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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.


Madden NFL 09 PSP Loading screen with info and quiz
Madden NFL 09 PSP Two ways to play: rookie mode or advanced
Madden NFL 09 PSP Picking a playbook.
Madden NFL 09 PSP The opening kick

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Game Vortex Xbox 360 Aug, 2008 98 out of 100 98
GamePro (US) PlayStation 3 Aug 12, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Playstation Illustrated PlayStation 3 Sep, 2008 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Xbox 360 Oct 07, 2008 8.9 out of 10 89 Xbox 360 Sep 01, 2008 88 out of 100 88
IC-Games PSP Sep 07, 2008 88 out of 100 88
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Aug 12, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN Xbox 360 Aug 12, 2008 8.8 out of 10 88
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 2008 4.4 out of 5 88
Game Positive Xbox 360 Sep 25, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81


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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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