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: 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: 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.