This week Critical Reception looks at Electronic Arts' first take on the sport management simulation in NFL Head Coach
(available on the PC, Xbox, and PS2 and developed at EA Tiburon), wherein the player assumes the role of the same title.
For a first attempt at a relatively unpopular and untapped genre (in the U.S.), NFL Head Coach scores a middling 72% average
according to game review compilation resource GameRankings.com.
1UP's Tom Byron's main qualm
is that the game might be "doing too good a job of simulating the world of a coach in professional football." He elaborates, "Make no mistake: This is a high-pressure situation and, frankly, NFL Head Coach
has given me a greater appreciation for what these guys go through. But, good god, did they have to simulate boredom? If you play NFL Head Coach
on a daily timeframe, you are looking at long days answering e-mail, making deals, talking to your staff, talking to agents, futzing around with the salary cap, and meeting with your bosses."
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