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NFL Blitz

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Tiburon
Release Date: January 2012

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'NFL Blitz' (ALL) Details Commentary, Sound Design And Music

by Rainier on Dec. 7, 2011 @ 11:26 a.m. PST

NFL Blitz features the arcade-style fast-paced gameplay that made the original game a hit, but takes the experience to a whole new level with immersive online game modes in high-definition.

The recharged NFL Blitz offers fans the opportunity to battle rivals 7-on-7, fight their way through the Blitz Gauntlet, or take over the online leaderboards in Blitz Battles.  Challenging to master, yet easy to pick up and play, NFL Blitz has something exciting to offer for all football fans.

First I am going to talk about the commentary in the game. The talent was amazing to work with. We have Tim Kitzrow for the Play by Play and Brian Haley for the Color Commentary. Tim Kitzrow is a legend in the industry; although he has worked on countless classic pinball and arcade machines he is most famous for being the "Boomshakalaka guy" in NBA JAM. Finding the Color Commentator was a little more difficult. There was no one that was clearly associated with being the Color Commentator in Blitz so we had to find a person that could bring the comic relief of Blitz into this generation of consoles. After many auditions and seeing some real talented individuals we went with actor/comedian/writer Brian Haley. Brian has been in a ton of movies with an acting career that spans over multiple decades.

Tim and Brian were friends and had natural chemistry; working together they wrote the entire Blitz commentary script. We had the luxury of recording both commentators at the same time. This allowed them to improv and feed off each other’s energy while recording, which lead to some really funny moments that you will hear while you play.

Directing and recording the talent was only half the job to get great commentary into NFL Blitz. The other part was designing the logic for when the commentary lines fire off. A commentary line can be funny but if you hear it every game or every play it can start to get annoying and take away from your enjoyment of the game. On the other end if you make the memorable lines fire off too rare, no one will enjoy them and the game will be too quiet. We had to find a good balance of making sure there was funny commentary and allowing there to be times of silence or as I like to call it "letting the commentator’s breathe".

While the commentators keep you informed and laughing, the music sets the mood and tone. The style of the music for NFL Blitz is based on a modern take of the aggressive soundtrack of the previous Blitz titles. We wanted the modern day high energy sound while trying to avoid cliché. The soundtrack ended up being a combination of NU School rock and Dubstep. We wanted a Blitz Theme so we worked with a cutting edge Dubstep composer named Josh Money who is currently sharing the Top Ten with other big names like Skrillex and Nero.

From a sound design perspective, Jesse did a six month overhaul on sound design; over 1,600 original audio elements were blended together to create the over-the-top tackles, power ups, special moves and user interface. In Blitz, if it is a big move it has a bass blasting Hollywood style sound assigned to it; for instance, the tackle sounds were combinations of vocal grunts from mixed martial arts fighters blended with Foley of baseball bats slamming into football pads and a small sprinkling of military munitions for extra pop.

Crowd sounds were recorded in 5.1 in real stadiums from real games in 2011. We wanted to really immerse the players in a football experience in a cinematic fashion.

The mix is also custom-tailored for a home theater experience. Many elements panned out in full surround sound and we make good use of those sub-frequencies, too. Everything from the pregame Jet Flybys (created by DICE Sound Designer Ben Minto working on Battlefield), the roar of a 100,000 fans, commentary that will leave you in stitches and the hardest hitting football hits ever is in this Blitz. It’s loud, it’s over-the-top and it’s all in the game.

Brad Lippman, Audio Designer for NFL Blitz

Key Features:

  • Classic Blitz Gameplay – Fast-paced football action at its best, featuring the 7-on-7 wide-open gameplay of the original arcade hit.  Two minute quarters, 30 yards for a first down, no penalties, exciting tackles and, of course, players ON FIRE!
  • Blitz in HD – For the first time in franchise history, Blitz hits the gridiron in high-definition.  Take to the field with top players from each of the 32 NFL teams, play in all 31 NFL stadiums and battle fantasy bosses from the Gauntlet at the Blitz Coliseum.
  • Ultra-Responsive Controls – Running at 60fps/60Hz, the pick-up-and-play controls perfectly replicate the twitch arcade experience.  Disrupt the opposition with stiff arms, knock down receivers before a catch, dive to tackle ball carriers, and hurdle pass for the big play…all with the touch of a button.
  • Blitz Battles – Challenge the competition online in head-to-head matches or team up (on a single console or online) 2-on-2, ranking up local, regional, and national Battle Boards - all the way to the Blitz Hall of Fame.
  • Blitz Gauntlet – The ultimate single-player challenge! Battle through a multi-tiered Gauntlet, taking on NFL teams and exclusive fantasy character bosses in the Blitz Coliseum.  Take down the fantasy character bosses to unlock them for use in all modes.
  • Elite League – Join the Elite League and strive to create the perfect squad of ultimate players.  Purchase card packs using Blitz Bucks earned through online* games to collect players to customize your lineup.  Collect an entire NFL team of players to unlock powerful Pro and Ultimate players that give your team the competitive edge.  Change the game in unique ways by acquiring and using Power Ups to further your advantage on the field.  For the ultimate rush, risk one of your valuable players in a winner-takes-all Risk and Reward game.
  • Online Co-op – Grab a teammate on the couch or join a friend online and crush the competition in classic Blitz 2-on-2 style. Track your records against friends to show who owns the Blitz gridiron.
  • Blitz Store—Earn Blitz Bucks in every online* game mode, then head to the Blitz Store to purchase a ton of intense content.  Build your Blitz Elite League team by purchasing card packs and power-ups.  Customize your Blitz Battles team with new logos and banners.  Take the Blitz experience to the next level with a slew of gameplay and visual cheats. Go behind the scenes and unlock concept art and the famous Blitz cheerleaders.
  • Blitz Booth Commentary – The two-man booth includes past NFL Blitz play-by-play announcer, Tim Kitzrow, along with actor Brian Haley.  The perfect pair to voice NFL Blitz, Kitzrow and Haley’s humorous commentary augments the over-the-top arcade football experience.

NFL Blitz, rated “E10+” , will be available via digital download on Xbox Live Arcade for 1200 points and Playstation Network for $14.99. 

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