The Longest Yard
Well, it beats playing golf with Bob Barker.
I'm a fan of the original 70's football/dramedy flick The Longest Yard. The movie starred Burt Reynolds as a recently jailed felon who finds himself leading a football team consisting of convicts against the warden's ruthless guard team in a rough game, and it had a good mixture of comedy and drama. Recently, the film was remade into an Adam Sandler vehicle, again featuring Reynolds, this time in a side role, along with Chris Rock and several others. It wasn't quite as good, but still has its moments, and follows the formula pretty well.
Now we have the game based on the remake of the original movie, and it's a rough-and-tumble football game in the same vein of the older NFL Blitz games. You can either drop right into a game of action or tackle (pardon the pun) the season mode, where you work your way up to the big game against the warden's team The season mode is rather detailed, complete with the ability to buy and place players on your team and even come through with odd plays, including some rough tackles and even calling a lawyer into the action. Weird, but it strangely works.
What doesn't work sometimes are the game's controls. The overall play seems pretty smooth, but there are times that the players aren't as reactive as you'd like for them to be. They'll pull a juke instead of trying for a catch, and that may annoy some of you who have called a different play entirely. Reaxion should've touched up on this before they gave the game a final release, but, for the most part, it's all right.
The game also looks and sounds pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary but nothing that really clunks either. Considering that Reaxion didn't really need to put this much work into a licensed game like this, it's nice to see that the results are a bit surprising. The game can be fun, aside from control issues, and put you in the shoes of the film's main hero, be it Sandler or Reynolds. It almost makes me want to hope for the team to develop a Happy Gilmore golf game.
The Longest Yard is eventually worth a download, but your level of revisiting probably depends on how you can tolerate the handling flubs. If you can get past those, you'll be scoring plenty of touchdowns- maybe even some while you're watching the film.
What's Hot: Actually offers some decent entertainment.
What's Not: Controls seem flaky from time to time.