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Madden's only N64 competition, NFL Quarterback Club, hasn't arrived in reviewable form yet, but it would be a huge upset if QB Club ends up being a superior product. As Keyshawn Johnson might say, "Just buy the damn game!" There probably won't be a better-playing football title than Madden 64 for at least another season.
Although it has a few flaws, Madden 64 is still the best football simulation on the Nintendo 64. Ironically, the most realistic NFL simulation on the market lacks an NFL license, held exclusively by Quarterback Club 98. Still, I urge football fans to buy this title, unless having the real NFL teams and logos (this game does have the real NFLPA players) is of supreme importance to them.
I believe that Madden 64 would be the best football game on the N64 if it had the NFL licensed teams and logos. You may not think it's important, but it really is, since most people have favorite teams, not just favorite players. The speed is good, gameplay is solid and intuitive, and it's a great show from beginning to end. It could use more personality, like plays specialized for each specific team and a lot more action between the plays (hey, look at all the statues!), but almost every sports game could use more spirit. If you're a football gamer that wants a great show along with a realistic football playing experience, you won't be disappointed here. It's easy to look at both Madden 64 and NFL QBClub 98 and think one game is better than the other. I strongly recommend renting both of them at the same time if you truly want to be objective and judge them both fairly.
Fotoball-Freunde können sich auf zwei echte Highlights für ihr N64 freuen. Beide Spiele bieten eine gute Präsentation und eine ausgezeichnete Spielbarkeit. Madden Football 64 ist in punkto Bedienung ein wenig unkomplizierter gehalten und insgesamt etwas schneller, weshalb es sich denjenigen empfiehlt, die auch reine Dynamik stehen. Wer hingegen wirklich tief in die Welt des American Football eintauchen möchte, sollte zu dem vielseitigeren und anspruchsvolleren NFL Quarterback Club '98 greifen.
Nintendo Power Magazine
It's a fun game, but it's notable for what it's missing rather than what's included. Definitely the best Madden ever.
Fans of the Madden series will definitely be in heaven with the newest, smartest, and most beefy version of the Madden line ever produced. Fans of football, video game technology, better gameplay, and official versions of things: take a look at NFL Quarterback Club '98.
Just Games Retro
Overall, Madden 64 isn’t a terrible game, but it is certainly below-average. What ultimately sank it, though, was the competition; around this same time, Acclaim released NFL Quarterback Club ’98, which featured the complete NFL license and high-res graphics, and this game couldn’t compete. However, it’s not a horrible first effort on a new console, and at least EA would learn from its early mistakes.