Excerpt: It's no secret that Madden hasn't been reinventing itself much lately. In fact, after four years the series probably peaked with 2005, as the deepest Madden title ever. But despite drastic changes in the defense game, the differences between 2004 and 2005 weren't instantly recognizable. It made picking up a copy of Madden 2004 for $15 a better bet than plunking down $50 on a slightly revamped game with better defensive AI.
Excerpt: eagerly plunk down cash ever 12 or so months to get a few minor upgrades and yet, here I am, playing the game yet again because we're committed to reviewing every launch game on the PlayStation 3. And EA is laughing all the way to the bank. So who has the last laugh now? Yeah, it's EA.
Excerpt: A console launch without Madden is like a glitzy party without Paris Hilton – it just doesn’t happen. Madden NFL 07 is a complete port of the 360 version, so if you already have the game you’re not missing much. However, if this is your first jump into the next-generation of Madden , you’re in for a treat. Being one of the first really high-profile games to hit both the PS3 and 360, there are bound to be visual comparisons.
Summary: It just wouldn't be a system launch without a Madden game to go with it, and lo and behold, Madden NFL 07 is on hand for the launch of the PlayStation 3. Feature-for-feature, this version of Madden 07 takes after the Xbox 360 version from earlier in the year, so if you already bought the game on the 360, there isn't anything here to draw you in.
Pros: A number of key features missing in Madden 06 have returned, Highlight stick, lead-blocker controls are useful gameplay additions, Superstar mode is reasonably compelling this year, Having the Hall of Fame players is a nice addition, A few bugs from the 360 version are fixed here
Cons: Game still lacks features available in other console versions of Madden, A few awkward design issues, Defensive-back artificial intelligence is easy to exploit on the default difficulty, Some animations look rather awkward
Summary: Madden is without doubt one of the most successful and popular sports titles to date with millions of copies being sold worldwide and with yearly updates. Now that the PS3 era has begun EA did not want to miss out and have released Madden ’07 on the PS3. The major question on every sports fan's mind being, is it worth buying ’07 considering it’s not long until ’08 will hit stores worldwide?
Pros: Improved Graphics, New 'Gang' Tackling, Improved Player Animation
Cons: Cut-Scenes Have Frame Rate Issues, Basically A Port From The 360 Version, Not Quite Worth Full Price Tag