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I stood in line in a back town walmart for this game, that alone tells you that the hype for this game was huge. With all that hype could madden possibly live up to it? They can and did! This game adds a much more personal touch to madden allowing you to again create a superstar and take him to the promised land. On top of that they allow you to seamlessly take your NCAA 08 character and plug him right into all the pre-draft shenanigans. like last years version you go through some individual workouts with much more added content and a more direct and personal training regiment set out for your specific talent. In addition to the outstanding graphics intense new hit animations and a level of detail that will leave your head spinning it allows you now to create a team or even just do the plain and simple franchise mode. In franchise mode though they have added far more detailed tweaking and the ability to spot a "Gem" or a "Bust" after the draft, and the situations you put them in will either cement the pick as the Gem or turn his bad luck around and remove the Bust label. The only reason I didn't give this game a 10 is because I thought they should have incorporated some of the good things they did in NCAA 08 like a more "superstar" specific trophy room where only your individual you created trophies were stored, instead they are all very generic and somewhat arcade like. Also the icons underneath each player in the field, are necessary for identifying players strengths and weaknesses but are also a little arcade like for a hardcore fan. Extreme simulation junkies may find some of the more elaborate arcade like features a little annoying, while the average madden fan should LOVE the new additions and enjoy the vast on line capabilities. All in all madden is doing nothing to dissuade the masses from standing in line next year and grabbing this gem!
Every year you wait for EA to release an actual NFL Football game. Instead every year you just get another $60.00 roster update. When you look at some of EA's other titles (eg. Godfather, Command & Conquer, Battlefield) you see the quality of work they have put in to make it sell over the competitor. With Madden, we all know there is no other NFL Football game available so I feel they don't put forth the same effort. There is so much more they can do with this license but they just redecorate the same package, slap a $60 plus tag on it, ship it and we run out like lemmings and buy it year after year. The graphics are OK. The music is OK only because of the NFL Films music being available. Other than that there is nothing new or great about this title. Because the people that have the resources have lost the ability to be creative, we will have to wait until the contract between EA and the NFL expires and hope the NFL doesn't make the same mistake twice.