Like it’s Sega Genesis predecessor, MFL is a mix of Blitz and old-school backyard football we all know and love. You can play with 18 teams made up of bloodthirsty characters including Orcs, Skeletal Deadheads, Aliens, and mutated humans all intent on ripping your guts out and pounding your lifeless body to the ground. And this is before the ball is snapped!
“During a game, players litter the ripped up field like a beat up war zone”
MFL plays like a traditional football game with an obvious twist. So if you are familiar with the gameplay styles of Blitz or Madden, you’ll quickly get the hang of it. Responsive controls make playing and controlling any of these monstrosities a breeze. What sets MFL apart, of course, is the ultra-violent nature of the game. Not only can you pounce, hit, bodyslam your opponents, you can use powerups to literally shoot some unsuspecting defensive end in the face! Now that’s brutal!
“The high-quality music played throughout the game is varied and gruesomely compliments the games violent theme”
As expected, MFL graphics are great. Each race has its own unique look and set of skills. During a game, players litter the ripped up field like a beat up war zone. The use of blood splatter and explosions are especially impressive. From the main menu to the field itself, everything just seems to leap off the screen. The only real flaw I noticed in the graphics was that it was often difficult to identify your player, especially when you’re being gang tackled. Some form of above the head indicator would be a nice option to have.
“Despite a few very minor flaws, Mutant Football League should find a home with gamers yearning for a Sega Genesis successor to the original”
Little subtleties like the crowd noises, music, and bone-crunching tackles really make the sound effects stand out. The high-quality music played throughout the game is varied and gruesomely compliments the games violent theme. The color commentary is especially impressive when you consider that the guy on the mic is none other than Tim Kitzrow, the same guy that did NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.
MFL supports online multiplayer. Unfortunately, I was never able to find a game without being disconnected. I’m not sure if this is due to a server issue, a network problem, or if the game is just relatively new. Regardless, I’ll give it a few more weeks before I bring my A-game online.
Despite a few very minor flaws, Mutant Football League should find a home with gamers yearning for a Sega Genesis successor to the original. It’s fast, intense, and brutally addicting.