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Madden NFL 08

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100
MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
Madden NFL 08 for the Macintosh may be daunting at first, but it becomes more fun the more you play, and it looks and performs great on the Intel Macs it requires. If you've got a console, the Mac version probably isn't enough to dissuade you from sticking with that. To everyone else, suit up. You've been activated for today's game.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
Overall Madden ’08 really is a fantastic game. Its graphics are spectacular and game play is wonderfully immersive. The player animations are great to watch, even if it is your linebacker that just got straight armed. There are number of games modes, so lots of play time to invest your time into. If you are a football fan this really is a must have game, but I am sure you already know that. Now back to getting my superstar into the hall of fame, wish me luck.
93
WiiGame Vortex
For the most part, they've succeeded and the complaints are mostly quirky stuff. The addition of a robust online mode should silence critics of how Nintendo has promoted their Web services. Who cares about using my Wii to listen to MP3s and read e-mail when I can play Madden against my friends online? I would say, "Just like back in the old days," but we weren't doing much online gaming in 1995. So many things have changed in gaming since then, but Madden continues to be a strong brand that delights and surprises. As a lesson in how easily a game's fortunes can turn, I'll leave you with the memory of another game we were playing on the Sega Genesis along with Madden '95: Altered Beast. Nowadays you can download that game through the Wii Store as a historical curiosity of "classic gaming." Madden manages to be both a classic and an innovator, which is something you don't see much of in gaming or any other form of entertainment.
92
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Madden NFL 2008 topt seinen Vorgänger in allen Kategorien. Egal ob Grafik, Sound, Gameplay oder Umfang. Alles wirkt noch mal besser, schöner, spektakulärer und einfacher. Besonders den Offline-Multiplayer wollen wir hier noch mal als das Highlight brandmarken: Wir haben bei einem Sportspiel schon lange nicht mehr soviel gelacht. Es macht einfach tierisch Spaß, egal ob man Anfänger ist oder Profi der NFL-Reihe. Leider fehlt uns ein richtiges Tutorial, der alle komplexen Möglichkeiten dieses Spiels in einzelnen Schritten demonstriert und unserer Meinung nach das Spiel einem viel breitem Publikum schmackhaft machen würde.
92
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Madden NFL 08 is a really great game. For football fans it simply cannot be missed. There are really no glaring faults at all. One would be hard-pressed to improve upon the graphics, controls, sounds, modes of play, varied content, and online play. The new additions to the title are innovative and impact the gameplay positively. This is not a game that everyone will enjoy regardless of whether they like sports or not, but sports fans will be logging some serious hours with this title. Madden NFL 08 by EA Sports is the undisputed football champion, and the sport title by which I will judge all others. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to get back to managing my franchise. Bear down!
91
Xbox 360games xtreme
So all you, the undecided, hopefully there is enough in this review to point you in the direction of Madden 08. It retains all the problems that come with an American Football game. A regular game will take a significant amount of time, you will have to remain focused on every play and losing possession can be amazingly frustrating. Though it also has all of the highs, rushing for 80 yards or grabbing a vital interception gives a great sense of fulfilment.
91
Xbox 360UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
All in all, Madden NFL 08 is a must have for any football fan gamer. There are a few drawbacks and kinks, as always, but there's nothing here that will make you second guess Madden's absolute supremacy on the digital gridiron.
91
Xbox 360Gaming Age
Minus a few hitches here and there with presentation, commentary, and no online leagues, this may be one of the best Madden titles in recent memory, and easily the best on next gen platforms. If you haven’t gotten your football on yet, the season is right around the corner, so get your virtual game on with the best in the business, Madden NFL 08.
90
WiiConsole Obsession
We may not know much about the NFL, but we do know that Madden NFL 08 is a fantastic game. The Wii version may have far fewer polygons than its 360 and PS3 counterparts, although it does have its really enjoyable motion controls and a generous amount of party games. Thanks to its forward-thinking progress, this years Madden is certainly a big hit with us.
90
Xbox 3601UP
So as we wrap up, is this the "best Madden ever?" Well, EA's still gotta get its online act together before we can bestow such an honor. But we definitely do feel bad for folks like Pacman Jones and Tank Johnson -- these guys won't be part of the best Madden in a long while.
90
Xbox 360TeamXbox
While Madden NFL 08 certainly isn’t perfect, it’s damn near close. The on-field action is stellar, thanks largely to a buttery smooth framerate and one of the best animation systems seen in a sports game to date. You’ll stay busy with the Franchise and Superstar mode for a good deal of time, and the impeccable online netcode will ensure that you’ll have an excellent experience on Xbox Live. We’re hopeful that the guys at EA Tiburon won’t tinker with the game too much, instead spending the next year focusing on add the few features that are missing (namely online leagues and Owner mode). If they can deliver the proverbial goods, we'll put away that Haterade forever.
90
Xbox 360GameTrailers
They say the third time's the charm and this is certainly the case with this generation of Madden. All the modes have finally made the starting lineup, and there are successful tweaks and additions to both the gameplay and options. It's still more of an evolution than a revolution, but that's like saying LaDanian Tomlinson just got better.
90
Xbox 360GameSpy
While it has been difficult to wholeheartedly recommend a Madden football game for a few years, Madden NFL 08 is a significant improvement over the series' past, and has refined the formula in such a way that it actually brings something new to the game. While we're still going to expect incremental upgrades year after year, Madden NFL 08 is a great place to jump in, and just in time for fantasy season.
90
Xbox 360Gamernode
All small flaws aside, Madden 08 is truly one of the best Madden titles to date. I feel as though EA has finally stepped up its game. With new animations and the "weapons" feature, along with other additions, Madden 08 is by no means a copy of last year's title. If you have a choice between the 360 and PS3 versions, go for the 360. The PS3 suffers from a worse framerate (30 compared to the 360's 60), and it's noticeable, especially with some of the new tackling animation. Either way, pick it up. If you've ever enjoyed ANY Madden game, I guarantee you won't come out of the basement until next August rolls around.
90
Xbox 360Atomic Gamer
Sure, the game does have a few sporadic bugs that others have found (I never ran into them in extensive playing), and the special teams play is still off. The thing is, this version of Madden still stands out as the best simulation of that game that you can watch on TV on Sundays. And that, my football fanatic readers, is a good thing. It is a good thing indeed.
90
Xbox 360PGNx Media
Madden NFL 08’s new animation system, gameplay tweaks and mode additions represent a solid improvement over last year’s edition. It won’t convert Madden non-believers, but everyone else take note: the best next-generation Madden has arrived.
90
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Competition has brought out the best in the Madden franchise with Madden NFL 08, an all-around excellent football game that more than atones for its somewhat uneven Xbox 360 showing in Madden NFL 07. With its rival counterpart once more providing a competitive football gaming market, Madden NFL 08 nonetheless rises to a championship-caliber level, with excellent football gaming savvy, the bar-none best franchise mode around and strong online gameplay.
