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100
This is a great year to be a football video game fan. We are treated to two fine football games, but I would have to give the edge to Madden this year. Madden 2005 is more fun to play, and it has a more enjoyable all-around experience. All of the defensive changes made for this year make for a very interesting game. Madden 2005 is definitely the best game in the Madden franchise, and quite possibly the best football game to date.
100
PlayStation 2UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Aug 16, 2004)
This is a great year to be a football video game fan. We are treated to two fine football games, but I would have to give the edge to Madden this year. Madden 2005 is more fun to play, and it has a more enjoyable all-around experience. All of the defensive changes made for this year make for a very interesting game. Madden 2005 is definitely the best game in the Madden franchise, and quite possibly the best football game to date.
100
XboxGamePro (US) (Aug 10, 2004)
Each season Madden NFL holds courts as the elite of the video game football league. This year even though the competition is fewer (no NFL GameDay or NFL Fever), it?s gotten tougher (ESPN NFL 2K5); and Madden NFL 2005 muscles up to compete in fine form.
100
XboxGameSpy (Aug 06, 2004)
There's a battle afoot on the gridiron, as two fearsome competitors fight it out in the trenches. No, they're not trying to get precious yards for a first down or a hail mary into the end zone, they're duking it out to get your hard earned money. ESPN NFL 2K5 stepped up to the line first, releasing their game two weeks before the originally scheduled date, and with a low price that's hard for most people to resist. On the other side of the line of scrimmage is Madden NFL 2005, the latest entry in the most popular sports franchise in the history of video games. So who deserves to pocket your cash? At the end of four grueling quarters, Madden NFL 2005 walks off the field as the winner, thanks to some of the best gameplay ever seen in a football game.
100
PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Aug 13, 2004)
Each season Madden NFL holds courts as the elite of the video game football league. This year even though the competition is fewer (no NFL GameDay or NFL Fever), it?s gotten tougher (ESPN NFL 2K5); and Madden NFL 2005 muscles up to compete in fine form.
100
PlayStation 2GameSpy (Aug 06, 2004)
There's a battle afoot on the gridiron, as two fearsome competitors fight it out in the trenches. No, they're not trying to get precious yards for a first down or a hail mary into the end zone, they're duking it out to get your hard earned money. ESPN NFL 2K5 stepped up to the line first, releasing their game two weeks before the originally scheduled date, and with a low price that's hard for most people to resist. On the other side of the line of scrimmage is Madden NFL 2005, the latest entry in the most popular sports franchise in the history of video games. So who deserves to pocket your cash? At the end of four grueling quarters, Madden NFL 2005 walks off the field as the winner, thanks to some of the best gameplay ever seen in a football game.
95
XboxDreamStation.cc (Nov 11, 2004)
In conclusion, if you are a Madden-ite, no matter what I say in this review, you’ve already bought the game. For those of us that are looking for the one best football game each year, Madden isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close, and it’s definitely the top football game for 2005.
95
PlayStation 2Stuff Magazine / stuff.tv (Aug 11, 2004)
For those raised in caves, under rocks and Idaho militia compounds, here's a little Madden background: It's one of the best football sports sims ever made, now get back in your hole! The amount of detail put into this game, now in its 15th year, has been astounding for the past few years and is now creeping up on ludicrous. Last year Hot Routes was the main innovation; this time it's all about the D. The new Hit Stick function lets you go for bone-shattering tackles. For control freaks, you're two button clicks away from pinching down the defensive line, reassigning a safety to double down on your opponent's primary receiver or bringing all your DBs into bump-and-run coverage. The only things EA left out are a THG steroid upgrade and a button combo that makes your star running back throw away untold millions so he can smoke some reefer and eat Cheetos!
95
PlayStation 2DreamStation.cc (Nov 11, 2004)
In conclusion, if you are a Madden-ite, no matter what I say in this review, you’ve already bought the game. For those of us that are looking for the one best football game each year, Madden isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close, and it’s definitely the top football game for 2005.
95
XboxKombo.com (Aug 14, 2004)
Still, when a popular, high-profile series makes a new release every year, pop-culture has most gamers pondering even more about the decision to shell out the fifty bucks to pay for possibly a near-exact title. Rest assured, the amount of features and improvements in Madden NFL 2005 will surprise even the biggest football enthusiast or typical hardcore Madden player. Surprising in itself? With the series’ track record every year – not at all.
95
XboxGameZone (Aug 27, 2004)
Oh, EA Sports . . . how do you do it? Each year you make us pro football fans excited about the next Madden NFL game and each year we gladly surrender to its hype because we know we won’t be disappointed. This year Madden NFL 2005 is going up against its biggest competitor, Sega’s ESPN NFL 2005 for a battle to win over fans of the video gridiron. As a sport gamer obsessed with both games, it’s time to see which of the two really stands out as the very best.
