Madden NFL 09

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Madden NFL 09 is the nineteenth installment in the long-running American football series. It was released for all major platform at the time except for Windows, which had annual releases since Madden NFL 97.

As with the previous version, the essential gameplay elements are intact with various tweaks and enhancements. The Franchise mode has been altered to allow for team management for 60 years. In the Superstar mode a rookie player can be created, or imported from NCAA Football 09, with the aim to better the skills and become one of the best players. There is an option to retry certain sections and an analysis tools provides deep inspection of the tactics and mistakes. For new players, three accessibility options are included: one-button gameplay, handicapping options and adaptive skill levels to replace the regular difficulty levels. Using Super Sim the match can be forwarded to the next change of possession and there are different celebration routines to choose from.

As with the previous editions, there is an updated, fully licensed player roster, graphical enhancements and updates to the gameplay. A few features from earlier versions make a return (Grudge Match, Slide Protection, ...) A Virtual Trainer is introduced where twelve drills can be done in a holographic environment. Based on the results, a "Madden IQ" is awarded. Match commentary is provided by Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond.


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GameFocus PlayStation 3 Aug 23, 2008 9.2 out of 10 92
GameZone PlayStation 3 Aug 11, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88 Xbox 360 Sep 03, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Gamer 2.0 PlayStation 3 Aug 18, 2008 8.7 out of 10 87 PlayStation 3 Sep 03, 2008 87 out of 100 87
games xtreme Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox 360 Aug 13, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85 Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2008 16 out of 20 80
Game Shark PlayStation 3 Aug 12, 2008 B- 67
The Video Game Critic Xbox 360 Sep 09, 2008 C- 42


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Cover Athlete

The cover athlete, Brett Favre, was announced in April 2008. Shortly after, he decided to retire and the original packaging shows him in the outfit of his latest team, Green Bay Packers. However, in July of the same year he unretired and joined the New York Jets. At the US release day Electronic Arts made available digital packaging for print (Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and PSP) that shows Brett Favre in the outfit of his new team. An updated roster was also made available for the Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Wii editions to have Favre as the quarterback of the Jets. It is downloaded automatically when playing online. For offline players, Favre is shown in the NFL Greats and he can be moved to the free agents roster pool in the Franchise mode to make him available in the game.

Online Servers

Electronic Arts closed the game's online servers for the PSP (all regions), PS2, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions on 8th February 2011.

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