Reviews, Honors and Interviews
Reviews of Front Office Football 2007
- Josh Allen of Gamenikki gave Front Office
Football 2007 a score of 9 out of 10. "FOF 2007 is like that favored family pet, the one you've had for around ten years,
who suddenly learns a host of new tricks, and revels in showing them off," Allen wrote.
- Operation Sports also awarded Front Office
Football 2007 a score of 9 out of 10. "There are a number of new features in Front Office Football 2007, and all of them
add to the game’s appeal," wrote reviewer Aaron Holbert. "The biggest features in my opinion are the expanded
game plans and depth charts, the expanded scouting combine and rookie interviews."
Reviews of Front Office Football 2004
- GameSpot awarded Front Office Football 2004 a score of 7.8.
"Solecismic is dead-on with all the core elements of play," wrote reviewer Brett Todd. "There's no better simulation of big-league football."
- John Griffin, writing for Operation Sports, gave Front Office Football 2004 a score of 94/100 (since changed to 4/5). "Multiplayer functionality alone makes this game worth the purchase," he wrote. "However, the team at Solecismic has added a few improvements to the game engine and franchise to more than warrant this purchase."
- Digital Sportspage awarded Front Office Football 2004 a score of 90 out of 100. "If you want a cerebral game that challenges your mind not your fingers, FOF is the way to go," wrote reviewer John Rodriguez.
- Nathan Davison of 3D Avenue gave Front Office Football a score of 90 out of 100. "The bottom line is, if you want a management game that will challenge your skills as a professional Gridiron GM, then this is the game for you," he wrote.
- Gamenikki awarded Front
Office Football 2004 an 8 out of 10. "When it comes to depth and replayability, there is truly no game that can compete with FOF2004 strength: simulating the tasks of a general manager and owner," wrote reviewer
Rankings provides a large subset of all available reviews for games.
- Game Spy's Tony
Wyss provides his list of the top ten football simulations in the computer age.
Front Office Football comes in at number eight, and the sequel at number four.
Reviews of Front Office Football 2001
- Computer Gaming World's Jeff Lackey reviewed the game for the March 2001 issue. It received 4 1/2 stars and an Editors' Choice Award. "Front Office Football
2001's depth and compelling 'just one more game' gameplay makes this a
must-have for any sports fan who thinks he or she has the right stuff to run
an NFL franchise," Lackey wrote. "Highly recommended."
Reviews of EA Sports Front Office Football
(otherwise known as Front Office Football 2)
- Computer Gaming World awarded the game 4 1/2 stars and an Editors' Choice
Award in a review for the January 2000 issue.
- Paul Rosano reviewed the sequel for The Hartford
Courant in his November 7, 1999 column. He scored the game a 9.1 out of 10.
"Gindin, now aligned with EA, has once again delivered a game with one of
the highest replay values of any sports game," he wrote. "For the management buff an absolute must."
- "When FOF was released, I thought I had found the ultimate incarnation
of the genre, at least with regards to football. Then Jim Gindin went out and
topped himself," wrote Adam Swiderski for The Adrenaline Vault in
a 4 1/2-star review.
"As addicted as I was to the original, it's been even worse so far with FOF2."
- Bill Abner of Computer Games
Magazine gave the sequel four stars out of five.
Reviews of the original Front Office Football
- Computer Gaming World gave Front Office Football an Editors'
Choice award and a 4 1/2-star rating in the January 1999
issue. "It offers a loving attention
to detail that is often missing in games these days," reviewer
Dennis McCauley concluded. "For hard-core NFL junkies, Front Office
Football is as good as it gets."
- Bill Abner, then writing for the WarZone's SportsZone, gave
Front Office Football a 4 1/2-star rating. "Every now and
again a game comes along that rekindles my passion for playing computer games.
Front Office Football is such a game," Abner wrote.
- Jeff Lackey, for Computer
Games Online, gave Front Office Football a 4 1/2-star rating.
"Front Office Football is easily one of the best sports games of the year
and anyone who would like to experience life in an NFL owner's luxury box
should run to the phone and order this one," he wrote.
- Jeff Haydock of Fantasy Football Weekly reviewed the game for the
magazine's November 23, 1998 edition. "Another major plus to this game
is its replayability," he wrote. "This game is more inventive
than Thomas Edison. There are so many different variables that can be tossed
in, that you could literally replay this game 100 times and have a different
outcome each time."
- Doug Hogrefe, reviewed Front Office Football for Operation Sports. "Jim
Gindin has formed the kind of company and made
the kind of game many gamers dream of," he wrote in a review giving
the game a score of 92 out of 100. "He has created
a game that clearly succeeds in what it set out to do. I will say that if heavy
research, evaluation, and numbers crunching is not an appealing thought, stay
clear of this game. But, if the premise of FoF interests you, I heartily
recommend this game."
Honors for Front Office Football
- Front Office Football was nominated for Computer Gaming World's Sports
Game of the Year, 1999 Premier Awards.
- Winner, Strategy Category, Ziff-Davis Shareware Awards, 1999.
- EA SPORTS Front Office Football was nominated for 1999 Sports Game of the Year
- CNet's Gamecenter nominated Front Office Football for its Sports Game of the Year.
Interviews with Jim Gindin of Solecismic Software
- Adam Swiderski as part of his Adrenaline Vault article about
sports management simulations. This is an excellent introduction to the genre,
as well as an introduction to several independent developers
who have created games like Front Office Football.
- Dave Wilson wrote a story on the Front Office Football series for
the Dallas News Online Edition on July 24, 2002.
- Jeff Lackey presented a profile of Jim Gindin of Solecismic Software for
Games Online in March 2001.
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