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Those that have turned their back after the relatively poor showing of the previous titles can safely return and for those NFL fans that have yet to try this franchise, then you could not have hoped for a better introduction. Although for those that have no idea about NFL and haven't seen a game before, then either start watching (Five and Sky Sports cover the televised games in the UK) or try before you buy. One thing that can hardly be denied though is that Madden NFL 09, is the best American Football game out and the best in the franchises 20 year history.
Without a doubt, Madden 09 is still a day-one purchase for gridiron junkies. We’ll happily play all season long, during which we’ll invent a thousand more reasons to love and hate it all at the same time. No matter what, though, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t a tad disappointed that this year’s version didn’t make the same jump we’d gotten accustomed to the last two years. We were ready for the ’73 Dolphins, but got the ’84 ‘Fins instead.
In its defense, however, portable versions of Madden have never been as big as the console ones, likely because lack of storage and other hardware limitations. That being said, Madden NFL 09 can be a lot of fun and is a good way to get your football fix on the road. Just don't expect much from it.
As a stand alone single player game this is not a bad outing, however the online really takes some of the shine away, add to that the PSP version has nothing to make you want it over the Wii and PS3 versions, this game is more of a sad second place rather
It may have felt as though I was constantly bringing up last year's game, but that's because Madden 09 basically feels like you're playing Madden 08. The Rookie Mode is a good idea as far as helping get newcomers into the game, but the problem is that the majority of the "new" features in this year's game spring directly from that mode. That doesn't really push the title forward; it only places a mildly new spin on the pre-existing formula. It's still a decent game for fans to play, but if you were looking for a big leap forward for the portable version in the 20th edition of the franchise, you're not going to find it here.
If you are looking for a portable version of the PS3 or 360 versions of Madden 09, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Madden NFL 09 on the PSP is a good game with its share of oversights and flaws. But it is the only NFL game on the PSP. So if you just have to play football with your favorite NFL team, Madden NFL 09 is the only game for you.
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For those who have taken a hiatus from the Madden series during the past couple of years, the PSP version of NFL 09 is the perfect opportunity to jump back into all the excitement and variety of game modes the franchise has to offer on the handheld version. If you already own last year's installment, Madden 07, or even the latest NCAA Football title and don't absolutely need to own every single EA football title on the market, you may want to skip this year and wait until something really groundbreaking comes out. It's disappointing to give a somewhat negative review to an otherwise good game.
For us, we'd rather see something different, a bunch of innovative modes that set the PSP Madden apart from the rest, and unfortunately, Rookie controls aren't enough. This is where EA needs to deliver a story mode or some sort of trivia game, something exciting we can't find anyplace else. Sure, Madden NFL 09 plays good (that's expected), but it feels too similar to Madden games of old and like a $39.99 roster update. For that kind of cash, we need more enticing content. However, if all you want is a cool football game to play in transit, this year's Madden is a neat, pint-sized version of its big brother.
Pocket Gamer UK
Twenty years at the top and Madden is faltering badly – this 'update' offers little in terms of new content and should only be considered if you've passed on the previous PSP instalments.