Mutant Football League
Classic NFL Blitz...with Mutants! And Carnage! And Gore! And Tim Kitzrow! Take control of mutant and monster parody teams as you go head to head in a game of professional tackle football. Choose a team and take them through a real career mode! Battle against a friend locally or online! Play Dirty Tricks against your opponent and give yourself the advantage! It's the Mutant Football League!
-Choose from a total of 18 teams to play as, from the Deadlanta Vultures to the Scarolina Panzers
-Play a variety of Dirty Tricks on your opponent, giving yourself a temporary advantage
-A callback to the football game from the 1990's, NFL Blitz!
-Punch, kick, and slam into your foes to eliminate them from the roster, but beware the penalties!
-Play online or locally with a friend!
-Has both career and tournament modes!
-Looking to play right away? Select a team and the game is on!
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Intel Core2Quad 2.67 GHz
or AMD Phenom II X4 965
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 6 GB available space
OS: Windows 10
Processor: Intel i5-4590
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 6 GB available space
One football game can last anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
Season mode can take 1-3 hours.
PC: October 31, 2017
PS4, XBox One: January 19, 2018
PC, PS4, XBox One
Developer: Digital Dreams Entertainment
Publisher: Digital Dreams Entertainment
Rating: M for Mature
From the mind of Michael Mendheim comes a football game unlike any other. Wave goodbye to the formal play-by-play Madden-like football stereotype and get ready for a messy, chaotic football parody that plays like the classic arcade game, NFL Blitz. A successful Kickstarter, Mutant Football League was to take after its spiritual predecessor, the original Mutant League Football on the Sega Genesis, while still utilizing the parts of Blitz that made it a blast. The game met with great success when it released on Steam on October 31, 2017. Now, releasing on PS4 and XBox One on January 19, 2018, it is expecting another successful run.
Violence: Beware of extreme violence and gore! Limbs are torn away from their bodies, cadavers erupt in an explosion of blood and guts, and chainsaws are used to hack and slash your way to the end zone. A punch emits blood, a slash emits blood, a sack emits blood—basically any physical interaction will be bloody, and football is a physical sport. Fights are encouraged since once your opponent’s players are dead, they’re out of the game! Players can be beaten, punched, slammed, and cut while they’re down. Once they die, their body parts fly in different directions, leaving a big bloody mess. It is safe to say that gore is gratuitous in this game.
Language: Words such as “f*ck,” “sh*t,” “d*mn,” “*ssh*le,” and “Godd*mn it” are used in abundance. The commentators will curse a lot as they talk in real-time. Sometimes, the commentators will discuss stories about certain players that are vulgar, some of which are sexually indecent or playfully inappropriate. There is a mature language filter setting that can be turned on. It literally bleeps out all of the curse words.
Drug Use: In the commentary, other stories about players will include references to marijuana, meth, cocaine, and a few other addictive substances.
Sexual Content: The commentators will talk about sexual encounters that either they have had, or other players have had. Engaging in a threesome and masturbation are mentioned among the comments.
This game is horrible…horribly great, that is. The sheer rush alone of throwing a successful completion to your wide receiver out near the end zone and getting a touchdown is worth getting this game. But then, add monster parody teams, bloody violence, and hilarious commentary and you have yourself a mature little football game. Of course, whoever plays this has to be willing to turn a blind eye to a great many things all previously mentioned above in the content guide. With that said, grab some popcorn, an Xbox One or PS4 controller, and get ready for a ride into the wonderful world of Mutant Football League.
The game comes with five different modes: play now, season mode, playoffs, online game, and practice. Some are self-explanatory, but the main ones you will end up playing are probably season mode and online game. In season mode, you can pick a team and play through an entire actual season of MFL. In online mode, you can either play online with a friend or even play against a random player somewhere in the world. Playoffs is basically a tournament mode that will pair you against other teams until you eventually square off to see who can become league champion.
