It's almost September, and that means time for me to play some football. Now, normally I gravitate towards Madden, but I thought I'd give an oldie a try. Play Action Football came to my attention via an old Nintendo Power issue, and since I found a copy for a mere two dollars on Game Boy, I figured why the heck not?
I remember the NES version of this game was kind of a big deal since it supported four-player co-op. The Game Boy version does not - at least not that I can tell from the menu. But that's sort of moot since I don't know four friends who own Game Boys and live close enough to try out such a thing. Even if I did, it would still be moot because this is one of the more boring football games I've ever played.
Now, I will give it credit for what it pulls off on the hardware. It's neat seeing full teams and all. Of course, the players are absolutely tiny to achieve such a feat. And that makes it hard to sometimes see what's going on. But the major thing is that this game just drags. The action feels so so slow. Maybe back in the day it felt like a really good simulation. I'm not sure. A friend of mine swears the NES version was great.
But ugh. I played a full game that ended in a 0-0 score. It seems like even the CPU has trouble completing passes, at least on the default difficulty. It was like the most tedious tug-o-war game I've ever played. Oh well. I guess I'll probably be digging back into a Madden again soon. I do have Madden 13 on Wii U that I haven't spent much time with so...