90
Xbox 360AceGamez
Madden NFL 08 is not a perfect game, but it's damn close. The action on the field is both excellent to view with the new animation system and controls, as well as being very challenging to master, while the Superstar and Franchise modes will keep you busy for a months on end. Madden NFL 08 is a worthy addition to any NFL fan's collection and even if you have NFL 07, you should still make room on your shelf for this latest iteration.
89
Xbox 360Game Captain
Mit geballter Faust sitze ich vor dem Fernseher, in der anderen Hand halte ich mit verschwitzten Fingern den Controller fest: Touchdown! Es muss der entscheidende Spielzug gewesen sein, denn es sind nur 57 Sekunden auf der Uhr, den Rest muss die Defensive klar machen – mein Superstar nimmt auf der Bank Platz und ich hoffe und zittere. Drei Sekunden später die Gewissheit: Es hat gereicht! Liebe Freunde des Ballsports: Sicher ist auch dieses Madden-Spiel nicht perfekt, aber es ist verdammt dicht dran. Wer nun einen Hauch für Football übrig hat, der sollte zugreifen. Sicher bleibt dieser Sport in Deutschland eine Randerscheinung, aber durch diesen Titel könnte es durchaus ein paar mehr Fans geben.
88
Xbox 360Gamer 2.0
Now that the next-gen is officially something in the present, it’s safe to say that Madden NFL 08 is the first great Madden game to come out since Madden NFL 2005. Not only that, but now that all the core gameplay is back with new features, Madden is on pace to really improve within the next few years. While it doesn’t have a great presentation, Madden NFL 08 presents itself to be a worthwhile experience. Football is back, and it’s better than ever with Madden 08. It’s available on everything, literally—so there’s no reason to not pick it up.
87
WiiGame Chronicles
Once again, let me just say. WOW! What a game! I have played Madden on PlayStation and Xbox and this is by far the most fun and interactive way to truly enjoy this game. Every second of the game when I discovered something new with a move or just used the move to perfection I got really excited and was ready for the next play to see what I could do next. This was by far the most fun I have ever had reviewing or playing a video game.
87
Xbox 360IGN
Madden NFL 08 is a great game. It's certainly the best Madden since the 2005 edition and a worthy offering for the new generation of gaming. The new animation system is outstanding and the game itself plays wonderfully. Madden succeeds where it matters most: The gameplay. Now Tiburon just needs to bolster the surrounding aspects and it could have a true classic on its hands in the near future.
87
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
Speaking as one who had all but written off the Madden franchise, I’m very pleased with 08. It took three tries, but EA finally gave us a solid NFL game for next gen consoles. The fact that our Madden is better than the other guy’s is just icing on the cake. Madden 08 finally gives us some fantastic graphics and animations, with some great new features to keep the game from getting stale. Fans of the Madden franchise should be pleased with 08, and the cynics, such as myself, should add it to their libraries.
87
Xbox 360TalkXbox
When it really comes down to it, the game plays and feels like you would expect a Madden title to. The new features are solid and make the game more enjoyable, especially the new animations and physics. Luckily, the gameplay stays true to its roots, favoring fast paced action over realistic football. As a result, those who have been Madden fans in the past should definitely grab this one, and those who have not enjoyed past titles should hold out against the marketing tidal wave.
86
WindowsLevel
Din toate simulatoarele sportive de la EA, Madden NFL se prezintă cel mai bine la capitolele grafică și atmosferă. Fiecare partidă, indiferent dacă pierzi sau câștigi, oferă o experiență de joc captivantă și distractivă. Multiplayer-ul în LAN și online completează oferta Madden și oferă terenul unor meciuri mult mai interesante. Este un joc bun, merită să-l încercați.
86
WiiWonderwallweb.com
Finally, the inclusion of the much welcome online support has arrived. Having a very easy to navigate lobby to arrange games and a live sports ticker giving you updates sports news whenever you play.
86
Xbox 360Game Positive
No this version of Madden is not perfect, but for the first time in this generation it does more than just boot up; it actually plays very well. In fact, it might be the most enjoyable iteration of the franchise in years. Fans of football can finally play Madden without all the "but's" and "if's" that have accompanied the franchise for years. The animations are terrific and the new weapon system is actually revolutionary, at least in terms of the Madden franchises lack of updates in previous years. If anything, this is a fun game that friends can finally get together and play, even if they are just casual fans of the sport. Most importantly, for the first time in four or five years, Madden means something past huge sales and broken gameplay. It is a huge step forward for the franchise and an even bigger step for sports games in general.
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Xbox 360Lawrence
No review is going to change the money-printing machine that is the Madden franchise. Hardcore gamers will continue to despise it, casual fans will continue to eat it up, and EA will laugh their way to the bank. However, no matter what anyone says, it’s still the best football game in town. It’s just up to you whether or not it’s worth the yearly $60 price tag.
86
Xbox 360GameZone
EA is finally taking steps to get the “next generation” football to live up to the standards it should be. It is nice to finally have nearly all of the features back and playing them on the Xbox 360. All of the new features and additions make this a game that will be played for hours on end.
85
Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Madden NFL 08 is the game that should shut up the naysayers and cheer up the disheartened 06 and 07 players. This year's game is the one that is finally worth its weight in cash, the one that will keep you and your friends glued to the television playing fantasy franchise games. It's so much fun to play that the multiplayer greatness we haven't seen since 04 and 05 returns. You will once again be pounding the hell out of each other, laughing, and having a good time. This, my friends, is the way Madden should be.
85
WiiIGN
It comes down to this; Madden 08 offers more, but sacrifices polish along the way. Overall it’s a better package than 07, as it has more to do, far more depth, vastly superior multiplayer both online and locally, and a new way to play in family mode. For core football fans, however, you’ll find a stronger game of pure football in Madden 08 for 360, as it’s one of the best Maddens in years. The Wii version is still a great game, it just suffers from a few key “last generation” downsides, and that’s something that simply can’t be tolerated. It’s still worth your cash, still a damn solid game of football, but there’s definite room for growth in 09.
85
GameCubeGame Freaks 365
Madden NFL 08 is the game that should shut up the naysayers and cheer up the disheartened 06 and 07 players. This year's game is the one that is finally worth its weight in cash, the one that will keep you and your friends glued to the television playing fantasy franchise games. It's so much fun to play that the multiplayer greatness we haven't seen since 04 and 05 returns. You will once again be pounding the hell out of each other, laughing, and having a good time. This, my friends, is the way Madden should be.
85
PlayStation 34Players.de
Auch wenn hinsichtlich der Präsentation noch viel Platz nach oben ist, erstrahlt Madden auf den aktuellen Systemen in frischem Glanz und zeigt deutlich, wieso EA mit dieser Franchise seit 17 Jahren einen Erfolg nach dem anderen feiert. Und wenn das letzte Jahr nicht gewesen wäre, würden sich auch die Versionen für die alten Systeme (von denen Xbox und Cube hierzulande gar nicht erst erscheinen und wieso gehört eigentlich der PC dazu?) trotz optischer Schwächen als empfehlenswert präsentieren.