95
XboxIGN (Aug 05, 2004)
In one year, EA Sports has done more to right the wrongs of Maddens gameplay past than in any time in the illustrious series' history. Play Madden NFL 2005 once, and you might notice the big hits and how aware all of the defenders are on the gridiron. Play it five times and you'll realize how defensive hot routes completely even out the field and that for the first time, maybe in any football game, it's not just fun, it's actually meaningful to D-up. Play the game 20 times and you really start to appreciate the brilliance behind the All-Madden engine.
95
PlayStation 2IGN (Aug 05, 2004)
In one year, EA Sports has done more to right the wrongs of Madden's gameplay past than in any time in the illustrious series' history. Play Madden NFL 2005 once, and you might notice the big hits and how aware all of the defenders are on the gridiron. Play it five times and you'll realize how defensive hot routes completely even out the field and that for the first time, maybe in any football game, it's not just fun, it's actually meaningful to D-up. Play the game 20 times and you really start to appreciate the brilliance behind the All-Madden engine.
94
GameCubeIGN (Aug 05, 2004)
In one year, EA Sports has done more to right the wrongs of Madden's gameplay past than in any time in the illustrious series' history. Play Madden NFL 2005 once, and you might notice the big hits and how aware all of the defenders are on the gridiron. Play it five times and you'll realize how defensive hot routes completely even out the field and that for the first time, maybe in any football game, it's not just fun, it's actually meaningful to D-up. Play the game 20 times and you really start to appreciate the brilliance behind the All-Madden engine.
94
PlayStation 2Gaming Target (Aug 20, 2004)
Facing perhaps the trickiest competition in years thanks to the brilliant ESPN NFL 2K5, John Madden Football has returned with Madden NFL 2005. While incredible praise and acclaim for Sega’s game might have put a slight damper on Madden’s hype machine, EA’s flagship franchise is here, and is better than ever, as you’d expect. But is that enough this year, when Sega has attacked not only with the most realistic game in the series yet, but also a more wallet-friendly price tag? In all honesty, yes – if you’re a Madden fan.
93
XboxWham! gaming (Aug 22, 2004)
While there are lots of competitors, there quite simply just isn't another football game that stands up to the standard Madden sets. If you love the NFL, you'll love Madden 2005.
93
PlayStation 2Wham! gaming (Aug 22, 2004)
While there are lots of competitors, there quite simply just isn't another football game that stands up to the standard Madden sets. If you love the NFL, you'll love Madden 2005.
93
PlayStation 2GameZone (Aug 17, 2004)
It is hard to believe that the Madden Franchise is already fifteen years old, and that every year EA Sports releases an update version upon the gaming world. Each year Tiburon manages to impress me with all of the new gameplay updates, graphics, and new features in their newest game. This year it is no different, Madden 2005 has tons of new features that will keep you up late at night, trying to get that “last touchdown” before sleep finally consumes you. Needless to say, you should pick up this latest iteration of Madden 2005 as soon as you can, because your PlayStation 2 will thank you for it.
92
XboxGamingTrend (2005)
If you must have only one NFL football game, I say spend the $50 on Madden NFL 2005. I think you will find yourself playing it for far longer than you would the $20 ESPN NFL 2K5. The best thing you can do this year is to get both though.
92
XboxTeamXbox (Aug 09, 2004)
So who comes out on top; Madden or ESPN? It honestly does lie within each player’s preferences and what exactly they are looking for in a football game. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. One thing can be said for certain, Madden will always look, feel and play like the Madden franchise we have come to expect and accept. Madden NFL 2005 is no different than any of its predecessors in style and feel, but there are a bunch of new features, including Xbox Live, that do quite well to push the franchise forward. Personally, I really enjoy the authenticity and realism involved with Madden’s superior AI and gameplay feel. The hardcore Madden fans will love the subtle tweaks, fixes and upgrades throughout the entire game, and newcomers are in for a treat as Madden NFL 2005 is easily the best version of the game since its inception years and years ago. Madden is truly on a level all by itself, and it’s been quite some time since I’ve said that.
92
XboxGame Over Online (Aug 25, 2004)
Don’t get me wrong, because Madden 2005 is easily the deepest version of the successful franchise yet. A radically expansive franchise mode and an incredibly reactive defensive control scheme combine to make one of the best updates to a football game to date. Like usual, Madden usually sets a standard for other titles to follow, and the attention to the defense side of the game should be the new benchmark for other games to follow. Whether you’re a hardcore fan or a newcomer to the sport, you should make sure that you get your hands on Madden 2005.
