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Madden NFL 09

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
84
4.3
Xbox 360
82
3.5
PlayStation 2
76
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100
PlayStation 31UP
Madden's the sports-gaming superpower, though, so it's hard not to nitpick some of this stuff. But even with the listed complaints, this is a football game that one-ups the stakes between the sidelines, and it's so visually impressive that it's likely to stick in your system all season long -- even on Saturdays.
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Xbox 360Game Vortex
The amount of polish that this game has makes up for some of the small shortcomings that are present. EA has finally got it right, and I'm proud to offer my stamp of approval for the first time in a long time (oops, there, I said it again). While you will undoubtedly be frustrated with the difficulty and overall speed of the game if you are a newcomer or haven't played the series in a while, a challenge is always a welcome thing. Madden 09 will definitely offer you up a challenge, especially with its new My Skill addition. Every fan of the National Football League that owns a 360 deserves this title.
93
PlayStation 3Game Chronicles
This is the 20th version of Madden and it is still developing new things that make the game better than the previous year. Once again this year is far better than last year with better online play, your Madden IQ, and if you want to practice before you play the big boys online; you can play a game and use the rewind to help develop your gamer eye. This is a must have for any football fan and why wouldn’t you want a game with a Brett Farve Packer cover and have him play for the J E T S Jets Jets Jets??!!
93
PlayStation 3GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
The animation is also top drawer with individual players moving with fluid and believable actions, and even though the odd time you get a "quirk" here and there, overall the graphics are top drawer. Madden 09, believe it or not is more than just a minor upgrade, this version of the game is the most polished and plays extremely well. I would go as far to say that this is actually probably one of the finest sports games in history. If you are in anyway a fan of American Football then this should be in your list of games to get this month.
93
Xbox 360GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
The animation is also top drawer with individual players moving with fluid and believable actions, and even though the odd time you get a "quirk" here and there, overall the graphics are top drawer. Madden 09, believe it or not is more than just a minor upgrade, this version of the game is the most polished and plays extremely well. I would go as far to say that this is actually probably one of the finest sports games in history. If you are in anyway a fan of American Football then this should be in your list of games to get this month.
92
PlayStation 3GameFocus
It’s not easy to find the perfect rating for a Madden game nowadays. But we, the reviewers, can easily tell when a Madden title deserves accolades and when they don’t. This year, we‘re happy to say that the developers have managed to bring a great football experience to the consoles even with its little nuisances, because we know for a fact, that there’s no perfect game. Still, this 20th version of Madden NFL will sure be known as one of best of the series and will sure keep the whole Madden Nation happy…until next year of course. Expectations will continue to grow.
91
Xbox 360Gaming Age
To say that Madden is a perfect game would be a laughable statement, but it surely is the best version to date for the next generation consoles. Everything from the visuals, audio, and presentation have been bumped up a notch to a level that would make any fan who has turned their heads for the last 3 years take notice. Sure the game plays familiar, but to die hard fans they wouldn't want it any other way. As for Brett Farve, will coming back set him up for the Madden curse too? Granted, some guys just don't know when to quit (Montana, Rice, Theisman, Jordan, etc.), but when your best year of 4 came in your supposed final season, shouldn't that be the cue to say "I'm done"? The only good thing coming out of this season for Farve is to hopefully say, "I broke the Madden curse!"
90
PlayStation 3Gamernode
Overall, Madden 09 is the best Madden of this generation. It's the first of the series which feels like it actually belongs on these consoles, and wasn't just ported with prettier graphics. It's not without its share of small issues here or there, but in the end it's the most realistic and most satisfying Madden experience yet, and one you can enjoy with a whole lot of people online.
90
PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
Madden 2009 remains a top-notch football game. Sure it's the only NFL game in town, but it's damn good. Buy it.
90
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Madden 09, EA Sports' 20th installment of the franchise, has proven that the series only gets better with age. The publisher has finally outdone itself by releasing the premiere football title of this generation thus far.
