EA is retaining the hallmarks of the original Blitz: fast-paced 7-on-7 action, two-minute quarters, no penalties, and players catching on fire. They're also updating the classic title for the modern era, bringing in head-to-head online matches and two-on-two action (both online and offline), as well as a variety of leaderboards. Play-by-play commentary will come from NBA Jam/NFL Blitz legend Tim Kitzrow, and actor Brian Haley (Gran Torino, Little Giants) will be the color guy.
All of that stuff is what people really care about when it comes to arcade sports games, but NFL Blitz will also offer single-player content in the form of the Blitz Gauntlet, a mode in which you'll take on NFL teams as well as "exclusive fantasy character bosses" in the Blitz Coliseum. (Defeating the fantasy characters will unlock them for use in the game.) In addition, NFL Blitz will feature a mode called Elite League, which sounds similar to Madden Ultimate Team: it's a trading-card mode where you spend Blitz Bucks (earned by playing online) on card packs to try and put together the best team and the most effective power-ups.
From the first screenshots (available in an EGMNow preview), it's clear that EA is going for a much less stylized look than Midway's Blitz titles, although it's not quite on the Madden end of the photorealism spectrum. After seeing that, I worry that the NFL has forced EA to tone down the original games' craziness (like the WWF-inspired tackles). But I'm holding out hope that EA will honor the Blitz name, at least in spirit, with a better game than their last arcade football title, 2009's mediocre Madden NFL Arcade.
For more details, check out the game's official website and Facebook page.
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