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Madden 09 Review

This game is ridiculous and for the ‘true’ Madden fans you may be completely satisfied with the improvements, but you may also be let down by the lack of ‘attention’ that franchise mode, superstar mode, and online leagues received.  I personally was immediately surprised by the improvements (i.e. Madden IQ), but after playing for a couple of days I feel sort of **blah** about it.  I mean don’t get me wrong I like the game and the improvements are incredible, but there are a couple of areas where I was just left wanting more.  Please read below, I have included some tidbits for your reading.

The Good

  • Cris Collinsworth’s commentary is superb
  • Backtrack feature breaks down exactly why a play failed and rewinding lets you try again
  • Formation audibles allow you to change plays without tipping your hand
  • Vastly improved visuals
  • Tight controls and varied player animations.

The Bad

  • Quirks and glitches hamper otherwise solid gameplay
  • Superstar and Franchise modes have received almost no attention
  • Madden IQ feature isn’t as helpful as it claims to be
  • Tom Hammond and John Madden’s voice work is poor
  • Online leagues are a huge letdown.

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