The new year hits hard with its first Arcade release, a $15 remake.
EA returns to the Midway remake pool after NBA Jam with Blitz, a reconfigured version of the arcade classic. The result is a bit of a jumble, with the button scheme opened up needlessly making it a tough transition for veterans. The NFL’s ludicrous suggestion that late hits be stripped takes away from the ferocity, and the speed feels a cut lower than it once was. Rosters are outdated and player specifics are incorrect, plus anemic game modes don’t offer the pizazz of the later Blitz editions. EA would have been better off expanding on a prior Blitz entry than starting over from scratch.