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All that said, Madden NFL 2006 is the football game to get this year. It is far and away the most cerebral sports title ever released, forcing both the offensive and defensive coordination to methodically attack each other in order to achieve their respective goals. Careful and well thought out strategy is the name of the game, much more so than relying on frantic, on the field playmaking. The additions of the vision cone, Truck Stick, Superstar mode (among other new features) are key in making Madden NFL 2006 quite different from last year, and a much better experience. So realistic you can practically smell the jockstrap funk, this year's version of Madden is simply not to be missed.
So once again, there are new features with Madden NFL 06, but really, it almost feels like the same game from a year ago. Is this review going to sway you one way or another? Probably not. But I hope it does give you an idea of what you’re spending your money on. Either way, Madden NFL 06 is one of the best football games you can buy today... until the Xbox 360 version comes out.
Game Informer Magazine
This series may have shown signs of exhaustion last season, but EA has finally turned things around, creating what I feel is one of the best entries yet.
Madden 06 is a must buy for any Xbox gamer who’s a football fan. Trust me, anyone who decides to pick this one up won’t be taking it out of their console anytime soon. It delivers with an innovative new mode of play and superb in-game additions. The overall presentation is drastically improved as well, and Madden 06 has the best soundtrack of any EA Sports game to date. If you were worried that EA wouldn’t deliver because of the lack of competition, put your worries to rest; this game is a good buy for both the casual and the hardcore football fan.
Next Level Gaming
Instead of resting on its laurels, the Madden franchise takes a big step forward with Madden 06. My expectations were kept at a minimum at first, but the game washed away the doubts after I spent some quality time with it. Madden 06 has definitely taken the Madden franchise to the next level.
Armchair Empire, The
Give EA credit for putting out the superior product everybody feared they might not put out with the exclusive NFL license. This is definitely a great football game, even though it could reach a hall-of-fame level of excellence with better presentation values particularly in the announcing booth and by possibly using the ESPN license it confiscated from 2K Sports and replicating the ESPN studio analysis that was part of ESPN 2K5). Superior controls and artificial intellect go a long way to making this a quality simulation of NFL football on the field. Another great franchise mode and online play with a multi-faceted selection of modes (including tournaments) give Madden enough Pro Bowl-level features to once again win over its own legion of fans and also fans of the departed NFL 2K franchise.
Ist Madden NFL 06 das beste derzeit am Markt erhältliche American Football-Spiel? Zweifellos! Und damit hat man sich auch dieses Jahr wieder den Award verdient! Doch angesichts der Lizenz-Exklusivität scheint man sich auf den in den letzten 15 Jahren wohl verdienten Lorbeeren etwas auszuruhen. Denn wenn man bedenkt, dass die aktuelle Ausgabe der langlebigen Sportspiel-Serie vermutlich die letzte Inkarnation auf gegenwärtigen Konsolen darstellt, sind die Änderungen bei weitem nicht so tief greifend wie in vergangenen Jahren.
“Madden 2006” is a great game of football packaged inside a solid videogame. Say what you will about EA and their checkbook. Say what you will about the NFL and their decision to sell the exclusive rights. Say what you will about the merits of competition. But please, don’t say the guys and gals at Tiburon rested on their laurels this year. They don’t control EA’s money or the NFL’s rights. They handled the one thing they had control over…the product. No matter what you think about the other players in this game, tip your helmet to the folks at Tiburon. They did their job and they did it well.
I see Madden NFL 06 as a fitting ending to EA’s football tenure on this-gen Xbox. Overall, it’s the best football game they have made to date, but it’s hard to gauge how it has advanced compared to the competition, for as previously mentioned, there is no competition. While I personally feel that competition in capitalism breeds stronger products for consumers, it doesn’t appear that EA rolled over and played dead just because they were the only kid on the block. In fact, quite the opposite seems true. In the context of the situation (last year for the current Xbox, no competition), EA has done a fine job with Madden NFL 06. Fine enough (in conjunction with the silly Alexander demo) to get me psyched about EA’s Xbox 360 offerings.
While there's no denying that Madden NFL 06 is better than the previous versions, this year's big additions don't quite live up to the expectations placed upon them. Although it's true that the QB Vision system changes the game dramatically, it's not always for the better, especially when you're still trying to learn how to use it properly. If you can get over the steep learning curve (and trust me, it's a doozy), you'll probably learn to love it, as it makes the game feel much more realistic. If not, just turn it off and go back to playing the way you always have. Still, you've got to give EA credit for trying to improve their product. After all, isn't better to reach for the stars and fall short than not to reach at all?
