What on earth is American Football all about? They have four downs to do a what? Where are the ups if there are downs? What the hell do all those circles and crosses mean? These are all questions I had when I started playing John Madden Football and lo and behold, I think I’ve got it now! EA have done the business here, even when you load the game and are greeted by a quite scary pixelised version of John Madden you sense something good is about to happen.
The setup screens, well, the one setup screen is a garish green but has all the options you need. You can choose to play a standard exhibition game, sudden death game or start a campaign in the play-
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The passing plays are nicely done, pressing C twice snaps the ball and then brings up the window for pass options (here comes the judgment). The running plays are perhaps a little too similar and are an easy way to gain yardage. The graphics are good, the sound accompanies the game well and it’s easy to pick up for beginners. The only flaws are that the game is too easy and over too soon. Easy first downs are gained by running the ball. The play-
As good as Gridiron gets on the Mega Drive.