The long-in-the-works high-definition revival of NFL Blitz has finally arrived, less than three months after EA officially announced it last fall. It’s an idea that gamers of all stripes could get behind; after all, you didn’t need to be a football fan to enjoy the original Blitz at the turn of the millennium.
Fans had just cause to be apprehensive, though. EA’s most recent downloadable arcade football game, 2009’s Madden NFL Arcade, was a mediocre offering that struggled to justify its $15 price tag. And the publisher’s previous arcade-classic revival, NBA Jam, didn’t exactly set the world on fire when it launched the following autumn. It’s difficult to recapture the magic of bygone years, but EA Tiburon might just have managed it this time.