92
PlayStation 2Worth Playing (Aug 31, 2004)
Year after year, companies constantly bring out sequels, some outdoing their predecessors while others are only on par, and in a few cases, the sequels are considered worse. In its fifteenth year, Madden is at it again, returning with new improvements and features. As Madden would say, "He was waiting for something to develop, and bam he got developed." The Collector's Edition of Madden 2005 can't demonstrate this quote any better.
92
PlayStation 2Game Over Online (Aug 25, 2004)
Madden. One word sums up the most dominating franchise in video game history. Forget Mario, forget Sonic and to hell with Crash. The sheer scale of Madden has obliterated every other series to become the largest phenomenon the gaming world has ever seen. Don’t believe me? Take these three facts into consideration: 1.) The recent announcement of more than 1.35 million (that’s right, million) copies of Madden NFL 2005 were sold in the first week alone.
91
GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Aug, 2004)
Das alles zusammen mit den üblichen Updates, einer sehr viel direkteren Präsentation der Managing-Werkzeuge und dem neuen Create-A-Fan-Modus ist uns einen Winner wert!
91
PlayStation 24Players.de (Sep 25, 2004)
Es ist kaum zu glauben: In der mittlerweile 15-jährigen Geschichte der Serie hat EA es von Jahr zu Jahr geschafft, sich zu steigern. Dies ist auch mit Madden NFL 2005 nicht anders: Vor allem die Schübe in der Offensiv- und besonders in der Defensiv-KI sind bemerkenswert. Nimmt man dazu noch den mit „Storyline Central“ stark aufgewerteten Franchise-Modus und die erweiterten Steuerungsmöglichkeiten –die Einsteiger allerdings überfordern- zeigt sich Madden stark wie noch nie. Einzig die Präsentation hängt immer noch hinter den Kollegen von ESPN zurück. Und auch das Fehlen eines Online-Modus werden viele schmerzlich vermissen. Doch sei es wie es ist: Wer sich nur ein bisschen für American Football interessiert, sollte sich Madden NFL 2005 unbedingt zulegen – selbst, wenn schon ein Vorgängermodell im Schrank steht. Und wer keine Berührungsängste mit dem brachialen Rasenschach hat, findet mit dem Titel einen guten Einstieg.
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GameCube4Players.de (Sep 25, 2004)
Es ist kaum zu glauben: In der mittlerweile 15-jährigen Geschichte der Serie hat EA es von Jahr zu Jahr geschafft, sich zu steigern. Dies ist auch mit Madden NFL 2005 nicht anders: Vor allem die Schübe in der Offensiv- und besonders in der Defensiv-KI sind bemerkenswert. Nimmt man dazu noch den mit „Storyline Central“ stark aufgewerteten Franchise-Modus und die erweiterten Steuerungsmöglichkeiten –die Einsteiger allerdings überfordern- zeigt sich Madden stark wie noch nie. Einzig die Präsentation hängt immer noch hinter den Kollegen von ESPN zurück. Und auch das Fehlen eines Online-Modus werden viele schmerzlich vermissen. Doch sei es wie es ist: Wer sich nur ein bisschen für American Football interessiert, sollte sich Madden NFL 2005 unbedingt zulegen – selbst, wenn schon ein Vorgängermodell im Schrank steht. Und wer keine Berührungsängste mit dem brachialen Rasenschach hat, findet mit dem Titel einen guten Einstieg.
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Xbox4Players.de (Sep 25, 2004)
Es ist kaum zu glauben: In der mittlerweile 15-jährigen Geschichte der Serie hat EA es von Jahr zu Jahr geschafft, sich zu steigern. Dies ist auch mit Madden NFL 2005 nicht anders: Vor allem die Schübe in der Offensiv- und besonders in der Defensiv-KI sind bemerkenswert. Nimmt man dazu noch den mit „Storyline Central“ stark aufgewerteten Franchise-Modus und die erweiterten Steuerungsmöglichkeiten –die Einsteiger allerdings überfordern- zeigt sich Madden stark wie noch nie. Einzig die Präsentation hängt immer noch hinter den Kollegen von ESPN zurück. Und auch das Fehlen eines Online-Modus werden viele schmerzlich vermissen. Doch sei es wie es ist: Wer sich nur ein bisschen für American Football interessiert, sollte sich Madden NFL 2005 unbedingt zulegen – selbst, wenn schon ein Vorgängermodell im Schrank steht. Und wer keine Berührungsängste mit dem brachialen Rasenschach hat, findet mit dem Titel einen guten Einstieg.
91
XboxGame Revolution (Aug, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 marks yet another excellent entry into the famous series, but doesn?t deviate much from the path laid out by Madden NFL 2004. It actually offers less new material than ESPN NFL 2K5, which struck a chord with its VIP system and Weekly Prep. However, Madden?s gameplay is more consistent and more solid than ESPN?s, especially in terms of playbook depth and passing, and ultimately that?s what distinguishes the champ from the challenger.
