posted by spidasteve (FORESTVILLE, CA) Dec 10, 2006
Member since Oct 2005
gamers (40%) found this review helpful
This is a must have game for Wii... The controls are off the hook! Graphics arn't xbox 360 quality, but the Wii is about gameplay and a new way to play games... Graphics are the least of my worries, but with that said, the graphics are still extremely nice!
posted by 35yrgamer (CLIFTON SPRINGS, NY) Dec 5, 2006
Member since Aug 2006
gamers (20%) found this review helpful
Tough to review. We know the graphics aren't going to be a selling feature. Anyone reading this knows that. So looking beyond graphics, we are left with sound, presentation, depth, and control/gameplay. The sound is good fine. The play calling is weak as it tends to be in every other Madden Game. But the on field action sounds nice. Everything is solid but nothing really stands out. Presentation is very good. Being the bread and butter of Madden for awhile now, the Wii Madden won't drop the ball. The storyline, newspapers, radio, do a great job of putting players in the game. Depth is also very good - nothing is missing in this game. The only mode left out is the online play. And IMO, that is no loss, with all of the cheese play and griefers found online, I don't miss them at all. The Wii Madden feels like a full fleshed out game, because it is. This is the most complete Madden on a new/next gen system(yes I own a ps3 and a 360). And now we have the gameplay. And what we are really talking about here is the Wiimote. It just doesn't feel right. At all. For starters menus are a pain to navigate. Getting to the formation/play you want is more trouble then it should be. But the real problem begins when your players hit the field. The kicking is woefuly broken. After many hours of play, I still go for it on 4th downs, can't get kick offs consitantly, and worry everytime I need a PAT. Everything else just takes too long. In other Madden versions you do actions from throwing the ball to throwing a stiff arm at the instant press of a button. Not on the Wii. You have to make the right motion. Often the game doesn't pick up the motion you just made correctly. The result is bad passes, missed ints, badly timed jukes/stiff arms etc. In the end I think it comes down to "does the Wiimote enhance gameplay?". The short answer is no. In fact it hurts it. If you like football play it somewhere else. 'Nuff said
This is the only good Madden on the Wii because the controls were right. It is a complete port of the PS2 version from that year but that was a good thing, because EA was not trying to please the casual gamers like they tried on later Wii versions.