NFL Blitz back in the game

EA Sports brings back Midway arcade football franchise with $15 downloadable offering set for January release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3.

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Last year saw EA Sports bring back the NBA JAM arcade basketball franchise for its first outing in seven years. Now the publisher is bringing back another semiretired over-the-top Midway arcade experience, as it has announced a downloadable reboot of NFL Blitz for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Blitz is hoping to make a Favre-like return from retirement. But without the cell phone pics.

Set for a January release at $15, NFL Blitz is being developed at EA Tiburon, the studio behind EA Sports' flagship football franchise, Madden NFL. In keeping with its predecessors, the game will feature two-minute quarters of penalty-free action and huge hits. However, the developers are also adding their own take on the game, with a new Gauntlet mode that lets players pit a fantasy team against NFL squads and fantasy boss teams to unlock various cheat codes.

NFL Blitz will also feature a variety of online modes, starting with standard competitive and cooperative matches that can be played locally. EA Tiburon is also including a Blitz Battles mode, where players are matched against others in their area and climb local, regional, and finally national ranking boards to earn induction into the Blitz Hall of Fame. The game will also have a trading card-based Elite League mode similar to the Ultimate Team offerings in EA Sports' other titles.

The Blitz franchise was last seen in 2008's Blitz: The League II for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However, that title touted sex, drugs, violence, and scandal among its main features and did not carry the official NFL license. It has been eight years since the last time the NFL Blitz brand was used, for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube game NFL Blitz Pro. That title was itself a departure from the series, skewing closer to simulation than arcade-style action with 11 players to a team and 10 yards for a first down instead of the Blitz-standard 30.

For more on EA Sports' reboot, check out GameSpot's preview of NFL Blitz.

Discussion

51 comments
Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

really cool, was expecting it to look bad. Can we get more arcade sports titles bring back nba street!! Vol 2 was the ishh

daabulls23
daabulls23

Sweet. Can we get NHL Hitz next?

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

EA's making it, cool, that's sane competition!

megakick
megakick

Blitz was first, Backbreaker second. Back Breaker looks like Blitz. At least its NFL Blitz. Now we need NBA Arch Rivals.

Supersoldier317
Supersoldier317

is it me or did it sorta look like backbreaker/backbreaker vengence?

holtrocks
holtrocks

What nooooo i thought it was going to be a full game not some 15 dollar crap, DAMN you EA

Vodoo
Vodoo

Wow!!! From that trailer it actually looks pretty fun and really good for a dlc game. This is right up my alley because I stopped playing Madden years ago when it became so dam complicated. Arcade sports are awesome!!!

Keving7
Keving7

Hell yes. AWOLNATION playing in that trailer.

sochio
sochio

looks fun but ill prefer that EA came out with nfl street 4

Flinet91
Flinet91

looks decent, might buy it!

pszone
pszone

EA Sports brought the rights from old midway game. That i welcome it .

RAZER83
RAZER83

Can't wait, playing NBA Jam On Fire right now.

bleedgreen2-1-5
bleedgreen2-1-5

Dam I had the one back in the day with Kordell Stewart on the cover haha, oldschool, might get this, looks fun

DarrylRocker
DarrylRocker

I wish they would do this for NHL Hitz too

theJBlounge
theJBlounge

@Jshaw71 It's confusing to me too, EA dev'ing/publishing, not Midway. They better get the Blitz arcade announcer back. lol

stncldrwg
stncldrwg

Did I see a Mutant League team in there too? FINALLY!!!

Jebril
Jebril

This is the only football game I actually liked, played the 00' version on the Dreamcast so much. It was a lot of fun. I also remember NBA JAM 99' used to play that on the N64 all the time.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

oh hell yes.. love this game.. NBA JAM on fire is a great game too!

