Excerpt: Last year’s Madden, while great, had a few balance issues that some players took exception to. Most notably was the over-emphasis towards the offensive side of the ball, which allowed for a number of rampant offenses and incredibly high scores, even on high difficulty levels. “Jetpacking,” or the quirk that let players consistently leap over defenders while making incredible catches all the time, infuriated opponents.
Excerpt: Madden NFL 2005 review Game Over Online - http://www.game-over.com Madden. One word sums up the most dominating franchise in video game history. Forget Mario, forget Sonic and to hell with Crash. The sheer scale of Madden has obliterated every other series to become the largest phenomenon the gaming world has ever seen. Don’t believe me? Take these three facts into consideration: 1.
Excerpt: It’s that time of year again. NFL training camps are open, preseason games have started, and NFL titles are gracing our Xbox consoles. The first half of the 2005 NFL titles, “ESPN NFL 2K5”, shipped last month to (mostly) positive reviews. Releasing at only $20 and containing an impressive feature set, “ESPN NFL 2K5” has more or less taken the market by storm. Skeptics proclaimed the doom of the Madden franchise…that “ESPN” had finally toppled the behemoth.
Conclusion: With ESPN 2K5 the saying 'good things come to those who wait' applies more than ever. The game is a vibrant effort punctuated by some of, if not, the best in game graphics and animations ever seen in a sports game. As well as this, the ESPN licence has been brilliantly utilised and the gameplay is now more balanced than last year with less focus on the run game.
Pros: brilliant graphics that bring the NFL to life, new 'virtual Chris Berman', brilliant graphs and stats, commentary once again fits the game perfectly
Cons: defensive backs too often make poor plays, no option to create a play from scratch, it took too long to get to Australia, no online play, sorry SEGA, but this ticks us off
Excerpt: Madden NFL 2005 is a fantastic game which is let down by a handful of minor flaws. It remains the best single-player NFL game on the market with its excellent franchise mode and no football fan should hesitate in giving it a go.
Pros: Franchise mode is excellent and core gameplay is better than ever. The new Hit Stick feature adds a much-needed boost to the defensive game and the AI has been noticably improved on both sides of the field.
Cons: Xbox Live capability was excluded from the PAL release, leaving ESPN NFL 2K5 as the only option, once again, for online NFL fans. Graphics and sound feature only minor improvements over last year and some minor gameplay issues still exist and irritate.
Conclusion: Australian NFL gamers are given the short end of the stick in a sense that we can’t sample the delights of ESPN NFL 2K5 until late December for a proper comparison. Fortunately EA have focused on improving Madden to become a very well rounded and authentic rendition of American Football that is immensely enjoyable.
Pros: + the new hit stick adds excitement to defense, + defensive playmaker control, + lighting effects and reflections look great, + franchise mode that gets better every year, +, +, Reviewed by Mark Denton
Cons: - some errors from 2004 still exist, - where's the online play promised at E3?, - commentary from Michaels and Madden can sound flat, -
Conclusion: 15 /20 Pour ceux qui possède l’opus 2004, passer votre chemin. Pour les autres, jetez-vous sur cette édition 2005 qui, une fois de plus, nous montre le talent de Visual Concepts et de Sega qui nous proposent une simulation de foot US presque parfaite en tous points.
Pros: Toujours aussi réaliste, Techniquement parfait, Prix
Cons: Nouveautés trop peu présentes, Mode live envolé !
Conclusion: Zu meckern gibt es demzufolge nicht viel. Die Grafik ist hervorragend, die Soundkulisse samt Soundtrack stimmt ebenfalls. Nervig finde ich nur, dass wertvolle Entwicklungs-Ressourcen für Schwachsinns-Features wie die Create a Fan-Option verschwendet wurden. Darüber hinaus ist die auch bereits im Review heftig kritisierte Online-Politik von EA in Europa absolut unverständlich und verwehrt dem Titel letztendlich den Vorstoß in noch höhere Wertungsregionen.