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Madden NFL 10 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)
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Created: 11/10/09

Give or Take

Review For: Madden NFL 10 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)

I have already seriously considered pawning this game and getting an earlier version.The presentation is unbelievable, however, I had to turn off the commentary after 2 days due to repitition. Custom soundtracks are a lie, you can only reorder the in-game tracks which are better than ever, but still not great. You can't save and quit in the middle of a game. Big plays are worse than ever no one can catch up to one another even when they have better rated speed. Running the ball is almost as hard as passing the ball on anything other than a crossing route. The controls have been reworked and are not only hard to adjust to, but the confuguration is unchangable. I bought this game because I wanted the new rosters, but I won't buy a game before I have played it again. They have removed the "gameplan"aspect and training camp, which in my opinion were 2 of the finer points of this franchise. There is so much wrong with this game I can scarcely remember all of it. The instant replay feature is shorter than ever, and unsavable. On several occasions the football has passed through a defenders hand or head for a completion. This game does not compare to the 08 madden. Coaching options are minimal, subs must be done in game and on the clock. They didn't change the "incomplete pass instead of a sack or a fumble or grounding" aspect which is terrible. I have had opposing QB's throw away when I clearly had a sack. They changed too many things at once and not the bad things they kept the worst features and glitches and got rid of the best ones. I will pawn this edition and buy last years or 2008. I saw very little improvement in actual gameplay. The presentation is better, but that accounts for a very small percentage of the game. the menu music has to be muted because only a handful of tracks are any good. This game is a frightful disappointment and not worth the amount of money I paid. I expect more from the most popular franchise. The inaccurate officiating has caused me to quit more games than I have finished, if I stop the ball carrier a yard short of the first down marker and he is awarded the first down anyway I will restart the game on principle alone. As usual play challenges are useless and difficulty settings only dumb down your players i.e. DB's dropping interceptions and opposing D-linemen intercepting tipped passes. The gamers QB invariably gets sacked instead of throwing an incompletion at the last second unlike the CPU QB. This edition is for the most part a huge step in the wrong direction. This game is nothing like it's predecessors and doesn't have the EA sports feel. In writing this review, I have more or less talked my self into pawning this game, the new 09 rosters are hardly worth hearing the same menu tracks over and over or listening to cris colinsworth for an hour at a time. My ears have no where to hide. If this is what Madden has to offer I think I might shop around for a better NFL video game. Don't buy this game if you like Madden there will be no end to your complaining and no onw will listen, trust me. Play an older version for another year and rent Madden 11 before you buy it just in case. I plan to get Madden 08 since they have yet to improve on it. Playability and gameplay is far superior even on the original XBOX version, if all they can offer is better graphics and presentation, I will go with the better game play at least I won't pull my hair out after playing for an hour. This game was all hype.

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Created: 09/25/10

uh, another madden 10 review lol

Its Madden, still the same game. What I really don't like about this game is, how the computer still covers receivers better than you can. It kinda sucks having to wait til the last second to pickup and defend because if you switch to the defender too soon, you get burnt. Or if you pick up the receiver too soon you don't have much chance of catching it.

Its not like pre 2000 when you had to switch to the defender or receiver immediately to make a play, which is the last time I bought a copy of Madden. Since 2001 til now, Madden is too little kid or crappy player friendly. Even in one of the loading screens it says in one of the descriptions: Take control or just watch the action unfold. Watch the action unfold?? Seriously?? Its a video game, I want to take control of the action at all times.

Since 2001 you have to know when to let the computer play, which is kinda often and way way way more than pre 2000. I won't be buying 2011 just because 2010 doesn't feel much different than 2001, just some extra features that seem to make it lag a little at times. I was also having problems with the auto save feature. It would mess up time to time which would cause my rosters to not load. Then the default rosters would load and auto save, thus causing me to loose all my created players.

If your a noob at video games then you will probably love Madden 2001-2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015. I don't expect it to change anytime soon because I doubt they will change something that makes them a ton of cash. I'm not even sure the graphics compare to Madden 95 lol and its definitely not as smooth as pre 2000 Madden.

The only way I will ever get excited about Madden or any EA Sports game again is, when they make it 11 on 11 online. I will gladly play offensive/defensive line, or linebacker/tail back, or cornerback/receiver all game.

If they make 5 on 5 NBA Live, I know I will be the most sought after center/power forward in the game. My rebounding ability is second to none.

If they make 9 on 9 Triple play, I know I will bat in the 300's and make defensive gems on a routine basis.

If they make Hockey, I don't know how many people per side in Hockey, I know I will spend plenty of time in the penalty box.

So if anyone important reads this review, please send it to EA Sports so I can start whooping butt in a true team like setting, not 1 on 1.

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Created: 11/05/09

Finally, a Madden worth the price of admission.

I used to be one of those guys that would wait in line the day it was released to get my pre-ordered copy. Me and my brothers would play Madden througout the 90s and into the new millenium. The addition of franchise mode in 2000 cemented Madden as a staple in my gaming diet for years.

