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Just Terrible....

posted by connor1939 (LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA) Nov 22, 2008

Member since Nov 2004

2 out of 5 gamers (40%) found this review helpful

This game has no hook, plot or anything else that makes it interesting.
It makes sense that they were selling these w/ madden 09 just so they could get rid of inventory.
The game is so boring and the AI is just terrible. On 3rd and 10 it will throw it to the running back in the flat?! I was like are u high? But yah i was very generous when i gave it a 3.

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Did EA really let this become a game???

posted by matackett (COLUMBUS, OH) Sep 10, 2008

Member since Jul 2008

3 out of 8 gamers (38%) found this review helpful

In the game's career mode, you assume the role of an NFL team's head coach. I took the mantle of the aforementioned Nolan. You begin in the offseason with a set of goals, planning for the draft and free agency. You can tailor the draft board to your team's needs/appraisals, scout college players, and browse the free-agent pool. The season goals quickly soured me on the game (why would the 49ers make finding a tight end the top priority when they have so many other glaring problems?), but the draft system works, as your ability to scout players is tied to your general manager's skill level -- the higher it is, the more players you can scout and the more you learn about them. But free agency's a wreck. Instead of jumping into the pool and making offers to the players you're interested in, you can opt to enter bidding for players that appear each "day" in your clipboard (this is where you manage day-to-day tasks). So you end up waiting for players you want instead of actively pursuing them.
You get plenty of information to help you prepare for foes and select plays, though. The scouting report breaks down how often a team runs and throws, highlighting their most successful plays. During a game, a table tells you the tendencies of your opponent on any given down, allowing you to prepare an effective response. You can select plays (some of which you can design yourself in the play creator; these plays may also be loaded into Madden NFL 09) based on your success rate, your level of mastering plays in practice, or even by your coach's suggestion. You even get special abilities to deploy thanks to plays you worked on in practice.
But none of those options make the games exciting or interesting. You can sim or SuperSim the games -- SuperSim
Multiplayer is more of the same -- I played in SuperSim, and it's a little more fun playing against a live player instead of the CPU. The game also crashed on me twice when coaches appeared in the info/commentary window to tell me that I

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wow! that sucked

posted by ventura (COLUMBUS, OH) Dec 20, 2008

Member since Nov 2008

1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful

this probably the worst game i have ever played. it is amazing slow for what it is doing. there is no options or anything other than madden would give you. you just look at a shot of your stdium and pick from catagories what your team should do. when you make your own coach he stinks so bad you cant win a game, you dont even realy know hwo your actions are changing the team. it is just bad. i tried it for about ten hours and hated every second of it. the only reason i kept playing was i thought if i got better at it os something it might be more rewarding. BIG MISTAKE!!!!

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