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Midway's long-running series of arcade-style football games has been redesigned from the ground up to appeal to players who desire more authenticity in their sports titles. NFL Blitz Pro earns its new name by featuring complete 11-on-11 match-ups with a full lineup of NFL players, teams, and stadiums. Real-time weather means the snow falls in New England and Buffalo, the sun shines in Miami and Arizona, and the wind blows in Chicago and San Francisco. Online support is a PlayStation 2 exclusive, with downloadable content, tournaments, and leader boards fostering a sense of community.
NFL Blitz Pro also features a Franchise Mode, where up to 32 players can take their teams through ten consecutive seasons. Players will be able to participate in drafts and trades as well as sign or release free agents to keep teams performing at a high level. Other modes of play include Pro Bowl, Practice, and Season. Both Season and Franchise modes offer stat tracking in such categories as sacks, interceptions, yards, and touchdowns, while the computer AI has been addressed to eliminate the infamous "catch-up" tendencies found in previous Midway sports games.
The action in NFL Blitz Pro still features aggressive moves and high-speed play. Punishing tackles, stiff-arms, high jumps, and bone-crunching sacks are as much a part of the game as traditional moves such as pitches, handoffs, reverses, crossing patterns, and trick plays. Fantasy stadiums and characters have made the transition, along with the ability to input cheat codes. Receiver Terrell Owens not only appears on the game's cover and advertising, but also assisted in designing plays and recording audio content. Special features include a making-of featurette that goes behind the scenes at the NFL Pro Bowl with stars Hugh Douglas, Derrick Brooks, and LaDanian Tomlinson. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide