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Old 08-29-2009, 10:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wiispace Review: Madden 10 (360, PS3)



Yes, it's that time of year again. That time we've all been waiting for. Football season. Of course, those who own gaming consoles get to experience football season a month early! EA Sports is counted on to deliver the best football experience year in, and year out. While Madden has had it's ups and downs since making its debut on the next gen systems, EA Sports insists that they're listening to the fans and what they want to see on their next big title. Well, this year, they did listen to the fans. Here's the scoop!



The Good:

As you can see, the game itself looks excellent. That is an actual screen shot of the game in motion. Of course, that's not what surprised me. The soundtrack, however, was indeed a shocker. This is the most diverse, expansive, and I would even go as far to saying the best sports game soundtrack ever. Whether you blast Tupac or Mastodon, even the Lone Star Legends Pantera, you're guaranteed to finally not to resort to plugging in your iPod when you're in the menus.

And of course, the biggest addition to Madden 10 was the Online Franchise mode. Up to 32 players get to enter, and battle each other all the way to the Super Bowl. As awesome as this sounds, it did have some problems. I'll address those shortly, so lets stay focused on the GOOD things Madden has done for once.

EA introduces a new technology called PRO-TAK, which allows up to 8 man gang tackles. This was a HUGE complaint in the game considering that in a REAL NFL situation, a back like Marion Barber could actually bust through six people in the secondary out in the open. In order for this technology to work effectively though, they had to slow down the game's speed a bit. This was probably the BEST thing about Madden 10, because now the run game is EXTREMELY effective. In Madden 09, you had to pick your hole as soon as the ball snapped, and make your cut immediately and go. In Madden 10, you can patiently wait to see what your blockers do in front of you, hit the hole, and do your thing from there. In other words, the run plays ACTUALLY develop, and it seems more fluid and realistic.

Another addition is the dog pile fumble fight. Yes, if you fumble the ball, you can actually fight back for possession underneath a dog pile. You will be queued on the screen to rapidly tap a combination of buttons until the scenematic scene is over, and whoever wins holds possession. Of course, the more people you have in the pile, the better chance you have of obtaining the ball. Can't go wrong for adding something like this, that way people dont scream, "OHH WHERE'S MY FUMBLE?!?!?!?!"

The injury system is amazing as well. When a player gets injured, you are shortly informed of what the injury is and how severe it is, and then you get to choose their replacement RIGHT there on the spot. No longer do you have to pause the game and go to the depth chart when a player gets carted off the field. EA truly delivers on keeping you in the game as much as possible.


The Bad:

The commentating...is crap, again. Repetitive, annoying, stupid quirks, such as "BE A CHAMPION!!" Collinsworth does deliver some good commentating, but the other guy is just total crap. I don't understand how games like NHL and FIFA have excellent commenating, but Madden just can't seem to get it down. Go back to the drawing board guys...and consider a supporting cast for ole chris. The Extra Point is excellent...build from that!

One handed picks are back, people. That's right. Occasionally, awesome linebackers such as Takeo Spikes will leap up in the air and pick it with one hand. Sure, some players might be able to make that play...but NOT players like Takeo Spikes. FIX THIS!!!!!

The Online Franchise certainly is fun, but it does have some flaws. Every time you join a franchise, you have to always organize your depth chart, because it is FUDGED up on every team. Why? I have no idea...maybe EA is working to fix it, but it is VERY annoying.



Overall Conclusion:

While I think Madden 10 is a legitimate football game this time around, I still believe EA was quite lazy on developing this. The fact that they have exclusive rights to the NFL, they're basically the monopoly for NFL football games. I honestly believe that if the 2K football series came back, you would see a LOT more effort coming from EA, and you could bet your ass that 2K developers would have something to prove. Madden 10 is a great football game, but in no way is it better then the legendary NFL 2K5.

Rating: 8.5/10 - Not perfect...but perfectly acceptable.

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Good review sir...good or bad i gotta get this to shut up the annoying kid up the street.....
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man, this game gets irritating though...ea servers shutting down are a real problem if you're in an online franchise game.
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Looks good thanks.
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