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.
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.
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: 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.
Conclusion: Concept: Madden NFL 11 takes some great strides forward at the expense of other areas
Graphics: The players look sharp, with great lighting work, helmet reflections, and personal equipment touches
Sound: New play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson brings emotion, but it’s often behind the action and can be disjointed.
Excerpt: name carries tremendous weight. It is a decorated franchise that has been equated with football simulation greatness at various points in its life cycle. At other times, some gamers have also been quick to point out its various flaws and have been very critical of the franchise as a whole.
Pros: Locomotion gives users better control., Pro-tak upgrades provide smoother gameplay., GameFlow adds game planning and strategy.
Cons: Franchise mode is almost a straight port from last year., Be an NFL Superstar is stale., Play-action and camera need work.
Review: Madden NFL 11
23 February 2011
Excerpt: EA’s Madden NFL series has been a staple of the gaming landscape for twenty years. For the entire duration of that time it has been growing in a way more substantial than merely an updating of the rosters. EA have been adding features and depth to the game year-on-year to the point where if you wanted to enjoy the latest Madden game, you probably had to have played the previous games.
Pros: The usual slick EA presentation., Gameplay as deep or as accessible as you want it., Masses of options to tailor the game to just how you like it.
Cons: Occasional bad calls on the sidelines., Commentary is sometimes a bit obviously edited.