Summary: If you haven’t bought a Madden game for a year or two, maybe you should check this one out if you don’t plan on buying the Xbox 360, and the 360 version of the game. The visuals have a definite better quality to them; the sound, and the options are all there to entice you. The best addition, the QB Vision cones will is also a definite change that will at least warrant NFL fans this game a rent.
Pros: The new QB Vision Cone
Cons: The new game mechanics may take some getting used to.
Excerpt: When the announcement of EA’s exclusive licensing agreement was made last year, a furious debate erupted as to whether or not the deal would disrupt or strengthen the quality of the franchise. Some critics argued that the lack of competition would weaken the game itself, considering that it would be the only NFL title on the market. Others stated that the game would become much better, having the sole access to the resources of the league itself.
Excerpt: Just like other titles in the 16-year history of the Madden Franchise go, Madden 06 has received a new focus on some aspect of the gameplay to make the title seem just as realistic as it possibly can be. While last year’s focus was upon the defense, this year centers around the offense, primarily controls around your field general, the quarterback. It’s been quite a while since there’s been a significant adjustment to the passing game – at least four to five years.
Excerpt: This season, EA's popular "Madden" franchise is the only game in town, as title got an exclusive license from the NFL, meaning than only "Madden" could use current footballers in its game. While that's unfortunate, as it's always nice to have options, "Madden '06" is largely a successful endeavor for EA in its first season without anyone else on the playing field.
Summary: This is a good first effort by EA. This is a great game, and they leave it with great potential to be even better next year. I really can't wait to see how Madden NFL 07 will look and play. Call me crazy, but I was an NFL 2K fan (still am), but I am telling you this is not the same old Madden. This is a brand new game with a brand new engine, and it should be added to your Xbox 360 library.