I Really Wanted to Like This Game, But I Still Prefer Madden
15 December 2003
Summary: I admit, I've been playing Madden for years. I'm so familiar with the Madden line that I can play the newest addition and tell you which positional AI was changed to provide a more realistic football game. Unfortunately, EA and Microsoft could never work out a deal regarding Xbox Live so the best way to play ANY football sim (human vs. human) isn't available on the Xbox's Madden unless you have company. Thus I decided to learn ESPN NFL Football.
Summary: In my opinion there are only 2 football games out there for any console and that's Madden and ESPN. I agree that Madden lacks innovation and still has the same old Maddenisms and bugs that date back to Sega Genesis. However, the game play is far more advanced than ESPN. The players run like humans on Madden. The players run like eager robots looking for the toilet on ESPN. Very choppy and not very realsitic at all.