If you’re an American Football fan and an iPad owner, then NFL 2010 is a game that you will have to see in action. Developed by Gameloft, this iPad title has most of the things that an NFL fan could want, so instead of writing about it too much, I’ll just get straight in to how the game works and how you get around it.
From the main menu, you have three main options. ‘Quick Play’ allows you to get straight in to the action with two randomly selected teams, so you don’t have to take time setting things up before you can play. The ‘Game Modes’ option offers a little more to the user, as from here you can choose to play an exhibition, choosing the teams before going in to the game, a season, choosing the team that you want to take through a whole season, and the playoffs option, which allows you to skip the regular season and get straight to the good stuff!
Whenever you select a game mode, you’ll have slightly different setup options. I chose to compete during a whole season with the New York Jets, so on my game screen, I had a game schedule, roster management, current standings and various other statistics.
Following the coin toss, you’ll be prompted to kick or receive at the start of the game. This is promptly followed by a vast array of plays which are available to choose from. If you’re new to the world of NFL, you can choose from basic plays, whereas experienced players can choose from a plethora of advanced plays. The only slight problem that I found here is that you have to flick through each play to get to the one that you want, similar to how cover flow works in OS X and in iTunes. It may be easier to have the whole selection displayed on the screen so that you can simply tap on the one that you wish to employ.
The graphics during gameplay are certainly impressive for a first attempt at an NFL game on the iPad from Gameloft, and I didn’t see any issues with framerates whilst playing a few games. At £2.99, this game is a must for NFL fans, and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store.