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The story of this game is the aggressive A.I. which makes Madden '96 a must-have for true Madden pros. Just be prepared to get kicked all around the field.
Madden NFL '95 solidifies it's position as the top-ranked SNES football cart with a load of new features and upgrades. And it gets the nudge over it's Genesis counterpart.
GenesisElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
You can't blame yourself for going back to this game. The whole package is here with Madden. The AI is definitely where it should be: hard as hell. Enhanced defense and offense makes this game. Because this title gets better and better, Madden should drink from the fountain of youth, so he can keep producing it.
Brilliant stuff EA! Thank God for Nomad, that's all I have to say. There is a limit to how much football one man can endure and over the past couple of weeks, I think I've reached that limit.
GenesisVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
In Madden '96, it's how good you are at rapidly hitting the buttons and dodging obstacles that decides how good the player you create is. Also, you an now act as general manager; try your luck dealing with a salary cap. A great update of the classic because the all-important gameplay remains intact. Isn't that what it's all about?
However, If you know your Xs and Os and want to go back to a better time in the NFL, Madden NFL ’96 is a nice little snap shot of the NFL in the ’90s. Madden and Summerall made a great pair back then, like a Farley/Spade partnership. The two just weren’t the same without each other, and no other duo set the mood for watching football like they did in those days. Even though EA was reserving the fun gameplay for its college football games of the time, Madden NFL ’96 is quite playable for knowledgable football fans and definitely stands out from other Genesis football games in the music, sound, and graphics departments, a surprisingly high quality game for such a dirt cheap price. So stock up on Genesis football games and get ready for a long Fall.
SNESThe Video Game Critic
EA didn't put a lot of effort into this Madden 96, and its unrealistic speed makes it the least playable Madden in years.
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Believe it or not, Madden '96 was step backwards for the series. Yes the fields look better than ever, with realistic-looking grass and end zone insignias. There are some cool new moves including laterals, fair catches, and over-to-top dives. But the gameplay is way too fast, making the game virtually unplayable! There are other flaws as well. This game brags that it is the first to feature left-handed quarterbacks. Yes, you can now control a left-handed Steve Young. But he's also African American, just like every other player in this game (including the kickers)! If you can overlook that, maybe you can also overlook the fact that tackled players look like squashed bugs. This may be the worst Madden game ever. How the mighty have fallen!