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Another once great series taken over by EA. Meh. We'll see. I wonder if EA will try to take over Midway's Cyberball game.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

Pro was the last great Blitz game? No. I hadn't played a game since NFL Blitz 2001 for Dreamcast so I tried Pro after not being able to find 2003 and only seeing 2002. Pro felt like NFL Street. It wasn't simple enough or complex enough. I recently found a copy of NFL Blitz 2003 and that is the last great NFL Blitz game in my opinion.

ThaGrateOne
ThaGrateOne

Its ea so be prepared to be hit with fines or taxes for NFL rights.

Karzovis
Karzovis

@jasongm. Not really, only americans are the ones calling football FOOTBALL. Practically anywhere else in the world its called american football because futbol has already been taken for quite a while. Soccer is just an international name, not the original.

DrKill09
DrKill09

@jasongm There is no such thing as "American football". There is FOOTBALL and there is SOCCER :roll:

DrKill09
DrKill09

Boo! Screw NFL Blitz, I want Blitz the League 3! :(

Linkbest23
Linkbest23

If its anything like Blitz 03 im deff gettin it

tsunami19
tsunami19

i loved playing blitz on N64 this should be fun

LordMaza
LordMaza

I hope this game will be the new TECMO BOWL, if it has a side view camera will be awesome!

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@Rigyabliss Well...thing is, Blitz on the 64 and PS1 you could play as real teams with real players. Then when EA and the NFL put a monoply on the foot genre and made it so only EA can use real players as appose to the more superior 2K football games from Dreamcast, thats when I stopped caring about football games. EA: Oh? Your making a Football game? Thats cool...but...you can't use real teams or real players because we own them HAHAHAHAHAHA! GOOD LUCK.....n000bZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, EA and the NFL can choke on my chode when it comes to gaming.

Rigyabliss
Rigyabliss

@Philly1UPer I can understand why you would want real players, but that isn't what Blitz is about? Madden and NCAA Football are good for reality, so if EA can launch a Blitz game that is anywhere near as fun as the first, I wouldn't care if the players were named after pokemon.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Im not buying simply because EA and the NFL killed this franchise by not allowing real players in the newer ones near the end of the PS2 era...now they scoop up the same franchise that they killed just to make money? No thank you.

regix416_basic
regix416_basic

Hmmm... I never played this before... It sure looked fun at the time... I sure hope it lives up to the hype.

TheAmazingDude
TheAmazingDude

Ugh, I wish they'd release it as a standalone game for the Wii, as i don't own a PS3 or a 360.

collinmul
collinmul

I am loving the $15 "NBA Jam: On Fire Edition" and I fully expect I will love this, too. I got my $15 ready whenever you release this, EA.

Richard871
Richard871

i really hope ea doesn't screw this game up

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Hoping for the best... but don't trust Tiburon/EA handling the game. Remember the last EA arcade football game? It was awful. This game may very possibly only be 'BLITZ' in name... not the sweet gameplay Midway delivered. Oh and learn from NBA JAM EA you morons! Don't make it this a $40 disc game. It's either $15 on PSN and LIVE or GTFO!!!

Branmuffin316
Branmuffin316

This just my made my day a whole lot better.

Kashmir1089
Kashmir1089

Absolutely going to be playing this.

jasongm
jasongm

Great for football fans, never got into american football.. love the CFL!

Superzone
Superzone

I just hope this is more like NFL Blitz 99 and 2000 and less like that crappy Madden NFL Arcade game that came out a couple years ago. That game sucked. Hopefully EA brings back the Blitz magic.

MW3addict
MW3addict

Those robots are the packers :)

Longini
Longini

I would LOVE a new NHL Hitz game with current rosters. Haven't bought a hockey game since NHL Hitz Pro in 2003.

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

were those robots a legion of... cletus the NFL on FOX mascots? if so, i am sold!

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Sweet. One of the games I frequently played in the mall arcade. As mrsniper83 stated....."good times".

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Hellz yeah...i love blitz...good times

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I loved Blitz on the PS1... Repeatedly bodyslamming your opponents in the play select screen is a can't miss experience. xD

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Was excired, niw just a lil' sad... Blitz is a Midway game, NOT EA...