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With the next generation going into full force this Christmas, many are probably wondering if they should invest in a Madden title for their current platform or wait for the shiny new ones to come out. Madden 07 for the PlayStation 2 lives up to the series legacy, delivering a AAA performance with new features and evolved gameplay mechanics. If the Xbox 360 version has all these features then I'd definitely recommend you go with that version. But if PS2 is all you got, or if you just can't wait any longer – don't. This current-gen version doesn't disappoint.
Madden NFL 07 is one of those games that makes you think you can hold off on that decision to buy a next generation game system for just a little while longer, at least until after football season.
Madden NFL 07 manages to add a few wrinkles to an established franchise. It’s also quite possibly the last Madden title to appear on either the Xbox or the Gamecube, though we’ll probably see the franchise continue on PS2 for a few years. It’s hard to improve on such an established series, but Madden NFL 07 does that on current generation consoles. It isn’t revolutionary, but the game still delivers a mean game of football.
It’s Madden; it is the same game you’ve been playing for a while. However, it does have some cool additions that I liked. Is it really worth $50 bucks? For all they put into it, probably not, but it is still a fun game of football, period.
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.
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.
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.
Even though Madden NFL 07 doesn't have any big, game-changing features to make it an especially memorable iteration of the series, its roster of small, but useful changes are ultimately more compelling than anything Madden 06 had on offer last year. And while some people are undoubtedly over the notion of playing new games on old consoles, Madden 07 shows that it can still deliver some enjoyable football, regardless of what platform it's on. It's not a big step forward, and the similarities between this year and last year might be a tough sell for some. But it's those similar aspects that Madden 07 ultimately improves upon over its predecessor, and if you skipped out on 06, then there's no good reason to ignore 07.
EA's challenge is not to simplify their simulation or stop adding detail, but to integrate those features so well that players can simply marvel at how advanced the game has become. The Superstar revisions are a step in the right direction, since they allow players to focus on the entire game one player at a time, but otherwise that's just not the case. As it is, Madden NFL 07 represents ... well, the only pro football game in town these days, which is one way of making sure your market comes back again next year.
Is the series getting old for this hardware? Well, yeah. Madden has run a hard course on the PlayStation 2 over the years, bringing new features that were on and off the board. It's time to bring the series to the PlayStation 3 and really make it cook with details and new goodies that would make it the ideal football experience. For now, though, Madden NFL 07 is still the definitive pigskin experience for the PS2, even if it's the only true one by default. The running game additions are wonderful, the Hall of Fame mode is just as meaty as the Superstar mode, and the gameplay continues to offer the kind of football experience that many fans crave. So go ahead. Indulge. And I don't mean in muffins.
If you're looking for realism, you won't find it here. Games frequently have ludicrously high scores, unless you drop the time down to three-minute quarters, and you'll still encounter annoying money plays online. How hard would it be to be able to tell your team to double or triple cover a stud WR that you know is going to be targeted? These gripes aside, the game can be plenty of fun to play. Madden NFL 07 is the continuation on a very sound formula that can be heartily recommended if you can't bear to keep playing last year's game.
It's clear that the focus has shifted to the next-generation, so if this isn't the last version of Madden we see on current-generation hardware, it will still likely be the best version. Madden has been wasting away on the current hardware for a while now, and while it is still a good football game and has a lot to offer, it doesn't rise above and really blow away the previous version. Still, with the updated roster, the Superstar mode, and the lead blocking feature, Madden NFL 07 has the goods that make for a great football game.
Despite these minor issues however, Madden 07 still offers a solid football game at its core, and you can't beat it when it comes to smack talking with friends. And most surprising of all, this PS2 version is every bit as good as the 360 edition.
That’s par for the Madden course. While the series is definitely far from its prime, it manages to prove once again that EA and Madden know a good game of football, just not a very new one.