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  1. If you wanted to play a game where the AI is every bit as challenging as playing against a human you'd almost have to go play the simulation sports games. They are fun if you are someone who is really into stats and getting 'realistic' results but there is very little actual gameplay involved. Front office football and stratomatic are two of the best simulation pro football games out there. But again they are more about building teams and what not than they are about playing the games.
  2. I know that this game was based largely off of the 1990 season and though the '9ers ended up being one of the better teams in the season they by no means were practically unbeatable like they are in this game. Now if they were basing the ratings off of the '89 season I could see them making the 49ers as good as they were. But in 1990 arguably the Giants and the Bills were better (I think the Bills would have smoked San Francisco if they played them in the Super Bowl given that the 1990 49ers didn't have much of a running game and wouldn't have been able to control the clock the way the Giants did). Was making the 49ers as good as they were in the first TSB game done largely for fan service (as they were one of the more popular teams in the league at the time because they had been good for so long at that point) or do you think they tried to give a fair assessment of how good they thought the '9ers really were. I know most of the older sports video games often did have a particular team that was head and shoulders better than most everyone else (largely I think done as a way to give even bad players a win).
  3. It depends on what you are looking for from a football video game. If all you are looking for is a fun arcade style game to have fun with for a fifteen minutes or so than indeed TSB would be hard to beat. However there is a lot more strategy and depth to the games these days then there was when TSB came out and if you enjoy that strategy and depth than the current Madden games would probably be preferred. TSB was revolutionary at the time because it was the first game that you could play a full season schedule with that kept track of your stats. However it was also an extremely simplistic season. Basically unless a key injury occurred you could count on the same exact teams going deep into the playoffs and the players would have virtually the same kind of stats every season you played. Virtually it was the 49ers, Giants, and Bears in the NFC and the Bills, Oilers, and Dolphins in the AFC. Basically 95% of the time you could count on one of those combinations to be the Super Bowl matchup. And then the season ends and you start the 1991 schedule up all over again to virtually the same results. These days not only is there a lot of depth in terms of gameplay (the amount of strategy the people that play Madden competitively use is mind blowing for a video game) but there also is a lot more depth in terms of options and career modes. You can do an entire career where your teams will change from year to year. New players will be drafted into the game, players retire, and players age from year to year with their ratings changing.....etc....etc.... So again it just depends on what you are looking for from your gaming experience. The games these days resemble real life football a lot more closely than TSB does.
  4. Have to start off by saying it is great to find a forum that focuses on this game. My friends and I would play this game constantly during the early 90's. Anyways as I recall almost every season I played it usually ended up being the 49ers, or Giants, (on rare occasions the Bears) coming out of the NFC and the Bills or Oilers coming out of the AFC. What were some of the other teams that stood out in the AFC aside from the Bills and Oilers? I remember the Dolphins were ok but seldom won their division because of the Bills.
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