Conclusion: Concept: EA Tiburon produces its most playable and exciting version of Madden in years
Graphics: The animations are impressive and plentiful, but at times there are jerky transitions between them
Sound: Player sounds from the field are just one part of a greatly improved presentation package
Playability: The new optional fumble minigame is a lot of fun.
Excerpt: Every year the football loving gamers of the nation wait with baited breath for that special day in August. In fact, many businesses lose a few workers for a day due to the launch of this one game. Only one title has the power to diminish the workforce, and sell millions of copies of essentially the same thing, every single year. Do I even need to name it? Not really, but fine...for the sake of the noobie to the game world, it's none other than Madden.
Excerpt: I having been playing Madden games for a very long time now. They have been one of the constants in the video game industry that I have always appreciated and enjoyed. To be honest Madden NFL video games have become a warm blankee to me. They are comfortable, and always there for me. As John Madden ages I realize that as great as this franchise has been, a day is coming where there will be major change.
Summary: Finally, a Madden game I can see myself throwing hundreds of hours into just like the golden years. With the addition of online franchise (which supports 32 players), television style presentation (including weekly wrap-up shows), and a ton of fine-tuning to the gameplay, Madden finally feels worthy of the NFL license.