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Madden NFL 2004

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
91
2.8
Xbox
91
2.0
Windows
87
3.3

Advertising Blurbs

uk.playstation.com:
    14 years in, and they're still finding things to add to the game. It's Maddeness!

    NFL games don't get any more completist than EA Sports' Madden series. This year, you can even build your own stadium for your team to play in, should the fancy take you. But it's on the pitch that the major changes are happening.

    The biggest change is the Playmaker Control, that allows you to change plays before and during the action. Before the snap is taken, you can tweak receiver routes and defensive coverage with the right analog stick, while once the play's in action the same stick will adjust blocks and so on, allowing you to protect your Quarterback with well-timed defensive blocks.

    Off the pitch, you can get into the management side of the game with Franchise Mode, or even take over the business side of the game with the new Owner mode. As well as the stadium building mentioned above, you can even set the price of the hotdogs the punters are so keen on!

    • Instantaneous play adjustments with Playmaker Control


    • Owner Mode allows you to take over the running of the club


    • Updated graphics give you unrivalled TV-style presentation

    Contributed by DreinIX (9421) on Apr 16, 2008.

www.nintendo.com - GameCube:

    Take total control of your team!

    With Madden NFL 2004, EA Sports delivers a masterpiece of modern professional football to the GCN and continues its long heritage of providing the premier gridiron experience.

    The Madden name has long been a mark of quality, and for good reason: the series has consistently delivered fun, accurate and highly-polished football videogames that remain true to the sport, while still delivering new gameplay innovations year after year. Madden NFL 2004 includes every facet of the NFL imaginable - the teams, the stadiums, the plays...and even the overpriced concession stands!

    Features

    • Graphical and sound improvements take football realism to another dimension.
    • Multiple camera angles (including a slick split-screen replay) allow you to view the action from wherever you like.
    • All new Playmaker option allows you to make adjustments to a receiver's route before the snap, move your receivers around if your quarterback has to scramble shift and move your blockers downfield on defense.
    • Extra features include Two Minute Drill Mode, a Football 101 tutorial, Madden Cards, Easy Play settings, Historic Teams and plenty more.

    The Franchise Mode has grown to become an important feature of the Madden series, and it's undergone a significant upgrade since Madden 2003. In addition to drafting players and running the same team year after year, you can now take control from the owner's box. Set concession and ticket prices, build a stadium, hire a specialized staff and more. It's so detailed that it could almost stand alone as a separate game! In addition, Madden NFL 2004 allows you to create both players and teams. If you create a team, you can designate its mascot, uniforms, home field, stadium and playbook type. You can also hold a fantasy draft to snag your favorite players from real NFL teams.

    Gridiron generals will appreciate the hundreds of awesome plays packed into the playbook. You can use the playbook of your favorite team or customize your own. You can also design plays and import them to your book. After you run a play, the camera stays on the field while you pick the next series. This allows you to see what the opposing team is up to.

    Though Madden NFL 2004 has been released on multiple platforms, only the Nintendo GameCube version delivers exclusive features. If you connect a Game Boy Advance to a Nintendo GameCube with a Nintendo GameCube Game Boy Advance Cable, you will instantly unlock four secret Madden Cards. You can also use the Game Boy Advance during games. It functions as a scoreboard and shows lots of short, funny videos -- like saucy cheerleaders and classic football slogans.

    Bottom Line

    The undisputed leader in professional football simulations has always been the Madden series, and this year's offering is no exception. Each year we wonder if Madden can get any better, and each year EA proves it can. Stunning visuals, unprecedented control and a gigantic playbook equal a touchdown strike for gridiron junkies.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54615) on Apr 13, 2006.

www.electronic-arts.de - Windows:
    Die Madden NFL Serie gibt es mittlerweile seit 14 Jahren, und mit bisher 28 Millionen verkauften Exemplaren ist es die ungeschlagene Nr. 1 auf dem Gebiet der authentischen NFL-Football-Simulationen.

    Mit der überarbeiteten Grafik, einer unglaublichen Tiefe, der hervorragenden visuellen Präsentation und dem realistischen Gameplay demonstriert Madden NFL 2004 auch in dieser Saison wieder, warum es das interaktive Sportspiel schlechthin ist.

