gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Having played Madden 06 to death on the Xbox I looked forward to playing some of the next gen version just to see what it was like.
It was good. The visuals on everything from the players to the menus were beautiful. The attention to detail on the stadiums was also top rate. The gameplay was smooth and easily translatable from the Xbox version.
I was having fun, then I realized, where's the "wow factor?"
Answer, there wasn't one.
Many of the features were left out. I won't rant, I understand the time crunch they were under to get this game out. But, it never felt rushed, just a little thin.
If you like the NFL, this is a fun game. It won't blow your socks off, but it won't disappoint either.
Ok, first things first. I am 41 years old and have played Madden since it's inception on Sega Genesis. During that time the versions I had the most fun with were Madden 93'on Genesis and Madden on 3DO (yes I had a 3DO - Road Rash was great as was FIFA). I am the proverbial "early adopter" and have always owned all the platforms of each generation. This keeps me from making the usual fan boy "Sony/Sega/Nintendo, etc. rules" biased review. What made Madden 93' and Madden 3DO so much fun was their playability when playing 1 on 1 against a human opponent. I played so many tournaments with friends and strangers alike that it became almost an addiction. After a few steps in the wrong direction Madden 97 on Playstation brought the series back, then in 99' great features and mini-games made for an improved single player/franchise game, but "loose" control hurt the 1 on 1 aspect of the game. This trend continued through 2005 when the control began to tighten back up on XBOX and PS2. Like a lot of sports fans I discovered NFL2K on Dreamcast with it's online multiplayer and was immediately hooked - the 2k/ESPN series continued to improve and by it's 2K5 incarnation was clearly the better player on player game. Flash to the present.... with an exclusive NFL license, EA had a lot to prove with "Madden 2006". Personally I think the Xbox/PS2 versions didn't really stack-up to ESPN in the multi-player aspect, but made great strides in the singleplayer game. On Xbox360 the multi-player both on and offline totally rocks! The players look and move more realistically, the control is tight, and you feel much more "in the game". The downside is a bare bones(no mini-games)franchise and season mode, and no instant replay or challenges in the online multiplayer. Also QB's fumble way too much when they often clearly should have had the play called an incomplete pass. These quibbles aside, if 1 on 1 is what your all about - this is the best version yet.
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
For those who want points and don't care about anything else, look no further. RENT Madden ASAP. In about 2 hours you can have your 1000 points.
To earn everything simply set up a Franchise series, and sim your way through it. Make sure you pick a good team(patriots). Practice in a few games so you'll know how to play and when you get up to the superbowl play and win that. Sometime during your practice and superblowl you'll probably achieve everything you need from the game.
(the easiest achievement is to click the right anolog stick in while in any menu) My score: no motivation other than xbl pts to play this game, therfore I cannot rate it on those terms.