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: 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: 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. But, with the exception of
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: 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: 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.