posted by mculberson (SAN ANTONIO, TX) Aug 22, 2006
Member since Feb 2006
gamers (82%) found this review helpful
This isn't the Next-Gen Madden we've been waiting for. It's not a bad game, but it's still doesn't dazzle like it should.
Superstar mode is a nice addition, although the camera angles in the game really make it hard to succeed. On defense, if they don't run right at you, forget about making any plays.
Graphics are nice, but there's too many stutters in between plays and on replays that are a letdown. This shouldn't be happening.
I hate to say it, but I miss real announcers. That's right, I miss Madden. Besides, isn't this Madden 2007? He better be back in 2008, or you might as well change the name of the game on the 360.
Gameplay is nice. So far I haven't seen anything too bad. It's actually very fun to play and a nice repesentation of football.
Only problem is that is just doesn't have that "fun factor" with the overall game appeal. Franchise is pretty bland, and other than a calender and some emails, Superstar mode isn't that much either. Sometimes we need bells and whistles, you know.
Not sure if you can turn this off or not, but it's really annoying that the Hall of Fame players automatically get unlocked into your franchise as Free Agents. That is so lame! Hopefully they'll patch this or maybe there's a way to turn this off.
Graphics 8: Nice stadiums, good player models, some hiccup from time to time
Gameplay 8: Plays like football
Presentation 6: Bare bones again with the 360 version. Menues are nice though.
Fun Factor 6: Doesn't add much gameplay wise to really make an experienced Madden player get excited. Added modes are nice, but once again not fleshed out.
Overall 7: Good game. Certainly a step up from last year's 360 version. I sure hope they make and effort for this game to stand out next year. Maybe 3rd time will be the charm.
gamers (83%) found this review helpful
Madden 2007 (Next Gen) is a great football game if you exclude previous knowledge of other Madden's. It has everything gameplay wise, but some of it's other features were left out of the 360's version. I.E, Editing a players ratings, Owners mode to name the main two.
The new running stick and lead blocking features are sweet, but the lack of a passing cone makes it a lot easier to pass then to run. You have the option to turn it on( and get bonuses for it), but it is not mandatory.
The various glitches have been fixed, ranging from FG blocking to fumbiling on punt returns. Weather DOES affect fumbles now so be careful running the ball in the snow of Denver or New England.
Madden's gameplay is unmatched by any other game out there, but it lacks that powerful punch it once had.
gamers (81%) found this review helpful
Madden 07- Phoned in by a lazy old man that doesn't seem to care anymore. I love Madden. It has been great to us for years, but this version is just dull, and uninspired. The graphics wont melt your eyes, but are improved. Most noticeably in character, stadium, crowd and turf models. But nothing to get all excited about. The new feature allowing you to control your lead blocker to set up your run, and easily select back to control your back to slip the gaps is pretty cool, and a nice touch. Franchise mode is more robust, you can run practice drills to prepare for your next game. On line play seems to have fewer bugs than 06. But The game flat out cheats with the Stealers. Hines Ward cannot catch every pass while in triple coverage. From now on I suggest as well that to spare our beloved MVP NFL stars, that Johnny is put on all future covers. I wish no harm, I just don't want to hear about this seemingly uncanny curse anymore. Look folks it the only game in town, and we have no choice and that is shameful on EA Sports. It has made them lazy, and boring. But what can you do? The game works, its fun, and it is fundamentally sound as a football sim. To you guys calling it a perfect 10, but also noting flaws, you are a little nutty. 10 is perfection without flaws. Be consistent, not stupid. All that said Madden 07 just barely slips in at a 7 marginally better than 06. Anyone looking for a good traditional fair game on X Box Live, no 4th down freaks, look me up for a classy game, and fun. See me- "Atom Heart Mthr" and if you know what that means, you get a prize. No not a million dollars just a sincere appreciation for the effort. So see you all on line and let try an have more fun with this game than they designed it for. Oh I almost forgot. Why is it so painfully un user friendly to simply change the clock for quarter length? Another bummer, menus are broken and hard to understand and navigate.