FPD wrote:Dayum Trav! You are dedicated (and a pretty derned good writer too)! I have been deliberating whether or not to get a new football game. I haven't had a football game since Kevin Calabro and Ron Pitts called games for NFL Fever 2004! I just can't decide whether to get Madden 10, Head Coach 09, or even just NCAA Football 10.
Anyway, good luck Trav!
Head Coach '09 is a pretty damned good strategy sim. Much more in depth than you're going to find in Madden Franchise Mode (in any year) and VERY addicting. You'll have a lot of sleepless nights with that one if that kind of game is your thing. You don't actually control the action during the games, though it is pretty awesome to assume head coach role, knowing what your players SHOULD be doing and screaming at the TV when they miss assignments. Graphics are very dated, too, but the best all around coaching sim for the NFL I've ever played.
If you like to play the games, though, Madden '10 is pretty sweet this year, IMO. the graphics and animation engine alone makes it some very good eye candy, especially if you've got HDTV. I hated last years graphics so much I couldn't play the game. Game play is pretty smooth this year, too and Franchise mode is improved greatly, but a far cry from the detail you'll get with NFL HC '09.
So, it really depends on what you're looking for in a game. Sim with dated graphics, or play and sim in much less depth but with great graphics.