90
PlayStation 3PSX Extreme
All in all, Madden NFL '09 is the first Madden game I have enjoyed with very few peeves to complain about. Tiburon has done a fantastic job at bringing us a game that controls superbly well, looks smooth, runs quick, and boasts a horde of enhancements to make this the best Madden game ever. Madden fans don't need me to tell them that this one's worth the purchase, but if, somehow, you're still on the fence and need a push, Madden '09 is definitely worth your time.
90
PlayStation 3Playstation Illustrated
Madden NFL 09 is an all-around solid football game. It has everything that the veterans who line up at midnight would want from the game, as well as changes that will make it fun for newcomers or old-timers who might feel like the game has left them behind.
90
Xbox 360Kombo.com
Make no mistake, this year isn't just smoke and mirrors. Madden has finally entered the next-generation with a fierce new look and some ability to flex some powerful new features like Madden IQ. It seems the team at Tiburon is hitting a great stride because after a good year last year, they have shown that it wasn't a fluke and they have a vision with laser focus on being the most authentic sports title in town. Is Madden 09 a must own? You already know the answer to that.
89
Xbox 360GameZone
Madden NFL 09 proves that a franchise can last 20 years due to the developers constantly adding new features to improve the core gameplay, without making to many radical changes. Players will love the new features in this game and will come to long for them if they pop in an older game for nostalgia sake. I can only ponder what new features will be added in the future, and will be happy to be first in line to try them out.
88
Xbox 360Play.tm
I've not played many of the previous Madden games, and I wouldn't call myself an American football enthusiast by any stretch of the imagination. But this game really managed to capture my attention. Its addictive; its fun, and its very easy to get sucked into. I'm actually thinking of watching the superbowl next February, this is an interest which has been purely cultivated by this game. If that's not the sign of a really good sports game, I don't know what is.
88
PlayStation 3GameZone
Football fans and PS3 owners, Madden NFL 09 doesn’t raise the bar but it certainly does a great job in bringing us a game worthy of the franchise and one that is inviting enough to please all pigskin fans. While the main modes feel relatively the same, this year’s gameplay is a clear indication that this franchise is getting closer to perfection.
88
PlayStation 3IGN
Madden 09 could easily be swept under the rug by the casual onlooker as being, “just another release.” And, for the most part, it is, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of your cash. Madden NFL 09 is the most loyal translation of America’s favorite sport I’ve ever seen. It looks great, plays great, and despite its few moments of inaccuracies, is still one of the best sports games in memory.
88
PlayStation 3Da Gameboyz
Madden NFL 09 for the PS3 certainly lived up to my expectations and is a significant leap from last year’s version. The graphics and overall presentation has been considerably improved. The core Madden gameplay is back and the new features will likely go over quite well with Madden fans. Madden NFL 09 for the PS3 has its share of issues however this is the best NFL game we have seen on Sony’s slick looking black console to date.
88
Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
As you can tell, there are a lot of new features this year, but none of them are of much consequence. If you own Madden 08, there is no truly outstanding aspect that makes a repurchase necessary. In fact, the Superstar and Franchise game modes are nearly identical, and the Online Leagues aren't impressive enough to outshine the excellent online play of last year. However, if you've got money to burn, Madden 09 is a great game to have in your collection.
88
PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
As you can tell, there are a lot of new features this year, but none of them are of much consequence. If you own Madden 08, there is no truly outstanding aspect that makes a repurchase necessary. In fact, the Superstar and Franchise game modes are nearly identical, and the Online Leagues aren't impressive enough to outshine the excellent online play of last year. However, if you've got money to burn, Madden 09 is a great game to have in your collection.
88
Xbox 360IC-Games
Those that have turned their back after the relatively poor showing of the previous titles can safely return and for those NFL fans that have yet to try this franchise, then you could not have hoped for a better introduction. Although for those that have no idea about NFL and haven't seen a game before, then either start watching (Five and Sky Sports cover the televised games in the UK) or try before you buy. One thing that can hardly be denied though is that Madden NFL 09, is the best American Football game out and the best in the franchises 20 year history.
