Excerpt: Criticizing EA for releasing what is seemingly the same Madden year-over-year with minimal adjustments has become a sort of favourite past-time of mine. However, this year's entry into the Madden franchise was different, and oddly enough, an enormous improvement over previous years. And while the 360, PS3 and current-gen versions ended up being great titles in their own right, it's the Wii version, designed specifically from the ground up, that's the real winner here.
Conclusion: Madden of new, brings back the feel of Madden of old. For the first time in a long time, gamers are introduced to a new gameplay schematic, which produced an immersive and interactive experience. If one thing is learned from the Wii version, it would be that graphics can take a back seat to gameplay any day, as long as it’s done right.
Excerpt: Under normal circumstances, I would not usually feel the need to preview the latest, greatest installment of a sports game, and certainly not
at that! Though some might disagree – and I am more than willing to concede that I am no expert on the series – it seems to me that there is rarely very much change from one game to the next, with perhaps the exception of graphics and updated team rosters.
Excerpt: Madden NFL 07, an introduction. The delight of having a Madden game available for the launch of the Xbox 360 last year was soured somewhat by the fact that it was a stripped down Madden experience. For many the series has provided the best virtual American football experience over the last decade or so and the expectations for the series going into the next generation of consoles were huge.
Summary: One of the big complaints about sports games year after year is that they just don't change. Especially in the last few years, EA's Madden NFL franchise has weathered the brunt of many of these complaints, largely in light of the mild upgrades made to older console versions and the "tear it all down, build it back up" approach the company took with its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions.
Pros: Tons of motion-controlled moves that are responsive and intuitive, The new minigames are a blast with four players, All the features found in the GameCube version are present here, Awesome tutorial system that teaches you everything you need to know
Cons: Graphics engine is getting a bit long in the tooth, Time to get some new commentators, Superstar mode still has a number of annoying issues