“Craig grabs his helmet and pads up his shoulders in his review of Madden NFL 09on Xbox 360”

“John Madden first grabbed his helmet and padded up his shoulders for our computer screens in 1988 with the release of John Madden Football. Due to graphical limitations in 1988, he was restricted to only 6 players per team on the field at one time. Now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the Madden series has come on leaps and bounds since then, with graphics, gameplay and brand new features added every year. Madden NFL 09 is no different.

The fundamentals of Madden have stayed the same. There are plenty of game modes for you to play, including the return of Superstar and Franchise Mode. In Superstar mode you create one player in which you play only in that players position (which you choose). You then have to complete training tasks to improve your players stats. These training methods become extremely boring and if you’re like me, you’ll be making best use of the simulation option. During games the camera remains static on your player, so in certain positions you can be waiting for a period of time before the ball reaches you. You’re also not the head coach of the team meaning there will be times when you are off the field of play and the game will just simulate itself until you’re back on.”

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