Summary: In a gaming landscape that has grown increasingly splintered, EA Sports’ Madden NFL franchise remains one of the select few names that not only attracts a massive annual audience, but can rightly be called a mainstream cultural touchstone. Yet Madden’s die-hard following -- the people who line up to grab the game at midnight on launch day, year after year -- has been shrinking.
Conclusion: So, I traded the farm for Peyton Manning and took the 49ers to the Superbowl the first year of my franchise, and I grinned like a cat the whole way. This is my eighth year reviewing Madden and I can honestly say it's the most fun I've had with the game in as long as I can remember. Sure there's the better presentation, and GameFlow has simplified and sped up the game.
Pros: Slow down gameplay and shorten how long games take? Pure Madden NFL magic!, The presentation is less obnoxious and more authentic, the Madden Nation approves, GameFlow gives you one button play calling, speeds up the game and adds realism, Prettier than ever: the fans, players, coaches and field all look top notch, I can't believe I like Ultimate Team, but the Madden NFL 11 customizable card game is sublime, Slow down gameplay and shorten how long games take? Pure Mad...
Cons: The Menu/UI is wonky, especially in Franchise mode, it's time to bring in a consultant, With such great animation overall, why does the kick returner do the electric slide to the ball?, We get it, Madden loves microtransactions, but do I need to be reminded on every page?, Stop calling cheats DLC, allowing me to pay cash to prevent retirement is not "content", The Menu/UI is wonky, especially in Franchise mode, it's time to bring in a consultant, With such great anima...
Summary: Like NCAA, Madden 11’s biggest improvement over last year is the new locomotion engine and running controls. The new animations perfectly capture what announcers are talking about when they say Adrian Peterson “runs angry.” The difference between average and great backs is now evident in the way they make cuts, burst through open holes, and attack defensive backs.
Excerpt: Game journalist and sports fanatic Greg Ford concludes his in-depth three-part field report of Madden 11, concluding his thoughts on EA's newest football sim with a look at the newly implemented Ultimate Team and Madden Moments features, as well as an overview of this time with the title.
Excerpt: As the old saying goes “Another year, another Madden ”. It's not as jaded as it sounds, though, because the grid iron franchise has fallen into an impressive groove on the HD consoles as of late, and Madden 11 is no different. This year, the main addition is the new Gameflow play call system that streamlines on-field decision making for newcomers and veterans alike.
Excerpt: Another year has gone by and here comes another version of the Madden NFL series from Electronic Arts. I often ponder why people upgrade to the next year�s copy of Madden, purely for the roster update. Thankfully, I don�t have to ask that question this year. Electronic Arts has made some major changes to how the gameplay works and created a way for players new to the series (or football for that matter) can jump into the game immediately.
Summary: Improvements such as revamped AI, more realistic animation, and a new play-calling system make this the best Madden yet.
Pros: Gameflow play-calling system speeds up games, Realistic physics and animation, Impressive AI on both offense and defense, Head-to-head competitive play is loads of fun, Gus Johnson is an awesome play-by-play man
Cons: Some odd quirks during games, Ultimate Team and cooperative play don't have long-term appeal, No way to restart Madden Moments, Sometimes goofy ball physics