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  • Summary: NFL Head Coach 09 provides a complete NFL experience, offering a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise, on and off the field, in-season and off-season. With strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach's seat by allowing gamers toNFL Head Coach 09 provides a complete NFL experience, offering a variety of different ways to control an NFL franchise, on and off the field, in-season and off-season. With strategic game planning features, NFL Head Coach 09 places gamers in the coach's seat by allowing gamers to comprehensively scout the opponent, build playbooks, and develop a team that will adapt to the philosophy and system of an NFL franchise. The sideline is your playing field in NFL Head Coach 09 - gamers can make adjustments to plays and game strategies in an instant. The outcome of every game depends on game-time decisions made on the sideline. Success depends on proper preparation and knowledge of the opposing teams’ strategies, as well as expert and timely play calling. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Even with its quirks and bugs, NFL Head Coach 09 is the type of game that will silently siphon away hours of your free time. Sitting down at night after the family has gone to bed to get in an hour or so of game time only to discover that all of a sudden it’s the middle of the night and your eyes are straining.
  2. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    Massively upgrades and updates the PS2 original, making it more accessible through improved presentation and navigation of its deep roster management system. [Oct 2008, p.86]
  3. NFL Head Coach 09 delivers a deep and immersive coaching experience, provided you can overlook the outdated gameplay engine and lackluster presentation.
  4. But NFL Head Coach 09 only caters to a very select group of gamers, and even then, there are obvious shortcomings that will frustrate even the most hardcore fans.
  5. The process of getting through an entire four quarters is quite tedious, even to the most patient NFL gamers used to selecting plays and executing them on field.
  6. Between the NFL Network announcer that has the same canned sound bite for common transactions and the lousy framerate of the in-game action, there’s a decidedly second-class-citizen feel from the get-go.
  7. 25
    I love the idea of plotting out my draft board, targeting free agents, cutting dead weight, and juggling the salary cap. But Head Coach 09 just left me frustrated and angry.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. Drejones
    Aug 17, 2008
    7
    The presentation is better, the graphics better, but the gameplay and goal setting are frustrating, especially when some GMs don't giveThe presentation is better, the graphics better, but the gameplay and goal setting are frustrating, especially when some GMs don't give you much to work with. On one end, you may do the right things for the long term and no one appreciates it, and you end up like DePodesta. The other extreme, you try to make the GM and the fans happy, and you end up like Bill Bavasi. However, it does allow for better scouting tools, extensive personality typing, and allows teams to scout on pro days, workouts, combines, etc. Two steps forward, one step back. Decent game that needs to clean a few areas. Expand
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    2
    My wife picked this up in the bargin bin for me. I played it for a few days but returned it. The good is that it has about the best off-seasonMy wife picked this up in the bargin bin for me. I played it for a few days but returned it. The good is that it has about the best off-season mode of any EA game to date. The bad is that you don't get to control the players and the graphics are on the level of Madden 95. So what's the point of having a football game if you can't play football? Back to the store it went. Expand