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For the most part, they've succeeded and the complaints are mostly quirky stuff. The addition of a robust online mode should silence critics of how Nintendo has promoted their Web services. Who cares about using my Wii to listen to MP3s and read e-mail when I can play Madden against my friends online? I would say, "Just like back in the old days," but we weren't doing much online gaming in 1995. So many things have changed in gaming since then, but Madden continues to be a strong brand that delights and surprises. As a lesson in how easily a game's fortunes can turn, I'll leave you with the memory of another game we were playing on the Sega Genesis along with Madden '95: Altered Beast. Nowadays you can download that game through the Wii Store as a historical curiosity of "classic gaming." Madden manages to be both a classic and an innovator, which is something you don't see much of in gaming or any other form of entertainment.
We may not know much about the NFL, but we do know that Madden NFL 08 is a fantastic game. The Wii version may have far fewer polygons than its 360 and PS3 counterparts, although it does have its really enjoyable motion controls and a generous amount of party games. Thanks to its forward-thinking progress, this years Madden is certainly a big hit with us.
Once again, let me just say. WOW! What a game! I have played Madden on PlayStation and Xbox and this is by far the most fun and interactive way to truly enjoy this game. Every second of the game when I discovered something new with a move or just used the move to perfection I got really excited and was ready for the next play to see what I could do next. This was by far the most fun I have ever had reviewing or playing a video game.
Finally, the inclusion of the much welcome online support has arrived. Having a very easy to navigate lobby to arrange games and a live sports ticker giving you updates sports news whenever you play.
It comes down to this; Madden 08 offers more, but sacrifices polish along the way. Overall it’s a better package than 07, as it has more to do, far more depth, vastly superior multiplayer both online and locally, and a new way to play in family mode. For core football fans, however, you’ll find a stronger game of pure football in Madden 08 for 360, as it’s one of the best Maddens in years. The Wii version is still a great game, it just suffers from a few key “last generation” downsides, and that’s something that simply can’t be tolerated. It’s still worth your cash, still a damn solid game of football, but there’s definite room for growth in 09.
Sinnvolle Erweiterungen der Steurungsmechaniken, Familienmodus, Mini-Spiele samt Mii-Einbindung, Online-Duelle - die Wii-Version ist auf einem verdammt guten Weg, muss für das nächste Jahr aber deutliche grafische Verbesserungen mitbringen.
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.
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Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a great game. The new additions to the title are innovative and impact the gameplay positively. Online play will prove to be a boon for Wii owners, the Party mode helps make the title stand out on this console, and the high quality graphics make it competitive with the other versions. This is not a game that all hardcore football fans will enjoy as the other platforms prove to be deeper. However, regardless of whether you like sports or not, casual gamers and entire families will be able to enjoy many fun hours with this title. Madden NFL 08 by EA Sports is the undisputed football champion and the sport title by which I will judge all others. EA has done a great job developing for the Wii because its Madden games utilize the unique characteristics of the system in innovative ways. They don't just feel like a ported afterthought.
Madden NFL 07 for the Nintendo Wii is a great game. Even though this game has its fair share of glitches and the graphics engine is not updated, it still remains a blast to play. The inclusion of all of the multiplayer modes is a great treat and will make this a game not to leave your Nintendo Wii for some time.
If you're new to Madden, content with last year's game, or someone who plans to do most of their playing against the computer, go with 07. It's a comparably inferior product, but it can be had at less than half the price and comes without some of 08's disappointments. There are no glitches in 07, the screen is less busy, and the passing icons are normal sized. If you can live with a weaker defense and the lack of online play, there's nothing wrong with living in the past.
Overall, if you can get over the graphics and don’t mind doing some tinkering with the gameplay sliders, you’ll have a great time playing Madden NFL 08 on the Wii, and it is especially great for those who aren’t expert console footballers thanks in part to the new Family Play feature. Now…let’s just work on improving the graphics, fix the crazy interceptions and add some online league functionality and everyone will be happy!
The game’s presentation might not show it, but beneath the rusty yet serviceable hood lies an engine firing on most of its cylinders. Madden NFL 08 isn’t the quantum leap that last year’s version was, but in most respects, it’s better. A new dimension has been added to the game with the advent of online Madden for Wii, and the title’s new features should make it more appealing to gamers who don’t purchase every year’s Madden installment. Most importantly, it plays a darn good game of football.
Those who enjoyed Madden NFL 07 for the Wii will undoubtedly appreciate what Madden NFL 08 has to offer. There is more content here and the new stuff that's been added does manage to enhance the overall package quite well. The controls, which were very good to begin with, have benefited from the tweaks that the developers have applied in Madden NFL 08. Graphically it still looks like you're playing a PlayStation 2 game and that's very disappointing. In fact the presentation of the game on the whole really needs to be bought up to date and not simply mimic the look of last generation Madden NFL games. In terms of content and how it plays though, Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a great game and one that makes good use of the console's unique control scheme.
