Excerpt: The Madden NFL series has been around for more than 20 years now. This year’s feature-filled game is one of the best ever. Madden NFL 11 certainly speeds up the game. Gone is the one-hour mode. Games now last 30 minutes—or even 20. That speed is exciting, and it’s made even faster through GameFlow. Basically, GameFlow chooses the plays for you. But there are various options.
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
Excerpt: The entire gaming industry’s most bankable constant is that Madden will release on time each year, it’ll sell millions, and it’ll be good enough for critics to scratch their beards and proclaim, sagely, “Yes, good enough.” Annual tweaks to the mechanics typically provide back-of-box copy but don’t fundamentally change the heartbeat of the football simulation.
Pros: + Easier to pick up and play (and faster pace) than previous Maddens, without losing any strategic depth., + Options, choices, persistence for online players.
Cons: - A few glitches., ? Would it be too realistic (or too lame) if the coordinators got in your grill for screwing up plays?
Conclusion: So, with another year we have another Madden game to play. Are gamers right in viewing the Madden franchise as a cash-in? Looking at this year's game I'd argue against that wholeheartedly. What Tiburon and EA Sports have given us in Madden 11 is a game that aims to embrace both hardcore and casual sports game fans by making the game more accessible and entertaining without sacrificing any of its depth or strategy.
Pros: Gameflow playcalling simplifies and streamlines the game, Locomotion system makes for easier and more realistic running, Gus Johnson's commentary hits a high note
Cons: Offensive line protection needs tweaking, Injuries occur far too frequently
Conclusion: First off, let me just say that for once EA doesn't sound like a broken record when talking about Madden 11. EA stated new improvements, which normally has me raising my eyebrows straight away for the reason that an “improvement” to EA typically is as simple as opening a picture in Photoshop and messing with the hue a little bit. However I am pleasantly surprised to inform you that this year’s iteration, for the most part anyway, delivers.
Excerpt: A first impression is hard to shake off. If a game starts off too slow, it may be difficult to hook gamers to play an entire game. If several bugs are seen early, then they can haunt you throughout the entire experience. A patch can come out that can eliminate bugs. Sometimes you have to stick with a game until the end to get the right feel for it. That was my case with Madden NFL 11.
Summary: Nous approchons déjà la fin de l’été, et qui dit mois d’août dit fins des vacances pour certains. Pour d’autres comme moi, c’est le retour du football de la NFL. Cette année, Madden revient en force plus que jamais. Il y aura eu beaucoup d’évolution apportée depuis les tout débuts de la franchise. Cette année ne fait pas exception à la règle. Beaucoup de nouveautés sont à l’honneur et c’est pour le mieux.
Pros: - les modes en ligne - la présentation qui nous permet d’y croire vraiment - l’ajout de l’excellent Gus Johnson - l’intelligence artificielle rehaussée - le graphisme toujours aussi beau - le gameflow rajoute au réalisme
Cons: - license de ESPN non présente - quelques bogues de collisions - commentaires répétitifs surtout à l’analyse - trop de blessures