I use to play Madden pretty often as a kid, every year I would get the new one for Xbox or whatever system I had PS2 at the time, as far back as I could remember I was playing Madden and if I remember correctly they had it on N64, if I am correct that's when the great Madden was. Madden has toned up the graphics, redid some things they needed to change and finally after 7 years have corrected Soldiers Field, while in return screwing up the Bears away pants.
I've been a long time player of FIFA now and comparing the two together Madden has become more and more like arcade then ever. It's hard to play the game when it's more predictable. Many people have had issues with online play and although I do have XBL I do not play online, so I play the offline Career and it seems just like the previous ones, this time around you can play as a legend. I prefer to play as the coach and do whatever I want. It's fun, been a long time since I've played it. I wouldn't buy a Madden game anymore, they just don't appeal to me anymore as much as I love watching football. I wish they would go back to the old formats, I don't know when they changed it all since I haven't played Madden since 2006, but I am assuming it's been a pain in everyone's side. I give this a 7 because I do like the graphics, the updated Soldiers Field and pure fun of playing football, other than that it's not perfect and its not that great.
Decent game flow though games can still drag out. Onside kicks work, but maybe are a tad too successful. No franchise mode is a downfall, however connected career is solid replacement. Roster changes are very hard and limited. End of season roster makes up for it but that took months to come out. small backs suffer from the physics upgrade. Defense was better than in previous Maddens. Overall a B+.