85
PlayStation 3Game Freaks 365
Madden NFL 08 is the game that should shut up the naysayers and cheer up the disheartened 06 and 07 players. This year's game is the one that is finally worth its weight in cash, the one that will keep you and your friends glued to the television playing fantasy franchise games. It's so much fun to play that the multiplayer greatness we haven't seen since 04 and 05 returns. You will once again be pounding the hell out of each other, laughing, and having a good time. This, my friends, is the way Madden should be.
85
Xbox 360XBox Front
Hatte man bei den beiden Vorgängern aus den Jahren 2006 und 2007 noch das Gefühl, die Entwickler hätten nicht genug Zeit gehabt, lässt die 08er Version deutlich mehr Feinschliff erkennen. Denn dieses Jahr haben sich die Jungs von EA Sports nicht darauf konzentriert das Rad neu zu erfinden, sondern lediglich ein paar Unebenheiten auszuglätten. Auch das Einbringen älterer Features hat dem Spiel gut getan. Das Gameplay hat sich stark verbessert und man hat das Gefühl mehr ins Spiel eingreifen zu können. In grafischer Hinsicht hat sich zwar nicht viel verändert, immerhin lassen neue Animationen die Herzen der Fans höher schlagen. Für Fans der eiförmigen Lederkugel ist Madden NFL 08, nicht nur aufgrund mangelnder Konkurrenz, auch dieses Jahr ein absolutes Muss.
85
Wii4Players.de
Sinnvolle Erweiterungen der Steurungsmechaniken, Familienmodus, Mini-Spiele samt Mii-Einbindung, Online-Duelle - die Wii-Version ist auf einem verdammt guten Weg, muss für das nächste Jahr aber deutliche grafische Verbesserungen mitbringen.
85
WiiGame Freaks 365
Madden NFL 08 is the game that should shut up the naysayers and cheer up the disheartened 06 and 07 players. This year's game is the one that is finally worth its weight in cash, the one that will keep you and your friends glued to the television playing fantasy franchise games. It's so much fun to play that the multiplayer greatness we haven't seen since 04 and 05 returns. You will once again be pounding the hell out of each other, laughing, and having a good time. This, my friends, is the way Madden should be.
85
Xbox 360GameSpot
If anything, Madden 08 seems to represent a tipping point of sorts for the series. You feel like the game is right on the brink of getting back to where it was four or five years ago in terms of stature and innovation. Still, while it might not be quite there yet, Madden NFL 08 offers more than enough quality content to make it worth your while, and features the best football gameplay you'll find on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
85
Xbox 360FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
In spite of these gripes, Madden '08 is a really fun game of football. This year's innovations aren't just shoehorned in for newness' sake, they change how the game is played. If EA Sports builds on the good parts of this game and ups the presentation of things like play-by-play to a truly next gen level, this franchise will keep piling up the profits no matter whose name appears on it.
85
Xbox 360Gamers' Temple, The
Madden NFL 08 has many things going for it and it certainly will provide you with some enjoyable videogame football action. However, you'll still be stuck with the feeling that it's still not quite a complete package. As the only NFL game in town, Madden NFL has a responsibility to provide the consummate football game experience and it's not quite there yet. Oh, and EA Sports, please do something about those turnovers in Madden NFL 09.
85
Xbox 360Worth Playing
Maddenites, you now have reason to rejoice, because Madden is officially back and better than ever with Madden NFL 08. We've actually been waiting for this game for years, ever since people started coining the term, "next-gen." Thankfully, that time has finally come. Now, who's ready to play some football?
84
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich liebe Football! Vielleicht bescherte mir Madden gerade deswegen so viele Stirnfalten. Klar, es handelt sich wieder um eine grandiose Umsetzung des Sports, aber ich werde das Gefühl nicht los, die falsche DVD im Laufwerk zu haben. Zu sehr spielt sich der aktuelle Teil wie sein Vorgänger. Änderungen gibt es nur im Detail, Schnitzer wie das Papppublikum oder fehlende Cheerleader fallen viel stärker auf und knabbern an der ansonsten famosen Stadionatmosphäre. Für Einsteiger dank der Übungen der sicher lohnendste Teil; Fans die ein neues Madden haben wollen, hoffen besser aufs nächste Jahr.
84
WiiCheat Code Central
Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a great game. The new additions to the title are innovative and impact the gameplay positively. Online play will prove to be a boon for Wii owners, the Party mode helps make the title stand out on this console, and the high quality graphics make it competitive with the other versions. This is not a game that all hardcore football fans will enjoy as the other platforms prove to be deeper. However, regardless of whether you like sports or not, casual gamers and entire families will be able to enjoy many fun hours with this title. Madden NFL 08 by EA Sports is the undisputed football champion and the sport title by which I will judge all others. EA has done a great job developing for the Wii because its Madden games utilize the unique characteristics of the system in innovative ways. They don't just feel like a ported afterthought.
84
WiiGameZone
Madden NFL 07 for the Nintendo Wii is a great game. Even though this game has its fair share of glitches and the graphics engine is not updated, it still remains a blast to play. The inclusion of all of the multiplayer modes is a great treat and will make this a game not to leave your Nintendo Wii for some time.
84
WindowsPelit
Madden NFL 08 on viihdyttävä jenkkifutispeli, mutta vähäiset uudistukset eivät tuo pelaamiseen käytännössä mitään uutta. Taktiikkaruuvin kiristämisen sijaan pelintekijöiden soisi edelleen keskittyvän pelimekaniikan hiomiseen.
83
WindowsPC Powerplay
Alle Jahre wieder: Noch vor dem ersten Saisonspiel muss ich stundenlang an den KI-Slidern pfriemeln, um halbwegs glaubwürdige Ergebnisse und Statistiken zu bekommen. Wie echter Football fühlt sich der Mühe Lohn trotzdem nicht an; zu spielend bricht mein Running Back gegnerische Tackles, zu leicht nehme ich selbst Top-Defenses mit den immer gleichen Plays auseinander. Nach zwei Franchise-Jahren dominiere ich sogar mit meiner grottigen Delphin-Offense die Liga nach Belieben und sammle Superbowls wie langweilige Leute Briefmarken. Wen das schon bei den früheren Madden-Teilen nicht störte, der bekommt mit Madden 08 das FIFA der Football-Spiele: schnell, actionreich, auch Hochglanz gestylt. Wer lieber das PES der Football-Spiele zocken würde – ich zum Beispiel – der guckt leider in die Röhre.
83
WiiThe Wiire
If you're new to Madden, content with last year's game, or someone who plans to do most of their playing against the computer, go with 07. It's a comparably inferior product, but it can be had at less than half the price and comes without some of 08's disappointments. There are no glitches in 07, the screen is less busy, and the passing icons are normal sized. If you can live with a weaker defense and the lack of online play, there's nothing wrong with living in the past.
83
WiiGame Shark
Overall, if you can get over the graphics and don’t mind doing some tinkering with the gameplay sliders, you’ll have a great time playing Madden NFL 08 on the Wii, and it is especially great for those who aren’t expert console footballers thanks in part to the new Family Play feature. Now…let’s just work on improving the graphics, fix the crazy interceptions and add some online league functionality and everyone will be happy!
