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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.