You don't have to play the newly released NFL Tour demo for more than a few minutes before you realize that something is wrong ... very, very wrong. From the game's incredibly woeful character models and jerky animations to the most annoying commentator in the world, EA's NFL Tour feels like it should have been an added feature buried deep inside the bowels of the next edition of Madden than to be unleashed upon an unsuspecting gaming audience.
The game tries to combine several aspects from NFL Street and the career mode we've come to expect in Madden. However, judging from the demo, it looks as if it fails on both fronts.
Graphically, I must say this is a huge step backwards for video game football. Character models are noticeably low-res and appear to be made of too few polygons. Some characters like Randy Moss look somewhat similar to their real-life counterparts, but Tom Brady's character looks more like Joe Namath than he does of the guy who led the Patriots to an undefeated regular season.
Actually playing the game is easy enough as you really only need to worry about hitting the X button to hike and pass the ball and pressing the O button to change receivers. Additionally, every so often, your ball carrier will get wrapped up by a defender, and you'll have the opportunity to quickly hit the X button or shake the SIXAXIS to try to shed a tackle. Aside from those button presses, that's pretty much all you need to worry about.
Like other games of its ilk, NFL Tour will also feature mini-games, but amazingly enough, they aren't present in this demo, either. Just like the Tour Mode, though, there is a page that describes a few of the games, such as Smash & Dash and Redzone Rush, which appear to be the same style of mini-games we've come to expect in other similar titles.
Sadly enough, I used to be somewhat of a Trey Wingo fan, until he signed on for this game. Wingo not only commentates but also narrates throughout. He's by far the worst commentator in any NFL game I've ever played. He utters such quips as, "Did you know Istanbul used to be Constantinople? And I'd like to buy a vowel!" He also makes several remarks about how video game commentators mumble the same lines over and over again, and while it's mildly amusing the first time, it only becomes both ironic and annoying once you've heard it the fourth time in the game.
After sitting through several play sessions, it's painfully obvious EA Sports BIG has its work cut out for it if it plans to deliver any sort of entertainment with NFL Tour. There's a myriad of other smaller complaints I could go into, but at this point, I just hope something can be salvageable from this game. Like I said before, it'd probably have been better being an added feature in a more fleshed-out NFL title rather than a stand-alone game.