91
XboxXbox World Australia (XWA) (Sep 25, 2004)
Despite the fact that some areas feel reused from 2004, and for some inexplicable reason Xbox Live support was left out of the PAL version, there is no doubt that Madden 2005 deserves its reputation as one of the premier sport titles available. If you love NFL gaming, don't wait, grab Madden 2005 now.
91
XboxGame Vortex (2004)
So is it worth getting Madden NFL 2005? Yes, the new defensive adjustments, along with the addition of online play, make this year’s version a must have for any football fan. So if it’s a must have, why did you score it lower than in year’s past? The overall presentation was really upsetting to me. Namely, the poor commentary. I think the Storyline Central idea is something to build on for the future, but this year, I think it’s more of a joke than anything.
91
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Sep 14, 2004)
The franchise mode now includes the element of player morale, but an unfortunate side effect is that they tend to whine a lot. Between weeks you can read articles from newspapers (local and national) and even listen to a radio talk show. Madden's past domination is being challenged this year by ESPN 2K5, but this venerable series can still holds its own.
91
GameCubeN-Zone (Nov 08, 2004)
Da das GameCube-Pad etwas weniger Buttons als das PS2-Pad zu bieten hat, wirkt die Steuerung zunächst sehr anspruchsvoll, fast schon überladen. Aber dieses technische Hindernis hat man schnell überwunden und nach einer kurzen Einspielzeit hat man die neuen Features verinnerlicht und steuert seine Figuren sicher übers Spielfeld. Abwechslungsreiches Gameplay, tolle Spielbarkeit und der absolut überzeugende Umfang bekommen von mir einen dicken Daumenzeig nach oben. Probleme macht mir jetzt nur noch die KI der CPU-gesteuerten Sportler. Die gehen nämlich noch aggressiver als im Vorjahr vor und lassen jede Partie zum spannenden Match werden. Da kann ich selbst über die Präsentation hinwegsehen. Die ist zwar sehr gut gelungen, kann aber nicht ganz mit Segas fernsehreifer NFL 2K-Serie mithalten.
91
PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Aug, 2004)
There’s a fine line between being confident and being cocky, a fact proven most recently by the fall of Roy Jones, Jr. The man who was once the greatest fighter in the world wound up kissing the canvas thanks to a solid punch by a hungrier opponent, revealing once and for all that being a champion takes more than past accomplishments: it takes poise under pressure and a watchful eye on the competition.
90
GameCubeGamesmania.de (Nov 02, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 bietet durch die neuen Defense Finessen und den stark aufgewerteten Franchise Modus durchaus interessante Verbesserungen. Selbst Besitzer des Vorgängers sollten über die Anschaffung der Neuauflage nachdenken - alle anderen Football-Fans müssen sich das Spiel ohnehin schnappen! Der gelungene Online-Modus für PC, PS2 und XBox wird für alle angebundenen Spieler ein zusätzlicher Motivationsschub sein.
90
XboxGamesmania.de (Nov 02, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 bietet durch die neuen Defense Finessen und den stark aufgewerteten Franchise Modus durchaus interessante Verbesserungen. Selbst Besitzer des Vorgängers sollten über die Anschaffung der Neuauflage nachdenken - alle anderen Football-Fans müssen sich das Spiel ohnehin schnappen! Der gelungene Online-Modus für PC, PS2 und XBox wird für alle angebundenen Spieler ein zusätzlicher Motivationsschub sein.
90
PlayStation 2Gamesmania.de (Nov 02, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 bietet durch die neuen Defense Finessen und den stark aufgewerteten Franchise Modus durchaus interessante Verbesserungen. Selbst Besitzer des Vorgängers sollten über die Anschaffung der Neuauflage nachdenken - alle anderen Football-Fans müssen sich das Spiel ohnehin schnappen! Der gelungene Online-Modus für PC, PS2 und XBox wird für alle angebundenen Spieler ein zusätzlicher Motivationsschub sein.
90
WindowsGamesmania.de (Nov 02, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 bietet durch die neuen Defense Finessen und den stark aufgewerteten Franchise Modus durchaus interessante Verbesserungen. Selbst Besitzer des Vorgängers sollten über die Anschaffung der Neuauflage nachdenken - alle anderen Football-Fans müssen sich das Spiel ohnehin schnappen! Der gelungene Online-Modus für PC, PS2 und XBox wird für alle angebundenen Spieler ein zusätzlicher Motivationsschub sein.
