Summary: For the most part, the gameplay wasn't touched in this game. So if you've played NCAA 06 (which has a FANTASTIC running game), going back to Madden's is a big step backwards. NCAA is alot more fluid, realistic and -- most importantly -- FUN! They have added updates that nobody wants. QB Visions is poorly executed. The joystick is too sensitive, making it nearly impossible to pick up the game and play it right out of the box. Nothing much was added to Franchise.
Summary: After purchasing copies of Madden '06 for the PS2, my friends and I spent several days modifying the rosters, creating a few custom players and most of all creating our own custom playbooks in the anticipation of outdoing each other in franchise mode. I can speak for all of us when I say that we were all extremely disappointed when we found out that you can not use a custom playbook while in franchise mode.
Summary: First of all, I've always been an avid Madden Fan from day 1. I eagerly waited for 06 and after I purchased it, I realized that it's almost identical to last year's game. Madden, in my opinion has always been superior for it's user-friendly gameplay and up-tempo style. Fortunately, the great gameplay is still in tact. ESPN/Sega 2K5 game seemed to suffer in comparrison to only gameplay ability. However ESPN's 2K5's stellar presentation and graphics where AMAZING!
Summary: I personally am a madden fan since 2000. Madden 2006 is a true dissapointment. Very simple changes from 2005. Truck Hit? Truck Hit? Couldnt they just name it Big Momma hit. I feel like I am being forced to use the joysticks when I am used to the old style directional pad. The graphics appear to be worse sometimes.(2004 style) I guess we are all expecting great abnormal changes and all we get is the same game with a few changes.
for the second year in a row, madden is mediocre at best...
mark twain, Amazon
10 August 2005
Summary: madden used to be the king of sports game, and still sells millions. but now for the second year in a row, it's not even the best football game. last year and this year, NCAA Football is so superior to madden it's not even funny. last year NCAA had some problems with defensive back ninjas jumping halfway across the field to knock down balls. well this year they fixed it and there are no complaints about NCAA. it rocks.
Summary: I don't understand why EA would completely change their passing system. Maybe because they have no competition they feel like they can mess the game up and increase the price. If it ain't broke don't fix it. The passing cone is slow, the defense knows exactly where the ball is going, and it's just a pain in the butt. Who would want the offense to be more difficult? If you have a bad qb just make the ratings worse, don't make it impossible to throw the ball.
Brian Forrester "Brian Forrester, Noblesville IN", Amazon
9 August 2005
Summary: I'm disappointed to say that I'm not surprised. As soon as EA signs an exclusive license deal with the NFL, they get lazy in their product. Sure, the new quarterback feature adds another level of realism, but it was poorly implemented and needs a lot of work to bring it to where it should be. Pros: - The new quarterbacking system (thankfully it can be turned off) is a pretty cool idea.
Summary: The moneygrubbers at EA have done it again. If you bought 2005 last year and were dissapointed the game had just a handful of changes from 2004 the same has happened again this year. This is the last time I will spend my money on the same game Ive already payed for twice. Considering the amount of time I put into playing Franchise mode I cant believe the programmmers cant be bothered to add even one new feature!
Kein ESPN; spaßbremsende Quarterback-Vision; inspirationslos
John Galt "Gamer", Amazon
15 August 2005
Summary: Schade, EA! Da haben sie schon die NFL-Lizenz der anrückenden Konkurrenz durch Take2 bzw. 2K-Sports weggeschnappt und trotzdem wird das Spiel nicht besser - schlimmer noch - es wird dies Jahr sogar schlechter. Zwei Punkte, die mich besonders stören: 1. EA hat ja auch die ESPN-Lizenz der Konkurrenz weggeschnappt und nutzt sie nicht! Warum?! Hauptsache Lizenz, damit die Konkurrenz sie nicht nutzen kann. 2. Die Quarterback - Vision ist mehr schlecht als recht.