Updated rosters, trivia, and the Family Play options make this reachable by all and all should reach for it if you don't have it this late into the season. This version has taken some strides ahead of '07, and it makes sense to have it.
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo)
A very fun and solid football simulator that has everything a football fan could crave. Wii controls draw players into the game more than before, though some sensitivity issues arise from the Wii's control scheme options for certain actions (like kicking). Visuals are below expectations, which is something EA needs to work on more in the next version. Soundtrack is pretty good and can get one pumped up now and then. Online mode is flawed and needs attention, otherwise it is an excellent addition for a Wii title. Some features were cut from the Wii version that the other platforms have, which is a shame, but overall the title is rewarding.
Don't purchase Madden NFL 08 expecting beautiful visuals and slick looking menus. Buy it because you crave a more interactive experience as well as modes that you can't find in the other versions. With 22 mini games, trivia and fun controls, this gridiron giant runs the pigskin into the end zone.
All in all Madden 08 on the Wii is a great title. Though it doesn’t look as flash as its next gen counter parts, the functionality of the Wii controls makes the title feel more next gen. Though it has the odd glitch and bug, those who can look pass this will find the game to be highly rewarding. A definite buy for veterans, providing hours upon hours of joy, but maybe people who are new to the game should look to hire it from the local video store to see if it's their cup of tea.
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It doesn’t have the total package that Madden NFL 08 on the Xbox 360 brings, but nonetheless the Wii version of the only NFL football videogame around certainly succeeds in giving Wii gamers an excellent football game. Albeit with the expected graphical inferiority along with blockheaded AI that would have a hard time scoring a one on the Wonderlic test. Still, with the hard-to-master, fun-to-learn Wiimote controls and some Wii-centric offerings such as the trivia and Party mode, Madden NFL 08 on the Wii finds the end zone more often than not as a very good NFL football videogame.
In the end, Madden NFL 08 is a good game with lots of options, game modes, features and a very appreciable attention to detail. The addition of online, even though rough around the edges is certainly a welcome addition and the rest of the multiplayer including the party games will certainly guarantee a lot of hours spent around the game. The graphics are still last-gen unfortunately, but the time EA didn’t spend working on them, they spent on the controls which are very responsive, refined and intuitive. A good game for NFL fans and who knows, it looks like newcomers may enjoy it too.
In the end, Madden NFL 08 has its share of flaws but ultimately is a great game because of the new features added and because of how much fun its predecessor was to play. Save for a few glitches here and there, little of what made last year's game so enjoyable has been lost here. The addition of the party mode and online play also gives you even more ways to enjoy it. You can't call Madden NFL 08 as impressive a game as its predecessor, but it would have been hard for it to improve without totally revamping the play experience again. As it is, it's a great follow-up with a few quirks that are mostly forgivable. For fans of last year's game, or those curious for the first time about football on the Wii, Madden 08 is worth checking out.
Madden NFL 08 for the Wii is a solid follow-up to last year's game, but still not quite where we'd like it to be. Last year's game impressed us with its innovative control scheme, which really embraced the possibilities made available by the Wii remote. Considering the strong debut we saw last year, we're not quite as impressed by what's been added to the experience. This is still a very fun package, and the addition of online play makes it well worth a purchase by any Wii-owning football fan that's psyched up for another year of NFL action.
The other difference is that the Wii is the only edition of the game that offers full commentary from Sunday Night Football stars John Madden and Al Michaels. It gets repetitive and sometimes the commentary doesn't quite match the action on the field, but it fits with the more casual, less hardcore style EA seems to be going for on Nintendo's more family friendly console. Madden NFL '08 on the Wii isn't the prettiest or fanciest version of the game, but it is the friendliest and that makes it worth a look for NFL fans looking to play some video game football.
Middle East Gamers (MEgamers)
Along with all roster updates, new party games, improved graphics and more Wii gesture based controls, is the most noticeable addition of this year's version which is the online multiplayer mode. Last year's madden was a noteworthy debut of the series in a new console, but the lack of online multiplayer was a major drawback. This time around, EA has carried out what has been left out due to the rush to make Madden '07 a Wii's release line-up title. But here we are having one of the most complete online multiplayer enabled games in the Wii's archive.
