Madden NFL 07 (Windows)

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Cheat Code Central
Madden NFL has been the only game in town for awhile now, but the new additions in NFL 07 make it a must have for serious and casual fans alike. It's Madden like you've never played it before and that's something we haven't said in a long time.
GameStar (Germany)
Beim Vorgänger habe ich den Superstar-Modus noch kritisiert: Warum soll ich mich in Training und Matches reinhängen, wenn's keine Belohnungen gibt? Mit dem steigenden Einfluss aufs Team und - ultimativ - dem Einzug in die Hall of Fame bin ich jetzt bei fast jeder Partie motiviert bis an die Stollenspitzen. Aber auch an Multiplayer-Footballer hat EA Sports gedacht: Die sinnvolle und spaßige Lead-Blocker-Steuerung ermöglicht viele neue Laufspiel-Strategien für das nächste Online-Duell. Auch wenn die Grafik stagniert: Diese Saison lohnt sich der Kauf!
Madden 07 delivers an astonishingly authentic sensory experience that absolutely blows away older versions of the game -- which now look grainy and stilted in contrast -- and even ups the ante on the 06 edition. That Terrell Owens now not only looks like Terrell Owens but also makes TO-styled maneuvers that are clearly distinctive from the personalized moves of Madden 07 cover boy Shaun Alexander will hold much appeal for serious players. Audio, conversely, is unremarkable. On the field, the sounds are on the money. But up in the booth, where Al Michaels seems withdrawn, the news is not as good; Madden is absurdly obvious, and the stadium announcer consistently interferes with both commentators.
Die gute Nachricht gleich vorweg: Die 360-Fassung von Madden NFL 07 ist nicht mehr so stark kastriert wie im letzten Jahr. Trotzdem müssen sich Xbox-User immer noch mit deutlich weniger Inhalt als PS2- und PC-Besitzer zufrieden geben - und das obwohl sie für ihr Footballglück am tiefsten in die Tasche greifen. Mangels grundlegender Neuerungen werden sich aber wohl auch PS2- und PC-User fragen, warum das neuste Madden nicht als kostengünstiges Add-On, sondern als Vollpreistitel in die Läden kommt. Na ja, die Konkurrenz wurde erfolgreich eliminiert, Preiskämpfe sind nicht mehr nötig und der Druck von außen, sich ständig zu verbessern, gehört der Vergangenheit an. Schade für die Fans, schade für den Football. Versteht mich nicht falsch, Madden ist nach wie vor eine grundsolide Simulation, mit der Fans und Neueinsteiger nicht viel falsch machen.
Madden NFL 07 ist eine Football Neuauflage mit guten, aber viel zu wenigen Verbesserungen. Während echte Fans der Serie vermutlich in jeder noch so kleinen Gameplay Optimierung einen Grund für eine Neuanschaffung sehen, können Gelegenheitsspieler beruhigt ein Jahr aussetzen und auf Madden 08 warten. Wer bisher kein Madden besitzt oder sich mit der abgespeckten Xbox 360 Version begnügen musste, sollte dagegen zugreifen. Madden NFL 07 ist eine gelungene Simulation des Sports, die jedoch als Vollpreisupdate zu wenig Neues bietet!
In the end, Madden NFL 07 is an improvement on the series. With some new running features and an Xbox 360 version worth the price of admission, it seems EA is trying to prove that they still care about improving their game, even without competition. Sadly, the 360 version fell short of what was expected of it, and the current-gen versions are still superior. If you plan to play Madden '07 until next year's version comes out, you'd be better off getting it for the PS2 or another current-gen console in order to get the most features available in the franchise mode, allowing you to play the game longer. However, if you plan on picking it up just to have a football game to play on and off, by all means get it for the 360. It's not perfect, but the better graphics and better online play make up for the shortcomings-as long as you aren't looking for a huge franchise mode.
