STAFF REVIEW of Madden NFL 2004 (Xbox)

Tuesday, August 19, 2003.
by mattgame

Madden NFL 2004 Box art There has been a problem with Madden this year that has dampened my spirit with the whole franchise. I even got Crazy Cougar angry enough to threaten me with because of my profanity laced tyraid about the faux pas that has messed this game up. However, I won't go into it. What I will do is try the rate the game without prejudice. Madden has improved in some areas. The Owner mode being the biggest. Graphics are better, but the play is too erratic for me. For instance, in pro football a dropped pass is an anamoly, it doesn't happen much. In Madden it occurs about twice every series of downs. I had one game where I created a team and the quarterback runs a 4.2. I scrambled on one play and was caught by a defensive lineman from behind. I went to the replay to figure this out. It showed once I started to scramble the D- lineman took this huge first step towards me, I mean that first step looked like three steps. He closed the gap off of that one step and caught me. No good. I think I'll be checking out other football titles this year.

I already described the gameplay but please allow me to elaborate. I like the playmaker control. It is pretty cool but it can be better. I would like to see it be perfected to the point where I can have more control over who the playmaker is going to be. I like that the AI is tougher to deal with. I just have a problem with so many dropped passes. Oh yeah and the D-backs are garbage. I went through a four game stretch where my D-backs didn't even bat the ball down. I want to play a football game where if I'm in position I want the pick. Madden is not the one.

The graphics are better. However, EA and other developers refuse to test the Xbox. It's all about money, why pay money to make the game it's best when an inferior product can make the same money.

I think the added chatter was a good thing. I think that Al and John sound good together. I would like to have heard more in this department but it is not that important.

Don't mess up again. The Xbox is the future, wake up and smell the pigskin. I holla!!!!

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10


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