Then somethings happened. Madden stagnated. It got harder, it cheated, there was a lack of innovation. It became more of an arcade game and less of a simulation. I was either beating it 70-3 or fumbling every time I ran the ball; no middle ground. I began playing NFL 2K5 and quickly realized it was the best football game ever created. Ever.

For the last 4+ years I've played NFL 2K5 and basically swore off Madden, waiting for their 10 year lock on the NFL rights to expire. I've tested the Madden waters a few times only to sink and swim back to the welcoming shores of ESPN, with their gameplay and difficulty sliders able to adjust the game to my level of desired difficulty.

A chance encounter with Madden 10 at my cousin's house opened my eyes. Madden 10 is good. Very good. A few too many broken tackles and a few too many coverages breaking down allowing groaningly unfortunate scores still exist. Putting together a dominant defense seems nearly impossible. I've noticed an unusual tendency to fumble in the red zone...but maybe that's just me. The presentation is nice, and controls are good. The hit stick is a joy. You can lead receivers and strip balls (as well as try to maintain control when getting hit.) You can guide tacklers or tackles when falling. You fight for the ball at the bottom of the pile (which at first I thought would be a novelty or gimmick but actually makes for a neat change in pace.) The ability to save and upload highlights is a nice option.

Overall, a lot of the AI issues seem to be corrected by using the MADDEN IQ difficulty setting and test. Madden has always had the talent, it seems now it is finally being coached up to its potential. Only time will tell if this is a flash-in-the-pan receiver or a sign of good things to continue for the franchise. Either way, ESPN NFL 2K5 might collect some dust this year.

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Created: 10/12/09

Madden 10 - Phenominal!!!

Review For: Madden NFL 10 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)

Most Madden games have a tendency to be milked from year to year, but the newest release of Madden 10 was a total eye opener to the Football/Sports Gaming community. This games has so much to give to the gamer off and online, from good detailed franchises to even creating a player. What shocked me most was that they brought back "Create a Team" which I haven't seen within the Madden games since 2005? So this is a big bonus!

One thing I noticed about Online play was how neatly organised the lobbies were and how easy it was to find a match up with a person with your skill level. Besides for the 1v1 action for Online play, they provide you with a cool new feature called "online franchise" which is a very neat thing to bring into the online play since a lot of serious players are just "too" good for the computer so they can test their abilities against real life players trying to do the same.

Overall, this game is flawless and is a must buy if you like football!

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Created: 09/19/09

Madden NFL 2010

This game really improves on game play. In Franchise Mode the training camps have been removed. The improvements in the game play will justify this. As a Technical Programmer I can see and understand why. Sometimes when working with massive amounts of lines of code when you fix somethings that leads to another problem. This will continue on for ever. Eventually a person has to come to terms with somethings will not work right with that program and find a happy medium and move on. I think that with removing the training camp this has lead to the improved game play with gang tackling (up to 9 players can tackle one) the bringing back of the accelerated game clock. And a few other tid bits. If you were like me and hated the last couple of years since Madden(2005 was the best ever)you will appreciate this version. All time this will rank number 2 on the list. A large improvement from the last couple of years (when each new game set the record low as far as rating) Excellent game will be worth the purchase.

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Created: 11/10/09

Amazing Game

This one is the best of the bunch so far, with so much happening in cutaways (from brawling refs to coaches yelling from the sidelines) that it's easy to temporarily lose focus on the plays themselves, which would be a crying shame given how very impressive they are.

Graphically, Madden 10 is something to behold; fast, fluidly animated and almost broadcast quality on PS3. Technically, there's plenty to get to grips with, including the new Pro-Tackling system, designed to show off massive pile-ups and gang tackles while allowing your quarterback to shimmy round tackles or pass the ball right up to the moment of sacking. There's even a mini-game for when two players simultaneously dive for control of the same ball.

All this combined with improved offensive AI (although there's still a few quibbles in defence), excellent online modes and an improved Franchise Mode that positively blitzes you with content; from team news, injuries and star signings to dealing with the media, setting salary caps and designing whole new stadia. Not every change yields a clear improvement, however. You can't schedule practice sessions before a game in Franchise mode and what you can arrange involves the same plays repeated over and over with no corresponding improvement in stats. Arguably, this may also be truer to real life but it's hardly satisfying if you're stuck with anything less than star players.

The new two-joystick control for ducking out of tackles is also unlikely to please existing fans when it's still easier to use left joystick and right trigger to pass while retaining control of the ball. And like the recent Tiger Woods game, audio commentary is still repetitive and disappointingly random – fast becoming a trademark of recent EA sports sims. So no, Madden 10 isn't perfect, but there's so much in there that is genuinely jaw-dropping you have to give credit where it's due. Crisp, photo-realistic animation, better balanced player stats and PSP support for planning plays offline make Madden 10 possibly the best reason yet to take time out to master the intricacies but considerable rewards of NFL.

The only thing I would change is the price!!! :)

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Created: 08/23/09

A truly great football game!

