Excerpt: Revered video game series Ninja Gaiden suffered media blowback earlier this year when the third iteration of the modern franchise launched on PS3 and Xbox 360. While I never played it, I figured that some of the criticism was probably overstated. While that might be the case, Ninja Gaiden III is at best a questionable launch choice for Nintendo.
Summary: Though the feature set is identical to the 360, the drop to an unstable 30 frames per second hurts the game a lot. If you are a hardcore football fan - then buy this game. If not it's a renter at best.
Pros: Animations and textures have been slightly improved., AI has been improved, a bit., Better camera positions.
Cons: Madden gameplay is mediocre at best., Does not present anything different or innovative., 30 frames per second.
Excerpt: It's been just over a year since Ninja Gaiden 3 left me awash in despair. The series I've followed since I was a child of the 80's let me down for the second time ever (the first time was when Ninja Gaiden Black added a controllable camera and killed the fun). To put it as plainly as I can, I have to say the game just sucked. It didn't live up to the Ninja Gaiden pedigree and it wasn't even a decent action game independent of the franchise.
Conclusion: Finally a next-gen Madden worth playing. Last year’s gimped release was a drag, to say the least. This year not only is the PS3 version full-featured, it also has some key improvements that affect gameplay and management. I was tempted to sit out Madden this year and run with 2K Sports’ All-Pro Football, but now I’ll just have to split my time between the two, as Madden came to play this year.
Pros: "Read and React" feature is a hit, More difficult and more satisfying, Franchise mode has more depth, "Read and React" feature is a hit, More difficult and more satisfying, Franchise mode has more depth
Cons: Good animation, but still not next-gen enough, Perhaps too hard for casual gamers, It kills me to admit it, but the Xbox 360 version does run smoother., Good animation, but still not next-gen enough, Perhaps too hard for casual gamers, It kills me to admit it, but the Xbox 360 version does run smoother.
Excerpt: Madden 's transition to "next-gen" hasn't been the smoothest. While the visuals have managed to show off what the new systems can do, some of the gameplay was left behind. With this year's appearance, EA Sports has managed to make up for past deficiencies, resulting in the most complete version of Madden to show up on next-gen consoles. Visually, Madden NFL 08 is a big improvement over last year.
Excerpt: It was late in the 4th quarter; the Saints, pacing nervously along the red line, were down by a single touchdown with mere seconds left. The ball is hiked, the clock reaches zero, Reggie Bush gingerly accepts the hand-off and propels himself forward through a crack in the D, on his way to a well-deserved victory. At least, that was the plan.
Excerpt: Third time must be the charm, because EA Sports' Tiburon team has finally given next-generation HD-ready console owners a fantastic game of football. For its second incarnation on the PlayStation 3, Madden serves up gameplay that's tight as a drum, new animations and new controls -- like the ability to hit low or high with a linebacker -- which add a lot to the feeling that you're playing a real football game.
Conclusion: I didn't see too many new additions here, but I'm sure I missed some. Madden 2008 looks the same to me and the game play is pretty much the same, except with the new 500 new pre-play options and those special icons your players have. Tackling seems to be changed a little, but to me I didn't care too much. I'm not really a Madden fan, but Madden 2008 did make me have a few minutes of fun.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: It's nice to know the incredible levels of pure evil that EA stoop to still exist, and this yearly update of an ancient series goes to show that the bastards haven't lost their touch. It serves as nothing more than a requiem for Sony's aged system, whilst the real new blood surges forward on the NEXT GEN consoles. It's a good game, but it doesn't come highly recommended. Oh, and EA aren't actually any of the things I said, that was merely for comic effect!!!
Summary: Feel what it's like to be a field general making key personnel decisions on both sides of the ball during the game's biggest moments in Madden NFL 08. Play to your team's strengths by reading your opponent's schemes and reacting to the action as soon as the ball is snapped.