83
Xbox 360Game Revolution
John Madden football has been a part of my life for nearly half the years I’ve been alive. Like any old friend, it’s been a combination of annoying, comforting, fun, and frustrating. The good news is that this old friend seems to be trying to change for the better, at least on the 360 (and almost assuredly on the PS3 … eventually) and that’s great. Even with its questionable A.I., I bought it every year for eighteen years, which is either a testament to top notch branding or my own stubbornness, and it’s always provided me with hours of entertainment (if a few broken controllers). So, you can imagine how excited I am by the future of the madden franchise on next gen systems. All that's left is for Madden to apply for a credit card, buy a pack of cigs, show up for jury duty, and get a damn job, you lazy bum.
83
Xbox 360Gaming Nexus
Overall, Madden 08 is an impressive football game on the Xbox 360 and it serves as a step in the right direction for the franchise. Madden 08 shines the most where it counts, in game options and the play on the field. While the game may not be perfect, it is a fine entry in the series and one that should not be missed by football fans.
82
WiiNintendojo
The game’s presentation might not show it, but beneath the rusty yet serviceable hood lies an engine firing on most of its cylinders. Madden NFL 08 isn’t the quantum leap that last year’s version was, but in most respects, it’s better. A new dimension has been added to the game with the advent of online Madden for Wii, and the title’s new features should make it more appealing to gamers who don’t purchase every year’s Madden installment. Most importantly, it plays a darn good game of football.
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WiiDeaf Gamers
Those who enjoyed Madden NFL 07 for the Wii will undoubtedly appreciate what Madden NFL 08 has to offer. There is more content here and the new stuff that's been added does manage to enhance the overall package quite well. The controls, which were very good to begin with, have benefited from the tweaks that the developers have applied in Madden NFL 08. Graphically it still looks like you're playing a PlayStation 2 game and that's very disappointing. In fact the presentation of the game on the whole really needs to be bought up to date and not simply mimic the look of last generation Madden NFL games. In terms of content and how it plays though, Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a great game and one that makes good use of the console's unique control scheme.
82
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
Now that the next-gen is officially something in the present, it’s safe to say that Madden NFL 08 is the first great Madden game to come out since Madden NFL 2005. Not only that, but now that all the core gameplay is back with new features, Madden is on pace to really improve within the next few years. While it doesn’t have a great presentation, Madden NFL 08 presents itself to be a worthwhile experience. Football is back, and it’s better than ever with Madden 08. It’s available on everything, literally—so there’s no reason to not pick it up.
81
WiiGamingTrend
Updated rosters, trivia, and the Family Play options make this reachable by all and all should reach for it if you don't have it this late into the season. This version has taken some strides ahead of '07, and it makes sense to have it.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
While it has been difficult to wholeheartedly recommend a Madden football game for a few years, Madden NFL 08 is a significant improvement over the series' past, and has refined the formula in such a way that it actually brings something new to the game. While we're still going to expect incremental upgrades year after year, Madden NFL 08 is a great place to jump in, and just in time for fantasy season.
80
MacintoshMacLife
Madden has all the action you want from a football video game and more. Other than slightly disappointing graphics, this game includes everything short of the tailgate party.
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MacintoshMacNN
Overall, Madden is a great game port. There are a few graphics issues, but they don’t interrupt the game play. Excellent sound and fun music add to the play. The announcers add witty and helpful banter to the game. Madden NFL 08 is entertaining, and has long term appeal, plus the custom aspects of the game should keep even the most jaded NFL fan enthralled.
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MacintoshMacworld
Madden NFL 08 isn’t for someone with only a passing interest in gridiron football, or someone who doesn’t know or care about the game. Football is a technically intricate game with sometimes bizarre and confounding rules, and Madden NFL 08 doesn’t really do anything to mitigate that; this is a sports game for fans of the game. It’s also a sports game that presumes people who are playing it today are familiar with the franchise, which may not be the case if you’ve limited your experience specifically to Mac gaming. But in the end, I’m just happy to have Madden back on the Mac.
80
XboxGames Radar
It may be the last game anyone will ever play on the original Xbox, and it does the Madden name justice with its smooth play, wide range of features old and new, ridiculously in-depth franchise options, and online games. If there was ever a game to close out a console with style, Madden 08 is the one.
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PlayStation 3Video Game Talk
As popular as it is with the gaming community the Madden franchise is very polarizing. People dislike the EA machine and the fact that yearly incarnations often feature minimal improvements doesn't help the matter. The changes made with Madden 08 are very noticeable and you'll feel how they affect the flow of the game. It feels somehow tighter and more refined, yet familiar and user-friendly. The PlayStation 3 version isn't as solid as I would have hoped for but if you're looking for a quality sports game to sink your teeth into this is the one to check out.
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WindowsGamers.at
Als ehemaliger Amateur-Footballer und langjährigem Fan der Serie, sind auch meine Ansprüche seit dem Erscheinen der NextGen-Versionen etwas gestiegen. Klar, das Gameplay ist auch auf dem PC nach wie vor verdammt gut und flüssig, aber mit der altbackene Grafik kann und will ich mich nicht mehr zufrieden geben. Ansonsten ein Top Game, natürlich in erster Linie für Fans des Sports, welches aber auch Neulingen durchaus gefallen könnte.
80
WiiGemakei (formerly Zentendo)
A very fun and solid football simulator that has everything a football fan could crave. Wii controls draw players into the game more than before, though some sensitivity issues arise from the Wii's control scheme options for certain actions (like kicking). Visuals are below expectations, which is something EA needs to work on more in the next version. Soundtrack is pretty good and can get one pumped up now and then. Online mode is flawed and needs attention, otherwise it is an excellent addition for a Wii title. Some features were cut from the Wii version that the other platforms have, which is a shame, but overall the title is rewarding.
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WiiGameDaily
Don't purchase Madden NFL 08 expecting beautiful visuals and slick looking menus. Buy it because you crave a more interactive experience as well as modes that you can't find in the other versions. With 22 mini games, trivia and fun controls, this gridiron giant runs the pigskin into the end zone.
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WiiNZGamer
All in all Madden 08 on the Wii is a great title. Though it doesn’t look as flash as its next gen counter parts, the functionality of the Wii controls makes the title feel more next gen. Though it has the odd glitch and bug, those who can look pass this will find the game to be highly rewarding. A definite buy for veterans, providing hours upon hours of joy, but maybe people who are new to the game should look to hire it from the local video store to see if it's their cup of tea.
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WiiArmchair Empire, The
It doesn’t have the total package that Madden NFL 08 on the Xbox 360 brings, but nonetheless the Wii version of the only NFL football videogame around certainly succeeds in giving Wii gamers an excellent football game. Albeit with the expected graphical inferiority along with blockheaded AI that would have a hard time scoring a one on the Wonderlic test. Still, with the hard-to-master, fun-to-learn Wiimote controls and some Wii-centric offerings such as the trivia and Party mode, Madden NFL 08 on the Wii finds the end zone more often than not as a very good NFL football videogame.
