Mort, a very well known player in the Tecmo Super Bowl community recently started a blog called Mort’s Tecmo College which turns out to be perfect timing for me! Seeing how I just started learning the game and was looking to get such advice.
For anyone new this is key information that could save you days of frustration learning the hard way. – Mort
His first post was about checking your team data and choosing the best starting lineup. Up until now I haven’t spent a lot of time reviewing team data but this was very eye-opening and I wasn’t even aware of the amount of information there is for each player. I can see how this is the type of knowledge that separates the men from the boys.
His next post titled “Run the ball with the QB” was just the type of game training direction I was looking for. I knew there was a coach mode but I wasn’t exactly sure what it was for or how it worked. After doing the Quarterback running drills he suggested I was amazed to find out how cool the coach mode was and I could see how a feature like this was completely groundbreaking at the time this game came out. It’s no wonder this game is as iconic as it is. Not only did it have full NFL rosters, player statistics and a really cool season mode it gave players the ability to fine tune their game with coach mode.
Running The QB Running Drill
When I started this drill I learned something about my own play style I wasn’t even aware of. I tend to run to the top of the screen when running with the QB. I’d say I’d get an average of 4 yards running to the top of the screen and only 2 yards running to the bottom. After I realized this I spent most of my time going to the bottom and by the end of the game I was pretty balanced on both sides. This is a perfect example of how this coach mode can be very helpful at fine tuning your game.
His advice to observe where the open guys are and think about what a human defender would do was very helpful. I could see if I didn’t do that that this training wouldn’t be as effective. I might of ended up training like this for a few hours then when I went to play a human opponent my pass game might of suffered since I only trained myself to think about where my QB was.
Special thanks to Mort and looking forward to more practice drills!
****Update 1/6/2013 8:51pm****
Just played a normal game vs. the computer and I can say that the QB run training has already improved my game. Played as the Jets vs. the Rams and won 28 to 3.