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My review is going to be from a slightly different perspective. I was completely new to the Madden franchise of games. I only really got interested in NFL after the Superbowl this year (2011). However, because of this game, I now know almost all I need to know about the rules of the sport. This may be explained by the 'dumbing-down' described in other reviews. I found this very helpful, and would have found it off putting had I been thrown straight into a game I couldn't learn about.
I have not really found any faults in the gameplay. Aside from the annoying sponsor jingles , limited commentary recordings (you will hear the same recorded name over and over, I am now sick of the name Ochocinco) and a fairly complicated draft system, I believe it is a very good game.
I would recommend this game to anyone who is interested in learning about NFL, or even to experts in the field.
I am a huge fan of the Madden NFL games, and though the 2011 version is a good game that pretty much any football fan can enjoy, it is still not the best. All of the standard improvements have been made; graphics, rosters, fields, etc. The game LOOKS as close as you can get to really being out there on the field on Sunday. However, it just doesn't feel like Madden '08 did (my personal favorite Madden game of all-time.) It feels too dumbed down this year. I understand that EA games wants to widen its market for gamers, but it is starting to get to the point where you almost feel as if you are playing those old "Backyard Football" video games. They added an all-new play-calling system this year. They say it makes gameplay quicker and more exciting. Instead of picking from a playbook, you are choosing either "Run", "Short Pass", or "Long Pass" as your play. Luckily you can turn this option off but nonetheless it's ridiculous.
And so I guess I would say if you are an average football fan but don't really know the game that well, you would probably really enjoy this game as it is no longer necessary to understand football that well, you can still win. If you are a hardcore Madden fanatic, you'll still probably want to pick this game up, don't get me wrong it is fun, but don't prepare yourself for some insanely awesome new god of a game.. this isn't it.
Madden Nfl 2010. Problem with Madden over the last few years is it seems to be the same sort of game with no real upgrades or improvement from the previous year. However this time i feel the difference is there. Without too much difference to 'be a superstar' the in game and online modes are top notch and can get really addictive. Player ratings are really accurate. The thrill of throwing and 80+ yard touch down in the last few seconds to beat someone online feels great! A new feature which has been added to the game is 'Gameflow' which cuts the game time by taking all 300 plays and placing them into one. It can be good if you just want a quick game without having to spend 10-15 seconds choosing a play or 'Ask Madden'. It's a great game and a vast improvement on last year! There is another introduction called 'Turbo' which for instance if you catch the ball, your player will automatically sprint forward towards the End Zone without you having to press sprint!
The latest installment of the Madden series is here and this is a definite improvement yet again.
The game itself hasn't changed that much but it does introduce the brand new Gameflow play calling system, which make the game accessible for newcomers whilst still retaining the old playing system from previous incarnations. The Gameflow system chooses the best play for your team in the situation you are in. This can be tweaked and adapted before the game so you can decide which plays may be called for you but if you are going to do that, you may as just play call yourself.
I've found this feature to be good to play against people new to the game and NFL who may not know when to run, pass or punt. It also speeds the game up considerably
The graphics and player movements have been sharpened up further making the game a truly realistic conversion of the NFL.
The familiar Franchise, Superstar and Mini Game modes are still there, but new for this year is the team play on Xbox Live which lets up to 3 people play on a team at the same time. The online servers are always active and waiting for people to play which is a bonus.
Possibly my favourite game mode is the Ultimate Team feature were you collect player cards to build up your best team to play again the CPU or online against other players. The points you earn in these games let you buy packs of cards to improve your team, uniforms and stadiums.
All in all, this is well worth getting, even if you have Madden 10.