    Features:

    • Revolutionäre Spielmacher-Steuerung: Mit diesem Feature haben die Spieler jetzt noch mehr Kontrolle über ihre Aktionen vor und während des Spiels. Mit der Spielmacher-Voreinstellung hat der Spieler die Möglichkeit, blitzschnell das Spiel, die Passroute oder das Deckungsspiel zu verändern. Nach dem Anspielen benutzt man diese Funktion auch, um Blöcke auszurufen, dem Receiver direkte Anweisungen zu geben oder schnelle Verteidigungsmaßnahmen zu ergreifen.
    • Neuer, umfangreicher Besitzer-Modus: Im Franchise-Modus übernimmt der Spieler von Grund auf alle GM-, Trainer- und Spieler-Pflichten. Außerdem ist der Spieler in der Lage, den Standort seines Teams zu verändern, ein neues Stadion zu bauen und die Preise, einschließlich der für das Essen, für Merchandise-Produkte und die Parkgebühren, festzusetzen. Mit einer zusätzlichen Lizenz für den Trainer-Assistenten kann er sogar sein eigenes Trainer-Team einstellen.
    • Überragende Grafik und Darstellung: Neue Effekte schaffen einen nahtlosen Übergang zwischen dem Spielende und den Spielgrafiken auf dem Bildschirm. Andere Verbesserungen sind z.B. ein geteilter Bildschirm bei der Spielwiedergabe, unzählige spezielle Animationen wie z.B. das Stolpern mit dem Ball, Blöcke im offenen Feld, defensive Reaktionsbewegungen und viele andere neue Spezialbewegungen für die Spieler. Die Spieler wurden mit der größten Sorgfalt kreiert, einschließlich ihrer Tattoos, Rastalocken, ihrer langen Haare, die unter dem Helm heraus hängen, und sämtlicher neuer NFL-Trikots zum Wechseln sowie den passenden Helmen.
    • Mehr Spiel: Die realistischsten und aktuellsten Playbooks voller Informationen direkt von den NFL-Trainern über die NFLCA-Lizenz und ein spezielles Personal-System ermöglichen einen schnellen und innovativen Personalwechsel. Eine ausgeprägte KI, die situationsbezogen reagiert und dadurch realistische Pässe ermöglicht, authentische Zonendeckung und vieles mehr wird dem Spieler geboten.
    • Stadion-Gestalter: Der Spieler kann Grafik-Tools nutzen und verschiedenste Ausstattungsstücke wählen, um sein Stadion komplett selbst zu gestalten. Dabei stehen ihm über 17 Millionen verschiedenen Kombinationen zur Verfügung.
    • EA SPORTS Bio: Dank eines Bewertungssystems, bei dem Bewertungen auf Sammelkarten gespeichert werden, gibt es spezielle Boni für Spieler, die mehrere Titel von EA SPORTS spielen.
    • Erweiterter Franchise-Modus: Mini-Camp-Drills, die während der spielfreien Zeit stattfinden, werden im Spiel integriert und sollen den Spieler auf die Herausforderungen im Franchise-Modus vorbereiten. Neu ist auch, dass nun die wirklichen Gehälter der NFL-Spieler im Spiel berücksichtigt werden. Zudem finden nun auch Trades für computergesteuerte Teams statt.
    • Neue und verbesserte Kommentare: Mit Kommentaren von John Madden und Al Michaels sowie Melissa Stark, die abseits des Spielfelds berichtet, werden jede Menge neue und interessante Analysen geliefert.
    • Neue EA SPORTS-Tracks und Jukebox: Neue Songs und eine umfangreiche Jukebox sorgen für ein reichhaltiges Musikangebot.
    • Online-Spiel: Der Spieler hat die Möglichkeit, auch online mit anderen Madden-Fans in Online-Ligen zu spielen.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66212) on Jul 21, 2005.

Press Release:

    Madden NFL 2004 from EA SPORTS In Stores Today
    EA’s Best-selling Football Franchise Offers Revolutionary Playmaker Control
    and New EA SPORTS Nation Online Play



    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Tuesday, August 12, 2003 – Madden NFL 2004, the most anticipated football title of the year and the top North American sports videogame franchise from Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), is available in stores today on six platforms. Madden NFL distributed under the EA SPORTS’ brand is in its 14th season with over 30 million copies sold, and the franchise recently was unveiled for display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first videogame to receive this honor.

    New features in Madden NFL 2004 include revolutionary Playmaker Control that lets gamers adjust on the fly just as NFL players do, and improved online play with the EA SPORTS Nation feature set that includes EA SPORTS Talk in-game chat (USB headset and broadband connection required) and online tournaments* for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The game also features a deeper Franchise Mode with the new Owner Mode option that allows players to take over bottom line responsibilities such as hiring a full coaching staff or setting ticket and concession prices. Extensively updated playbooks, broadcast quality effects, and new gameplay camera angles are just a few of the upgrades in Madden NFL 2004. John Madden, Al Michaels, and Melissa Stark return with new commentary. PS One’, PC, and Game Boy® Advance also have their own unique features this year, including the ability to connect your Game Boy Advance to the Nintendo GameCube version to unlock hidden content and features.

    EA SPORTS TRAX include new songs by OutKast, Nappy Roots, Alien Ant Farm, and Adema, as well as a new song by blink-182 debuting in the game three months before the album releases.