While the inclusion of NFL Network mode and the redone Superstar mode reinvigorates the game, Madden NFL 07 still features so many of the same bugs and issues from previous years that should've been fixed a while ago. Considering that many of the gameplay features are extremely mild remixes of previously included gameplay options, this year's Madden comes across as a solid title, but one that's starting to show its age.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
As you can see, a lot went in to this year's Madden game, and it gives gamers a lot of stuff to wrap their hands around. The Lead Blocking adds an all-new dimension to the game, the Superstar Mode lets you live the life of a NFL player, and the countless number of options and features add up to hours upon hours of enjoyment. You would think that sooner or later, EA Sports would run out of ideas for a football game, but each year they manage to come up with something new. Madden NFL 07 is definitely an improvement to the series, not as much as some may like, but it is still an improvement.
PC Powerplay
Schon bei Madden NFL 06 habe ich mich über die geringen Fortschritte beschwert, und jetzt unterbietet die 07er-Version das sogar noch. Dabei ist die Football-Simulation noch lange nicht perfekt, denn KI sowie Franchise- und Hall-of-Fame-Modus sind beispielsweise noch ausbaufähig. Football-Kenner können sich trotzdem auf eine sehr gute Simulation freuen, die dank der gewissenhaft umgesetzten, vielfältigen Spielzüge die taktische Tiefe der Sportart eindrucksvoll einfängt.
Auch wenn ich viel zu meckern habe, bleibt Madden NFL 07 nach wie vor eine erstklassige Simulation. Nur ist es so, dass in der Vergangenheit die Neuerungen von Jahr zu Jahr sparsamer ausgefallen sind. Aber seitdem EA ein Monopol auf die NFL-Rechte besitzt haben die Entwickler anscheinend mit aller Gewalt die Notbremse bei der Weiterentwicklung der Serie gezogen. Eigentlich völlig unverständlich und für Fans des Footballsports ziemlich schade. Ich kann auch nicht erkennen, warum sich Besitzer des Vorgängers die Neuauflage zulegen sollten. Das habe ich in der Vergangenheit schon immer gefragt, aber in diesem Jahr gibt's nun wirklich keinen Grund für ein paar Extras nochmals Geld auszugeben. EA konnte sich nicht einmal dazu durchringen Madden NFL 07 als preisgünstigen Titel anzubieten, sondern verlangt den ganz normalen Vollpreis. Also überlegt es euch, ob ihr die aktuelle Madden-Version haben müsst. Unser Tipp: Greift lieber zur 06er Version.
If you were disappointed in the Xbox 360 version of Madden NFL 07 and the PC version is an option to you, don't hesitate to grab it. Despite the fact that Madden still has its warts and its share of oddball design decisions, this is the best version of Madden in years -- and the PC showcases it more than any other platform.
As much fun as this can be, if given the choice between the PC version and the consoles, the consoles win out. The bumps in the PC game, the graphical failings just make this a much more laborious game to play though, in fairness, the game is still quite fun to play.
If you don't already own a version then this is certainly the best version to appear so far. There's nothing really wrong with it, although there's a few things that would have been good to see – upgraded game engine, new kicking method and so on, which appear in the console versions. It's possible that these will appear in next year’s edition. If you don't own Madden and you're keen to get into the NFL games then this is the one to get. It might be better to wait for next year’s inevitable edition to hopefully get the benefit of the newer game engine.
It's not without its problems but it is good to see EA outsource a new proven PC team in HeadGateStudios to do the behind the scenes work as the game was in dire need of some attention behind the scenes. Features PC fans have been requesting for years have arrived, making 07 PC a very well rounded game. In fact the array of small features and enhancements, particularly in the actual gameplay, have really summed up to create a very playable game. It's a shame it has taken EA so long to finally give the PC gamers something to be excited over, but hopefully 07 is a sign EA are becoming a little more serious about their PC audience.
Though PC owners aren't likely to be thrilled at the small number of changes they're getting with this year's Madden, compared with practically all the home-console versions, there's still enough new and different about Madden 07 to make it worthwhile. Features like the new running and blocking controls, as well as the improved superstar mode, are enough to keep the experience reasonably fresh. Still, if you own any of the home-console systems that Madden appears on this year, the PC version probably shouldn't be your first choice.