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WiiN-Europe
In the end, Madden NFL 08 is a good game with lots of options, game modes, features and a very appreciable attention to detail. The addition of online, even though rough around the edges is certainly a welcome addition and the rest of the multiplayer including the party games will certainly guarantee a lot of hours spent around the game. The graphics are still last-gen unfortunately, but the time EA didn’t spend working on them, they spent on the controls which are very responsive, refined and intuitive. A good game for NFL fans and who knows, it looks like newcomers may enjoy it too.
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WiiGameSpot
In the end, Madden NFL 08 has its share of flaws but ultimately is a great game because of the new features added and because of how much fun its predecessor was to play. Save for a few glitches here and there, little of what made last year's game so enjoyable has been lost here. The addition of the party mode and online play also gives you even more ways to enjoy it. You can't call Madden NFL 08 as impressive a game as its predecessor, but it would have been hard for it to improve without totally revamping the play experience again. As it is, it's a great follow-up with a few quirks that are mostly forgivable. For fans of last year's game, or those curious for the first time about football on the Wii, Madden 08 is worth checking out.
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WiiGameSpy
Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a solid follow-up to last year's game, but still not quite where we'd like it to be. Last year's game impressed us with its innovative control scheme, which really embraced the possibilities made available by the Wii remote. Considering the strong debut we saw last year, we're not quite as impressed by what's been added to the experience. This is still a very fun package, and the addition of online play makes it well worth a purchase by any Wii-owning football fan that's psyched up for another year of NFL action.
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WiiGamerDad
The other difference is that the Wii is the only edition of the game that offers full commentary from Sunday Night Football stars John Madden and Al Michaels. It gets repetitive and sometimes the commentary doesn't quite match the action on the field, but it fits with the more casual, less hardcore style EA seems to be going for on Nintendo's more family friendly console. Madden NFL '08 on the Wii isn't the prettiest or fanciest version of the game, but it is the friendliest and that makes it worth a look for NFL fans looking to play some video game football.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
If all this year's Madden did was restore its feature set, then that alone would hardly be cause for hope. However, by improving the gameplay, it makes it so I'm much more apt to actually play more than one season before putting my controller down. This series isn't out of the woods just yet, but this year lets it be known that Madden's best days aren't behind it.
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GameCubeGamer 2.0
Madden NFL 08 was made with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mind, so it's no surprise if you end up finding these versions of Madden to be lackluster. EA Sports did what they could, but it's all about the future now. Rest assured, Madden is probably a good way to finally retire your GameCube and Xbox.
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WiiMiddle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Along with all roster updates, new party games, improved graphics and more Wii gesture based controls, is the most noticeable addition of this year's version which is the online multiplayer mode. Last year's madden was a noteworthy debut of the series in a new console, but the lack of online multiplayer was a major drawback. This time around, EA has carried out what has been left out due to the rush to make Madden '07 a Wii's release line-up title. But here we are having one of the most complete online multiplayer enabled games in the Wii's archive.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Om de ingewikkelde controls vlot te kunnen gebruiken, heb je hoe dan ook een gamepad nodig, maar dan ontdek je wel één van de meest uitgebreide en uitdagende Sport Sims die EA Sports in huis heeft.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
If all this year's Madden did was restore it's feature set, then that alone would hardly be cause for hope. However, by improving the gameplay, it makes it so I'm much more apt to actually play more than one season before putting my controller down. This series isn't out of the woods just yet, but this year lets it be known that Madden's best days aren't behind it.
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PSPDeaf Gamers
Madden NFL 08 for the PSP is the first version of Madden NFL that I've played on a handheld console and I have to say I'm rather impressed with how the game plays. The game might not have as many modes as the PlayStation 2 version but at least it offers some form of online play which the PlayStation 2 version doesn't. On the whole the AI is pretty good and I enjoyed the single-player experience that the game offers as a result. The controls are also very good and I didn't really find the lack of a second analogue stick to be much of a problem, which was a surprise to me. If you're looking for a NFL game to play on your travels then Madden NFL 08 is certainly going to fit the bill very nicely.
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PlayStation 2Gamer 2.0
Madden NFL 08 was made with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mind, so it's no surprise if you end up finding these versions of Madden to be lackluster. EA Sports did what they could, but it's all about the future now. Rest assured, Madden is probably a good way to finally retire your GameCube and Xbox.
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XboxGamer 2.0
Madden NFL 08 was made with the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in mind, so it's no surprise if you end up finding these versions of Madden to be lackluster. EA Sports did what they could, but it's all about the future now. Rest assured, Madden is probably a good way to finally retire your GameCube and Xbox.
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WiiVideo Game Talk
If you're a football fan, it's hard to not enjoy Madden 08 for the Wii, as it offers an outstanding blend of deep game modes and player involvement, with the Wii controls bringing you as close to the NFL as you will likely ever come. While there are certainly improvements to the presentation that could and should be made to the series, as an actual gaming experience, it's tremendous fun, and the addition of an easy-to-use online mode and enjoyable party modes make it a football game that fits the Wii mold of fun for all. Now EA owes us an NHL title for the Wii.
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Xbox 360Darkstation
There is no question that no matter what I say in this review, the Madden faithfuls will go run out and buy this game, and I actually wouldn't argue against it. The Xbox 360 has had three years to mature and grow with Madden, and we are really ready to be wowed and Madden 08 does a good job of it, but I still think fans want more. And what it comes down to is Online play, this is a big deal in this day and age and I could see a revolution if they leave out some significant upgrades online next year. In Madden 08, you're getting a much improved package that adds more content then any game of the past couple years, but I don't think this is yet the revolutionary Madden title fans were hoping for.
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Xbox 360DarkZero
All in all I have to say I really enjoyed my time playing Madden to write this review and I am really itching to get back into the game as soon as I scribble down these last few words. However, if you are new to this whole American Football thing, something which a fair few European gamers most likely are, then I don’t see this as a good place to start, as you’d really be jumping in at the deep end. On the other hand, if you are a fan of the sport then this rendition of the series is just about everything you’d want of a game, as it is probably the truest simulation of any sport available on consoles today.
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XboxIGN
Madden NFL 08 is one of those titles that you feel had good intentions, but just didn't fully fulfill all of them the way it needed to. While the concept behind making the game more accessible to casual gamers is a laudable one, the actual implementation of the casual elements over the standard gameplay elements is somewhat lacking. The weapon system, which is obviously carried over from the newer consoles, doesn't deliver the kind of experience that you'd hope it would, and the adjustments to the older gameplay doesn't do enough to radically improve the title. While Madden 08 is still an enjoyable title, it isn't nearly as impressive as last year's game.
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PlayStation 2IGN
Madden NFL 08 is one of those titles that you feel had good intentions, but just didn't fully fulfill all of them the way it needed to. While the concept behind making the game more accessible to casual gamers is a laudable one, the actual implementation of the casual elements over the standard gameplay elements is somewhat lacking. The weapon system, which is obviously carried over from the newer consoles, doesn't deliver the kind of experience that you'd hope it would, and the adjustments to the older gameplay doesn't do enough to radically improve the title. While Madden 08 is still an enjoyable title, it isn't nearly as impressive as last year's game.