    Madden Football 2004, developed by EA-Tiburon, is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and is available on the PlayStation 2 console, the Xbox’ video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube, PS One, PC, and Game Boy Advance. *For more info on PlayStation 2 online (service, play, capabilities, features) for Madden NFL 2004, go to www.madden2004.com

    About Electronic Arts Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS’, EA GAMES’, and EA SPORTS BIG’. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at http://info.ea.com.

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    Contributed by skl (1140) on Feb 27, 2004.

PlayStation Holiday Catalog 2003 - Print/website:
    In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football remains the leader in authentic NFL simulation. Make adjustments after the snap and create championship caliber plays with revolutionary Playermaker Control. Featuring new EA SPORTS Talk, EA SPORTS Nation, and new Owner mode.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69754) on Nov 21, 2003.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:

    PLAYMAKERS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS



    FEATURES
    • NEW PLAYMAKER CONTROL
      Revolutionary new feature allows you to control players off the ball. Change receiver routes pre-snap and mid-play, direct blocking downfield during a run, and more.

    • ENHANCED EA SPORTS ONLINE
      Compete in a quick match-up or all-new Online Tournament games and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. New EA SPORTS Fair Play settings reduce online cheating and only reward players who complete full games.

    • NEW OWNER MODE
      Hire staff, set ticket and concession prices, and build your stadium with luxury boxes, scoreboards, and more. Keep score by tracking your team's revenue and fan support.

    • NEW INTEGRATED PLAYCALLING PRESENTATION
      Speed up the pace of the game without missing any of the on-field action. An all-new interface allows you to call plays while watching in-game replays, celebrations, and reactions.

    • THE MOST REALISTIC PLAYBOOKS
      Featuring playbooks from all officially licensed NFL Coaches Club Head Coaches and licensed Assistant Coaches.

    • NEW EA SPORTS BIO
      Track your accomplishments in Madden NFL 2004 and unlock special rewards by playing multiple EA SPORTS games like NCAA Football 2004, NBA LIVE 2004, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004.


    DETAILED PLAYER ACCURACY

    DOWNLOAD UPDATED PLAYER RATINGS

    NEW PLAYER CONTROL

    HUNDREDS OF NEW ANIMATIONS

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69754) on Aug 26, 2003.

Back of Case - GameCube:

    PLAYMAKERS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS



    FEATURES
    • NEW PLAYMAKER CONTROL
      Revolutionary new feature allows you to control players off the ball. Change receiver routes pre-snap and mid-play, direct blocking downfield during a run, and more.

    • NEW OWNER MODE
      Hire staff, set ticket and concession prices, and build your stadium with luxury boxes, scoreboards, and more. Keep score by tracking your team's revenue and fan support.

    • NEW INTEGRATED PLAYCALLING PRESENTATION
      Speed up the pace of the game without missing any of the on-field action. An all-new interface allows you to call plays while watching in-game replays, celebrations, and reactions.

    • THE MOST REALISTIC PLAYBOOKS
      Featuring playbooks from all officially licensed NFL Coaches Club Head Coaches and licensed Assistant Coaches.

    • NEW EA SPORTS BIO
      Track your accomplishments in Madden NFL 2004 and unlock special rewards by playing multiple EA SPORTS games like NCAA Football 2004, NBA LIVE 2004, and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 2004.

    • EA SPORTS TRAX JUKEBOX
      Select menu music from hot artists like Outkast, blink-182, the Roots, Alien Ant Farm, AFI, Nappy Roots, Aclema, and Thrice.


    DEEPEST NFL PLAYBOOKS EVER

    HUNDREDS OF NEW ANIMATIONS

    NEW PLAYMAKER CONTROL

    DETAILED PLAYER ACCURACY

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69754) on Aug 26, 2003.

Back of Case - XBox:
    Playmakers Win Championships

    Features

    • New Playmaker Control
      Revolutionary new feature allows you to control players off the ball. Change receiver routes pre-snap and mid-play, direct blocking downfield during a run, and more.
    • New Owner Mode
      Hire staff, set ticket and concession prices, and build your stadium with luxury boxes, scoreboards, and more. Keep score by tracking your team's revenue and fan support.
    • New Integrated Playcalling Presentation
      Speed up the pace of the game without missing any of the on-field action. An all-new interface allows you to call plays while watching in-game replays, celebrations, and reactions.
    • The Most Realistic Playbooks
      Featuring playbooks from all officially licensed NFL Coaches Club Head Coaches and licensed Assistant Coaches.
    • New EA Sports Bio
      Track your accomplishments in Madden NFL 2004 and unlock special rewards by playing multiple EA SPORTS games like NCAA Football 2004, NBA LIVE 2004, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004.
    • EA Sports Trax Jukebox
      Select menu music from hot artists like OutKast, blink-182, The Roots, Alien Ant Farm, AFI, Nappy Roots, Adema, and Thrice.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9146) on Aug 19, 2003.