Summary: Impressive game - my first NFL game purchase but have played Madden 2003 and others before. Graphics are generally excellent with only the occassional dodgy moment (the ump calls on fumble challenges are pretty ropey!)and the overall presentation is top-notch.
Summary: Ok, first things first. It's really a very good game. You can pick it up and be playing almost straight away(although I recommend you read the controls first, it helps!) And although it is quite hard at first, I am managing on the initial difficulty setting with not too much trouble(mostly).
Summary: This is Excellent - by far and away the best of the Madden series. Not only are the graphics improved (as ever) but the game play is much better and the opponents AI is sharper - meaning that you can't just run the same play time after time - some thought has to be put into the play calling.
Summary: great graphics, great sound, incrediably indepth, everything you could want from a Gridiron game. However, it is entirely IMPOSSIBLE to defend, and when some poncey team like Amsterdam Admirals can wallop your Buffalo Bills team 50 odd nil...
Summary: Just when you thought Madden 2004 had the world cornered in the franchise mode, they raise the bar once again. New this year is the owner mode which adds a completely new dimension to the game.
Summary: the reason i played this game over 2005 is because it is the last game which has the great triad of 49ers, Garcia, Owens and hearst! Can i just say one thing, many of the reviewers of this game slate the defending controls of this game.
Summary: As a long time fan and player of the John Madden series, I was initially very pleased with the presentation and game play of 2004 and although it bares many resemblences to 03, it is still a quality game.