Mutant Football League Review: Same as it Ever Was-Fantastic

If you’re under 20, you’ve most likely never played a game of football like Mutant Football League unless you had a really cool Dad, friend or sibling. Hilarious, insane and fun, Mutant League Football on the Sega Genesis was and still is a cult classic game that holds up today thanks to solid gameplay and pure fun. It’s successor, Mutant Football League, takes the gameplay formula and adds current generation visuals, voice-acting and even more politically-incorrectedness, making it the most fun you’ll have on the gridiron in a long time.

Make no mistake, this isn’t Madden. Although it plays solid and the AI has a complete understanding and appreciation for the concept of football, this is something oh so different.

For those that have played the original, this may seem unnecessary, but you have to understand these concepts to appreciate Mutant Football League. For one, there’d be no NFL Blitz without it. It’s barbaric, but so much more than Blitz ever could be. Players can be killed, referees can be bribed, there are hazards on the field the likes of lava pits, razor wheels and sheets of glass. As a result, you can lose a game of MFL if too many of your players die, even if you have more points.

That may piss some Madden diehards, but this isn’t your game, so go play that.

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