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Auch wenn hinsichtlich der Präsentation noch viel Platz nach oben ist, erstrahlt Madden auf den aktuellen Systemen in frischem Glanz und zeigt deutlich, wieso EA mit dieser Franchise seit 17 Jahren einen Erfolg nach dem anderen feiert. Und wenn das letzte Jahr nicht gewesen wäre, würden sich auch die Versionen für die alten Systeme (von denen Xbox und Cube hierzulande gar nicht erst erscheinen und wieso gehört eigentlich der PC dazu?) trotz optischer Schwächen als empfehlenswert präsentieren.
Game Freaks 365
Madden NFL 08 is the game that should shut up the naysayers and cheer up the disheartened 06 and 07 players. This year's game is the one that is finally worth its weight in cash, the one that will keep you and your friends glued to the television playing fantasy franchise games. It's so much fun to play that the multiplayer greatness we haven't seen since 04 and 05 returns. You will once again be pounding the hell out of each other, laughing, and having a good time. This, my friends, is the way Madden should be.
Now that the next-gen is officially something in the present, it’s safe to say that Madden NFL 08 is the first great Madden game to come out since Madden NFL 2005. Not only that, but now that all the core gameplay is back with new features, Madden is on pace to really improve within the next few years. While it doesn’t have a great presentation, Madden NFL 08 presents itself to be a worthwhile experience. Football is back, and it’s better than ever with Madden 08. It’s available on everything, literally—so there’s no reason to not pick it up.
While it has been difficult to wholeheartedly recommend a Madden football game for a few years, Madden NFL 08 is a significant improvement over the series' past, and has refined the formula in such a way that it actually brings something new to the game. While we're still going to expect incremental upgrades year after year, Madden NFL 08 is a great place to jump in, and just in time for fantasy season.
Video Game Talk
As popular as it is with the gaming community the Madden franchise is very polarizing. People dislike the EA machine and the fact that yearly incarnations often feature minimal improvements doesn't help the matter. The changes made with Madden 08 are very noticeable and you'll feel how they affect the flow of the game. It feels somehow tighter and more refined, yet familiar and user-friendly. The PlayStation 3 version isn't as solid as I would have hoped for but if you're looking for a quality sports game to sink your teeth into this is the one to check out.
Game Informer Magazine
If all this year's Madden did was restore it's feature set, then that alone would hardly be cause for hope. However, by improving the gameplay, it makes it so I'm much more apt to actually play more than one season before putting my controller down. This series isn't out of the woods just yet, but this year lets it be known that Madden's best days aren't behind it.
With the player recognition feature, I have to say this year’s Madden is fantastic. It added a much needed shot in the arm to the gameplay. Playing on strengths and weaknesses is essential to making the right plays to win the Super Bowl. Other than that, some other newer features make nice upgrades to the complex Madden franchise. Football fans will absolutely love what EA has in store for them but the PS3 might not be the best version across all the platforms due to poor framerate stability.
John Madden football has been a part of my life for nearly half the years I’ve been alive. Like any old friend, it’s been a combination of annoying, comforting, fun, and frustrating. The good news is that this old friend seems to be trying to change for the better, at least on the 360 (and almost assuredly on the PS3 … eventually) and that’s great. Even with its questionable A.I., I bought it every year for eighteen years, which is either a testament to top notch branding or my own stubbornness, and it’s always provided me with hours of entertainment (if a few broken controllers). So, you can imagine how excited I am by the future of the madden franchise on next gen systems. All that's left is for Madden to apply for a credit card, buy a pack of cigs, show up for jury duty, and get a damn job, you lazy bum.