88
PSPIC-Games
Those that have turned their back after the relatively poor showing of the previous titles can safely return and for those NFL fans that have yet to try this franchise, then you could not have hoped for a better introduction. Although for those that have no idea about NFL and haven't seen a game before, then either start watching (Five and Sky Sports cover the televised games in the UK) or try before you buy. One thing that can hardly be denied though is that Madden NFL 09, is the best American Football game out and the best in the franchises 20 year history.
88
PlayStation 3IC-Games
Those that have turned their back after the relatively poor showing of the previous titles can safely return and for those NFL fans that have yet to try this franchise, then you could not have hoped for a better introduction. Although for those that have no idea about NFL and haven't seen a game before, then either start watching (Five and Sky Sports cover the televised games in the UK) or try before you buy. One thing that can hardly be denied though is that Madden NFL 09, is the best American Football game out and the best in the franchises 20 year history.
88
PlayStation 2IC-Games
Those that have turned their back after the relatively poor showing of the previous titles can safely return and for those NFL fans that have yet to try this franchise, then you could not have hoped for a better introduction. Although for those that have no idea about NFL and haven't seen a game before, then either start watching (Five and Sky Sports cover the televised games in the UK) or try before you buy. One thing that can hardly be denied though is that Madden NFL 09, is the best American Football game out and the best in the franchises 20 year history.
88
Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
As for the aspects of Madden 09 that the developers fumbled on, they are small in comparison to the overall improvement that is this football game. Weird loading issues, random clipping effects, and sometimes off-the-wall AI are some of the more major gripes but I never once found myself taken out of the experience by any of them. Because Favre (man he's old) is no longer with the Green Bay Packers, EA has made a new 360 cover, with him in Jets attire, available by clicking here. Even though Madden NFL 09 is not perfect in any shape or form it is the best football experience available on the Xbox 360 and should be checked out by new fans of the series as well as twenty-year veterans. The new features tossed into the game give Madden 09 a bit of everything for everyone who enjoys football.
88
Xbox 360IGN
Madden 09 could easily be swept under the rug by the casual onlooker as being, “just another release.” And, for the most part, it is, but that doesn’t make it any less worthy of your cash. Madden NFL 09 is the most loyal translation of America’s favorite sport I’ve ever seen. It looks great, plays great, and despite its few moments of inaccuracies, is still one of the best sports games in memory.
87
PlayStation 34Players.de
Dass über allem wie jedes Jahr weiterhin immer noch der nicht klein zu kriegende "Update"-Geist schwebt, ist nicht zu verhindern. Doch Xbox 360- und PS3-Spieler können sich sicher sein, dass sie ein extrem umfangreiches Update und somit das derzeit sowohl spielerisch aus auch optisch beeindruckendste American Football bekommen. Wenn Tiburon es jetzt noch schafft, den Spagat zwischen visuellen und inhaltlichen Fortschritten zu meistern, dürfte der Weg wieder Richtung Platin führen. Wir sind gespannt, ob es Midways Konkurrent "Blitz The League II" schafft, dem jubilierenden Branchenprimus gefährlich zu werden.
87
Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Madden NFL 09 has finally caught up with the previous generation in all areas. The twentieth anniversary of Madden is definitely one of the better Madden versions in the past 5 years. Minus the addition of Madden IQ, there isn't too much to hate about the newest version of Madden. The online league allows for 32 players to select a team and play through the NFL season. While many would enjoy this, it really seems as though it was a last minute add on and much more could have been done to improve it. Either way you look at it, Madden is still Madden. Whether you think it is worth $60 is up to you, but you are getting a solid outing from the EA Sports crew.
87
PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
While Madden 09’s the best Madden game of this generation and the best Madden since Madden 2004, it still has some issues here and there that keep it from being the best it could be. Madden 09 has far more successes than failures, enough that any pro football fan that’s been hesitant to actually pick-up the game for the past few should definitely give this game a shot. The team behind this year’s Madden certainly has the right ideas for where this franchise should be heading, as Madden 09 clearly shows. As long as they offer up the leagues its fans wanted and match NCAA 09’s online dynasties for next year, Madden 2010 should be off to a good start.