90
XboxLawrence (Aug 19, 2004)
After you get used to the new defensive era of Madden, the game plays very well. It still retains that fun factor you've always known and loved. Although its franchise mode dives deeper than ESPN, the feature set doesn't suck you in and make you want to return as much as ESPN's cohesive package. If you are a multi-season junkie who wants to wring out every little drop from the coaching sponge, then Madden will be worth the extra $30. It's still a fine game of football.
90
XboxYahoo! Games (Aug 10, 2004)
With Madden and ESPN sitting next to one another on the shelf, the $30 discrepancy might seem like a hurdle. But the defensive additions to this game propel it far ahead of the solid play and sleek presentation of the competition. Madden NFL 2005 is simply a stellar game, and one of the most compelling sporting releases to hit consoles this year.
90
PlayStation 2Futuregamez.net (Sep 21, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 is simply the best NFL game on the market. This game is so good it's no wonder the opposition dropped development of their games. The real disappointment is lack of online gameplay. Still, this is as perfect as NFL has ever been as a video game.
90
PlayStation 2NZGamer (Oct 21, 2004)
If you're after a quick, arcade-style gaming fix, Madden 2005 probably isn't it. This may just be the most complex, sprawling sports release ever, a significant re-tool from the recent years with a welcome defensive focus. Even Madden veterans will take time to get up to speed, and there's a definite intimidation factor for new players. Ultimately, though, the rewards are there in spades. It's tough, it's smart, it's demanding: and as a truly indepth sports title, a mind-and-body combo that'll keep you going to the Superbowl and beyond, Madden's in a class of its own.
90
PlayStation 2Lawrence (Aug 19, 2004)
After you get used to the new defensive era of Madden, the game plays very well. It still retains that fun factor you've always known and loved. Although its franchise mode dives deeper than ESPN, the feature set doesn't suck you in and make you want to return as much as ESPN's cohesive package. If you are a multi-season junkie who wants to wring out every little drop from the coaching sponge, then Madden will be worth the extra $30. It's still a fine game of football.
90
PlayStation 2Yahoo! Games (Aug 10, 2004)
With Madden and ESPN sitting next to one another on the shelf, the $30 discrepancy might seem like a hurdle. But the defensive additions to this game propel it far ahead of the solid play and sleek presentation of the competition. Madden NFL 2005 is simply a stellar game, and one of the most compelling sporting releases to hit consoles this year.
90
PlayStation 2PCMag.com (Nov 16, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 marks the 15th season of this superlative football game series. The biggest change is the addition of the Hit Stick. This feature takes a little getting used to, but it's worthwhile: You use the right thumb stick to deliver big hits on defense that can cause fumbles. Defensive AI has been improved, letting you change defensive assignments on the fly; this innovation goes a long way toward preventing offensive plays caused by a mismatch between defensive and offensive players. As for offense, formation shifts and custom hot routes make good additions to already excellent controls. And to help make decisions in Franchise mode, Storyline Central gives you help from radio host Tony Bruno and local and national newspapers—and that news can directly affect your team.
90
WindowsPC Games (Germany) (Nov 11, 2004)
Mit Ausnahme der wesentlich aggressiveren Defense und dem extra dafür geschaffenen "Hit-Stick" gibt es im Vergleich zum hervorragenden Vorgänger kaum nennenswerte Änderungen.
90
GameCubeGame Over Online (Aug 25, 2004)
Madden. One word sums up the most dominating franchise in video game history. Forget Mario, forget Sonic and to hell with Crash. The sheer scale of Madden has obliterated every other series to become the largest phenomenon the gaming world has ever seen. Don’t believe me? Take these three facts into consideration: 1.) The recent announcement of more than 1.35 million (that’s right, million) copies of Madden NFL 2005 were sold in the first week alone. There are some games that don’t even get up to that number of units sold throughout their entire shelf life. 2.) Rather than go up against the behemoth that is Madden, Microsoft fired their sports division dedicated to NFL Fever, citing its superior quality. 3.) Aside from ESPN 2K5, Madden is the only other pro football title out this year. That’s right, just about every other company ran away from the field this year, leaving an underdog to challenge the undisputed champion.
90
GameCubeGameSpy (Aug 06, 2004)
While it might make your wallet a little bit lighter than its closest competitor, there's very little not to like about Madden NFL 2005. The defense upgrades bring a lot of welcome strategy to the game, and the new AI is simply superb. Its amazingly deep, well thought out franchise mode is the best I've ever seen, while the basic gameplay still can't be beat. If you've got the extra $30, Madden NFL 2005 is a must-have for any football fan. If you don't, get it. You won't be disappointed.
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GameCubeGamePro (US) (Aug 10, 2004)
Each season Madden NFL holds courts as the elite of the video game football league. This year even though the competition is fewer (no NFL GameDay or NFL Fever), it's gotten tougher (ESPN NFL 2K5); and Madden NFL 2005 muscles up to compete in fine form.