If you like to play licensed NFL football games, then Madden NFL 06 is your only choice this year. It is a good game that has some new features that will keep you coming back for more months on end.
Cheat Code Central
Madden 2006 is a great game of football and while most of us game journalists say that every year, this time it's true. For the first time in years, the game has been redesigned which completely alters the gameplay at its core. Tiburon appears not to be satisfied with just creating an entertaining representation of video football but to advance the realism so that the experience brings players that much closer to what it feels like being on the gridiron. They've succeeded. 2006 is a must buy for most Madden faithful.
Overall, Madden NFL ’06 is the best football game on the market. Electronic Arts took an amazing product, and instead of slacking off, they added a bunch of things to make this the most addictive Madden yet. However, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of learning the QB Vision, and the lack of depth in NFL Superstar mode makes it look not so attractive, then by all means, save yourself some money and just buy yourself last year’s version. But don’t worry EA, the millions of hardcore Madden fans will continue to buy each year’s installment of your wonderful football game.
Game Informer Magazine
The growing of this franchise sounds inevitable, but one only has to remember last year's Madden to know that this isn't always the case. Although the series could certainly improve some gameplay problems here and there, we're not only seeing its betterment with this year's installment, we're seeing real growth. Whether it's the first steps of an online franchise via your EA Locker or your life as the equivalent to Budweiser's Leon in NFL Superstar, Madden's exploration of new areas is not to be missed.
It's evident that Tiburon was really pushing the limit as far as experimenting with the vision cone and realism. The game might just take a tiny step over the line of being too real. There's a reason why only a select few are able to play in the NFL and make difficult reads and such. We gamers want to enjoy that thrill, just not with the frustration that can go along with it. The learning curve is higher this year, but once you get use to everything and become comfortable, the game really shines. EA hasn't disappointed with the exclusive license and that's definitely a plus. Keep in mind that Madden '06 is also set to debut with the Xbox 360. So if you plan on getting a 360, you might want to see what EA can do on the next-gen systems. This is definitely a great game to get your football fix for the real NFL season. Nothing beats it.
EA ist mit Madden NFL 06 eine gewohnt routinierte Fortsetzung ihrer erfolgreichen Serie gelungen. Doch Madden 06 ist sicher für Profis eine kleine Offenbarung und ohnehin ein Must-Have-Titel, Einsteiger hingegen sollten vielleicht doch lieber entweder probezocken, oder sich zu allererst eine ältere Version, welche schon zum Budget-Preis zu haben ist, zulegen. Sonst besteht die Gefahr € 60,- für ein Spiel ausgegeben zu haben, welches dann aufgrund seiner Thematik und Komplexität vielleicht keinen Spaß macht.
It's likely Tiburon did a little experimentation on this, the last Madden released before the next gen systems drop, to test out some ideas. In the first year where Madden is all we get when it comes to licensed pro football, I was expecting more. But then again, maybe EA's exclusivity with the NFL will hamper their annual improvements, being that their only opponent this year is what, Blitz? A franchise that became so enjoyable and successful like this one will incidentally force itself under a microscope to be revered or criticized when any radical change occurs.
In the first year of exclusivity EA and Tiburon have somewhat dropped the ball, but Madden 06 is still a fantastic game to play. The additions of the Vision Cone passing and Superstar mode are great ideas, but they are just not implemented correctly. Madden 06 is still a great game, it is just that the gameplay additions like the Truck stick and offensive line options might not give a person enough reason to pick this game up. I hope this game on the Xbox 360 is an improvement over this last major entry into the current generation of consoles. If Tiburon can do enough different it may see a change in opinion about the NFL exclusivity deal from the vast legion of videogame sports fans. This is still a great game and it is the only licensed NFL game out there whether you like it or not.
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Overall, the first year of the exclusive deal with the NFL didn’t exactly pan out as well as many gamers would’ve hoped. While the inclusion of the vision cones and the concept of the Superstar mode were creative ideas, the actual implementation of the features ranged from inconvenient to improperly constructed. It’s somewhat disappointing considering that this is essentially the same game as Madden 2005 with the lone exception of these two main features, and although you can somewhat deal with some of the hiccups that 06 presents, these tweaks aren’t as radical as those that have been made in previous years.
Et bien voilà, John Madden réalise encore une sacrée performance avec la série qu'il sponsorise. L'édition 2006 reprend le meilleur de l'opus 2005 et y ajoute suffisamment de nouveautés en terme de gameplay et de modes de jeux pour entretenir la flamme du football et la faire briller encore un an, jusqu'à Madden 07.
