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|EA Sports' blockbuster football series makes its second appearance on the PlayStation 3 with Madden NFL 08. Focusing on "weapons," in game events, and features from previous titles, Madden NFL 08 offers gamers another chance to create a dream season alone or in multiplayer competitions. The "weapons" concept is back, and gamers can now locate dangerous players by reading weekly scouting reports, watching player introductions, and by using trigger buttons before the snap on the field. There are a total of 24 different "weapons" and they include big hitters, defensive linemen, running backs, and catch receivers. Each "weapon" has a counter-weapon that gamers must uncover in order to bring a potentially destructive competitor down. However, by completing the mini-games in "Franchise" or "Owner" mode, players can alter the attributes for each team member.|
On the field, a number of events return including hurdles, player celebrations, and defensive hot routes. Now when a competitor is gearing up to lunge for the legs of the ball carrier, gamers can hurdle over them and avoid going down. After jumping over his adversary, the carrier can then make his way to the end zone for a touchdown and a celebration animation. Gamers can select from 60 different signature moves including Chad Johnson's "River Dance," Rex Grossman's "Gator Chomp," and Dante Hall's "X." In the trophy room, players can revisit victories by viewing awards for rushing and passing records and multiplayer competitions. Additionally, gamers can now create different rings to earn as they progress through the game.
|Game||Madden NFL 08|
|Platform||Sony Playstation 3|
|Number of Players||1-4|
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|Game Series||Madden NFL Series|
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By this point, you’ve probably read countless articles on TeamXbox and other gaming sites talking about how the first few next-gen Madden titles didn’t [insert tired football analogy here]. It’s not like the games were bad or anything, it was just that they weren’t up to our lofty expectations. Before out first demo of this year’s game, many of my fellow editors and I were all ready to dump a cooler full of Haterade on it. However, even at that early stage, we had a feeling that we were finally seeing the game that we had been waiting on for 3 years. The only question was whether or not the team at Tiburon could follow through and give us what we wanted. Let’s find out if they did, shall we?
While some people care more about stuff like the Franchise and Owner modes, this editor is all about heading onto the field for some action between the lines. It’s here where Madden NFL 08 truly shines, as it offers the best action we’ve ever seen in a football game. Thanks in part to the new Hit Stick 2.0 (which allows you to tackle a ballcarrier either high or low), you’ll be able to dish out some absolutely brutal hits, and there will actually be moments when you wince after your star RB crumples to the ground. On the offensive side, your wideouts and tight ends will realistically twist their bodies to reach for thrown balls and will drag their toes if making a catch while falling out of bounds. All told, this game features some stellar animations that, while not always noticeable, help to make the proceedings feel much more authentic.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2007 Super Bowl Champions!
For the most part, the on-field controls haven’t changed very much, aside from a few new mechanics like the ball strip and “hurdle control” which is implemented by, you guessed it, hitting the hurdle button. However, if you’re one of those players that know the difference between a hot route and a Hot Pocket, you’ll be happy to learn that there are a number of new mechanics that give you great control over your team. On the defensive side of the ball, you can now “spotlight” receivers, which makes it easier to shutdown superstar wideouts. Beware though, as that will usually leave another guy open.
The biggest new gameplay mechanic is the Weapon system, which is a great way to make star players stand out from the benchwarmers. There are a bunch of different categories that player can fall into, and they'll excel in those particular areas. Rather than giving the player super powers that can be used or some nonsense like that, they are simply better than their peers. For instance, Randy Moss will leap higher than an average player, Rodney Harrison will hit harder, and Lawrence Maroney can lower his shoulder to power through tackles. The only exceptions are the ones that allow QBs to occasionally read a defense and linebackers to see what play is coming, but you (thankfully) won't be able to use those very often. It's a great system, one that we hope makes it into future games.
Superstar mode has returned in Madden 08, and the developers have obviously taken some of the criticisms leveled at them from fans to heart. You’ll now be able to take control of one of the studs in this year’s rookie class in an attempt to turn him into a Hall of Fame caliber player. Unfortunately, there’s no “embarrassing web photo” minigame for all of the wannabe Brady Quinns out there, though we’re hopeful that it’ll appear in next year’s iteration.
Overal Rating: Perfect 10/10
The past couple next-gen versions of Madden have been basically the same game just with roster updates. This is not the case with Madden 08. Fantasy draft is back and trophy case has been added. But, a very noticeable difference from the Xbox 360 version of this game and the PS3 version is the FPS, or Frames Per Second. Madden 08 runs at 60 frames per second on the Xbox 360 and 30 frames per second on the PlayStation 3. There have been many complaints that the PS3 version and PS2 version are the exact same thing. The game is not as smooth as most would like on the PS3 but it is still a great game. Also, because of the new animation system, you are no longer locked into animations and you have more control over your players. Features of the new animation system include mid-air collisions, one-handed catches, hurdles, sideline catches and gang tackling. Season Mode and tournaments have also been added to online play. The Hit Stick 2.0 allows players to hit high or low by flicking the right analog stick up or down. In addition, the fatigue factor has been fixed in this year's game. No more scrambling around with your quarterback for 2 minutes without getting tired. Fatigue also plays a factor when cold-weather teams play in hot weather during the early months of the season. Co-op play has also been brought back so you and a friend can play on the same team at the same time.