90
Xbox1UP (Aug 06, 2004)
Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. EA squeezes out even more nuances to make this year's Madden football better, brighter, and sincerely more interesting than we ever expected. Its new defensive tactics coupled with fluid gameplay make for a superb football experience.
90
XboxGameSpot (Aug 06, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 is still Madden. That is to say, it's another superb game of football that continues Madden's long legacy as one of the best in the business. As the best-selling football franchise on the market for an umpteen number of years, Madden NFL is a name that is known by the masses as representative of some of the best football you can get on a video game console. Last year's Madden NFL 2004, in particular, is revered as one of the best installments EA has ever brought out--which ultimately makes it a tough act to follow. For this year's edition, Madden NFL 2005, defense is the name of the game. Nearly all of the additions and tweaks made to this year's game fall squarely into the realm of defensive football, and they're all great new features.
90
PlayStation 21UP (Aug 06, 2004)
Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. EA squeezes out even more nuances to make this year's Madden football better, brighter, and sincerely more interesting than we ever expected. Its new defensive tactics coupled with fluid gameplay make for a superb football experience.
90
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Aug 06, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 is still Madden. That is to say, it's another superb game of football that continues Madden's long legacy as one of the best in the business. As the best-selling football franchise on the market for an umpteen number of years, Madden NFL is a name that is known by the masses as representative of some of the best football you can get on a video game console. Last year's Madden NFL 2004, in particular, is revered as one of the best installments EA has ever brought out--which ultimately makes it a tough act to follow.
90
XboxXBox Front (Jan 24, 2005)
Es gibt Sportarten, die haben hierzulande eine lange Tradition. Tennis, Fußball oder auch Leichtathletik. Aber es gibt auch Exoten, die zwar mittlerweile eine wachsende Fangemeinde verzeichnen, doch im Gegensatz zu dem großen Sportland jenseits des großen Teichs, wo die jährlichen Finals wie ein Nationalfeiertag zelebriert werden, doch noch eher einen Underdog-Charakter haben. Zu eben jenen Sportarten gehört auch American Football.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Sep 09, 2004)
Most of the problems pointed out with this year's game are just nit-picking. It's a fine effort, and the additions to the game generally improved the overall experience - but it just doesn't feel like enough. Hardcore Madden fans, the ones that play the game daily, year round, will likely be happy with the changes and not miss anything new, because the game never gets old for them. Other people, the ones that buy the game every year but get burnt out after a few months will probably find that this year's game gets old a lot sooner than last year's. For your reference, there's a special collector's edition of Madden 2005 this year, and it's got a couple of classic Madden games from the Genesis and PSone era, but it sold out the first day and I was unable to get my hands on it to review.
88
WindowsGameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2004)
Ein Hoch auf die Madden-Entwickler! Endlich habe ich in der Defensive ausreichend Eingriffsmöglichkeiten, selbst wenn ich einen falschen Spielzug gewählt habe. Das mache die Spiele erheblich spannender. Blöd bloß, dass die Pass-Spiele immer noch viel zu oft zum Sieg führen. Grafisch gibt's kaum noch etwas zu verbessern - die Stadionatmospähre kann selbst NHL nicht mehr toppen.
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GameCubeDigital Entertainment News (den) (Sep 12, 2004)
The NFL draft has also been given a bit of a boost. You can keep tabs on 15 players that you are interested in pursuing and the draft plays out a lot more like the regular NFL draft. Each team is put on the clock and the wheeling and dealing begins. You even get crowd reactions from choices made by the teams. There is also opponent trading of draft picks to move up or down in the draft, something that was noticeably absent from previous versions. It’s all very well put together and gives you the atmosphere of actually being at the draft.
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GameCubeGameZone (Aug 23, 2004)
All over America, Bratwursts are defrosting, belt buckles are loosening, and girlfriends are getting dumped. Yes, it’s that manliest time of the year, the beginning of the football season and the release of the latest installment of the top-selling Madden Football franchise from EA Sports. Spanning four platforms, Madden 2005 should once again be the best-selling game of the year because of its brand name, fantastic gameplay, and its dedicated legion of fans. Madden gets better every year, but some years the jump isn’t quite as high as previous years, making the only real attraction the updated rosters and a few graphical enhancements. Aside from a few improvements, this year happens to be one of those years.
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XboxTalkXbox (Jan 06, 2005)
I think Madden is a great game, but it doesn’t really outshine Sega’s ESPN NFL 2k5. Long time Madden fans should be pretty satisfied with this game, but it feels more evolutionary then revolutionary. The defensive improvements are a step in the right direction, but there needs to be more work on making the game more balanced. I also think that Madden 2005 has much farther to go in graphics, as there was very little change from 2004 to 2005. All in all, this game is good, but there is just not enough there to call it great.
