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I got into American Football about 3 years ago and try to watch what I can which is limited by the time difference. I really like the way the game is played so I decided to buy the franchised Madden series for the PS3. I'll start with the positives, the graphics are excellent and the cut scenes at half time and before the game are also very good. If you came into a room and saw them you could be forgiven for thinking that there was a game on the TV.
The rosters are all good with all the current players and teams with up to date stats.
There are also quite a few game modes to get you going, from quick play to career.
The negative for me, and this is why I am getting rid of the game, is that I just could not get into it. There is simply far too much going on to be able to concentrate and as a result when I am the quarterback I am repeatedly sacked for a loss. This is fine a couple of times, but eventually becomes rather annoying. I know people will think, oh he's just rubbish at the game, and yes that might have something to do with it...but I firmly believe you have to be a real die-hard fan with a lot of time to work out the controls to truly get the best out of this game. I have even tried to play it with friends and we all agree that whilst it looks great and probably is a great game, we just could not get into it.
I shall stick to watching the sport on TV.
Madden 09 is back and after some disappointing years I finally felt that this game lived upto its name.
I put the game in and the first thing the game offered me was to play a session in which I did some of the standard game moves in order for Madden to set this game to a difficulty level that is exactly right for your gaming needs which I simply loved and think all games should offer as a standard. Once you are beyond this and click to get into the actual gameplay itself you have amazing visuals and audio effects that are a major step forward for an american football game.
The control system feels right and I was impressed with how re-active this game was in relation to movement of the sticks as well as the clicking of the buttons.
I would say to those looking and thinking I would love to try it but don't understand the tactics etc to not worry about this as at each play you can ask Madden and the game will suggest the best play for you to use so this is not an area you need to worry about at all.
The gameplay is stunning and with such a great control system anyone can have a go. The graphics and audio and overall presentation make this a simply amazing offering that you just have to try to believe.
Now I can really feel a part of the dooyoo community because this is my first suggestion that has been accepted and added to the reviewable items...even if they did use a different picture from my suggestion featuring the wrong console!
Madden NFL 09 is the latest in the long running American Football series featuring the name of John Madde, long time coach and commentator. The game was released for Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360 but this review is only about the PS3 version.
It would be easy to just make each new version of Madden a roster update of the last but the development team at EA Sports seem to be working hard to really improve the game by adding new features each year. The characters now have more emotion than ever and the game really looks so realistic.
A new feature added this year is the Madden Test and player skill levels. The idea is that if you are good at rushing the ball for example, the computer will raise its level to make that aspect more competitive. If you aren't so good at this area then the computers level will decrease. Ideally, this means you will always have competitive and realistic games when playing against the computer.
The online mode is also a good inclusion. As I have only recently been able to use my PS3 to play games online, Madden was my first venture into this strange yet compelling world. I found it to be much more fun playing against other real life players rather than just competing against the PS3. Although you will come across a variety of different types of players, from people who take it way too seriously, people who cheat, people who try to run up the score, people who quit when losing, generally most of the people you come across are decent players who just want to test themselves against others. Being online also allows you to get the latest roster lists so you don't have to spend time editing players as the change teams.
There are some bad points however. The Superstar mode is a good idea in theory but in actual implementation it just isn't as good as it should be and quickly becomes boring. The idea of being an NFL player is appealing to most, even if it is virtual but there definitely needs to be some improvements from EA Sports to increase its longevity.
The Franchise mode could also do with some work. The draft in particular sees most teams choosing a Quarterback, which means there is an influx of them in the game. Also, the computer teams' players don't improve so if you do play for a few seasons it becomes much too easy. It wouldn't take too much to improve this aspect so hopefully the developers are able to before Madden 10.
Possibly the biggest error in terms of gameplay is when a player somehow manages to block or intercept a pass when they are looking the opposite direction and wouldn't have any idea where the ball is. Fortunately EA Sports have already said they are working to correct this fault for the next game so we wont have to suffer through it anymore
The commentators in the game aren't bad either. Some games can get too repetitive but they did a good job and most of the time they are correct in what they say. From time to time they will say you should have made a play that would be 99% unlikely to work but this can be forgiven since it is obviously not going to be a perfect game.
Overall, the game is brilliant. It looks amazing and while there are some flaws, there is nothing that will majorly ruin your enjoyment of the game. Unfortunately, the game still costs £28.97 at Amazon, which is quite expensive, but if you look around you may be able to pick up a bargain somewhere! It's a must for any NFL fan but Im sure other gamers will also really enjoy it.