Conclusion: The bottom line with Madden is that it is an incredibly good and fun game, particularly online, where updated real life rosters are updated and downloaded automatically for online play every few weeks. The gameplay brutally punishes passes into coverage, and can scare people right out of all but roll-out short passes. But it’s still a definite winner of a title.
Excerpt: Buy Madden 2004 from Amazon! Order Madden 2004 PS2 and Get a TRU Exclusive EA Sports Controller for PS2 for Just $5 Buy Madden 2004 from Amazon! Madden 2004 Xbox Screens(10) Well, it's back. And in full form. Madden 2003 was a great game. Although some gaming publications chose NCAA Football 2003 as the Sports Game of the Year, it was probably only because people were sick of seeing Madden as the winner.
Excerpt: When EA Sports released the previous version of this top-notch football game for PS2 Online, the company admitted it was just trying to make sure the platform's online capabilities worked. In Madden NFL 2004, EA Sports has begun to add features and perfect the work it started last year. In response to complaints about cheating, EA created the Fair Play system, which penalizes plug pullers and other scoundrels.
Excerpt: Once again, the people over at EA Sports have delivered a beautiful rendition of cyber football on the PS2. Player and coach models look amazing, and so do the many stadiums throughout the Nation Football League. Madden NFL 2004 looks beautiful, and sounds equally as nice. It seems to me that ever since Pat Summerall and Madden split up, the commentary both in-game and in-life has gotten better. Of course, you'll still be bombarded with stupid Madden-isms...
Excerpt: Itâ€™s that time of the year again: leaves falling to the ground, annoying younger siblings headed back to school, and the melodic sound of crunching pads blasting through the surround sound speakers in my living room. Football season has finally arrived.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: The Madden series has really grown here. It actually sports the most additions and enhancements since the franchise moved from the PSone to the PS2 with Madden 2001, and gameplay control alterations have been noted and appreciated. You may snap the controller in half after a particularly annoying (and seemingly unstoppable) drive by your opponent, one minute before half-time, but in the end, you'll come away feeling both invigorated and fully satisfied.
Excerpt: This is the year EA will be remembered for its sports franchise. Everything in EAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arsenal is being revamped and made better than ever. This is being shown in Madden NFL 2004. Everything from the gameplay modes to the graphics have been redone and improved greatly for the 2004 edition. In its 14th season, Madden is back with new modes such as playmaker control, historical team editor, and ownerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mode. Madden has a huge edge over the competition.
Excerpt: Comme nous, vous avez peut-être envie de vous essayer au football américain sur console, attiré par ce sport qui n'est qu'un lointain cousin de notre rugby, en beaucoup plus spectaculaire (merci les costumes). Mais voilà, la difficulté vous rebute. Vous vous lanceriez bien dans la partie - surtout que le jeu d'Electronic Arts est le plus complet sur le sujet - mais n'osez pas de peur de ne rien comprendre...
Conclusion: Simulation exhaustive par excellence, Madden NFL 2004 ravira les habitués de la série par ses indéniables qualités et ses nouveautés non-négligeables. En revanche, pour les néophytes, elle paraîtra difficile de prime abord, mais avec un peu de persévérance et un bon dictionnaire, ces derniers prendront rapidement du plaisir à défier et enfoncer le CPU ou leurs amis tout en gérant complètement leur club.