Excerpt: The NFL has a lot of similarities to rugby: There are two teams. They play with an oval ball. The one team has to get the ball into the goal area, while the other team tries to stop them by tackling the player with the ball…oh wait, in NFL you can tackle anybody. Uhm…both sports have crowds.
Excerpt: It’s no longer okay to simply dismiss EA’s humongous Madden franchise outright as that video game of that massively complicated sport where mammoth-sized men covered in protective armour smash their helmets into each other like demented bison until one team falls down.
Excerpt: Sure as the sun rising every day, you can count on another edition of EA’s Madden NFL hitting shelves every August. Some will say the game is nothing more than a roster update of the game they played a year ago, while others will tout each year being the best ever.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Love it or hate it we have another Madden game on our hands. One of the best selling games year in and year out, Madden NFL 10 features two superstars from last year’s super bowl on the cover. 21 years is a lifetime, and that is exactly how old this franchise is.
Summary: On-field authenticity and emotion is taken to another level in Madden NFL 10. With more control over the outcome of the play than ever before, players can drag defenders towards the first down marker, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and avoid the rush by stepping up into the pocket.
Excerpt: It's August, so the NFL preseason is getting under way. And that means one other thing: The new Madden is here, Madden NFL 10. Curiously, it's the first Madden game to blatantly gouge its fan base.
Excerpt: John Madden may have retired but you can rest assured that his best-selling videogame franchise never will. For better or worse, Madden 10 is here and there is nothing you can do about it but sit back and enjoy the proceedings.
Conclusion: Still, the online Franchise mode does a lot of things really well. Those who have played NCAA Football's Online Dynasty will instantly recognize the basic setup where all participants flag whether or not they're ready to play the week.
Pros: Pro-Tak gives some oomph to the game, Online franchise works well, Passing game feels more realistic, Streamlined menus make it easier to jump around.
Cons: Commentary is still pretty bad, Downfield run blocking still needs work, AI defensive schemes are a little inconsistent, Enough with the referee cutscenes.
Excerpt: The latest game in the long-running NFL simulation series and the 4th game to hit the PS3 console, this latest addition to the long-running Madden franchise is looking to make the overall NFL playing experience even more authentic, while providing online players with the option to really get into...
Excerpt: The Madden franchise, despite its sales success, faces the most criticism year after year. How do you keep your game fresh and new, while at the same time keeping the same fundamental system that fans have grown to love?