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This game was well worth the wait; this new PS installment is better than ever. Now you have all of your favorite teams on one CD with no hidden codes to find like in previous Genesis versions. The gameplay is incredible and is a big part of what makes this game so good. The precision player movements and actual football formations will make this year's Madden stand head and shoulders above the rest. The graphics and sound are awesome.
I can honestly say that I am set in the football game department for a long, long time. Unless Gameday 2 puts me in a trance and forces me to buy it, make mine Madden. This is the best football game on the market, period. Forget Gamebreakers, sell your Gameday, take back QB Club '97, and don't even think about getting TechmoBowl, (unless its for half price and plays on your gameboy, it's trash, really) and leave those other imitations on the shelf, and wait and see what Gameday has to offer.
Video Games (Sep, 1996)
Madden ‘97 könnte man durchaus mit einem einzigen Satz bewerten: „Das Warten hat sich gelohnt!“ Obwohl die Grafik den Erwartungen hinterherhinkt, hat sich die Spielbarkeit gegenüber den Vorgängerversionen deutlich verbessert. Die sog. 1P-Madden-Perspektive sorgt dafür, daß die Kamera immer hinter der eigenen Mannschaft steht, sogar auch dann, wenn eure Verteidigungsmannschaft am Zuge ist. Was mich jedoch immer wieder fasziniert, sind die Verhaltensmuster des Computergegners, die von Jahr zu Jahr realistischer wirken. Bei jedem Zug muß man viel Geschick und strategisches Denken an den Tag legen, um nicht vom Gegner abgezockt zu werden, auch dann wenn man gegen eine vermeintlich schwächere Mannschaft spielt... genau wie es in der Realität der Fall ist. Diesbezüglich dürfte Madden ‘97 derzeit von keiner anderen Football-Simulation geschlagen werden.
Game Revolution (Jun 04, 2004)
This is a very solid footbal sim that shows terrific attention to detail. I recommend it as one of the most well-evolved football program to date, proving once again that the members of EA's programming teams are some of the best. But flaws in the control and gameplay leave you wanting slightly more (Madden '98 perhaps?).
Coming Soon Magazine (Mar 15, 1997)
Elway takes a four step drop, his eyes light up as Sharpe comes wide open. He cocks his arm, wham, the next thing he is doing is sucking on some sod because Seau levelled him. You can almost feel Elway's agony when this situation occurs while you play Madden 97 on the Sony PlayStation.
GameSpot (Dec 01, 1996)
For a first effort, EA's Madden NFL 97 is a fine offering. But despite its excellent features, graphics, and teams, players may wander back to NFL GameDay for a simple game of football.
Despite the problems with the AI and control, there are a lot of things this game does right: penalties, extensive options, stats, crisp sound, detailed stadiums and fantastic in-game highlights with player photos. The game's TV-like presentation is incredibly polished and a joy to behold. That's why it is so frustrating (dare I say maddening?) that the AI is as sloppy as it is. If the developers can tighten this area up for their next release, the franchise may be able to reclaim the football throne. In the meantime, Sony is keeping it nice and warm.