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As a combination Raiders and Cowboys fan (strange mix, I know), I'm not very excited about the upcoming football season. With Gannon at QB, the Raiders are destined to always do well in the regular season and choke miserably in the playoffs, while the Cowboys routinely stack up pretty evenly with teams like the Lincoln High School Trojans of Stockton, California.
Stock up the fridge, pay the electric bill in advance, and kiss your significant other good-bye. Madden NFL 2004 is a feature-packed football powerhouse that's going to keep you housebound for the duration of the NFL season.
After playing NCAA Football 2004, I thought that there was no way any football game released this year would be better than that game, and was I ever wrong! From the minute I booted up my Playstation 2, I was amazed to see what Tiburon did to their most acclaimed franchise! Madden 2004 is not only one of the best games I have played all year, but it is the best football game I have ever played. All of the newest additions to this year’s game makes the whole game feel extremely real! If you love games, and especially football, buy this game immediately!
Digital Entertainment News (den)
Overall the improvements in this year's Madden are enough to keep any fan interested and is by far the best work put out by EA games. All the old features are kept or improved, the new features work seamlessly to greatly give a much fuller experience, and the smack talking and friend humiliating will continue, at least until Madden 2005.
In its 14th season, the Madden franchise has been marked by most gamers as the top in pro football. How does Madden NFL 2004 fare in comparison to previous Madden titles? Every year, the graphics in Madden have been given a boost, and this year is no exception. However, graphics don’t always make a game, and they will go to waste if not supported by good gameplay. So what possible features can Electronic Arts add to their already well-defined football play? The answer is a playmaker control, EA’s revolutionary new feature which allows the player to control members of the team during pre-snap, during the play, and blocking. How does this improve the game? Continue reading, and you’ll find out.
Dear Electronic Arts and Tiburon: I know that you’re a couple of companies that need income just like any other businesses or people in the world. But you do think you could take ONE year off to give my former friend NFL 2K..rather, ESPN NFL Football a chance to catch up. You see, you just never give them a chance, what with your adding new features and gameplay ideas, I feel bad for my people at Sega, you’ve forced them to try so hard. Now I’ve had to leave them all together in order to play your criminally addictive franchise, online play, and mini-camps. Please, I’ve been with Sega since the Dreamcast, let me have a chance with them again.
In the NFL, players and teams will do almost anything to be number one. Former Redskins hog Joe Jacoby once said, "I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl." Upon hearing this, former Raider Matt Millen replied, "To win, I'd run over Joe's mom, too."
Madden NFL 2004 covers nearly every facet of professional football, but what makes this year's entry in the series so special is the fact that it ties all its components together seamlessly.
Madden NFL 2004 wird der Bezeichnung "Sport-Simulation" mehr als gerecht. Kein einfaches Sportspiel mehr, sondern eine klasse, weil äußerst realitätsnahe Umsetzung des Football-Sports mit all seinen Facetten. Mit frischem Gameplay, großartiger optischer Präsentation und aufgrund des durch den neuen Owner-Modus breiteren spielerischen Umfangs stürmt Madden gewaltig nach vorne und erobert den Genrethron. Footballfans müssen zugreifen, alle anderen Sportfans sollten unbedingt die Demo anspielen, es lohnt sich! Ob FIFA, NHL oder NBA mithalten können wird sich noch zeigen, momentan ist Madden freilich das Maß aller Dinge im Genre. Schade nur, dass lediglich eine Saison lang kostenlos absolviert werden kann beim Online Service von EA.
The Video Game Critic
Even after all these years, it's still the game to beat. Although Madden is available for all systems, I chose the PS2 version because I think the controller is better suited for sports games. NOTE: The Madden curse lives on! Just ask Madden 2004 coverboy Michael Vick, who broke his leg in preseason!