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PlayStation 2Play.tm
Overall, this is a confident game from EA that makes some good moves in all the right directions. Whilst this is somewhat hamstrung by the PS2's limited power, one would suspect that this bodes well for the 360 and PS3 version. It will also be interesting to see how the Wii version compares both in terms of performance and features. If you already own previous Maddens then take a moment to think before buying this one, if you haven't dipped your toe into the Madden lagoon for a while then now is as good a time as any to take the plunge.
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PSPGameZone
Some might say that Madden NFL 08 isn’t much different than Madden NFL 07. Well for me I cannot make that comparison since I passed on last year’s version for the PSP. With Madden 08 I enjoyed the Superstar Challenge the most since it allowed me to replay great games from last year in different ways. Visually the game is both solid and underwhelming at the same time. The controls were great except for my minor beef with the kicking game. If you’re looking for a portable football game I say Madden NFL 08 would make a worthy addition to your library. Just know the limitations of the portable system and you shouldn’t be disappointed.
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PSPIGN
Madden NFL 08 is one of those titles that's almost one step forward and one step back. The game features the weapon system that is the primary focus of this year's title, but it doesn't particularly affect the gameplay. While the Superstar Challenge Mode and the condensed Franchise mode actually work well for the PSP, the loads of lag during multiplayer play is atrocious. It's a good game, but not as impressive as last year's title.
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PlayStation 2DarkZero
Overall, this is a pretty decent game. The only downside is that if you have last years outing, there is little incentive to shell out again for this year's model. If it wasn't for the yearly churn of football players and teams, EA wouldn't sell too many of these games. As it stands they know the faithful will be lining up to buy it. That said, if you've not checked in with Madden for a few years, or even want to dip your toe in the American Football pool for the first time you could do a lot worse than grab a copy of Madden 08.
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WiiGamer 2.0
While Madden NFL 08 is definitely a good game, it's pretty much the Wii's version of what Madden NFL 07 was to Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360. It's just the same game with a few updates here and there with nothing else really added. Now, that's actually a good thing, because last year's game actually had most of the modes intact. However way you look at it, Madden is still fun and is a definite reccommendation for Wii owners looking to really define the title of "armchair quarterback."
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WiiConsole Monster
Overall, EA have continued their yearly cycle of innovation followed by consolidation. Last year's innovative controls have now been shored up with a few consolidatory features this time around. The addition of an online mode is the only aspect of Madden 08 that breaks this mould, and EA are to be praised for this. A couple of years back you could not have expected the Wii version of Madden to put up a fight against the other next generation consoles. However, it's combination of robust gesture controls and none too shabby online play make it hard to ignore. The addition of the family-friendly controls is possibly the winning feature for those of us who want to include our offspring in the football action.
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GameCubeIGN
Madden NFL 08 is one of those titles that you feel had good intentions, but just didn't fully fulfill all of them the way it needed to. While the concept behind making the game more accessible to casual gamers is a laudable one, the actual implementation of the casual elements over the standard gameplay elements is somewhat lacking. The weapon system, which is obviously carried over from the newer consoles, doesn't deliver the kind of experience that you'd hope it would, and the adjustments to the older gameplay doesn't do enough to radically improve the title. The lack of importing NCAA legends and online play hurts a bit also. While Madden 08 is still an enjoyable title, it isn't nearly as impressive as last year's game.
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WiiGame Over Online
Overall, Madden 08 on the Wii is still a good game. The controls, though unchanged from last year's entry, work very well on the Wii. The addition of online play is huge, and the Party mode and Family Play make the game playable to newbies, though may be annoying space-fillers to experienced Madden players. The game still is not much to look at, however, and still does not even come close to the other next-gen versions in terms of options, creating players and teams, etc. If you're new to the series and looking for some fun, go pick this one up, but if you're a hardcore Maddenite, I'd recommend going with one of the other two next-gen versions.
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Auch wenn hinsichtlich der Präsentation noch viel Platz nach oben ist, erstrahlt Madden auf den aktuellen Systemen in frischem Glanz und zeigt deutlich, wieso EA mit dieser Franchise seit 17 Jahren einen Erfolg nach dem anderen feiert. Und wenn das letzte Jahr nicht gewesen wäre, würden sich auch die Versionen für die alten Systeme (von denen Xbox und Cube hierzulande gar nicht erst erscheinen und wieso gehört eigentlich der PC dazu?) trotz optischer Schwächen als empfehlenswert präsentieren.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
Fidèle à lui-même, Madden reste indéniablement un exemple type de la facilité que montre EA à maintenir sa franchise à un niveau très intéressant. Sans se sublimer, le jeu de foot US parviendra sans mal à passionner les joueurs initiés et à donner envie aux néophytes de s'essayer à un gameplay très accessible. On ne pourra en revanche que déplorer une énième fois l'absence d'une localisation pour les allergiques à la langue de Shakespeare ou d'un mode Online sur cette version PS2.
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XboxGameSpot
Again, it's no surprise that the older consoles would get something of the shaft when it came to development priority on this year's Madden. And save for holdover issues and a few missing features, this is still a good football game through and through. The new control additions are certainly worthwhile (even if the weapons system mostly isn't), and fantasy challenge is a unique and enjoyable new way to build and play a team of your own design. You're certainly served best by picking up one of the versions of Madden released for the current console hardware, but if that's not an option, then this game isn't a bad way to go.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Fidèle à lui-même, Madden reste indéniablement un exemple type de la facilité que montre EA à maintenir sa franchise à un niveau très intéressant. Sans se sublimer, le jeu de foot US parviendra sans mal à passionner les joueurs initiés et à donner envie aux néophytes de s'essayer à un gameplay très accessible. On ne pourra en revanche que déplorer une énième fois l'absence d'une localisation pour les allergiques à la langue de Shakespeare.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Madden 08 is a fun game. Even for a non-football fan such as myself, it's a fun game. The presentation is outstanding. It looks great. The performance is well-tuned to run even on lesser machines without sacrificing too much quality. The player animations are some of the best I've ever seen in any sort of game. The commentary is nothing short of amazing. The fan creation mode is in and of itself hours of stupid fun. It has enough variety and play to likely keep harcore football folks busy until next year's version comes out.
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WiiGame Critics
While this newest iteration of Madden still has its share of problems (the occasionally wonky A.I., a penchant for going on binge with certain penalty calls—I had a game where there were four 15-yard facemask calls in a quarter, then it wasn't called again for three days—and a few minor control issues), the game seems to be moving in the right direction as a whole. After a few seasons where people actually preferred the last gen version over the game on newer consoles, Madden 08 on the Wii provides a taste of what gamers can expect in their football simulation over the next few years. It doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it does provide a solid football experience.
