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
Madden 07 for the Wii is a great kick off of the sports genre. The game feels as if it was built from the ground up for the Wii rather than being a quick and dirty port for launch.
While the graphics are expectedly below that of the PS3/X360 versions, they are still pleasing to the eye, with sharp textures, environment mapping, shadowing, field of depth blur and and silky smooth animations. The licensed music is great, and the sound effects are crisp.
What really sets the Wii version apart, though, are the well executed motion controls. Passing, juking, stiff arming, tackling, kicking, pumping the crowd...all the actions that are relegated to simple button presses on other consoles are now effortlessly performed using the wiimote and nunchuk. This added dimension makes Madden more visceral and involving than it has ever been. The motions just make sense.
Football games have an inherently high learning curve. I've been playing since Joe Montana on the Genesis. The Wii makes football accessible, so you can worry about the X's and O's, rather than thinking about what triangle, square circle, L1, L2 , etc does.
Madden Wii has made football games appealing again. Even my girlfriend, who would never touch a football game previously, enjoyed the game.