What It Is
The original John Madden Football video game was published 21 years ago and has undergone many improvements since then including licensed NFL teams, real athletes, realistic graphics and game announcers. This month, EA publishes Madden NFL 10, which brings your couch closer to the 50-yard line than ever before.
Madden NFL 10 scales back on some of the unnecessary bells and whistles of past versions and instead focuses on creating the most realistic football video game to date. The game still features cutting-edge technology, namely Pro-Tak (more on that in a second), but utilizes the tech to deliver an incredibly lifelike football experience.
Why It’s Fun
The Madden series of games have become one of the most successful series of all time because each game consistently delivers a fun football experience. Each year we see new tweaks and additions designed to improve on that experience, and this year, it is Pro-Tak, a new animation technology that gives players more control over the outcome of each play. Thanks to Pro-Tak, whether the player is driving a receiver towards the first down, or battling for a fumble at the bottom of a pile, the play won’t end until the whistle blows.
Additionally, this is the best looking Madden game to date with stunning graphics like those used to render the stadiums and unbelievably detailed imagery. Even spectators watching someone else play will enjoy this game thanks to the realistic appearance and action.
Who’s Going To Love It
Football fans. In fact, EA SPORTS has commissioned several “Madden Football IQ” studies with the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to explore how the Madden NFL games have impacted how its fans engage with the sport itself. The latest study performed in July, 2009, found that people who play Madden NFL are not only more knowledgeable about the game of football, but are also more devoted fans, consuming up to 35 percent more football content than those that do not play.
What To Be Aware Of
A new Online Franchise mode allows players to compete with 32 teams, take part in NFL-style drafts and features a custom league webpage. Also new is the ability to play cooperatively with, rather than against, a friend online.
0 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Madden NFL 10
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System: PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii
Players: 1 – 2 plus online multi-player option.
SRP: $40 - $60 (depending on the game system)
Available: Now, at most major retail and toy stores as well as electronic gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: August 14, 2009
Date of Review: August 20, 2009