Clearly, if you like the Madden Series, then this game will appeal to you. For the casual football fan, this game is fun as well, because it’s great to play as your favorite team and attempt to get to the big game. At the very least, it’s definitely worth a rent, if you can find it. I consider myself lucky to have found it, because it’ll probably be the top selling football game this year. So it’s fun, even for me, the RPG geek. I bet you’ll like it too.
Auch dieses Jahr kann die Madden-Serie ihre angestammte Position auf Platz 1 der American Football-Spiele verteidigen. Zwar gibt es -wie jedes Jahr- im Prinzip nur kleine Änderungen zu finden. Doch vor allem das neue Playmaker-Feature und der ausgebaute Franchise-Modus dürften bei Hardcore-Fans der auch hierzulande immer populärer werdenden Sportart für Freude sorgen. Gelegenheitsspieler und Fans von Multiplayer-Sessions sollten sich allerdings überlegen, ob sie sich nur für den Playmaker die aktuelle Auflage zulegen. Denn ansonsten hat sich für die im spielerischen Kern nichts geändert. In diesem Zusammenhang ist es äußerst bedauerlich, dass der angekündigte Online-Modus nicht den Sprung nach Europa geschafft hat. Grafik, Sound, KI und der ganze technische Rest befinden sich auf einem gewohnt hohen Niveau, was im Endeffekt allerdings nicht gerade überrascht.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Even though Madden 2004 doesn’t take a huge leap forward visually or aurally, the improved artificial intelligence and realistic gameplay make for a football simulation like no other. In addition, the new owner’s box adds astonishing depth and replayability to a franchise mode that is already dangerously addictive, while the playmaker controls only serve to better immerse the player in the experience. Gamers will inevitably ask themselves if it is worth upgrading to the latest installment of Madden, and the answer this year is a resounding “yes.”
It doesn’t seem like EA Sports has done much with the series ever since it appeared on the PS2 and to be honest, each and every entry since Madden 2001 has felt like a thinly disguised expansion pack sold at a retail game price point. Each year adds new features but the minor additions make me wonder whether the $50 that gamers are willing to pay each and every year is justified. Perhaps I’m just getting a little jaded, or maybe the luster of the series is starting to wear off, but the 2004 entry in the series just isn’t as appealing to me anymore and in fact, the series has dropped from “Must Buy” status to “Buy if there’s nothing else worth getting” status. Not that Madden 2004 isn’t a great game, it’s just that it’s more of the same and unless that’s OK with you, you might want to hesitate a bit before running out to pick this one up.
Toujours sans véritable concurrent sur PS2, Madden NFL 2004 conserve son titre de meilleure simulation de foot américain sur cette console. Les nouveaux apports à la série ne sont pas du superflux et on redécouvre complètement les joies de ce sports venu de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique.
Old and tired? Yes. Still the best overall football game on the market? Yes. NFL wise, anyways. NCAA wipes the floor with this game and I’m almost ashamed to say that NFL GameDay 2004 is a more entertaining game, if only for a change of pace. The Franchise/Owner mode is still insanely addictive and better than anything else out there, but the gameplays just starting to feel to "been there, done that."
Si les quelques progrès au niveau de la réalisation ne surprendront personne de la part de EA Sports, les quelques innovations du gameplay ne pourront que séduire les puristes et font de ce Madden NFL 2004 un référence pour tout amateur de ce sport méconnu en France.
Madden simply will not excite unless you happen to be a NFL nut. It's too deep to pick up and play, on this side of the Atlantic at least and it doesn't have the exuberance of NFL Blitz to keep you looking at the screen long enough to finish a match, let alone a season. You can't say that it's a bad game, however, in fact it's just the opposite; the control system is intuitive and fluid, it's nicely customisable, and it has no major problems. Little more can be said. If you're into NFL, this has a friendlier feel than 2k3, with more emphasis on the playmaking and is much more realistic than Blitz. Along with in-depth training, ownership and trading modes this is about as complete as it gets and has the potential to be one of the most played titles in your collection. If you can get your head round it, that is.