DescriptionThe Madden football series makes its debut on the 32-bit consoles with Madden NFL 97. Like the PC version, the game moves into the world of polygonal 3D graphics, but has a unique set of modes, teams and options.
The game includes the 30 teams of the 1996 NFL season, the 1996 All-Madden team plus 68 classic teams from NFL history. Playing modes include Exhibition, Season and Tournament. All scheduled games during a season can be either played or simulated. The tournament is for either 8 or 16 players in single elimination mode. The game also includes the 30 team's home stadiums plus one extra arena in Hawaii.
Many features introduced in previous titles are reused here: variable weather (including night games), injuries and substitutions, ten different penalties (all adjustable), two skill levels, a bluffing mode for play calling, color commentary by John Madden, instant replays, and team roster editing with player creation (stats are set from a point pool), trading, releasing and signing of free agents. Player records and season progress can be saved to memory card/backup RAM. A new feature is the possibility to change which team is controlled at any time during a game.
During a game, the stadiums are rendered in polygonal texture-mapped 3D, with only the players, referees and ball as bitmaps. The game allows to choose from eight different camera perspectives, including views from the end zones and sidelines, a diagonal view and a "classic cam" emulating the perspective of earlier titles in the series on Genesis and SNES.
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|The Video Game Critic||SEGA Saturn||Oct 22, 2008||A-||91|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||PlayStation||Oct, 1996||9.1 out of 10||91|
|Joypad||SEGA Saturn||Dec, 1996||91 out of 100||91|
|Mega Fun||SEGA Saturn||Sep, 1996||90 out of 100||90|
|Absolute Playstation||PlayStation||Oct, 1996||8.75 out of 10||88|
|Video Games||SEGA Saturn||Feb, 1997||87 out of 100||87|
|Video Games||PlayStation||Sep, 1996||87 out of 100||87|
|Coming Soon Magazine||PlayStation||Mar 15, 1997||80|
|GameSpot||PlayStation||Dec 01, 1996||7.5 out of 10||75|
|All Game Guide||PlayStation||1998||60|
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