Video Game Talk
If you're a football fan, it's hard to not enjoy Madden 08 for the Wii, as it offers an outstanding blend of deep game modes and player involvement, with the Wii controls bringing you as close to the NFL as you will likely ever come. While there are certainly improvements to the presentation that could and should be made to the series, as an actual gaming experience, it's tremendous fun, and the addition of an easy-to-use online mode and enjoyable party modes make it a football game that fits the Wii mold of fun for all. Now EA owes us an NHL title for the Wii.
While Madden NFL 08 is definitely a good game, it's pretty much the Wii's version of what Madden NFL 07 was to Madden NFL 06 on the Xbox 360. It's just the same game with a few updates here and there with nothing else really added. Now, that's actually a good thing, because last year's game actually had most of the modes intact. However way you look at it, Madden is still fun and is a definite reccommendation for Wii owners looking to really define the title of "armchair quarterback."
Overall, EA have continued their yearly cycle of innovation followed by consolidation. Last year's innovative controls have now been shored up with a few consolidatory features this time around. The addition of an online mode is the only aspect of Madden 08 that breaks this mould, and EA are to be praised for this. A couple of years back you could not have expected the Wii version of Madden to put up a fight against the other next generation consoles. However, it's combination of robust gesture controls and none too shabby online play make it hard to ignore. The addition of the family-friendly controls is possibly the winning feature for those of us who want to include our offspring in the football action.
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Overall, Madden 08 on the Wii is still a good game. The controls, though unchanged from last year's entry, work very well on the Wii. The addition of online play is huge, and the Party mode and Family Play make the game playable to newbies, though may be annoying space-fillers to experienced Madden players. The game still is not much to look at, however, and still does not even come close to the other next-gen versions in terms of options, creating players and teams, etc. If you're new to the series and looking for some fun, go pick this one up, but if you're a hardcore Maddenite, I'd recommend going with one of the other two next-gen versions.
While this newest iteration of Madden still has its share of problems (the occasionally wonky A.I., a penchant for going on binge with certain penalty calls—I had a game where there were four 15-yard facemask calls in a quarter, then it wasn't called again for three days—and a few minor control issues), the game seems to be moving in the right direction as a whole. After a few seasons where people actually preferred the last gen version over the game on newer consoles, Madden 08 on the Wii provides a taste of what gamers can expect in their football simulation over the next few years. It doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it does provide a solid football experience.
Madden NFL 08 may not be the audacious playmaker we all hoped it would be, but it certainly talks a decent game and will keep fans of the previous iteration more than happy. Hopefully next year EA can overhaul the graphics engine and improve the CPU intelligence. If they do, then we’ll be looking at one of the finest representations of America's favourite sport ever created. In the meantime, Madden NFL 08 is certainly worth picking up should you hanker for more Gridiron action.
Presentation issues aside, Madden NFL 08 plays a great game of American football, one that allows for the casual fans of the sport to have just as much fun as those who have been following it for years. The brilliant control scheme is even more immersive and responsive than last year and the amount of game modes available is truly second to none. There really is a wealth of options for all types of gamers to get stuck into, be it the accessible but hugely fun mini-games or the incredibly in-depth Franchise mode. Online mode will also come as a welcome if slightly disappointing addition for most gamers. Now, if only EA can get the presentation and animations up to scratch, we could eventually have one of the leading sports titles on the Wii on our hands.
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.
The problem is that they haven’t invested nearly as much time in the game that exists underneath the control scheme. The AI, the playbooks, and the presentation are still inexorably rooted in the PS2 design that might have been compelling four years ago but which is now really starting to show its age. For all the creativity of the motion controls, it becomes painfully apparent that this Madden engine was originally designed for button pushing and not arm waving. There’s definitely fun to be had with Madden NFL 08. Online, a wealth of mini-games, and the user-friendly Family Play mode are all welcome additions, but none of them really change the basic fact that this is an old game with a shiny new coat of paint on it. Madden NFL 08 is a marginally better game than last year’s, but it’s still got a long way to go to fully realize the potential hinted at with the motion controls.
Aside from that, though, Wii owners are once again getting stuck with the short end of the stick. While Xbox 360 and PS3 owners get a slick upgrade over Madden '07, Wii owners get a mediocre and lackluster version. Diehard fans and series n00bs alike should avoid the Wii version, as it's inferior in just about every single way.
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Considering the unorthodox controls and lack of features, It's hard to recommend the Wii version of Madden if you own any other game console.
For most sports gamers, the Wii is little more than a novelty; an amusing yet insubstantial distraction that can't keep pace with the big new-gen hitters. The latest version of Madden is further evidence. While the Xbox 360 version of the game kicked off a "best Madden ever?" argument in the office, the same game on the Wii is so full of flaws that whatever joy you'll get out of the motion controls and countless gameplay modes (it's got lots) is quickly doused by shoddy defensive A.I. and other tiny issues that are evident throughout.