Summary: For 16 years Electronic Arts has tweaked and tuned and polished each new iteration of Madden football so it was something new and special each year. Sadly, Madden NFL 06 snaps that incredible streak of consistent improvement.
Excerpt: The first iteration of professional football built for the Xbox 360 is but a shell of EA Sport's Madden series. Madden NFL 2006 seems to be more of a token effort to garner early sales on the Xbox 360 rather than a complete game.
Summary: It appears that reports of the birth of next-generation football on consoles have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, Madden NFL 06 has made its debut on the Xbox 360--but not in a form that could really be called next gen.
Pros: Player models, coaches, stadiums, and menus are major upgrades over anything you've seen before, New play-calling menus are a breeze to get through, Gameplay is true to the series, New commentator is better than you'd expect
Cons: Many of the unique gameplay features of the last couple of Madden games are missing, Lots of missing modes--all you get is a husk of a franchise mode and online play, Some unsightly animation and graphical hang-ups that stick out all the more on a next-gen console, You can't challenge plays