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Gameplanet (Sep 19, 2003)
If you are an American Football fan and are anxious for a game for the new season, then this is definitely one to play. It is without doubt the best Madden game to date with a whole host of goodies to keep even the most hardcore occupied till next year to say the least. The problem is, can the game get any better? We certainly thought last years was something special, but when another comes along with even more improvements it makes you wonder, what else can they do? Only time will tell.
100 (Aug 19, 2003)
In all, Madden 2004 sets a new standard for football simulation games. By letting you move off the field and into the owner's box, the game provides another dose of realism instead of merely upping the polygon count.
GamePro (US) (Aug 12, 2003)
The best gets better. Not content to sit on its?.er, laurels, Madden NFL 2004 raises its game to yet another level. Once again, the road to the videogame Super Bowl leads through the house that John built.
Madden is the deepest football game around. With modes such as Owner's Mode, Franchise Mode, Mini-Camp Mode, Playmaker Control, Classic Team Editor, Madden 101, the new and improved create-a-team, and playbook editor, it really has much to offer. The only thing it needs is online play for Xbox Live. Madden NFL 2004 is so good, that you really don't need online play, just playing the actual game by yourself is the best thing you could do. It just might be one of the best sports games ever. You will be playing this game forever, well, at least until next year's edition.
It’s hard to say whether Madden outdoes Sega’s ESPN Football 2K4 until we’ve had a chance to compare them – but Madden has set the bar high and as the only franchise with a college football counterpart this year, Madden has the advantage.
Deeko (2003)
I may not be the biggest fan of video game sports titles, but I know a quality game when I see it... and Madden 2004 is just that. With so many fantastic features having been added to this years version, once can only wonder what next year will have in store. Nearly every facet of the game is flawless, truly capturing the feel of running and playing in the NFL. It's a lot of fun and you'd be hard pressed not to like it. One of the best Madden titles yet (had they gotten rid of his commentary, it would have been the best one yet)! Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. It will not disappoint.
IGN (Aug 11, 2003)
Madden NFL 2004 isn't just the best football game this year, it's the best football game this generation of systems. It's the game that will satisfy even the most hardcore, while bringing back those gamers who, for whatever reasons, felt the last few versions of the series simply didn't live up to the legacy of the brand. The game introduces the two best new features found in football games since the Franchise mode, as Owner mode would be a fun game on its own, and Playmaker control is simply the most useful new gameplay tool introduced into the mix in many a year.
GameZone (Sep 04, 2003)
Madden 2004 is better than 2003 and 2002 when they came out. If there was anytime to purchase Madden for the first time, it’s now as this is by far the best of the bunch. The Xbox version would have received a higher score if it allowed on-line play, but as of now that’s solely reserved for the PS2 version.
Armchair Empire, The (Aug 28, 2003)
Madden 2004 is one of the most in-depth and enjoyable football titles to have ever hit the market, with the exception to Joe Montana 94. Sorry, but that’s the greatest game of all time. If you’re a huge football fan such as myself, or even casual sports gamer, this is the one title to buy by years end. The amount of replay is simply amazing and never before seen in previous football titles. Madden 2004 is a strong statement by the EA Sports team that they aren’t merely sellouts, and still have what it takes to create a great game.
91 (Sep 20, 2003)
Nachdem EA mangels Spiel im Jahre 2002 die Krone an NFL Fever abgeben musste, hält die Neuauflage der Madden-Serie dieses Jahr (zumindest derzeit) das Zepter mit eiserner Hand fest. Allerdings muss man sagen, dass die grafischen Veränderungen sowie die neuen Features wie Playmaker und die erweiterte Franchise sich hauptsächlich an Hardcore-Fans der Sportart richten.Gelegenheitsspieler und Multiplayer-Fanatiker sollten sich überlegen, ob sie einen Kauf tätigen sollten. Denn für die bietet sich eigentlich nichts weltbewegend Neues. Und da Microsofts NFL Fever 2004 inklusive Xbox Live-Support in den Startlöchern steht, findet Ihr dort evtl. eine lohnenswertere Alternative. Doch trotz allem ist und bleibt die Madden-Serie auch in diesem Jahr eine feste Größe, an der die Konkurrenz erst einmal vorbei kommen muss.
91 (Oct 08, 2003)
Madden NFL 2004 wird der Bezeichnung "Sport-Simulation" mehr als gerecht. Kein einfaches Sportspiel mehr, sondern eine klasse, weil äußerst realitätsnahe Umsetzung des Football-Sports mit all seinen Facetten. Mit frischem Gameplay, großartiger optischer Präsentation und aufgrund des durch den neuen Owner-Modus breiteren spielerischen Umfangs stürmt Madden gewaltig nach vorne und erobert den Genrethron. Footballfans müssen zugreifen, alle anderen Sportfans sollten unbedingt die Demo anspielen, es lohnt sich! Ob FIFA, NHL oder NBA mithalten können wird sich noch zeigen, momentan ist Madden freilich das Maß aller Dinge im Genre. Schade nur, dass lediglich eine Saison lang kostenlos absolviert werden kann beim Online Service von EA.
