Madden NFL '07
|a game by||EA Sports, and EA Tiburon|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, XBox, PC, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 1 review, 3 reviews are shown|
|User Rating:||8.1/10 - 14 votes|
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|See also:||Madden Games, Sport Games|
This latest madden patch updates the game to version 07, changing various things that were wrong with the 06 version. For example, all of the EATrax (sic) turned out to be made by crappy short-lived American teen rock bands. These have been replaced with more up-to-date crappy short-lived American teen rock bands, and some Keane, just so everybody's aware that EA still have lots of money. Also, the '06' which appeared in several places throughout the game has been replaced with an '07', and a few players have swapped places in the rosters. Oh, new guy on the box too.
Besides the standard updates. Madden NFL 07 adds some standard new. features to the football itself, not least of which are the lead blocking controls, allowing you to make blocks before switching back to the ball-carrier. Also added is the defensive commit. which allows you to focus your defence on a certain position to counter a predictable offence. Further attempts to map analogue pad controls to keyboard and mouse have also been made, which only serve to confuse, so stick with a gamepad.
While Madden retains its position as the best NFL game about, and continues to present itself excellently, this update isn't monumental. It's merely the bacon topping on an already bulging turducken. That's turkey, duck and chicken.
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I think it's safe to say that Madden titles represent the upper echelon of football sports titles. I'm not sure how much of this is a solid foundation, and how much is the responsibility of EA Sports, but you can't play a game like this and think badly of it. With fantastic graphics and a solid presentation, this is the sort of game that rewards any football fan lucky enough to play it.
Naturally, the sim aspect is strong in this game. Giving you a multitude of options whichever gameplay mode you're in, the only thing difficult about learning this game is adjusting to the wealth of controls. Whether you're running past your opponent's defense, or setting up a pass, there's a lot to learn for the novice player. Football title fans should have no problem picking up the new edition. Outside of the football game itself, you'll see the same wealth of options that was offered in NCAA Football '07, this time meant for big time NFL gameplay training. They'e even put in a mode similar to the Create-A-Legend mode from NCAA, where you're trying to train a player up to become a first round draft pick, and then become a fantastic professional player.
The presentation in this game is top notch, although it is still a bit early to see what a system like the Xbox 360 could really do. Of course, this is a sports title, so you wouldn' normally expect it to really push the pixel boundaries, but eh, you never know. Especially after that mediocre basketball game we saw last year.
Madden NFL '07, along with probably the entire EA Sports stable of games, is pretty much an unqualified success. It provides a strong primary gameplay mode, something that's complex and yet easy to get into, while still rounding out the game with enjoyable minigames. I liked it, maybe you will too.
Talk about power of the people after several gaming journalists and fans bel lyached about next-gen Madden lacking (again!) the series' popular Superstar mode (which now sports position-specific camera angles and training drills like 40-yard dash and bench press), the developers suddenly found a way to inclc Also, 07's on-field action is moving more smoothly (actually, the entire game s to be much more polished) than EA's first pro season on the next-gen gridiron.
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