Madden NFL 10 packs a lot of football under its 60 dollar price tag, especially if you have both the PS3 version and the PSP version. While some of the modes don’t perform as well as I’d like, every football fan will still be able to latch on to something for months of fun. The graphics have taken a nice step forward from Madden 09 and the presentation does a wonderful job of emulating the experience of watching a game on Sunday. Commentary and general voiceover work is pretty bad, but it doesn’t overly dampen the gameplay. Madden NFL 10 doesn’t redefine the series or innovate in any monumental way, but that doesn’t stop it from being a truly great football game.

9.0 Presentation
So good you’ll think you’re sitting on your couch watching a game on Sunday. A few issues hold it back, but most of the additions are great.
9.0 Graphics
Without the slowdown, occasional clipping and texture issues this game would be pretty damn close to perfection.
7.5 Sound
The soundtrack is a solid compilation but the commentary duo needs serious work before hitting the gridiron next season. Stadiums are as alive as ever.
9.0 Gameplay
Some questionable structural decisions in a few of the modes hurt an otherwise extraordinary package. On-field action is fantastic to behold.
8.5 Lasting Appeal
If co-op and Superstar were designed better, this game would have a nearly limitless lifespan. As it is Online Franchise, Franchise, standard online play and Madden Moments will keep you plenty busy.

This game is available for sale in my eBay store at a good price:

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Created: 11/03/09

New version of Madden

Review For: Madden NFL 10 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)

For Madden 10, Ea Sports decided to make it more realistic for the NFL fan. The new features are fight for the fumble, better graphics, larger range of stats, Presentation, gang tackling, how to handle injuries, and co op online. However some features have been toned down. Superstar mode is very basic. All you pretty much do now is play the games. You can't practice to increase depth chart spot, no movie deals, etc. Franchise mode still lacks depth. In my opinion, I would like to see better create a stadium, be able to hire QB coaches etc, be able to fire coach during the year, and just make the role of the GM / Owner more important. I would also like to see the Owner Mode back with setting ticket prices(be able to set season and game tickets). Well back to what's in the game. Free Agency is better but still needs improvement. The draft and scouting took a step back this year. The ratings in Madden aren't good and some should be fixed(roster update). The main thing I do not like about this version is you have to buy stuff online(PS3 network or Xbox live). Just more cost. I think it's just an average Madden.

Graphics - 9/10 need to make it better in snow and rain
Presentation - 8/10 better but halftime show you can't skip
Modes(franchise / superstar) - 3.5/10
AI - 5/10
Overall - 6.5/10

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Created: 09/23/09

Better than 09, but could've been better.

There's a real sense that EA wants to get back to the fundamentals of football with Madden NFL 10, and many of the changes it has made in that respect are good ones. The running game feels great, and the passing game is much improved over previous iterations. The Pro-Tak system works just about as well as you'd want it to, and the inclusion of online franchises (while featuring some dubious options) is a pretty good reason to dive into this year's game. Even the new online co-op option, which lets you and another player take on the computer, is a nice addition. There's just something satisfying about completing a bomb to a receiver controlled by a friend and not the AI, but this mode still needs some attention when it comes to camera work and positioning--it's a little too disorienting and a little too close to the action. But for all of these improvements, there are seemingly an equal number of nagging setbacks, ranging from the frequency of turnovers to inconsistencies in AI-controlled defenses. Of course, these don't sink the entire Madden 10 experience, since it's still a fun game to play, but a little more tweaking in these areas could have gone a long way in making this the best Madden to date.

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Created: 09/29/09

Madden NFL 10

Review For: Madden NFL 10 (Microsoft Xbox 360, 2009)

Experience first-hand what it's like to "Fight for Every Yard" in Madden NFL 10. With the all-new Pro-Tak animation technology, players have more control over the outcome of each play. Whether driving a receiver towards the first down, or battling for a fumble at the bottom of a pile, the play won’t end until the whistle blows. Add to that the most immersive broadcast presentation and online innovation to date, and Madden NFL 10 captures the authenticity and emotion of the NFL like never before.

Special Features
# The animation technology provides unprecedented control over the outcome of every play. Drag defenders towards the first down marker, including up to 9-man gang tackles, fight for a fumble at the bottom of the pile, and evade the rush with all-new quarterback avoidance actions Enhanced play at the line of scrimmage features a new blocking system that allows the quarterback to step into the pocket and gives the defensive line more control over the rush
# Referees peeling players off a fumble pile, the chain gang rushing in to measure for a key first down, and all-new player equipment ensure that if you see it on Sunday, you'll see it in Madden NFL 10
# Delivering the most comprehensive online offerings in franchise history, Madden NFL 10 includes various modes to satisfy the competitive and cooperative football gamer
# TV broadcast-style presentation and cinematic cameras bring the suspense and intensity of the NFL to your living room
# Run each aspect of an NFL franchise: draft players, sign free agents, manage the salary cap - just like a real GM. Enjoy all of the action throughout the league via a new, network inspired highlight show
# Alter gameplay options to adjust the experience to your liking. A revamped play calling system and menu takes you to kickoff faster than ever before. Speed up online matches with accelerated clocks, streamlined presentation and more.

If you like madden games, this one will not disappoint! I really enjoyed this game!

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