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. OK, so rugby and American Football are nothing alike. They can’t even get their own game right, and thus play football with their hands!
Conclusion: This is the least flashy Madden to date, and I mean it in a good way. With no crazy 3D menus, VR practice modes, over-the-top hip-hop presentation, this year Madden seems to be more about the sport of football and less about the attitude portrayed by its advertisers. The game looks and plays clean, and this is possibly the best Madden to date. It's simply too bad they try to nickel and dime you by charging for game modes and cheat codes that are already on the disc.
Pros: Excellent online franchise mode, Menus and music have a more "grown-up" feel, Animation is better than ever, New Pro-Tak system makes playing defense a lot more fun, Excellent online franchise mode, Menus and music have a more "grown-up" feel, Animation is better than ever, New Pro-Tak system makes playing defense a lot more fun
Cons: Commentary is still reptitive, and mediocre at best, The game comes at full price, but they try to nickel and dime you with pay-for-use cheat codes, Animation is better than ever but still quite stiff, Commentary is still reptitive, and mediocre at best, The game comes at full price, but they try to nickel and dime you with pay-for-use cheat codes, Animation is better than ever but still quite stiff
Summary: Madden NFL 10 has a lot going for it. Despite a few flaws, there’s nothing glaring or game-breaking about it. The online play is smooth and didn’t lag on me while I was playing at all. Add to that the great franchise mode along with a decent creation mode to make your own teams, and you’ve got a great single player experience. Online seems to be where it’s at these days, and I have to say that the quick matches worked very well.
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. You see, American Football is actually hugely popular in the UK. So much so, that Wembley Stadium has played host to two regular season games over the last couple of years. They both sold out.
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. EA Sports promises a whole bunch of new features, online modes and improved graphics. But isn’t that what publishers say every year? Read on for more details.
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: franchise to go downhill after EA acquired exclusive rights to the NFL and its players. I mean, history has proved to us many times over, that when there is no competition, there is no reason to try.
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. As with all yearly sports titles, there are a number of updates to Madden, and this year they do more than just fill out the back of the box.
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.