Football Star Lawrence Taylor Gets to Blitz

Video game football fans looking for a little something beyond the typical NFL endorsed package might be interested to take note of Midway Games’ upcoming unlicensed title called Blitz: The League. Slated for an October release, the video game company today said they’d drafted former football great Lawrence Taylor to add his greatness to the upcoming PS2 and Xbox console title.

Lawrence Taylor, according to a Midway press release, will provide his image for Blitz: The League’s game cover. In addition, Taylor will be featured as the voice and personality of one of the game’s key characters, New York Nightmare star linebacker Quentin Sands.

Midway also made two other announcements related to Blitz: The League. One involved revealing that former EPSN Playmakers’ writer Peter Egan had been working alongside the Blitz development team to help script the storyline. The other was that the game company had arranged with men’s magazine FHM for the appearance of 11 female models from the publication as cheerleaders and other characters throughout the game.

For those that don’t know about the game, Midway describes Blitz: The League as having a story mode which explores the lifestyle and drama in professional football. Players will take on leading a rundown football franchise back to glory in a quest to guide them to the championship. There is also an option for multiplayer online gaming as well as complete customization of players, teams, stadiums and more.  

“Lawrence Taylor (known by many as ‘L.T.’) was in the professional football spotlight throughout his illustrious NFL career, and we’re extremely excited to have someone of his stature and popularity working with us on the next generation of Blitz,” said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. “Mr. Taylor succeeded in establishing a new standard by which all future linebackers would be critiqued in his sport and we feel strongly that Blitz: The League will accomplish a similar goal in the sports gaming genre. No longer bound by league censorship, we intend to bring fans the most intense and hard-hitting football experience yet and we’re confident that fans will be tremendously pleased with the football alternative that we’re providing.”

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