DAY, I still play NFL Blitz 99 on my PS1. The game play is exactly how i expected it to be, the game plays slower than I am use to and there are no late hits. Its excited to see updated rosters and uniforms on a game I so love. Full Review »