87
Xbox 360Game Captain
Um Haaresbreite schrammt Madden 09 an einem Award vorbei: Auch wenn der Spielspaß ganz weit oben angesiedelt werden kann, gibt es doch noch einige ärgerliche Fehltritte wie die angesprochenen Clipping-Fehler oder die steile Lernkurve beim Madden-IQ. Nicht nur, weil es keine Alternative gibt: Der Titel ist für Fans ganz klar ein Pflichtkauf, die Verbesserungen zum Vorjahr sind markant genug, um das zu rechtfertigen. Wenn dann im kommenden Jahr die letzten Kleinigkeiten ausgemerzt werden, steht einem Award auch von meinem kritischen Standpunkt aus wirklich nichts mehr im Wege.
86
Xbox 360XBox Front
Auch mit Madden NFL 09 steht uns dieses Jahr wieder das realistischste Footballspiel ins Haus. Besonders die aufgebohrte Grafik sorgt für offene Münder, doch auch kleine Verfeinerungen der Spielmechanik, z.B. flüssigere Animationen, eine genaue Steuerung und das Zeitspul-Feature runden die Spielerfahrung ab. EA hat es aber erneut versäumt, den amerikanischen Sport auch uns Europäern zugänglich zu machen. Anfänger schauen aufgrund englischer Textausgabe und unzureichendem Tutorial in die Röhre. Für Fans und Kenner der Maddenserie ist NFL 09 aber zweifelsohne ein Pflichtkauf!
86
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
20 Jahre Madden und jedes Jahr sorgt dieser Titel erneut für Furore. Jedes Jahr gibt es eine Leistungssteigerung und jedes Jahr schafft es EA Sports den hauseigenen Vorzeigetitel ein Stück weit näher an die Perfektion zu treiben. Zahlreiche Spielmodi, eine unglaubliche Präsentation und einen erstklassigen Online-Modus hieven diesen Titel erneut in den Sportspielhimmel. Madden NFL 09 reiht sich nahtlos in die Madden-Serie ein und bringt viele neue gelungene Features. Allein das „Juwel“ und „Versager“ – Rookie-Feature allein macht eine Franchise spielenswert. Mit dem Madden typischen authentischen Gameplay und der Möglichkeit sensationelle Combo-Moves und unfassbare Tackles zu vollführen, hat EA Sports die Messlatte wieder mal ein Stück weiter nach oben befördert. Das Spiel ist und bleibt einfach das Sportspielerlebnis der Superlative und dürfte bei NFL Fans Monate für Begeisterung sorgen.
85
Xbox 360games xtreme
In closing, Madden 09 is far more accessible and has enough new features for new players to bring someone like me in. I can’t say I’m fully convinced and that I would seriously consider getting Madden 2010 or whatever they call the next one. Yet I enjoyed it enough with the top-notch graphics, models, stadium design, lighting and solid camera angles that I was able to play for a good while. The My Skill, BackTrack and Rewind are good additions but they have some issues and whilst the AI is decent enough it still has the tendency to completely lose the plot from time to time.
85
Xbox 360TTGamer
Ultimately though, the story with Madden 09 is how much better it is than Madden 08 overall, and how much faith it will restore in a lot of NFL fans for EASports. If EA can focus on AI and franchise mode for next year, the Madden NFL series will be entering a glorious stage in its existence, but right now it is still up there as one of the best in the series ever released, and easily the best to date on the Xbox 360.
85
PlayStation 3Gaming Target
Even for all of its faults, Madden NFL 2009 is still a damn good football game and that's what's important. However, I know how important your money is to you especially in this economy so here's my advice: if you are a PS3 owner, buy this game if for no other reason than owning a proper framerate running game (I am reviewing this based on the PS3 version btw). If you have a 360 and already bought Madden NFL 2008, chances are you should hold out for a price drop unless you want the newest iteration for the sake of having the aforementioned additions and Brett Favre on your game cover and hey, who doesn't want that?
85
PlayStation 3TotalPlayStation
EA Sports has, year after year, put out a Madden title that made playing professional football that much more real to the millions who will never get a chance. Madden NFL '09 is no exception.
