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Madden NFL 09

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PSP
70
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Xbox
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Xbox 360
82
3.5
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Madden NFL 09 PSP Calling a play.
Madden NFL 09 PSP Throwing or running?
Madden NFL 09 PSP The opening kick
Madden NFL 09 PSP Title screen

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The Press Says

Game Vortex Xbox 360 Aug, 2008 98 out of 100 98
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven Xbox 360 Aug 13, 2008 93 out of 100 93
Gaming Age Xbox 360 Aug 12, 2008 A- 91
Kombo.com Xbox 360 Aug 20, 2008 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de PlayStation 3 Sep 03, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Game Captain Xbox 360 Sep 11, 2008 87 out of 100 87
Game Positive PlayStation 3 Sep 25, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
Gamestyle Xbox 360 Oct 21, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Worth Playing Xbox 360 Aug 25, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2008 3.3 out of 5 66

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Trivia

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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