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GameCubeGameSpot
It's probably not really a surprise to anyone that Madden on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube this year would essentially be on autopilot. The life spans for these consoles are rapidly coming to a close, and the likelihood is that most players have probably already pushed forward onto the Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 by now. For those who haven't, you're not going to be completely left out in the cold. In fact, it's actually a little surprising that EA chose to add as much as it did to this year's game. Granted, some of the additions are kind of stupid, and only a few of the gameplay upgrades really qualify as useful, but for those who just want a new Madden game and can't buy it on current-generation hardware, that might be just enough to make it worth your while.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
Again, it's no surprise that the older consoles would get something of the shaft when it came to development priority on this year's Madden. And save for holdover issues and a few missing features, this is still a good football game through and through. The new control additions are certainly worthwhile (even if the weapons system mostly isn't), and fantasy challenge is a unique and enjoyable new way to build and play a team of your own design. You're certainly served best by picking up one of the versions of Madden released for the current console hardware, but if that's not an option, then this game isn't a bad way to go.
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PlayStation 3Kombo.com
With the player recognition feature, I have to say this year’s Madden is fantastic. It added a much needed shot in the arm to the gameplay. Playing on strengths and weaknesses is essential to making the right plays to win the Super Bowl. Other than that, some other newer features make nice upgrades to the complex Madden franchise. Football fans will absolutely love what EA has in store for them but the PS3 might not be the best version across all the platforms due to poor framerate stability.
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Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Madden NFL 08 is a step in the right direction for Madden on the HD consoles. While it's still quite a good game, a few more steps are needed.
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PlayStation 2Jolt (UK)
Overall Madden NFL 08 is a very standard and run of the mill update that will appeal mainly to casual sports fans who may not have dipped their toes in the world of NFL before. There’s not much new for hardcore players who will look with jealousy at the next gen versions that have received all the attention and work this year. It’s Madden, which is no bad thing, but it’s a case of same stuff, different year.
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PlayStation 2Strategy Informer
Madden 08 is a pretty competent game, delivered by a team that is rediscovering what made their games so popular all those years ago. It is great to see a bit more effort being made with not just the main game, but providing a whole package. To that end this represents better value for money than previous versions. Whilst owners of Madden 07 and before will obviously have less novelty in this release, it still provides enough to hook in the hardened fan for an upgrade. For those of us returning to the game and franchise for another look, it again delivers on EA's promise of challenging everything, rather than simply iterated the cash out of our pockets.
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PSPVGcore
A common arguing point for those who do not get the whole Madden fever is the recycling of the gameplay making the newest version nothing more than a roster update. This rings a little true for this PSP game, with no significant changes to warrant a new purchase unlike the 360 and PS3 versions which have nice new additions. On the other hand, features that were added are pretty darn good and a little more fun than last year's. It is pretty much a toss up on whether or not to buy this game, but if you like the sound of the Superstar Challenge, go for it.
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WindowsGame Captain
Ich bin hin- und hergerissen: Auf der einen Seite liebe ich den Sport, ich habe mich schon früh damit auseinandergesetzt und bin auch ein Fan der Madden-Serie. Was aber in diesem Jahr für den PC abgeliefert worden ist, das kann ich nicht verstehen. Die Neuerungen und vor allem Verbesserungen muss ich mit der Lupe suchen, genau genommen ist das Spiel nur ein Abklatsch der 07-Version, die schon ein Abklatsch der 06-Fassung war. Bitte, versteht mich nicht falsch: Der Titel lässt sich gut spielen und wer die 08-Variante zum Einstieg wählt, ist sicher gut beraten, auch wenn der PC sicher nicht bis an die Leistungsgrenze gehen muss. Wer aber einen der beiden Vorgänger-Titel sein Eigen nennt und auf die aktualisierten Kader verzichten kann, der spart sich das Geld lieber.
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Xbox 360GameAlmighty.com
There really isn’t much more to say about Madden NFL 08. It’s football – you either like it or you don’t. Do the changes EA Sports has made for the new version make it worth the purchase? The new Weapons system is a fun addition, and actually manages to make the game a bit friendlier to new players. The gameplay itself is solid, but the overall presentation is still lacking. Here’s hoping to a more robust online mode and a better use of the ESPN license in the 09 iteration. Until then, you can catch me online tearing up opponents with the Chargers.
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WiiNintendo Life
Madden NFL 08 may not be the audacious playmaker we all hoped it would be, but it certainly talks a decent game and will keep fans of the previous iteration more than happy. Hopefully next year EA can overhaul the graphics engine and improve the CPU intelligence. If they do, then we’ll be looking at one of the finest representations of America's favourite sport ever created. In the meantime, Madden NFL 08 is certainly worth picking up should you hanker for more Gridiron action.
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WiiAceGamez
Presentation issues aside, Madden NFL 08 plays a great game of American football, one that allows for the casual fans of the sport to have just as much fun as those who have been following it for years. The brilliant control scheme is even more immersive and responsive than last year and the amount of game modes available is truly second to none. There really is a wealth of options for all types of gamers to get stuck into, be it the accessible but hugely fun mini-games or the incredibly in-depth Franchise mode. Online mode will also come as a welcome if slightly disappointing addition for most gamers. Now, if only EA can get the presentation and animations up to scratch, we could eventually have one of the leading sports titles on the Wii on our hands.
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GameCubeGameDaily
The new Fantasy Challenges should keep fans busy as they complete tasks with players they wouldn't bother with otherwise. Although the game doesn't go the extra mile like other current-generation versions on store shelves, Madden NFL 08 still provides a solid game of football.
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PSPGameSpot
If you already bought last year's Madden on the PSP, you don't need to buy this one because it's not different enough to warrant the $40 cost. If you didn't buy last year's game, the gameplay is solid enough and there's enough content to make this a worthwhile pick-up for those who want to enjoy a little NFL action on the go.
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PlayStation 2Boomtown
Truth be told though, all quibbles aside, Madden 08 is still a lot of fun to play. On its own it is fully deserving of an eight, but if you’ve already got Madden 07 then there really is no need to upgrade. The new features just aren’t worth the asking price (and in some cases aren’t even worth bothering with) and for some Madden 08 will actually feel like a juke backwards, rather than a leap forwards. Extra point attempt denied!
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PlayStation 2Deaf Gamers
The general feeling with Madden NFL 08 for the PlayStation 2 is that it's a game that takes Madden NFL 07 and tweaks a few things here and there, adds a new mode and changes the rosters as well as a collection of weapon icons to allow you to discern a specific type of star player at a glance. These additions will probably be just enough to satisfy those Madden NFL fans who have yet to move to either the Wii, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. If you don't make a habit of picking up every release of the Madden NFL games and have a version of the game from the last three years or so then Madden NFL 08 is a little tougher to recommend. That's not to say it isn't another great Madden NFL game, but rather it's a game where only the Madden NFL enthusiasts will really appreciate the minor additions and tweaks.
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Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
Where 07 elevated the play significantly over the thin, crammed-to-Christmas launch offering of 06, 08 lacks a proportional progress to justify purchase for many returning fans. Madden 08 stands by itself as a respectable, rewarding sim, but judged in the context of last season, it's merely a mild, expensive improvement.
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Xbox 360Operation Sports
From the completely lackluster presentation to the utterly uninteresting modes, Madden NFL 08 is a great game for a very short time.
