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: The highly anticipated 14th iteration of EA Sports' Madden NFL Football ($50 street) once again raises the bar for realism in football simulation. The graphics are good, but this time the developers put a major effort into game play and the new owner mode. Madden 2004's new Playmaker control lets you manipulate multiple players on the fly.
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: 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.
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.