The presentation in the game has improved, but they are not taking full advantage of the ESPN license they acquired awhile back. Look for them to take more advantage of this in later versions of Madden. Also, Marshall Faulk hosts a segment called "Marshall's Minute" where he discusses key star players and predicts the final score of the game. "Weapons" (certain star players have "weapons" which can enhance their performances and create game-changing plays) also get special introductions before games. John Madden and Al Michaels do not do the commentary as they are replaced by the same radio voice as last year. Lastly, you are able to take over the careers of select rookies from the 2007 NFL Draft. For example, you can import your player from Campus Legend mode in NCAA Football 08 and use him in Madden's Superstar Mode.
There have been complaints about the amount of fumbles and interceptions in this game making it unrealistic but here is a thought: if you throw the ball right to a defender, he should catch the ball in real life. Still, this makes the game interesting and gives people that like to play defense and are skilled at it a reason the control the defenders. This game is great but like anything else can improve. It is fun and has a lot of modes and features that will keep you interested and playing until Madden 09.
The mother of all Football games is out on PS3 here is my review of the game after playing a bunch of games in the franchise mode. I have played Madden until the CD wears out for many years now, so I have high standards for the game in this review. I will add my on-line review later when I get time to play games on that.
Things I like:
It looks a lot better than the NCAA, the players looks more real and the crowd in the stands are better detail. If I had HD, it probably would be amazing. I think the controls are better and much more responsive in this game. More often than not the player will do what you want even if you make the move late. The hit stick is easier to use and works well. The new weapons icons work well in the franchise when all the "name" players retire because you know who is a good player now. There is a Hall-Of-Fame in the franchise mode which stores all the great retired players, I like this.
Things that could be better:
Like I said, the game is not perfect. I noticed a few glitches when you play, like a minor slow down, or quick blip, but its nothing to complain too much about. Its hard to see fumbles this year too, in years past FUMBLE flashed on the screen, now the guy fumbles and you have to figure it out. Also, maybe I'm missing something, but John Madden doesn't call the games during franchise play, instead it sounds like a guy calling the game from a CB radio or something. The other thing I noticed was in certain game situations, you can fake a snap and draw the defense off-sides every time you call a play. This might not be too big of a deal, but two guys going at it in a big grudge match might have a problem with it. You can always turn false starts/offsides down in game AI to help this I guess. I didn't see create-a-stadium this year but I could be wrong. Also, you don't control ticket prices, food prices, merch. prices ect..this year, which I was a fan of in franchise mode. These are all minor things, which dont take away from the game too much, just things to pick on I guess.
Should I buy this game????
Yes. If you have played the years past you will enjoy this game as much or more. For PS3 its the best FB on the system, much better looking than NCAA-so its a must if you like football games.
Overall Grade: B+
For the PS3 system this is the best football game. It is the best looking Madden football game ever. Player control wise it is as good as I remember. The only thing that would make it better would be to make the franchise as deep as it was on the PS2, they should let you control ticket prices, create and add on to your stadium, create-a-jersey, ect. Details like that made the game more than just a football game.
Thanks for reading, check out my other reviews I will post them when I get a new game for the PS3.
Since writting this review shortly after I purchased the game more flaws/glitches have been found by hardcore Madden Players.
#1 your franchise will freeze after a few seasons
#2 Gameplay may freeze up especially with Green Bay (Favre Moonwalk)
EA is trying to release a download patch to fix these problems. I suggest if you purchase this game to download these patches when avail. to help clean up some of the flaws in the game.
What can I say, this is hands-down the best football video game franchise of all time. Every year they make the game better, more realistic, and worth every penny! I love to get a new one ever couple years, and who wouldn't considering the price once the next year is released. Hours upon hours of enjoyment both alone, creating and managing a team of my choosing, and multi-player online and against friends at home.
Everything from the gameplay to the soundtrack, featuring up-coming new bands, is top notch. Others can't even compete. One minor let-down is that they could up the graphics to 1080, but they are still amazing even at the 720 resolution they are at. I prefer the game be better in trade of the most amazing graphics. They do a great job for making up with the innovative controls and modes available.
Buy this game if you like to play football video games. Its been a good buy for over a decade running.
Lead your favorite team to a Super Bowl championship as you manage your roster, customize your playbook and conquer a grueling schedule. Take the field as your favorite NFL superstars, and experience the rush of launching a game-winning pass or making a quarterback eat turf on fourth and goal. Relish the genuine sights and sounds of the NFL as you sprint for pay dirt in authentic stadiums. It's pain and passion; chemistry and catastrophe. It's watching your dreams go out on a stretcher and fighting for inches that feel like miles. It's the hard-hitting, nerve-rattling world of NFL football as only Madden can deliver. It's the game the players play.
Feel what it's like to be a field general making key personnel decisions on both sides of the ball during the game's biggest moments in Madden NFL 08. Quickly identify your strongest players on the field before every snap then move them into position to make game-changing, momentum-altering plays. Play to your team's strengths by immediately reading your opponent's schemes and reacting to the action as soon as the ball is snapped.
I have not played the game yet, but know that it is released in 720p. If you own an HDTV that only does 1080i the game will downscale to 480p on the PS3. Also, if you have a 1080p HDTV, it will not be making full use of your resolution capabilities. EA has again been lazy in their development creating the game for the 360 and then porting it to the PS3. If you own either of these types of televisions, and aren't a major fan of the game I wouldn't buy it. If you are like me on the other hand and love Madden regardless of the graphics, it's a must have for the fall gaming season.