Excerpt: The end of summer, the start of fall, and the first mornings when you need to run back into the house to grab your coat. These landmark times can only mean one thing, it’s football season again, and more importantly, it’s Madden season again.
Excerpt: The Madden franchise has been a long-term success for Electronic Arts, the yearly updates refining and improving on the basic ideas established with the first game. It was the personal project of founder Trip Hawkins, with former NFL head coach and commentator John Madden helping to design the...
Excerpt: Every summer for the last twenty one years, football fans have rushed to their local retailers to purchase the new edition of Madden NFL , thus making it one of the longest running and most successful video game franchises to date. But what makes Madden so appealing to fans?
Pros: Breaking through a six man gang tackle to rush for a touchdown.
Cons: Having to play the fight for the fumble mini-game when I was the only one near the ball when I fell on it.
Excerpt: Typically, first-person shooters are pretty linear, taking the player through a set strand of missions to a final confrontation or cliffhanger ending, without little freedom afforded to the player in deciding how to reach their goal.
Excerpt: It’s no longer okay to simply dismiss EA’s humongous Madden franchise outright as that video game of that massively complicated sport where mammoth-sized men covered in protective armour smash their helmets into each other like demented bison until one team falls down.
Conclusion: It differs from the SuperSim you see in an exhibition game in that you can only sim till your superstar is on the field, but I think most gamers won't complain about that. Smart move, Madden. Smart move.
Summary: On-field authenticity and emotion is taken to another level in Madden NFL 10. With more control over the outcome of the play than ever before, players can drag defenders towards the first down marker, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and avoid the rush by stepping up into the pocket.
Excerpt: You should know right off that bat that this year’s game is no cakewalk. This is arguably the most difficult Madden to date. Don’t expect to jump into a franchise, pick a receiver and throw fly routes all day on your way to a Super Bowl. Be honest, you’ve done that.
Conclusion: Greatly improved gameplay mechanics make it a long lasting gridiron enjoyment. Overall Madden NFL 10 is a step in the right direction for the series and well worth the upgrade from Madden 2009.