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.
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.
The shift in focus for this year's game will excite some, but others might be disappointed.
9 August 2010
Conclusion: There’s no question that the gameplay in Madden NFL 11 is great at its core, but some of the AI tuning slants the game too heavily in the offense’s favor. Both Online Team Play and the inclusion of Gus Johnson are fantastic and add a lot to the package, but I can’t help but feel that the moneymakers of old have been cast into the darkness.
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.
Moving In New Directions
9 August 2010
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.