Summary: These football games are all about the AI and glitches when it comes to online play. Some glitches are unavoidable, but the question is whether there are enough glitches to ruin the game to the point that it is a video game instead of a football game which feels like the real thing. Madden 2005 had a few glitches(or AI weakness if you dont like the term glitch) but they were not so bad and one could use football strategy to win games.
Summary: This may be the worst Madden installment in 5 years. I really miss Tecmo Bowl for the Super Nintendo, you actually felt like you had control over your players and it was fun to play. Madden football games have succeeded in making playaction passes useless. Every single time you choose any type of playaction pass, by the time your QB is away from the RB he will be sacked. There is a defender hitting you sometimes before you even fake the handoff.
Summary: I'm not really here to comment on Madden's game, but from what I here it's not all that great. I just want to comment on what the person under me said "the best football game this year". Hey dumb*ss, it's the only football game this year! Madden played the coward this year by buying all of the NFLPA credits, so they wouldn't get overtaken by ESPN's NFL 2K6(ESPN 2K5 is a far better game than Madden 2005, *check out my review on it*).
Summary: I had high hopes with all the hype when purchasing the Madden NFL 06. It looked really improved and I had read all the preview stuff regarding the Superstar mode and the QB Vision control and, like a sucker, I bought it. The truth is, with their exclusive NFL license, EA can now mail it in. Gameplay: EA added the QB Vision feature, trying to make passing more realistic.
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.
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.
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.