Oh no! I want to play as Chad Ochocinco because heís so brave and clever for changing his name to his number! I have absolutely no reason to play Tecmo Super Bowl!
Wrong again. Using console emulation (only if you own the original version of the game, of course) and a variety of roster updates, you can enjoy some amazing football with the latest player rosters available. In fact, the community for this game is still so large that message boards exist devoted entirely to this game in its various iterations.
Still, why not just relive a crazy time in the history of the NFL. Party like itís 1991. Iím hesitant to call it the glory days, but they were certainly glorious. Houston had a team called the Oilers. Barry Sanders was basically Sonic the Hedgehog wearing football pads. The Bills were still deeply in love with losing Super Bowls (B
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In all honesty, while itís great that we get a new Madden game each year with new rosters and all that happy fun, thereís nothing wrong with going back in time for a while and enjoying the ghosts of seasons past. Defense
Defense in football games is notoriously boring, and many football games throughout the years have attempted to remedy this in various ways. For instance, arcade and SNES game Super High Impact
made dudes' helmets fly off and had guys yelling at you to make the game exciting. It didn't work. Defense was still boring - as was the rest of the game, in this case.
Tecmo Super Bowl
took a slightly different path: the path of profound misunderstanding of the game of football. Sure, it might not have been on purpose, and it may have been simply a design choice to simplify things, but the fact remains that defense in the game is nothing like it is in football. Is this a detriment to the game? Not really. In fact, it helps to make defense more exciting.
Basically, as the offense is choosing a play, the defense is choosing from that same offensive playbook in the hopes of predicting what play the offence is going to run. If the defense chooses correctly, the play usually ends in epic fail for the offense. Otherwise, the play simply proceeds as normal. Realistic? Hell no. Often infuriating for the offense? Hell yes. But for what it's worth, the game is made far more exciting because of it, and you're not forced to choose a 3-4 and blitz the corner when all you really want to do is get back to playing offense. Then again, if you want to take control of a linebacker and blitz, go nuts. It's a great way to rack up the sacks.
Seriously, EA. I'm so sick of the garbage that you put in your sports games that I just might hurt myself. Other modern sports games aren't faring much better (there are still sports games not made by EA, aren't there?)
Anyway, Tecmo Super Bowl was like playing football with Mega Man's slightly less awesome and really sweaty but still totally cool brother. Catch a kickoff and hear the familiar offensive anthem kick in immediately, telling you to run the shit out of that ball. Score a touchdown and revel not in the points scored but in the triumphant music that the game treats you to. But don't take my word for it!
Son of a bitch.
Damn you, Bo Jackson. Damn you.
So, yeah, Bo's in there too. Take that how you will.
What more do I need to say? The fact that devoted fans of the series still update the game's rosters every year should stand as the ultimate testament to this game's quality. It is, and always shall be, the greatest sports game of all time.
Feel free to disagree with me in the comments, but be forewarned: you'll automatically be wrong. And Kanye, no, I will not allow you to interrupt me and tell me that Madden is the best football game of all time. Get out of here.
Also, if Samit doesnít comment on this post, I will consider my life a failure. ;)
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