Summary: I have long felt that EA Sports is indifferent to making good games. Having played this one, I wonder if they aren't actively trying to make bad games. The AI is simply terrible. The menu navigation is complicated and incredibly sluggish. even by EA standards the game is riddled with bugs. The new features are a mix of bad ideas and poorly executed good ideas. The old features have all the problems they did the year before. A football game has no business being bad.
Summary: I grew up with Madden. I had it on the Sega Genesis, on the Playstation, the Playstation 2, and now on the XBox 360. This series is close to my heart. So that's why i'm so disapointed in this years version. This is the first real Madden game on a next gen counsel. 2006 was on the 360, but that doesn't count.
Once again(and for the last time) Madden dissapoints
David Benfield, Amazon
29 September 2006
Summary: Every year Madden dissapoints, and we are led back to the slaughter this year. But, EA Sports topped themselves this year. Because as an XBOX 360 user, we get an extra treat. We pay $20 more and GET LESS FEATURES. Missing is the fantasy draft. YOU CAN NOT DRAFT YOUR OWN TEAM. On top of that there is a fatigue glitch, which means NO ONE GETS TIRED.
Summary: The graphics are amazing. Yes that I will give the lastest version of madden. But where the Graphics win the game play suffers. I personally think EA's lock on football is going to turn a lot of people off the game. I just think EA if you have a lock you should do better and not offer up something like 07. Give us proof you wanna make quality and not a fast buck. Keep trying because this one isn;t cutting it.
Summary: I have loved the Madden series since the PS1 days and have loved every release, with the exception of some of the "NFL Gameday" franchise which I thought competed with the Madden's op the times. However, these last two years with "next gen" have been inexcusable. While I will admit that the graphics blow away the old gen games the game play is terrible.
Summary: So you plopped down four hundred bucks to get the state of the art, high-def, dolby digital game-playing machine. You rushed out and picked up Madden 06 and were awed by the field effects, the stitches on the players unis and, umm, the stitches on the unis. You wondered what happened to mini-games, training camp, create a player, and for that matter, Madden. You write it off to a rush to get it released with the console and wait.
Summary: In November 2005, I ended my review of Madden NFL 2006 for the Xbox 360 by saying, "Hopefully next season EA Sports can throw in some of the gameplay modes that made Madden so different while improving on a few of the annoyances." Now, nine months later, I'm sitting in my gamer chair rocking back and forth with those new gameplay modes I wanted, but all of the same annoyances and a few more that ultimately make the sophomore next-gen Madden experience a very sour one...
Summary: It pains me to write this review, since I have been playing Madden since the days of 8-bit consoles and the series' humble beginnings. Madden could always be counted on for 1 thing: innovation without sacrificing the great core gameplay. That's why gimmicky buttons and animations and minigames never really detracted too much from the overall Madden experience: the core game was solid and reliably fun and addictive. No longer.
Don't complain... especially if you're in line EVERY August buying the 'next' one.
V "Stupid should hurt...", Amazon
23 August 2006
Summary: Yep... I said it. Everyone seems to have the same ideas and views that I've been saying for years now. I think one of the other reviewers put it best: "Buying Madden every year is like getting a new calendar - yeah, technically it's 'different', but in the end..." well, you get the point.
Summary: When I got home and opened my copy of Madden, I was terribly disappointed. I'll list Pros and Cons to make this quick and easier. Pros: -the graphics on HDTV are pretty good (more detail could be added, especially player specific stuff). tackling animations could be alot better (more realistic wise). otherwise the running and passing animations are good. -gameplay is pretty good for the most part. defense is a little too easy for me but I just bump up the difficulty.