82
Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
In a yearly series like Madden, it's easy to keep track of what's new and what's painfully old, and this version is no different regardless of how fond our memories may be of the old days. There's no 16-0 Patriots-esque regular season for Madden 09. But as a fan, sometimes just being in the playoffs is the first step. Then, anything can happen.
82
PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
In a yearly series like Madden, it's easy to keep track of what's new and what's painfully old, and this version is no different regardless of how fond our memories may be of the old days. There's no 16-0 Patriots-esque regular season for Madden 09. But as a fan, sometimes just being in the playoffs is the first step. Then, anything can happen.
81
Xbox 360Game Positive
Although this year's Madden seems to be missing the major upgrades of last year's title, it still feels like a good step forward for the franchise, even if many of the new upgrades seem to hearken back to older, previously discontinued features. That said, the game's focus on more accessible gameplay doesn't work well enough, so newcomers should approach with caution. Ultimately, Madden NFL 09 offers just enough to fans to warrant a purchase. Although meager, the new additions do help the game feel like it's worth the price of admission.
81
PlayStation 3Game Positive
Although this year's Madden seems to be missing the major upgrades of last year's title, it still feels like a good step forward for the franchise, even if many of the new upgrades seem to hearken back to older, previously discontinued features. That said, the game's focus on more accessible gameplay doesn't work well enough, so newcomers should approach with caution. Ultimately, Madden NFL 09 offers just enough to fans to warrant a purchase. Although meager, the new additions do help the game feel like it's worth the price of admission.
80
PSPGames Radar
Without a doubt, Madden 09 is still a day-one purchase for gridiron junkies. We’ll happily play all season long, during which we’ll invent a thousand more reasons to love and hate it all at the same time. No matter what, though, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a tad disappointed that this year’s version didn’t make the same jump we’d gotten accustomed to the last two years. We were ready for the ’73 Dolphins, but got the ’84 ‘Fins instead.
80
PlayStation 2Games Radar
Without a doubt, Madden 09 is still a day-one purchase for gridiron junkies. We’ll happily play all season long, during which we’ll invent a thousand more reasons to love and hate it all at the same time. No matter what, though, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a tad disappointed that this year’s version didn’t make the same jump we’d gotten accustomed to the last two years. We were ready for the ’73 Dolphins, but got the ’84 ‘Fins instead.
80
Xbox 360Gamestyle
An improvement on last year’s game no doubt, Madden NFL 09 is as impenetrable for novices as ever, yet is still the best and most comprehensive American Football game we’ve played. Until Madden NFL 10 arrives next year, anyway.
80
Xbox 360Blend Games
Like I said at the start: it's a little better than last year's edition and if you liked last year's edition, you'll like this installment too. An IGN reviewer called it "the most loyal translation of America’s favorite sport I’ve ever seen" and that's something I can't disagree with, seeing as Madden 09 only needed to be slightly better than the previous year's edition to qualify for the distinction. It's important to remember that EA's primary mission here wasn't to expand the complexity or realism of the game - the mission was to expand the audience. Experienced players won't be bowled over by any of the new features and I'm not sure if making the game easier will cause a massive influx of casual gamers into Madden Nation but at least veterans should find they have more friends and family members willing to pick up a controller and play with them - I guess that counts for something.
80
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Toujours au top de sa forme, la série Madden continue ses efforts pour attirer les néophytes tout en ajoutant la dose de features qu'adorent les plus connaisseurs. Très complet et techniquement soigné, cet opus 09 est une référence qui garantie de longues heures de jeu au contact des stars de la NFL.
80
PlayStation 3Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine (OPM)
And if this year's incarnation is a reinvention, a launching pad for 2010 and beyond, the Madden future is bright, even if the old fella himself is piling on the years!
80
Xbox 360Netjak
It’s funny. This year Madden finally got it right. Yet I see reviewers in a lot of places only now starting to sound off about the poor controls and legacy issues that I was so happily trashing back when previous editions of Madden first came out. I wonder if I’m out of the loop. But no matter. Madden was a shocker for me this year, and I can heartily recommend it to most football junkies. I’d still rather play this year’s NCAA football game or ESPN NFL 2K5, but a case can certainly be made for Madden NFL 2009.