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XboxFragland.net (Nov 09, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 is an extremely detailed sportsgame with impressive depth that will not disappoint the football fan, despite the lack of online options and some smaller issues. The realism and the fun that comes from the endless number of options, the AI and All-Madden mode is combined with excellent animations and an attractive Franchise mode. In short: this is triple A gameplay and a real must-have for gamers who know American football or for those ready to invest a lot of time in it.
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com (Sep 17, 2004)
2005 ne marque pas un vrai renouveau pour la série ce qui n'empêche pas cette dernière de se bonifier avec le temps. Les petits ajouts opérés ça et là rendent le gameplay encore un peu plus profond. Les fans de la NFL sauront apprécier. Les néophytes, eux, pourront toujours tenter de se plonger dans cet enfer dominical, à condition d'avoir à disposition un glossaire regroupant tous les termes techniques.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com (Sep 17, 2004)
2005 ne marque pas un vrai renouveau pour la série ce qui n'empêche pas cette dernière de se bonifier avec le temps. Les petits ajouts opérés ça et là rendent le gameplay encore un peu plus profond. Les fans de la NFL sauront apprécier. Les néophytes, eux, pourront toujours tenter de se plonger dans cet enfer dominical, à condition d'avoir à disposition un glossaire regroupant tous les termes techniques.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com (Sep 17, 2004)
2005 ne marque pas un vrai renouveau pour la série ce qui n'empêche pas cette dernière de se bonifier avec le temps. Les petits ajouts opérés ça et là rendent le gameplay encore un peu plus profond. Les fans de la NFL sauront apprécier. Les néophytes, eux, pourront toujours tenter de se plonger dans cet enfer dominical, à condition d'avoir à disposition un glossaire regroupant tous les termes techniques.
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WindowsGame Watcher (Oct 13, 2004)
Its hard to believe I have been playing Madden football for so many years, going back to the old Super nintendo, to where we are now in sports video games. All fans of pro football should pick this game up, and people who want to give a football fan a great gift, you won't go wrong by giving them Madden 2005.
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XboxGame Freaks 365 (2005)
The lasting impact of Madden is that it's fun to play. The franchise mode gives players a reason to stick around for a bit without online play. Those with online for PS2 and Xbox will be happy and addicted to the disease that is competition. Madden is one game that anyone can pick up and enjoy without any real skill. That is just about the best thing about Madden's fanbase. It is so diverse that you never know who you will be playing online. I recommend that if you want the online experience and familiar control scheme, spend the extra on Madden. With deep gameplay elements however, ESPN is difficult to pass up for its $20 tag. Let's hope Madden doesn't go downhill having any competition next year in the NFL game market.
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365 (Apr 18, 2005)
The lasting impact of Madden is that it's fun to play. The franchise mode gives players a reason to stick around for a bit without online play. Those with online for PS2 and Xbox will be happy and addicted to the disease that is competition. Madden is one game that anyone can pick up and enjoy without any real skill. That is just about the best thing about Madden's fanbase. It is so diverse that you never know who you will be playing online. I recommend that if you want the online experience and familiar control scheme, spend the extra on Madden. With deep gameplay elements however, ESPN is difficult to pass up for its $20 tag. Let's hope Madden doesn't go downhill having any competition next year in the NFL game market.
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WindowsGamigo (Nov 02, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 ist dank der Neuerungen im Defense Bereich, dem erweiterten Spielbuch, den schönen Animationen und dem ebenfalls ausgebauten Franchise Bereich erneut ein Hit für alle American Football Fans. Fans der Reihe werden es auf jeden Fall lieben, wer ansonsten gerne mal bei den Gladiatoren der Neuzeit reinschauen möchte und auch die Liebe zur Taktik mit bringt, sollte Madden eine Chance geben.
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XboxGaming Age (Aug 30, 2004)
Madden 2005 may not be a total revolution over the past years efforts, but the additions added to the game are not just window dressing. The A.I. is better and more competitive, which leads to accurate box scores. The game play is tighter and more responsive. The graphics are good, but really need an overhaul, and the audio is standard fare, with some nice bright spots from Tony Bruno and accurate crowd atmosphere. The attitude of ?if it isn?t broken don?t fix it? should stay in the game play department, but when it comes to presentation and visuals, there is some fixing need to be done if Madden plans to keep their spot on the top of the football dynasty. With all the mixed reviews with some saying ESPN is the best, and some saying Madden is the best, this reviewers money is on Madden this year as to me it is worth the extra 30 dollars for what you do on an off the field. Make your judgments if you must.
