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Touchdown: It's Football Week at Defunct Games!
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on August 31, 2014   |   Episode 53 (Show Archive)  


Fact: The NFL season kicks off this week! Are you excited? No matter what your answer was, we plan on spending a full week looking at nothing but football games. Find out what critics thought of the original John Madden Football, Mutant League Football and Sega's Joe Montana Football. Did these NFL games score a touchdown off the first kick, or were they disappointing fumbles? Find out when you spend a week with Defunct Games.

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Mutant League Football: What Did Critics Say Back in 1993?
[ System: Genesis | Pub: Electronic Arts | Release: 1993 | Show: Review Crew ]
Before we dive into the serious NFL games, we wanted to ease our way into pigskin-themed week with Mutant League Football. This ghoulish creation marked a departure for Electronic Arts, who up until that point had been focused on creating realistic sports simulators. Did critics enjoy this nightmarish football game, or did they rip it to shreds? We dig through old issues of Die Hard Game Fan, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Mean Machines Sega and GamePro for the answers.

MAGAZINES: Die Hard Game Fan, Mean Machines Sega, GamePro, Electronic Gaming Monthly and Sega Force. [SEE THE REVIEWS]

John Madden Football: Did Critics Love Madden's First Console Game?
[ System: Genesis | Pub: Electronic Arts | Release: 1990 | Show: Review Crew ]
After a quarter century, it's hard to think of a time without yearly John Madden Football installments. This was the case in 1990, when Electronic Arts finally conquered the console market with Madden's first appearance on Sega Genesis. Was it love at first sight? We dig through old issues of GamePro, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Raze, CVG, Mega Play, and Video Games & Computer Entertainment to the answers.

MAGAZINES: GamePro, Computer + Video Games, Raze, Mean Machines Sega, Electronic Gaming Monthly, Mega Play, and Video Games & Computer Entertainment. [SEE THE REVIEWS]

Joe Montana Football: Did Critics Love this Sega Sports Game in 1991?
[ System: Genesis | Pub: Sega | Release: 1991 | Show: Review Crew ]
Thanks to the NFL 2K series, Sega is known for producing great football games. But that wasn't always the case. Today we're going to take a trip back to 1991 and look at Sega's first 16-bit NFL game. Did critics love this game as much as John Madden Football, or was it a last second fumble? We dig through old issues of GamePro, Mega Play, CVG, Video Games & Computer Entertainment, and Sega Pro for the answers.

MAGAZINES: Super Play, Sega Pro, Computer + Video Games, Mean Machines Sega and Mega Play. [SEE THE REVIEWS]


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