80
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
Overall this is a fun experience and if you are a football fan I would definitely recommend checking this title out. While it is not perfect it has taken some steps in the right direction. All of the new modes seem to work really well and it is all integrated into a nice little package. EA has also released a new cover of Brett Favre in a Jets uniform if you want everything as realistic as possible. You can go to their site and download it to your computer. If you are willing to spend an extra twenty dollars I would recommend getting the limited edition as that version also comes with NFL Head Coach as well as Madden 93.
80
PlayStation 3Console Monster
Madden has gotten better, but it hasn’t progressed much in my view. Yes there are new gameplay ideas added, and new ways to play, but for some reason I kept wishing I could get the new gameplay with the same game I played in 08. Madden 09 is an incredible football game, but putting it next to it’s predecessors it does certain things right, and other things wrong. It seems to me that if new aspects of the game are added, old aspects have to be taken out. Whether this is because of space on the disc or because they just forgot about it (see my paragraph on “jumping the snap”); it’s not fair to the gamer. Overall, it’s better than Madden 08, but in my mind I wish that EA could stay consistent while offering new content.
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PlayStation 3AceGamez
So we come back to the question of who Madden NFL 09 is for. Well, to virtually steal a quote, "The Madden development team are who we thought they were" - serious American football fans who make titles for likeminded people and who are now trying to provide for newcomers without alienating core gamers - that apparently is what the Wii is for. Yes, the Madden IQ is a miscue, and they've fumbled the online leagues, but Madden 09 is a much more rounded and refined game than 08. It has all the basic components for perfection but can't quite bring them together so, in this respect, it's much more like the 2004 Steelers than the '72 Dolphins. The thing is, if you get this last analogy then you've probably pre-ordered the game anyway...
80
PlayStation 3DarkZero
This is a game that has successfully changed my opinions on American Football, and could do the same for you.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
You can pick up a standalone copy of Madden NFL 09, or a special collector's edition version that includes a copy of NFL Head Coach and a full version of the retro classic, Madden 93. With the high cost of being a football fan, once you add up NFL Sunday Ticket and entry fees in fantasy football money leagues, it's going to have to be your call as to whether or not it's worth ninety dollars for you to splurge on Madden NFL 09. The core game is a lot of fun, though, warts and all.
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
Despite the gimmicky Madden Test/Madden IQ features and slight issues with the gameplay (defensive players still lock on to running backs like magnets), Madden NFL 09 has enough yardage for the first down. Enjoyable on field play, combined with all those modes, makes it one of this year's best sports games and must buy for anyone excited about the upcoming NFL season.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
The Madden series has been so good for so long that the bar for each yearly release is extremely high. And it's because standards are so high that, while it's still great, Madden 09 could have been better. For every addition, like the backtrack feature, Collinsworth, or improved visuals, there's a problem that rears its ugly head, like the unchanged Superstar mode, poor pass coverage in the middle of the field, or underwhelming online leagues. Newcomers will still face a steep learning curve, but if you're a football fan or series veteran, you can't go wrong with Madden 09.
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PlayStation 3Games Radar
Without a doubt, Madden 09 is still a day-one purchase for gridiron junkies. We’ll happily play all season long, during which we’ll invent a thousand more reasons to love and hate it all at the same time. No matter what, though, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a tad disappointed that this year’s version didn’t make the same jump we’d gotten accustomed to the last two years. We were ready for the ’73 Dolphins, but got the ’84 ‘Fins instead.
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Xbox 360Gamers.at
Abgesehen davon bietet Madden NFL 09 s dem American Football-Fan sicher alles was man sich wünschen kann – vom eigenen Spieler oder eigenen Team bis hin zum Entwerfen von eigenen Spielzügen ist alles möglich und durch die verschienenen Schwierigkeitsstufen sowie die adaptive Spiele-Engine werden sich auch Anfänger recht schnell zurecht finden. Somit ist der Madden Serie auch heuter wieder ein Touchdown gelungen.
