Madden NFL 08
|a game by||EA Tiburon|
|Platforms:||GameCube, XBox 360, XBox, Playstation 3, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.0/10 - 6 votes|
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|See also:||NFL Games, Madden Games, Sport Games|
If you had to define some of the biggest franchises in gaming, Madden NFL 08 would indefinitely be part of that ticket. The series releases a game every year aligned to its popularity, though fans never see much difference. However, that is until now. This NFL game seeks to broaden its horizons and make it more accessible to those interested in the game without the intricate details.
Madden NFL 08 is one of those games that longtime fans wouldn't expect any radical changes. However, with a growing base of casual gamers, publishers EA Sports thought it was time to take a turn. How will hardcore fans react to a game that would seemingly be watered down? We'll have to play to find out.
Tossin' the Old Pig Skin
When critiquing Madden games, we usually have to look at the nuances rather than the big picture. Otherwise, every single review would essentially be the same. However, in Madden NFL 08, there appears to be enough overhaul to look into the game as a complete package. The most significant change in the direction towards casual gameplay.
Traditionally, Madden has played out more like a chess game to its fans. That's not necessarily a bad thing, considering the intricacies of the challenge involved. Improving that complex offense and defense gameplay year after year won't bring any new fans into the mix. Madden NFL sought to change this by adding more evolutionary play mechanics with more straightforward passing controls.
Arguably, the game succeeds in terms of accessibility. Gameplay allows players to focus on delivering effective plays rather than sorting the complexities right at the beginning. It's more engaging and immersive, with more control over the animations giving a more thrilling edge. Though Madden NFL 08 improves its mechanics and control mechanisms, some of the age-old problems still linger.
The core of which is that the AI isn't brilliant. Nor do any of the game's added features bring any 'quality of life improvements to the franchise. It all still feels like busy work around the fact not much has inherently changed. Bar the accessibility, of course. Having said that, Madden NFL 08 is a noticeable improvement on the franchise. It serves as a stepping stone to a broader audience.
Just Here for the Game
Whether you're a fan of the simple changes or not, there are still plenty of reasons why Madden NFL 08 remains King. It still feels more refined and faithful to the game than its counterpart All-Pro Football 2K8. Though you can see why hardcore Madden fans would shun the casual direction of the game as it takes a bit of the skill out.
Regardless, Madden NFL 08 is still very competitive. The developers have done a pretty good job of taking a new direction without losing the roots of what made the franchise great. Even if you are tired of Madden games year upon year, the 2008 edition is worth playing, considering its milestone status.
Round-Up - Pros & Cons
- Much more accessible to casual gamers
- Further control over catching and handling animations
- Retains roots while offering something fresh
- The more straightforward mechanics may not click with hardcore players
- AI is still a problem
- Many of the new features are ineffective