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Armchair Empire, The
If you’re ready for some football on the go, then Madden 2005 is your game, although you won’t get the same level of football greatness that you’ll find on the console version, for obvious reasons due to a less-powerful gaming platform. Those old enough to have played the Genesis renditions of Madden will wax nostalgic at the similar look and gameplay experience. In the age of the fantasy sports league craze, football fanatics with time to play their GBA during their daily on-the-go activities will want to get Maddened, especially with the addictive Season Mode.
You can feel it, can’t you? The smell of freshly mowed turf, the clashing of cymbals from a marching band and the smell of hamburgers cooking on a portable grill in a parking lot filled with fans just waiting to catch a glimpse of their gridiron heroes. Ah, football season, it feels like hope as we turn an eye towards our favorite team and cheer them on. It’s hard to capture this genuine feel but somehow EA’s Madden NFL franchise manages to do it by giving us a game that is just too much fun to want to put down. So grab your favorite beverage and let’s talk Madden NFL 2005 on the Game Boy Advance.
Gamers' Temple, The
Overall, Madden NFL 2005 pales in comparison to its console cousins, but it does a good job of providing NFL fans with football action on the go. If you want to play some football on the road, you won’t be disappointed if you pick up the game.
Madden 2005 is an excellent example of how a game can improve within a year’s time. EA Tiburon has done an excellent job on this title, just as they did with the console version. The additional game modes, new game engine, and great new interface make this game so much better than last year’s. It still isn’t up to par with the console version, but saying that is like comparing Sprite to Jolt Cola. You just can’t compare goodness with godliness. When all is said and done, it should be said that if you just can’t get enough football, or Madden football for that matter, you should definitely pick this title up for your portable fix. Otherwise, you may want to make a quick judgment call and wait this one out if you aren’t a big fan of the sport. After all, there are plenty of more titles to get your attention. Football fans will definitely get a kick out of this title, though, and it is certainly worth their dime.
Longtime GBA Madden fans will notice a few cosmetic improvements when they first fire up Madden NFL 2005. The playbook interface now looks more like the interface used in the recent console versions, instead of the one used in the decades-old Sega Genesis Madden games. The variety of different player animations hasn't changed since last year's game--there are still dozens of them--but the camera viewpoint has been pulled back and player bodies have been slimmed down, which makes the action more realistic and easier to follow.
Every year EA's Tiburon studio manages to pull a worthy update to its Madden series out of its collective hats, throwing together a wide variety of new features that justifies a new version for the season. The series, while just as frequent, hasn't been nearly as flourishing on the Game Boy Advance. But the deja vu is over. Madden NFL 2005 is an entirely new product on the Game Boy Advance, and while it still can't come anywhere close to what the console team's doing on the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and GameCube, the GBA rendition is a good match for handheld gaming that at least offers the core of what makes the Madden series so darn good.
Game Informer Magazine
It’s unfair to compare this title with its big-console namesake, but it’s impossible to go back to this game’s arcade-type of football once you’ve had a taste of the real thing. Some of you will enjoy the old-fashioned sweep plays and the over-zealous dives that stretch across the screen, but I don’t know if anyone wants to see the sloppy route running and catching of the passing game that this title contains. To be fair, developer Exient tries to drag this old-school action into the present day with menu music; audio commentary with Madden and Michaels; and a season mode complete with free agents, trades, and player salaries. Still, this game works best as a memory of things past.