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PlayStation 3Gamers.at
Abgesehen davon bietet Madden NFL 09 s dem American Football-Fan sicher alles was man sich wünschen kann – vom eigenen Spieler oder eigenen Team bis hin zum Entwerfen von eigenen Spielzügen ist alles möglich und durch die verschienenen Schwierigkeitsstufen sowie die adaptive Spiele-Engine werden sich auch Anfänger recht schnell zurecht finden. Somit ist der Madden Serie auch heuter wieder ein Touchdown gelungen.
75
PlayStation 2Worth Playing
If you're stuck with a PS2 and only a PS2, then keep in mind that you're not going to be playing a game that's all that different from Madden '08. If you've never played a Madden title before, though, then this version might be the one to pick up, simply because the Family play option is a pretty solid starter for new football players, and it's a decent way of getting yourself somewhat familiar with the series. If you own a current-gen console, I'd definitely suggest going with that option over the PS2 one. Online play is better, the game looks and sounds better, and there aren't any considerable improvements in the gameplay for the PS2 version that you won't find on the other titles.
75
PlayStation 3The A.V. Club
Final judgment: As ever, new bells and whistles add distraction, but EA is still looking for Madden's sweet spot.
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PlayStation 3Destructoid
As you can see, Madden NFL 09 is a mixed bag. It’s vastly better than its predecessors in many ways, but there are a few areas -- big ones -- where it falls flat. Still, I can say without hesitation that it’s easily the best Madden game since the franchise entered the high-definition era. Definitely check it out if you need your virtual football fix.
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Xbox 360FiringSquad
Madden NFL 09 is pretty much exactly what you would expect. EA Sports generally doesn’t offer any surprises, and this game is no exception to that rule. It provides just enough football bang for the buck, although if you’re happy with last year’s model, or a little less than revved up over the looming real NFL regular season, you can safely sit this one out.
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PlayStation 3FiringSquad
Madden NFL 09 is pretty much exactly what you would expect. EA Sports generally doesn’t offer any surprises, and this game is no exception to that rule. It provides just enough football bang for the buck, although if you’re happy with last year’s model, or a little less than revved up over the looming real NFL regular season, you can safely sit this one out.
70
PSPGameDaily
In its defense, however, portable versions of Madden have never been as big as the console ones, likely because lack of storage and other hardware limitations. That being said, Madden NFL 09 can be a lot of fun and is a good way to get your football fix on the road. Just don't expect much from it.
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PSPWonderwallweb.com
As a stand alone single player game this is not a bad outing, however the online really takes some of the shine away, add to that the PSP version has nothing to make you want it over the Wii and PS3 versions, this game is more of a sad second place rather
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Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
Individually this game should be superb and if you’ve never played a previous version this should be your first point of call. However, taken as part of a continuous series, this is a fairly pointless offering as it offers very little in terms of innovation. The online mode aside, how long can people go on producing the same games, year after year and just slapping a new number on the box?
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Xbox 360PlayDevil
The latest Madden game for the 360, "Madden NFL 09" is again another solid addition of the Madden franchise. The 'back track' and 'rewind feature' are great for beginners to gradually get to grasp of the rules and plays. The different weather effects and crowd noises makes for an engulfing atmosphere, and the online league is a brilliant addition. If you are a big fan of the sport and still undecided I definitely would recommend it. For other gamers I would play the demo on 'Xbox Live Marketplace' and decide from there. Also this may be an essential purchase for achievement junkies as the 1000 gamerscore points can be obtained easily.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
Unfortunately, this year's Madden is one of those games that had so much potential to be amazing, yet it squandered the opportunity at every pass. For every new mechanic implemented, there is something else botched just enough to render the neat new aspect moot. Perhaps if Tiburon and EA had spent a bit less time worrying about what to do about Brett Favre's jersey and a bit more time focusing on ironing out a few more of the nagging issues that plague the title, then Madden '09 would be a must-own. However, there are just enough things wrong with the '09 edition that there's not a whole lot of reason to upgrade over last season's affair. If EA wanted to prove that the universe is balanced, and that for every yin there is a yang, then the mission has been accomplished; if they wanted to make a great football game, then they've fallen a bit short.