Many people expected more from EA when they were granted the exclusive NFL License, but after playing many games with this new title, I can see that EA is trying to stay committed and as close to the NFL as you can get without actually being tackled by 300-pound linemen. But one glaring problem that seems to face Madden is the A.I., specifically the blocking. If EA can manage to fix these problems so that Madden can start out with a bang on the next-gen consoles, than I’m sure EA will have one hell of a football game. We all hope they can deliver.
For as great as Madden NFL 06 is overall, you can't help but be at least somewhat disappointed by the game as a whole, if only because of how frequently superb the franchise has been in recent years. Many of the things that make Madden consistently enjoyable are front and center yet again, but the justification for buying this newest Madden--if you already own last year's game--is tough to find. The new passing cone can be enjoyable, though it's definitely the kind of thing that will certainly be better and more refined in the years to come. It's a bit of a pain as it is now. And the superstar mode, while excellent in concept, simply fails to deliver an engaging experience. And in the absence of these two things, what you effectively have is Madden NFL 2005, with a few very subtle changes and some problems that weren't originally there.
Game Freaks 365
If Madden is your yearly pick up, by all means go out and get it. You'll be receiving more of what you've grown to enjoy, but only aggravated by the QB Vision. Just because this is your only alternative for NFL this year doesn't mean you need to buy it. ESPN 2K5 is much better than Madden 06 and is only about $10 now. If you want something new however, go out and buy NCAA 06, also from EA, which runs circles around this year's Madden. Race for the Heisman and the presentation alone are well worth the money. Madden really needs to step up its game next year if they want to justify being the NFL exclusive for the next ten years.
Madden NFL 2006 biedt alles aan wat je van een titel als deze kan verwachten. Het enige wat eraan ontbreekt is iets nieuws of beter gezegd: iets nieuws wat de moeite waard is. Staat de vorige Madden al in je kast? Laat dit spel dan maar links liggen, tenzij je graag twee keer hetzelfde spel bezit. Ben je echter benieuwd naar de topper der footballgames, en vind je Madden 2005 nergens meer goedkoop in de winkels? Dan mag je deze Madden NFL 2006 zeker overwegen als een goed alternatief. Los van alle context is dit spel zeker een 9 waard. Helaas kunnen we er niet naast kijken dat Madden 2006 gewoon niet genoeg vernieuwing brengt in vergelijking met zijn voorganger, en dus zich tevreden moet stellen met de huidige score.
For now, Madden NFL 06 remains a comprehensive game of football. Its gameplay, while not entirely benefitted from the new features, remains as sharp as a tack, and the presentation is still the best this current generation has seen. The Superstar Mode also has its moments that will keep you glued to your player's progression, and the additional modes and customization features will probably bury you in your living room months after your wife leaves you. This whole thing has taught me a valuable lesson- you can't really judge a book by its cover. Just because EA has the only NFL game in town doesn't mean it shouldn't be a good one. Fortunately for us, it is.
If you are a diehard Madden fan, then it won't really matter much what this review says. But if you are undecided about getting the game, I would highly recommend renting it first. It is not a bad game, but I really don't see but a few differences from last year's incarnation, and of those, there really isn't anything I couldn't live without. If this is the future of the NFL in videogames, consider me a retro gamer.
Overall, Madden 2006 is not the huge advancement many might expect from a new year and especially a year when they are the only game in town, but the game still plays solid, the rosters are updated, and the new modes may appeal to those coming over from the competition. I just hope with the newly acquired rights to the ESPN license that EA takes full use of it and gives us TV style presentation that we have never witnessed. I'm also curious to see how the Xbox 360 version turns out later this year. For now, if you want football, Madden is your choice, but millions of fans can't be wrong can they?
In the end Madden 06 for the Xbox is typical of the Madden releases on this generation of consoles. It's still basically the same game as before only with some significant tweaks. With the Madden 360 version looming on the horizon, the swan song on the current Xbox is a solid game with some of the same old frustrations combined with some sharp new features. It's still not as good as it should be, but it's good enough to warrant a purchase.
With no online play to be found (even though the US version is fully online enabled) and only minor improvements in gameplay, 06 seems like a step backwards from previous years - which is something of a surprise considering the series' stellar track record. However, despite all of its flaws, despite the fact that the developers clearly all went on vacation at the time of its creation, Madden 06 is still a well-rounded football experience worth a second glance.
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Reasonable amount of improvement to the Madden game can justify the cost to fans, but everyone else might want to wait for the Xbox 360 version, which we suspect saw more of Tiburon's attention than the current generation Madden.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Those who religiously plunk down $50 every year for a new Madden have plenty to do. They'll get just as much out of this edition as they would any of the previous ones. If you're looking for a new experience, you'll be sorely disappointed.