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MetaReview: Tecmo Bowl Throwback (XBLA)

So Tecmo Bowl Throwback has been on Xbox Live Marketplace for a few days now. Our review is still pending, but in the meantime, we’ve broken down some of the more interesting opinions on the game from the rest of the web.

1UP: A- “You know the age-old saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Well that doesn't quite apply to Tecmo's PSN/XBLA release, Tecmo Bowl Throwback. Instead of trying to completely overhaul the mechanics of the classic 8- and 16-bit football games, Tecmo simply applied a fresh coat of paint to the game while leaving the entire classic version intact underneath.”

GamesRadar: 8/10 “Two decades later, along comes Tecmo Bowl Throwback, oozing with all of the essence of its forebears. Throwback is so good in so many ways it’ll make you think twice about why you bother to learn the dizzying array of intricacies in modern football games. Chances are you’ll have five times as much fun against a friend in a breezy game of Tecmo Bowl than an hour-long death struggle in Madden.”

G4TV: 3/5 “Given the place this game holds in the hearts and minds of sports nuts everywhere, the lack of any love or craftsmanship in the presentation is a little sad. As such, while the classic gameplay still shines through, it loses something in the translation thanks to the cold presentation. For best results, flip it over to the much-welcome classic 2D mode. It’s not quite the same, but combined with the classic gameplay and the new multiplayer mode, it makes Tecmo Bowl Throwback just worth the ten dollar price of admission."

Gamerlimit: 8.5/10 “The online play is the most glaring problem with this otherwise stellar package. As I mentioned before, you’ll want to make sure that the game’s simplistic take on football is your style before putting down 800 points for the game, but for those who grew up on this series, you’ll find that Southend has truly done the game justice, and while you may not play Tecmo Bowl Throwback everyday, I won’t be at all surprised when I boot this up for a quick preseason game even at the end of the Xbox 360’s life.”

GoFanboy: 8.5/10 “Before Madden, football games were simplistic and 2D; Tecmo Bowl is no different. If you're looking for a quick and painless football game that doesn't require intense knowledge of the sport; then this is perfect. Personally for instance, I am no Madden buff. Yet playing Tecmo Bowl was easy to pick up and addicting”


MetaReview: Final Fight: Double Impact (XBLA)

Final Fight: Double Impact has been on Xbox Live Marketplace for a few days now. Our review is still pending, but in the meantime we’ve broken down some of the more interesting opinions on the game from the rest of the web. 9/10 “Of course, with so much love packed into this $10 retro romp, it’s hard to complain over such trivial things. Pick up Final Fight: Double Impact and be astounded, as you’ll finally see how well arcade ports can be handled given the right amount of attention.”

1-Up: B+ “[…] these two games are badass. Those of you who remember them fondly from your Osh Kosh days will be swept up in a wave of nostalgia right at the title screen, and everybody else will be hooked from level one.”

Destructoid: 8/10 “That said, Final Fight: Double Impact is an excellent package combining two great arcade classics. The niggling annoyances don't add up to any real detriment to the title and the bonuses are pleasant. It's a quality release and one worth grabbing if you've enjoyed either Final Fight or Magic Sword.”

Co-optimus: 4.5/5 “If there were a textbook on how to release a classic arcade game on modern gaming networks, Final Fight Double Impact would be it. It might seem overpriced at $10, but when you consider the inclusion of both Final Fight and Magic Sword, I think it's worth it, especially compared to similar releases. Both games are solid co-op experiences in their own right, contrast well with one another, and are a nice snapshot of what state of the art gaming was twenty years ago. Nifty modern innovations, particularly the slick presentation and multiple display options, make Final Fight Double Impact competitive alongside the best that XBLA and PSN have to offer; it's a classic release done right, and I for one am glad to see a vintage game get the deluxe treatment.”

GamerNode: 8/10 “Final Fight and Magic Sword were great in the early 90s, and are still great now. With the extra care Capcom has taken to make sure they can hang in the online/HD era, Double Impact has turned out to be much more than just a simple remake.”

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