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Xbox 360Boomtown
So as my dream world of mountain top French châteaux diminishes into the stark realism of my white-walled front room, brown sofa and my meagre 37 inch plasma TV, I’ll have to score the game a seven. It tries so hard to be all things to all people but for me it tries to walk before it can run. Oh well, no invite for me next year then!
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Using the same engine as NCAA Football 08, this new Madden features brighter, crisper visuals and faster, smoother animation. There are also less annoying pauses. As usual however, EA has incorporated a lot of unwanted new features while overlooking a few that were sorely needed. Madden NFL 08 plays like a professional football game, so why can't EA make it look like one too??
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WiiGame Revolution
John Madden football has been a part of my life for nearly half the years I’ve been alive. Like any old friend, it’s been a combination of annoying, comforting, fun, and frustrating. The good news is that this old friend seems to be trying to change for the better, at least on the 360 (and almost assuredly on the PS3 … eventually) and that’s great. Even with its questionable A.I., I bought it every year for eighteen years, which is either a testament to top notch branding or my own stubbornness, and it’s always provided me with hours of entertainment (if a few broken controllers). So, you can imagine how excited I am by the future of the madden franchise on next gen systems. All that's left is for Madden to apply for a credit card, buy a pack of cigs, show up for jury duty, and get a damn job, you lazy bum.
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PlayStation 3Game Revolution
John Madden football has been a part of my life for nearly half the years I’ve been alive. Like any old friend, it’s been a combination of annoying, comforting, fun, and frustrating. The good news is that this old friend seems to be trying to change for the better, at least on the 360 (and almost assuredly on the PS3 … eventually) and that’s great. Even with its questionable A.I., I bought it every year for eighteen years, which is either a testament to top notch branding or my own stubbornness, and it’s always provided me with hours of entertainment (if a few broken controllers). So, you can imagine how excited I am by the future of the madden franchise on next gen systems. All that's left is for Madden to apply for a credit card, buy a pack of cigs, show up for jury duty, and get a damn job, you lazy bum.
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Xbox 360Game Shark
In the end, that’s really what Madden 08 on the 360 is – it’s a game that while still fun, is nowhere near the level that it should be. A game this popular and that is this much of a money making machine should not have some of the problems that crop up every single year. So while the yearly Madden review is as pointless as ever, it doesn’t take away from the fact that EA Sports should treat its rabid fan base a little better than this. After two decades of unyielding support…don’t they deserve it?
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WiiNintendoWorldReport
The problem is that they haven’t invested nearly as much time in the game that exists underneath the control scheme. The AI, the playbooks, and the presentation are still inexorably rooted in the PS2 design that might have been compelling four years ago but which is now really starting to show its age. For all the creativity of the motion controls, it becomes painfully apparent that this Madden engine was originally designed for button pushing and not arm waving. There’s definitely fun to be had with Madden NFL 08. Online, a wealth of mini-games, and the user-friendly Family Play mode are all welcome additions, but none of them really change the basic fact that this is an old game with a shiny new coat of paint on it. Madden NFL 08 is a marginally better game than last year’s, but it’s still got a long way to go to fully realize the potential hinted at with the motion controls.
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PSPGameDaily
Madden NFL 08 for the PSP feels like the black sheep of the family, a game that wants to fit in so badly with the rest of the football clan but comes up short way too often to get there. Maybe next year we'll see a game with better timing throughout its presentation, a functional multiplayer set-up and more modes. Right now, though, it just feels like a contender -- an odd situation considering this is the third Madden release for the system.
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Xbox 360Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Madden does well what it has almost always done well, and that’s put the game of football in a fun, tight package. But when it comes to bells and whistles, it fails miserably. EA has done nothing memorable with the sound effects, music and graphics of this major franchise. Read & React is a nice addition, but it’s not worth your 60 bones. If you can live without the updated rosters, save some money and stick with last year’s version.
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Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
Madden NFL 08 has finally brought the franchise into the next gen world. The branching animations and 60 fps make the game feel smoother than ever before. However, it hard to get excited by the fact that EA has finally put in all the features that should have been there last year, if not the year before. When a franchise is racking in as much money as Madden, they should at the very least be able to give us what we expect. They’ve finally done that, now with better animation and more player controls they seem to be going in the right directions. Maybe next year will bring us that much closer to having a Madden game like never before. It’s still a good game, slightly above average, but not as great as it should be.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
In closing, Madden is in a lot of ways better than last years, but it is the same thing I have said about EA year in and year out. They take one step forward and two steps back with every single game. Yes, there were great additions to this year, but the horrible AI, and multiplayer just really mess up the experience for me. I said this in my review for All Pro 2K8 even without the NFL license it is the better game.
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WindowsYouGamers
Madden NFL 08 is not a bad football game. It's just a bad PC game, and it feels like EA Sports has gotten stuck in time warp somewhere around 2005-2006. The PC version needs a new graphics engine badly.
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WindowsGamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Madden NFL 08 is not a bad football game. It's just a bad PC game, and it feels like EA Sports has gotten stuck in time warp somewhere around 2005-2006. The PC version needs a new graphics engine badly.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution
Even with its questionable A.I., I bought it every year for eighteen years, which is either a testament to top notch branding or my own stubbornness, and it’s always provided me with hours of entertainment (if a few broken controllers). So, you can imagine how excited I am by the future of the madden franchise on next gen systems. All that's left is for Madden to apply for a credit card, buy a pack of cigs, show up for jury duty, and get a damn job, you lazy bum.
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WiiGamePro (US)
Aside from that, though, Wii owners are once again getting stuck with the short end of the stick. While Xbox 360 and PS3 owners get a slick upgrade over Madden '07, Wii owners get a mediocre and lackluster version. Diehard fans and series n00bs alike should avoid the Wii version, as it's inferior in just about every single way.
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Xbox 360Jive Magazine
Much improved - very good effort from EA. It's about time. This game is a few gameplay tweaks, a massive presentation overhaul, and some miscellaneous additions (tats, unique animations, custom soundtracks, etc.) from being something TRULY special. But thanks for finally giving me something to look forward to again each August.
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WiiThe Video Game Critic
Considering the unorthodox controls and lack of features, It's hard to recommend the Wii version of Madden if you own any other game console.
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Wii1UP
For most sports gamers, the Wii is little more than a novelty; an amusing yet insubstantial distraction that can't keep pace with the big new-gen hitters. The latest version of Madden is further evidence. While the Xbox 360 version of the game kicked off a "best Madden ever?" argument in the office, the same game on the Wii is so full of flaws that whatever joy you'll get out of the motion controls and countless gameplay modes (it's got lots) is quickly doused by shoddy defensive A.I. and other tiny issues that are evident throughout.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
I didn't see too many new additions here, but I'm sure I missed some. Madden 2008 looks the same to me and the game play is pretty much the same, except with the new 500 new pre-play options and those special icons your players have. Tackling seems to be changed a little, but to me I didn't care too much. I'm not really a Madden fan, but Madden 2008 did make me have a few minutes of fun. Even though there are a ton of fumbles per game, it was nice to be able to get the ball from the computer after a fumble. This made me feel that I actually had some skills. Oh yeah the announce is better this year, he doesn't state the obvious much/at all.