Review by Baldo

"The greatest, goriest Genesis gridiron game ever"

Mutant League Football is by far the coolest football game ever made. Its got all the action of regular football, but with twice the carnage. Don't like that pass interference call? Kill the ref! If you've ever wondered what it would be like to play football with trolls, robots, aliens, super-humans, and skeletons; give MLF a try, you won't be disappointed.

Gameplay - 9/10

The controls for MLF are the same as those for the John Madden Football game of the same year. I believe it was 1993. The controls are the same because Electronic Arts made both games. The fields are different and so are the number of players on the field. Each team has seven players on the field. Each team is comprised of trolls, robots, aliens, skeletons, super-humans, or a combination of the five. Each player type has there own strengths and weaknesses. For instance, trolls are much slower than the other races, but they are also much stronger and more durable.

The most important gameplay feature for MLF is the ''Death Index.'' During the game, it is possible for a player to die. If they receive a hard tackle, step on a land mine on the field, fall into one of the lava pits, get hit with dynamite, or if they catch the ''bomb'' pass, there is a chance that they will die. The higher you set the ''Death Index'' the greater chance they have of dying. When a player dies, he fumbles the ball. Honestly, call it sick, but this is my favorite feature of the game. If violence isn't your thing, don't fret, the death scenes are non-abrasive due to their cartoonish, unrealistic nature. But if you don't like violence, don't pick up MLF to begin with. Also, if the ''Death Index'' is turned down to 1, you will rarely ever see a player die, at least by being tackled.

The difficulty in MLF varies depending on what team you've selected and what ''Death Index'' you've set. Each team has a ''skull rating'' that determines how good they are. Zero is the worst and five is the best. If you select a team with a zero or one rating, don't expect to win many games, especially if you've set the death index above 1. The talent on the different teams is very unbalanced, which is why the game cannot receive a perfect score for gameplay.

Story - N/A

Win the championship. Its a sports game, so there really isn't a story.

Graphics/Visual Effects - 9/10

The graphics in MLF are very well done for its time. The players and fields all have vibrant colors. The different races also look cool, except for the robots. The robots are simply skeletons with a different color palette. It is cool though how the robots leak oil when they get hit.

Audio - 8/10

The music in the introduction to the game is awesome, but its all downhill from there. The sounds that the players make are cool, as are the noises made by players, coaches, and refs to show that they are talking. It sounds kind of like the noises that adults made on the various Charlie Brown movies.

Replay Value - 10/10

I have never gotten tired of playing MLF. Even though the game is rather easy, killing the opposing team just never seems to get old. Its even better if you play with a friend.

To Be or Not to Be?

I would definitely try to find this one. If your a football fan or if your simply intrigued by the game's features, try and pick this one up.

Overall - 9/10

MLF is by far the coolest football game ever made. It is also one of the best Genesis games out there. It was also pretty popular. I believe that there was a TV show called Mutant League Football, but I don't know if it was based on the game or the game was based on the show.


Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 08/28/01, Updated 08/28/01


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