I recently broke my leg and picked this game up for next to nothing at my local Game store. I have to say, I haven't put it down since and I am still ridiculously addicted to it now!
The Madden series of games have been around forever now and I recall first playing one on my old Sega Megadrive. Since then, I've never got round to buying another one and it was only because I fancied playing a sports game that wasn't either FIFA or Pro Evo that I opted for this.
I used to be quite a big NFL fan back in the day but over the years I've grown out of it. Having a bit of NFL knowledge certainly helps with this game as the instruction booklet is painfully thin. It really leaves you with the necessity to learn about the game and the options yourself, which isn't too difficult to do, but it does leave you with a lot of unanswered questions. I still have no idea how to "trade" players in the franchise mode or what the point of the "madden cards" option is?!?
The gameplay itself is where this title ticks the boxes. Actually playing the game is pretty easy to get into and the basics can be picked up within the first few "exhibition" games you play. As time progressed I learnt more about specific controls and which plays to call in which situation, although the affable John Madden is always on hand to give you his opinion!
The franchise option is a good one to play after you've learnt the basics as it allows you to take control of your NFL team of choice and attempt to guide them to superbowl success. You can adjust ticket prices, train players and partake in the NFL draft to obtain the best young players for your team. There are also enough stats on hand to overwhealm even the most enthusistic geek!
A two player mode offers the opportunity to take on your pals and there is a superstar mode where you can create your own player and try and make him an NFL icon. The graphics are pretty decent on the PS2 version with impressive light refracting helmets on the players. Some of the players photos do lack a little definition and obviously this isn't going to compare to the same game on the more powerful consoles.
Overall, I think that this is a great little game that has kept me coming back for more. Its got more than enough options and some adjustable difficulty levels so that your interest is kept.
I am not a fan of the National Football League (NFL) and have never really watched it although I do like the Madden NFL game series, you do not need to be a fan of the NFL or either know anything about it to enjoy this game. The game is pretty simple to get into and there is not that many rules to learn.
Madden NFL 08 is the 17h game in the Madden series and the series is named after John Madden a commenter for the NBC. Madden is the commenter throughout the game.
The game is made by Electronics Arts and was released in August 2006. You can play the game both single player and multiplayer.
You play as the manager of a NFL team and have to try to win the League or just survive in the League as well as try to win trophies. You have to pick and choose your own team from the players available, to help you do this each player has their own attributes and skill levels which are easy to use. Once you have selected your team you have play the game yourself and control all the players yourself and you can switch between players with a quick press of the button, all the controls are easy to use and remember, the game play runs smoothly with good graphics although when you play multiplayer it can sometimes be slow loading.
The game is fun to play, easy to get into and is a slight improvement on other games in the series, there is a large selection of teams to play as and a good selection of players to play with.
I have only just recently got into playing NFL games, the craze with me started off with Madden for the PSP and then stemmed onto challenging friends on their PS3 consoles playing Madden 09. Personally i feel that the 07 version for PS2 has far better gameplay than on 09 however the graphics are no way near as good quality, and the database of plays is easier to use and control in 07.
It took me a while to get even relatively good at this games, once you know how to change plays before the hike and knock defenders away with the right analogue stick, and mix up the hot routes etc thats when the game really comes alive.
Not exactly a complicated game, i think its one you have to play exibitions against friends personally purely because the superstar and franchise modes leave a lot to be desired and you me get boring very quickly, despite these problems i do love this game, great for if your just chillin out with mates having a lads night in.
Now, i was never really into American football until i played this game. But i have to say thats what this game can do to you. The first time you play a match on season mode, the difficulty is set to 'EAsy play'. This makes it a lot easier to play, especially if, like me, you have no idea how to play american football. Them after you are more confident, you should change the level back. That aside, the thing that really makes this game different to any other sports game out there is, not only can you play as a team, but you can create the individual player, and play just as them. The options available to create your player are also some of the most in-depth ive seen, allowing you to even choose their parents, aswell as the face and body build. If you dont fancy this 'hall of fame' mode, then theres the 'franchise' mode. This sees you taking charge of any of the NFL (both AFC and NFC) teams. It allows you to design and build a stadium, move to any one of a wide range of cities in america. Once you build up some money, all the usual EA sports options are there, buying training and trading players. A big part missing in this game , is the online multiplayer. But then again, not many developers seem to like the ps2's online capabilities. Once youve learnt how to play american football, NFL 07 provides a fun experience. At first the game doesnt seem to flow, as it stops after every play, so that you can choose the next (although this might just be me as i am used to playying rugby, in my opinion a better sport), but with time, it becomes natural. Not much lets this game down, as the graphics are second to none on the PS2. The only bad thing i could find, was slightly longer loading times, and very rarely, some rough animation when catching, which sometimes can cause you to step out.
The 2007 edition of EA's unstoppable football franchise. The 2007 edition of EA's unstoppable football franchise. In its 17th installment, you control the running game like never before.step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs.