Didn't mow enough lawns this summer to cough up $60 for Madden? Then it's time to give QuickHit NFL Football a try.
The game is finally out of the beta stage (definition of beta: when the game's makers release an early version of the game to a group of people so they can test it out and work out the bugs) and is ready to change the way you look at football video games.
Since the last time the Sports Gamer had a chance to look at QuickHit, a number of new changes have been implemented. First and foremost: a pretty new 3D version is now available. No, it doesn't look as good as this year's Madden does. But for a free downloadable game playable via your computer? It looks pretty darn good if you ask me. Of course, the original top-down look is also still available—and that's still the way the Sports Gamer likes to play the game—in case 3D isn't your thing.
The big difference between QuickHit and other football sims: You don't play as individual players in QuickHit—there's no button-mashing, or spin-moves—as much as you coach your entire team.
Appropriately enough, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach/football brainiac Bill Cowher provides color commentary during games. A new free-agent feature, called Free Agent Wire, allows you to draft cool, old-time Hall of Famers like Barry Sanders and Warren Moon. Finally, the Playbook Shop features tons of new Xs and Os options, including—wait for it—the Wildcat offense.
And because QuickHit has access to the NFL license, not only is every NFL team present and accounted for, but so are their season schedules. As an added bonus, the makers of the game also tossed in Divisional Challenges. Want to see if you have what it takes to get the Saints to the Super Bowl? Play through their 2010 NFC Divisional Challenge, and you'll find out.
Verdict: QuickHit is a terrific simulation of NFL-caliber action, that 1) doesn't cost anything to play—that's right, it's free—and 2) it doesn't require the purchase of a console, like the PS3 or Xbox 360. In fact, if you're reading this, you can start your own QuickHit season in 3... 2... 1... (just head over to www.quickhit.com). See you online, NFLers.
The Sports Gamer's real name is Scott Jones. He played football for 12 years before hanging up his cleats and jumping into video game writing. In his time covering the gaming world, Scott has interviewed star athletes such as Venus Williams, Tony Hawk and David Wright.