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PSPIGN
It may have felt as though I was constantly bringing up last year's game, but that's because Madden 09 basically feels like you're playing Madden 08. The Rookie Mode is a good idea as far as helping get newcomers into the game, but the problem is that the majority of the "new" features in this year's game spring directly from that mode. That doesn't really push the title forward; it only places a mildly new spin on the pre-existing formula. It's still a decent game for fans to play, but if you were looking for a big leap forward for the portable version in the 20th edition of the franchise, you're not going to find it here.
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PlayStation 2IGN
There's a point where you can tell that the emphasis has shifted to a newer console and its development cycle – Madden NFL 09 seems to have crossed that line, particularly because the gameplay feels so much like last year's title with only a handful of changes made here and there. The casual focus seems to have taken over much of the title, and while Family Play will be enjoyable for newcomers and beginners, veterans will quickly become bored or annoyed by the lack of innovation found here. It's not a horrible game, but it just doesn't do anything new at all, making it a watered down copy of last year's game with only mild items to keep your attention for a few minutes here and there.
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PSPGame Chronicles
If you are looking for a portable version of the PS3 or 360 versions of Madden 09, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Madden NFL 09 on the PSP is a good game with its share of oversights and flaws. But it is the only NFL game on the PSP. So if you just have to play football with your favorite NFL team, Madden NFL 09 is the only game for you.
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PlayStation 3Game Shark
What you are left with is a great 2-player game, a lot of features that the well established fan base most likely won’t care about (even though Backtrack and Rewind are both pretty good ideas), a half-baked online league system, and gameplay that is at times highly polished and entertaining yet also plagued by AI issues. Considering the state of the game it’s easy to recommend for online gamers and those who have access to play against a buddy on the same machine. For solo players it’s a tough call. It’s probably best to wait for EA to issue its patch (which they are working on as I type this) to see of some of the quirks are ironed out.
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PSPCheat Code Central
For those who have taken a hiatus from the Madden series during the past couple of years, the PSP version of NFL 09 is the perfect opportunity to jump back into all the excitement and variety of game modes the franchise has to offer on the handheld version. If you already own last year's installment, Madden 07, or even the latest NCAA Football title and don't absolutely need to own every single EA football title on the market, you may want to skip this year and wait until something really groundbreaking comes out. It's disappointing to give a somewhat negative review to an otherwise good game.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central
In all, Madden NFL 09 is a wonderful game for football lovers. Heck, EA has the formula so down-pat by now, how could it not be a good title? However, it fails to offer enough reasons for those who spent their money on last year's installment to purchase this one. Where updated titles usually feature upgrades in gameplay and new challenges, Madden 09 takes somewhat of a step backwards in its concentration on offering even more simplified controls and the new Family Play mode. Still, for those who haven't been keeping up with Madden in the past few years, this is a great title, while not offering many improvements since 08.
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PSPModojo
For us, we'd rather see something different, a bunch of innovative modes that set the PSP Madden apart from the rest, and unfortunately, Rookie controls aren't enough. This is where EA needs to deliver a story mode or some sort of trivia game, something exciting we can't find anyplace else. Sure, Madden NFL 09 plays good (that's expected), but it feels too similar to Madden games of old and like a $39.99 roster update. For that kind of cash, we need more enticing content. However, if all you want is a cool football game to play in transit, this year's Madden is a neat, pint-sized version of its big brother.
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PSPPocket Gamer UK
Twenty years at the top and Madden is faltering badly – this 'update' offers little in terms of new content and should only be considered if you've passed on the previous PSP instalments.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
For years Madden has been improving visually and adding features, but to what end? What you're left with every year is a game with a split personality: An awesome football game that's great to play with your friends or even online, but makes you want to smash your machine if you ever play against the computer.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
Electronic Arts: "If it's in the game, it's in the game." False. Where are the coaches, penalty flags, cheerleaders, half-time shows, flags, challenges, and 10-yard measurements? Where are the fake kicks and Hail Mary plays in my Ravens playbook? Does anybody at Electronic Arts even watch football?! Madden 09 features slick visuals and accessible gameplay, but its missing features are replaced with gimmicks, and that's sure to irritate die-hard fans.