As for the gameplay, it plays almost exactly like the game of my childhood, NFL Blitz. Once I heard about this, I was all the more excited and could not wait to try it out. It’s the simple, yet complex game for people who don’t want to play a complete football game, but still enjoy tackle football for what it is: smashing your opponent, getting touchdowns, throwing the ball, and being the star QB you always wanted to be. I played tackle football in high school and even though it is nowhere near the real thing, MFL brought back some great memories.
Once you pick a team, you can either choose to receive or kick the ball. If you receive it, you is literally just push your control stick up as you run up the field, dodging the defense. You can stiff arm opponents, dive, and jump to avoid being taken down. The twist in this game is, if you don’t get up right away, those players will beat you to a pulp and you’ll be dead! Once you’re dead, you do not come back into the game unless otherwise specified in the settings. I recommend playing with resurrection settings off to make it more challenging! It will definitely keep both players focused and on their toes the entire game, even between plays!
Pick a play, whether on offense or defense. Go for a pass or run the ball through the defense line! Rush the QB or do an all-in blitz to sack that QB and get a huge yard loss. Block the passes, or better yet, intercept your opponent’s ball! Not near the ball? Press a button and be instantly zipped to the player nearest to wherever the ball is. Dive and take out the runner or stiff arm your attackers. Kick the ball just right to get an onside kick and regain possession! Kick a field goal. Do a fake punt. Have the QB run the ball. The gameplay is simply phenomenal. There hasn’t been a football game like this in a long time.
A great tweak to the game is the use of Dirty Tricks. These you can use at any time during the game, but only once per game, so use them wisely. Different teams will have different ones, but they usually include bribing the ref, killing the ref, arming yourself with a shotgun or a chainsaw as you run the ball, and making yourself humongous and stomping around the field. While these can add funny little moments in the game. Sometimes it feels straight up unfair—especially when someone bribes the ref. If you make a touchdown and your opponent has bribed the ref, your score will be nullified and you’ll be placed where you were before the touchdown. Luckily, there is a sign that appears over the ref when they have been bribed. Keep an eye out for that and take him down or he will keep calling fake penalties!
Online is seamless as far as I could tell. The only downside is that there is different commentary for each player, so the same thing will probably never be said to both players. Games usually take anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes at a time. The longest game I played with a friend was almost 40 minutes long, and that was mostly from turnovers and penalties. Otherwise, online play is great.
I want to give a quick note on the commentary and mention what a fantastic job the commentators did for the game. While some of it is vulgar, other parts of it are hilarious and you will find yourself laughing in between plays—sometimes screwing up your play because you’re still cracking up from the commentary. I do not know how they did it, but the developers managed to dig up the original commentator for NFL Blitz and NBA Jam, Tim Kitzrow. A legend such as this man makes the game just that much better.
Another great part about this game is the ability to turn all of the extra stuff off. Dirty Tricks, players dying, and even the profanity can all be switched off. That is just mindful game development. It is the developer asking, “Well, what if our players just want to play a normal football game without all of the extra stuff we threw in there?” Not many games have settings like these, much less a switch for curse words. Well done, Digital Dreams.
Mutant Football League is game for nostalgic gamers and football lovers alike. If you enjoyed NFL Blitz, you will fall in love with this game. While there is no story content, the visuals are top notch, using the Unity engine for their graphics. Gameplay is lovable and addictive – I seldom play a game anymore that draws me to play again like this one does. The brief play times keep each game short and sweet, pushing you to play another and another. If you like Madden, football, or chaotic games in general, you will like this game. Pick it up on Steam today, or PS4 and Xbox One on January 19!
Review code kindly provided by Digital Dreams Entertainment
+Tim Kitzrow! (!!!)
+ Plays like NFL Blitz
+ Seamless online play
+ Crystal clear graphics
+ Humorous commentary
+ Game lengths are just right
+ Extra explicit content can be turned off
- Unnecessarily vulgar
- No player customization
- Dirty Tricks sometimes feel unbalanced