Review by KasketDarkfyre

"Not bad for a football game...oh..wait...there are only two of them..."

There are only two NFL games on the Sega 32X and the only one that I can find at the moment, is this one for NFL Quarterback Club. Much like the Genesis version of the game, you have several different game modes, and a really interesting simulation mode that allows you to play in key games throughout history {at least up to the time the game was produced}. For the most part, you’ll be working with a good play book and some top notch teams that have that particular year’s team roster on them. However, what you’ll find is that there is little or no challenge from the computer and the controls are over-simplified.

There isn’t as much depth in this title as you would find in the Madden games, so you’ll have to be aware that even if you play through the game several times, the challenge never gets harder. In fact, you can roll through an entire season and not lose a single game simply because the computer intelligence is at an all time low. Playing with your friends though is where you will find the true challenge and with the game play strategies that you find available in the game, you may not want to play the computer at all.

The game play that you find is pretty straight forward, with the ability to keep the plays you have in mind simple but there are some problems associated with them. First of all, you can’t tell if the play you’re using is a running play, a handoff play or a passing play, which leads to more confusion until you decide that you’re going to work with one single play. Now, you would figure that the computer would catch on to that one play and learn a defense to stop it, but the computer seems to be missing some intelligence in that respect and you can get through the game without ever having to break a sweat!

Control is something that you would expect to be a little more intricate than it really is. Over-simplification on the way that the plays come off is something that takes a little time to get used to or you’ll be over shooting your target because you’re just trying too hard. Running down the field is nothing more than pressing the directional button and the spin button that you use to throw off defense is something that is just used way too much. You can literally defeat the computer by a seventy point margin if you just get the ball and then run down the field with it instead of working with all of the plays in the book.

Visually, NFL Quarterback Club has quite a few different points that shine through like with the way that your players move down the field and the plays that come off. There is a little bit of scaling, but you won’t find the intricate lettering and detail that you have in today’s games and most of what you’re seeing is pixilated and doesn’t have fluidity like you might be used to. The 32X does a good job with the colors and the different details of the teams, but just doesn’t bring it altogether for anything that is truly visually impressive or exciting.

The music that you hear is silence, with most of your audio going towards the sound effects like calling out the plays and the thuds, crunches and otherwise of tackles and passes being thrown. You’ll find some music in the title screen and at different points during the game, but there is nothing here that is constant and when it does come up during the game, it’s so brief that you won’t remember it anyway. The sound effects do come out clear through the game, but you may find that there is just too little that really will warrant paying attention to it!

NFL Quarterback Club is a decent football game for the 32X and is the first of two football games that are available in the 32X library. With some pretty good game play options and a roster full of first rate teams {at the time} you’ll find plenty of things here that will keep you busy in the off season. If you can swing playing through this game and making your way back to the old days of the Sega add-on, then you’re looking at a game that is well worth having in your collection. However, if you’re into the more intricate football games that are on the market today, then you might as well leave this one to warm the bench and play Madden.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 03/04/02, Updated 03/04/02

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