|Backyard Football Review by: mlb789
Backyard Football Review
Usually, I am a fan of the Backyard Sports series, but this game caused me to rethink my stance on being the biggest fan of the series. Backyard Football is a game where you can play as kids or pros (as kids) and go through a season, play a regular game, or do a variety of other game modes offered in the game. The rules are the same as football except that there is a default 1 minute quarter length- which leads to a very short game play- and you can also have "power ups" in the game that can enhance your teams performance (personally, I think it is better to call it "Cheating someone out of a touchdown with a magnet").
Graphics 6: The graphics in this game are garbage. They are absolutely terrible. But, you have to remember that this was a game on the GBA system- which, in my opinion, is one of the worst systems for graphics- and that it won't have the best graphics you'll ever see. If you look at the on the field graphics in the game Backyard Football 2007, you'll see that Backyard Football is easier to look at, despite being all cartoony. Considering that this came out pretty early (2004-2005 I believe), you can't fault them for having terrible graphics.
Sound 5: The sounds are nice for a while, and then you notice that they are too repetitive and turn the sound off. It isn't like how Backyard Baseball uses some of the sounds from Hotel R'Wanda (or vice versa), however, so it isn't all too bad. The only thing I can say I like is the music at the beginning of the game where the main menu is, but I've always liked a little menu ambiance anyways.
Addictiveness 3: Since the games are just about 4 minutes long, it is hard to get in to a game so much that you'll stay with it for a while. This makes the game extremely nonaddictive, and I sometimes find myself quitting after just one game because I feel that it is too boring to play. The game fails to keep your attention span for long, so the only way you'll get sucked in to it is if you have nothing else to do- ever.
Story : Lolwut.
Depth 9: The only category I found I can't fault for this game is depth, because you can always keep playing the game if you'd like. The game has an exhibition mode and season mode, and there are some other game types as well. If you do manage to stay with the game, there will be plenty of stuff for you to do.
Difficulty 1: Let's face it, most Backyard games are really meant for people who are ages 4-10 who aren't very good at video games. This game is so easy that I could probably do it with my eyes closed (as long as I had sound). The lack of defense is so huge in this game, and the slowness of the characters allows you to make important decisions in a remarkably large time span.
Overall 4.8: This game is just not very good and is almost not worth trying. I'd only recommend this to anyone who has the guts to see if they can sit in front of this game for more than ten minutes.
Graphics 6 Sound 5 Addictive 3 Depth 9 Difficulty 1
Backyard Football Description: The roar of the crowd, the grass stains on your pants, running home for dinner...? Yep, it's Backyard Football - football with kids. Backyard Football brings you all the action and excitement of American Football, with all the charm and nostalgia of neighborhood sports. Use the Backyard kids as players and/or play with the pros, as kids. In Backyard Football for GameCube, you get all 32 NFL teams to choose from as well as traditional Backyard Sports teams. You also get kid versions of top players in 2002 - Brett Favre, Rich Gannon, Jerry Rice, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Donnovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia, Ricky Wililams, Jevon Kearse and Terrell Davis. Kicking, passing, audibles, juking, stiff-arming, tackling and hurdling - it's all there.And it may be "backyard" sports, but it still has instant replay, with VCR-like controls that allow you to move the camera around.The game is true 3D, unlike earlier PC versions. As the coach, you draft your team, set your starting line-up and strategize your plays. Use existing plays or make your own in the playbook. Then play a 14-game season, with weekly schedules and season statistics. Or just do a pick-up game or Coaches' Challenge