Madden 2004 is not as much a game as it is an experience, and almost a religious experience at that. "If it's in the game, it's in the game" is not just a catch phrase. For Tiburon and EA Sports, it's a way of life.
TalkXbox (Feb 13, 2005)
Final world on Madden NFL 2004: the best football game on the market. With the addition of Playmaker controls, Owner Mode, custom sound tracks, and much more, it is clear that Madden has set a new high for games to follow. Although there was a bug with importing draft classes into Madden, this year’s version is a very good game and lives up to what Madden should bring to the table every year!
Game Revolution (Aug, 2003)
As bad of an omen as it is to have Michael Vick on the cover of your football game, EA has managed to keep from tripping up on any details in this year's Madden while adding some major new features. There is more virtual football reality available in this game than you could ever hope to find on TV, in the newspapers or on the internet. The lack of online play is a disappointment, but even so, this is a great football game and comes highly recommended to Xbox football fans.
GameSpot (Aug 11, 2003)
Unfortunately, the Xbox and GameCube versions of Madden NFL 2004 don't have any sort of online play, but that really doesn't detract much from how great Madden NFL 2004 really is. All the new features have been integrated so well into the preexisting framework that it seems like they've always been there. Indeed, you might wonder how you even played previous games in the series without the playmaker controls. Moreover, the owner mode and this year's minor gameplay tweaks make Madden NFL 2004 a must-have football game, regardless of which platform you own.
Extreme Gamer (Sep 14, 2003)
Madden 2004 is a great game that is based on making as realistic a football game as possible. Everything from the playcalling to firing your lazy offensive coordinator gives you total control over how your team performs. Unless you have no friends and online capability is required, I highly recommend it.
GameSpy (Aug 13, 2003)
There's lots more I could say about Madden NFL 2004. The "clock acceleration" feature means you can play through 10-minute quarters in a reasonable time and end up with reasonable stats. "Madden Cards" add replay value with lots of unlockable bonuses, and the tools necessary to create your own team have been significantly improved from years past. There's plenty more, but the best praise I can give Madden 2004: it's the NFL game to beat this year, and unless the upcoming ESPN Football completely surprises us (which, from what we've seen, isn't going to happen), Madden 2004 is the game I'll still be playing well into the playoffs next year. And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go lobby Larry Flynt for a new stadium.
This shall be an interesting football year. Madden 2004 is the first one out of the gate and overall it is pretty darn good. I am excited to see the changes Sega and Microsoft have made in their football franchises to see if they are better. There are 2 things those games don't have though: the new Owner and Playmaker options. Those two things may just put Madden on top for another year in most reviewer's minds. We'll have to see which way my mind goes. As always, Madden is an easy pick-up for those that want it as it does bring enough new things to warrant a purchase over the 2003 version in my mind.
TeamXbox (Aug 25, 2003)
The rest of the gameplay controls pretty much stay the same, which isn’t a bad thing. The only gripe I have is the lack of a fully customizable control scheme. With playing all the various available football games, it becomes a nuisance to get used to each game’s specific control scheme. It would be nice to have the option to remap certain functions to the buttons that you prefer.
85 (Sep 12, 2003)
Pour l'instant, et en attendant de voir ce que donnera NFL Fever 2004, Madden NFL 2004 conserve son titre de meilleure simulation de foot américain. Les nouveaux apports à la série ne sont pas du superflux et on redécouvre complètement les joies de ce sports venu de l'autre côté de l'Atlantique.
Netjak (Aug 27, 2003)
The bottom line here folks, is that Madden has once again set the bar high for its competitors and has flexed its digital muscles. It's gonna be tough for the other three or four football franchises to match Madden on just about any level. Keep it up EA, for Madden is your bread-n-butter.
Boomtown (Oct 10, 2003)
The gameplay has been improved with a couple of new features being added. The owner mode and training mode all add to the overall feel of control in the franchise but the playmaker control adds to the feeling of control in the game. Being able to direct running plays on the field is definitely a bonus and being able to easily change both the defensive and offensive plays at the line allows you to react to your opponent as you would in a real game. The lack of Internet play brings this title down a notch or two as this is a serious omission when Internet gaming is readily available on the Xbox and is provided in the PS2 version. This feature will be provided by rival American Football titles from Sega and Microsoft. We will need to see whether this feature is enough to lure Xbox owners away from an established franchise, which has produced a worthy title yet again.
Madden NFL 2004 continues the proud tradition of providing a good football experience, but the upgrade isn't worthwhile for anyone who has played any of the more recent additions, unless they're diehard NFL fans.