So I got NFL 2K5 based on the discussion here, and Shieldwolf’s glowing recommendation. I can see why: it has great graphics, seems pretty strong on gameplay and does a good job of conveying the sense of being at an NFL game.
But I have a problem: I suck. I mean I am really bad. I haven’t played a sports game in about 10 years, and haven’t played any of the current generation of football games. I also haven’t even followed the NFL since I moved to LA 4 years ago so I’m rusty on players, plays, everything.
I watched the little intro movies on offense and defense and did all the tutorial “basic training” scenarios. I have a general idea of how to make my dudes run and tackle and stuff, but I am really crappy.
But the real problem is this: the plays are totally greek to me. I used to know football better and some of the stuff will start coming back to me but for now play calling is total guess work. Also, I can’t tell if each team has a different playbook.
So, whats a good way to learn the game? Should I play random games with a strong team vs a weak team? How do I learn the plays? Do I need to or will picking “coach’s pick” everytime be good enough? Also, how do I view the player info (like to see if my RB is a power back or finesse back)?
All help appreciated. I am even willing to play a learning game online via XBox Live, if you promise not to hurt me :).
I can tell that if I figure it out, I will really like this game. But right now, its like a stagecoach driver being asked to drive a Ferrari: I understand the basic principals but the product has been the result of so much developmental evolution that its way outta my league.