NFL Matchups LIVE Review

NFL Matchups LIVE Review

Dec 11, 2013

How is it that sports games on mobile are better when they don’t have a sports association license behind them (FIFA 14 being the expection to this)? Most licensed games with the blessing of either a sports news network or league, such as MLB or NFL, just seem to fall short and appear as nothing more than a way to take your cash. As if charging $9 on a beer and $7 on a hot dog at the live games wasn’t enough.

Even with the consumer base genuinely agreeing with this stance, leagues still continue to pump out cash grabs. The NFL, who despite making truck loads of money, still gets to claim a tax exemption, is at it yet again, teaming up with Mobage to create NFL Matchups LIVE, a game in which utilizes the Madden Ultimate Team idea of collecting players and power ups, without actually giving you any sort of interaction or effect on the random outcome of the game.


The whole idea in this game is to collect cards, either by shelling out a lot of money, or grinding until your fingers bleed, in order to get the ultimate team, which then competes against CPU controlled real teams. So it’s not awkward at all when Jamaal Charles ends up playing for two different teams, right? But the real kicker is that the players only involvement is putting together the lineup and determining which of the unlocked teams they can pit their motley crew against. Oh, and deciding which uncoordinated jerseys to wear that day, because a team would totally have to choose the 49ers away jersey or the Packers home jerseys.

It doesn’t even feel like much of a game, and certainly makes one question where this “live” idea comes from. It isn’t like you watch the cards do things in real life matchups. Nor do the Chiefs magically become a competent team in this mobile game either. It seems as though the NFL gave Mobage the license to create a mobile version of the Madden Ultimate Team, but with the goal of making this title be worse than Madden 25 on Android. If that were the case, they succeeded with flying colors.


With all this, it begs the question as to how this title enjoys the popularity that it does on the Google Play store. This “game” has next to zero interactivity, and serves as nothing more than a money collector for the already wealthy NFL. In order to compete in this game, players are almost forced to shell out money. It’s really a major let down for an entertainment experience. NFL Matchups LIVE is clearly the Ryan Leaf of football apps.

NFLPA Begins Launching Player-Focused Apps

This is the last week of the NFL season, and for many people, their eyes will not be on the games that could determine potential playoff matches; no, many eyes will be on LeSean McCoy, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are officially out of playoff contention, though that is not necessarily the fault of Mr. McCoy. Thanks to that wondrous game of fantasy football, where people form virtual teams of NFL players whose statistical contributions count as points toward their team. LeSean McCoy is the number one fantasy running back in the NFL this year, according to ESPN standard scoring. However, in his previous game, he hurt his ankle, and with this being the championship week for many leagues, many fantasy owners’ eyes cast worrying gazes on the status of LeSean McCoy to see if they should start him or bench him because of his injury.

For those Android owners currently obsessing about LeSean McCoy Conduit has teamed up with the NFLPA, Target Entertainment Properties, and ProPlayerInsiders to launch special player-focused apps. LeSean McCoy is one of the first NFLPA player apps to be made available, along with Takeo Spikes. Mr. Spikes is a defensive player and thus only makes cursory additions to fantasy football, and is thus less interesting for this story.

The app offers quick access to the player’s Twitter account, Facebook wall (including fan comments), latest photos and videos about the player, statistics, and a jigsaw puzzle game for users to enjoy. As well, the apps offers a contest for users to attend a party at the NFL Players Party to meet current and former NFL players at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis on February 3rd, 2012. The LeSean McCoy app is available now, and I’ll be rooting for him this Sunday as he hopefully leads my fantasy football team to the championship. If not, I might just be one of those users posting in crude vernacular on his Facebook wall…

Android Is Ready for Football, Are You?

Android Is Ready for Football, Are You?

Sep 6, 2010

Can you smell the bratwurst in the air? Do you even know what bratwurst is? If you do then you’re probably covered in body paint and growling like a rabid dog. Whether you’re that guy with no shirt on in 10° weather or an office worker just trying to win the company pool, it’s time to start getting ready. Are you ready? I said “ARE YOU READY?!!”

Football season is upon us. At this very moment an army of footballians (I just made that up) have begun planning and plotting a hostile take over of what was once their peaceful living rooms. (While their wives and girlfriends begin contemplating separation as opposed to being exposed to the usual onslaught of bean dips, chili stains, and nacho crumbs.)

All fun aside, let’s hand the bullhorn over to coach Android who’s going to prepare you for a Super Bowl of football apps, tips, and tricks to get the most out of the 2010 football season.