Summary: Madden 09, EA Sports' 20th installment of the franchise, has proven that the series only gets better with age. The publisher has finally outdone itself by releasing the premiere football title of this generation thus far.
Pros: Casual gamers and newcomers will finally feel comfortable jumping into the Madden fray, The graphics are incredible, Madden Moments are perfect
Cons: The announcers are horrid, Online play still features lag
Excerpt: This year Madden celebrates 20 years and while the joke in recent years has been that the annual release was merely just last year's version with a few minor upgrades, Madden NFL 09 hits what could be considered some of the series' biggest changes. Visually, Madden 09 is the best the series has ever looked. While it still doesn't come close to that target video from a few years back, Madden 09 manages to impress on nearly every front.
Excerpt: Last week, I had the opportunity to give Madden NFL 09 for the Xbox 360 a spin and I was impressed. The new features, enhanced visuals, slick presentation, and stellar gameplay all contributed to arguably the best Madden football game to date. It is a good thing too as this year is a big year for the franchise as Madden is celebrating its 20th birthday. This week I spent some time with Madden NFL 09 for the PS3 and once again I am impressed.
Summary: Ah, August. The month where kids have to go back to school. When it’s far too hot to venture outside for too long, yet all of the excitement of summer has passed. Yes, August is the black sheep of the summer months. But, when the calendar shows the Eighth month of the year, you can at least count on a good game of football. Madden is back this year and Brett Favre on the cover isn’t the only thing that’s new.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Football fans have been buying Madden games for 20 years now. Come to think about it, there has to be a good solid reason for that. Other than buying out the competition at times, Madden must have been doing something right for all those years. Delivering a realistic game every year is one, having a great presentation style is another. And those two points are exactly what EA sports improved the most in this year’s version of Madden.
Excerpt: It's the most popular and well known sports franchise in the world, and without it, EA may not be the gargantuan powerhouse they are today. The Madden series has gone through a horde of competition over the past 20 years: GameDay, Quarterback Club, and especially NFL 2K being the most notable. But no matter the football sim, Madden had no problem outselling them all combined.
Excerpt: The NFL is getting ready for the season to begin, so that can mean only one thing: it’s Madden time. A yearly release, the new Madden installment is easily one of the highlights of each year for many gamers, as it continues to sell huge quantities. No matter what the critical reception is, there’s no doubt Madden will sell like hotcakes. The question, then, is what’s different in 09?
Conclusion: EA Sports has, year after year, put out a Madden title that made playing professional football that much more real to the millions who will never get a chance. Madden NFL '09 is no exception.