Conclusion: While the game is fun and all, I just didn't feel connected to the experience. Playing with my friends is fun, but I wouldn't dare play online and face the wrath of some uber-competitive online player. I also didn't like the Old Spice ads everywhere, and what's with the whole having to buy an Online Pass thing if you don't buy the game new? That's such a load of crap. Pfft.
Excerpt: Well, this Thursday marks the start of the new NFL season. The bad news is that I have to endure another rollercoaster season supporting the Raiders. The good news is that I get my yearly fix of Madden to try and turn the negative tide that surrounds my team. I have been a long time supporter of the Madden franchise and have seen many ups and downs.
Conclusion: While this side of the sport could perhaps need a little work next time around, in an attempt to solve player selection woes, EA Tiburon’s work in the field of widening their already sizeable audience should not go unrewarded.
Conclusion: On the upside, the presentation is impressive!
Character animation is relatively smooth and
Madden uses excellent lighting effects. The
ambience in the game mimics authentic stadium
experience. There is also a “coach” style audio
where you’ll hear play suggestion for each
specific situation. Though limited in script,
it’s a nice touch that gives you that extra NFL
Conclusion: I had almost given up on Madden, and then Madden NFL 11 dropped into my mailbox, completely rejuvenating the franchise. A warning should be printed on this box, saying “You will be in love with the fat man again, your girlfriend won’t see you for another six months and your face will feature a mountain man beard when she finally does”. Madden NFL 11 brings together everything that 2010’s game brought you, and then some.
Pros: Online play and controls vastly improved.
Cons: Gameplay might not feel all that different to some.
Excerpt: Well it’s that time of year again, when I start prepping for a glut of NFL fantasy drafts and start mapping out plans for my Washington Huskies/Seattle Seahawks sports weekends; it’s also that time of the year when I hunker down with EA Sports latest installment in the Madden NFL franchise. This point in time always feels like Christmas Eve as I am filled with anticipation with Week One of the National Football League only a few weeks away.
Summary: How much you get out of Madden NFL ’11 depends on what you want out of it. If you only care about the play on the field, play a lot online, or haven’t bought Madden in a few years, this is an outstanding purchase. The gameplay is as good as it’s been in years, online mode is great, and there’s a lot to do, no matter what your preference is.
Excerpt: First off, the presentation of the Madden NFL 11 on iPhone and iPod Touch is better than last year. Some of the animations are still a little stilted, especially when players collide together to get a pass but in a lot of the other areas things have been spruced up. I liked the fact that stadia were authentic and the fans in the back weren’t simply a 2D picture. This is something Electronic Arts always has a leg up on its competitors and this year is no different.