Give or Take
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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Madden 10 - Phenominal!!!
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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New version of Madden
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
Madden NFL 10
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.
# 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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Madden NFL 10 (Xbox 360)
Let's start on a positive note. This is the best looking Madden game yet. From the look of players on the field to new presentational elements, you've never seen a football game like this before. EA Sports has gone to great lengths to make the experience of playing a standard game of Madden as close to the real thing as possible and it shows. You'll see players getting yelled at on the sidelines, refs debating touchdown calls, and pre-game warm ups on the field with a bit of insight from Tom Hammond and Chris Colinsworth. It's all very conducive to convincing you that you're totally in control of a standard NFL football broadcast on Sunday. Yes, I'm even talking about the constant Snickers and Sprint sponsorships that pop up at certain times during a contest.