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GameCubeGame Revolution (Aug, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 marks yet another excellent entry into the famous series, but doesn’t deviate much from the path laid out by Madden NFL 2004. It actually offers less new material than ESPN NFL 2K5, which struck a chord with its VIP system and Weekly Prep. However, Madden’s gameplay is more consistent and more solid than ESPN’s, especially in terms of playbook depth and passing, and ultimately that’s what distinguishes the champ from the challenger.
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW) (Dec, 2004)
In the console world, Sega’s ESPN sports line is challenging EA Sports' dominance, On the PC, we’re left without any option plays. Don't get us wrong, There’s plenty of good stuff in the latest Madden, but it’s not as juicy as his Thanksgiving turducken. This 15-year veteran scores extra points with its new franchise mode goodies, and although the new gameplay features are welcome, especially the presnap defensive adjustments, there are some odd quirks that detract from the overall experience. Madden 2005 doesn’t make any huge leaps forward in the gameplay experience, but after so many years, firing up the latest Madden game is like putting on your favorite team jersey to watch the Sunday game—it might not smell springtime fresh, but it sure feels comfortable.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK) (Sep 21, 2004)
They're small gripes, but valid ones. But you should see past them, because ultimately, Madden is a sensational game in the literal sense, delivering unparalleled replayability for those with open minds. Americans do sport well, and this is the multi-million dollar spawn of that absolute truism. Don't care about American football? Your loss. Madden 2005 is worth every cent of admission.
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XboxGameplanet (Oct 21, 2004)
At the end of any given Sunday, Madden NFL 2005 is a fantastic game with only a few issues. The graphics and sound, whilst acceptable, aren't anything to write home about, there is still some minor A.I. issues and Xbox Live was excluded from the PAL release. However, if online play is not a must, these things shouldn't stop NFL fans from choosing Madden as their preferred title for the 2004/2005 season.
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XboxOperation Sports (Aug 11, 2004)
The pinball running, even if you can circumvent it much of the time with the Y button, as well as the aging game engine knock this game 10% for me right away. The quick-to-judge reader obviously won’t read this article in its entirety and realize that I believe “Madden” is every bit as good as “ESPN”. I didn’t review both, and both are extremely good games with flaws in different areas. “ESPN” and “Madden” are both 4/5 games for me for different reasons. However, if I had to drop my money on one game this year (and only one game), then that game would be “Madden”…
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XboxGaming Nexus (Aug 20, 2004)
SEGA affirmed what we believed all along, why pay full price for an expansion pack? Madden adds a couple of new features, but none of which are worth the hefty price tag.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com (Oct 16, 2004)
Moins impressionnant visuellement parlant que les versions consoles, demandant un gamepad pour être apprécié à sa juste valeur, cet épisode 2005 est avare en nouveautés mais garde en lui un gameplay complexe bien que riche et subtil à la fois. Les modes Online étant nombreux, vous n'aurez pas à vous en faire pour la durée de vie et si les modes de jeu sont en grande partie communs aux autres titres de la série Sport de EA, ces derniers sont toujours aussi plaisants.
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XboxX-Power (Nov 16, 2004)
De game zit echter ontzettend goed in elkaar, maar het is die ganse clash van culturen die het zo verdomd moeilijk maakt om een score op deze game te plakken. Mijn advies voor deze game, ga naar de videotheek en huur hem is voor een weekendje. Mensen die toch interesse zouden hebben in American Football, maar het liever een tikkeltje sneller en simpeler zien, kan ik ten zeerste NFL Street aanraden. Doe eerst een vergelijkende test alvorens één van deze games aan je collectie toe te voegen.
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WindowsJoystick (French) (Dec, 2004)
Madden NFL 2005 ne révolutionnera pas la série malgré ses nouveautés. Il est par contre indispensable pour quiconque souhaitant s'initier au football américain. Attention, il faudra passer quelques heures avant de maîtriser le gameplay riche et complexe.
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PlayStation 2Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
Well, this year’s edition of EA Sports’ ever-popular Madden NFL franchise is finally upon us, and it is being showered with the usual accolades: “Best Madden ever!” “One of the great football video games of all time!” “Madden continues to improve with every edition, and this year is no exception!” “The very best and most realistic football you’ll ever play without leaving your chair!” If you’re in the crowd that thinks that EA Sports can do no wrong, and Madden is the greatest thing to ever happen to sports gaming, and you generally agree with any of the fictitious quotes above, I strongly advise you to leave this review. I’m not with the Madden-rules-all crowd. Not a year goes by when I don’t think the series is overrated and needs more than updated rosters. With that statement, the Madden-rules-all crowd has been warned: This gamer is mad as all hell and not going to take it anymore.