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The Madden name carries tremendous weight. It is a decorated franchise that has been equated with football simulation greatness at various points in its life cycle. At other times, some gamers have also been quick to point out its various flaws and have been very critical of the franchise as a whole.

The point is that gamers expect Madden to feature the tightest gameplay controls and an endless amount of on-field strategy. These are the types of expectations that Madden has to attempt to live up to on a yearly basis.

And so with the release of Madden 11 becoming a reality, the developers at EA Sports Tiburon are now going to be fed to the lions once again -- the Operation Sports fans surely being the harshest of critics in the forums of an impassioned sports gaming nation. The game has also been given to a gaggle of media members so they can review and examine every decision and every new feature.

But this year it would seem that the Madden 11 team has answered their critics with a resounding question of their own: Are you not entertained?

Madden returns this summer refined on every level (with some obviously being more refined than others). The gameplay is smoother, the graphics are more vibrant and the game has come to life with added vitality. This is the most entertaining Madden I have played since the Playstation 2 days.

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# 1 Dog @ 08/09/10 02:07 PM
woohoo!


im pumped for tomorrow!


this review did seem a little too positive, but i think that madden will live up to it
 
# 2 rudyjuly2 @ 08/09/10 02:13 PM
Maybe Madden is that great but this read like an overly positive preview of the game rather than the usual OS reviews with a pro vs. con style debate. It lacked the bite, insight and personality of other OS reviews as nearly everything had a positive spin on it. Am I turning into old and jaded gamer guy? I hope not although I do tend to be more critical.
 
# 3 tjizzle @ 08/09/10 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Afrikan
"One season later, the Pro-Tak animation system is quickly establishing itself as one of the more unique physics engines. This yearís Madden 11 features a more seasoned version of Pro-Tak that takes into account more timing-based factors for each tackle. There are now many more potential ways a play can unfold after initial ball-carrier contact."

really? I didn't know Pro-Tak was based off physics.....you learn something new everyday.
Yeah, That line had me thinking the exact same thing as well.
 
# 4 ps3veron @ 08/09/10 02:13 PM
Nicceee! Probably the only game I need all year.
 
# 5 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:16 PM
...did I miss it, or is there nothing in there about how the game plays when your on D?

The offensive improvements, still imo warrant a purchase, and I hope they patch the PA blocking that was talked about.

...So I looked again , and no mention of what it's like to play defense, no mention of special teams, or if the new kick meter plays true to life...

I'm not saying I could write a review for the most important game any better...but did OS really just only review 1/3 of a game, and give it a 9? This doesn't strike me as a review of Madden, but a review of Madden's offense.
 
# 6 mestevo @ 08/09/10 02:18 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Afrikan
"One season later, the Pro-Tak animation system is quickly establishing itself as one of the more unique physics engines. This yearís Madden 11 features a more seasoned version of Pro-Tak that takes into account more timing-based factors for each tackle. There are now many more potential ways a play can unfold after initial ball-carrier contact."

really? I didn't know Pro-Tak was based off physics.....you learn something new everyday.
Well the definition of physics is the study of the interaction of energy and matter... so by definition a system in a video game that governs the interaction between players is indeed physics, it doesn't need to involve a ragdoll.

Not really that worried about how the technology is classified, just want a good football game.
 
# 7 Kushmir @ 08/09/10 02:20 PM
collision detection is phenomenal? COME NOW. while the game seems solid, i think we can all agree that pro-tak needs a BIG improvement next year...2nd and 3rd tacklers are still not incorporated well enough...
 
# 8 Klocker @ 08/09/10 02:21 PM
Quote:
Are you not entertained?

Madden returns this summer refined on every level (with some obviously being more refined than others). The gameplay is smoother, the graphics are more vibrant and the game has come to life with added vitality. This is the most entertaining Madden I have played since the Playstation 2 days...

It may all sound a bit technical and complex, but in the moment of the game, the action on the field flows just beautifully and naturally. The gameplay is crafted with an inherent sense of how the game of football naturally progresses.

The weight distribution, the ball carrier's and defender’s size and speed, and the overall skill levels of all involved are measured during each tackle. Basically, that is a nerdy way to say that everything on the screen looks rather awesome because of these factors.

sweet! and what I suspected from the demo so if retail is better? can not wait... good review thanks! Feels/looks like the most realistic representation of the
NFL ever.
 
# 9 jfsolo @ 08/09/10 02:26 PM
I think this is one of the signs of the apocalypse, IGN being much harder then OS on a Madden game.
 
# 10 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by jfsolo
I think this is one of the signs of the apocalypse, IGN being much harder then OS on a Madden game.
Lol, might be. I'm surprised to say the least. Where's the "doom" smiley?
 
# 11 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by NEWYORICAN
Really, second year of a suspect OS Madden review with glowing reviews. No wonder this game never improves.
How do you know it's suspect if you haven't played it?
 
# 12 SubZero97 @ 08/09/10 02:32 PM
Nah roll with IGN impressions. They had me at first, now that more guys have the game, its been an Offense fest.

Trut me friend, on Offense scores are gonna be super high. i gave positive reviews at first, but now that the wolves are out, I ahve a whole new opinion.
 
# 13 sportyguyfl31 @ 08/09/10 02:33 PM
I was wondering how long the "slanted review, suspicious review" blah blah blah posts would take.

I only played the Demo for about an hour, So I will reserve judgement until I get the retail.
 
# 14 bigsmallwood @ 08/09/10 02:35 PM
I am going to have to RESPECTFULLY disagree with this review. First and foremost it reads like a Preview....and a very defensive one at that.

There is no breakdown of positives vs. negatives...This is most definitely one sided.

Also I wasn't aware that Pro-Tak was based off of phsyics.....

Madden 11 has been scored a 9 (exceptional) .....Yet the negatives listed Franchise and Superstar mode are the same as they have been for the entire next-gen lifecycle....not to mention there are plenty of other issues plaguing this game (I own an official copy).....

I'll see you all on Sunday, with my own personal assessment of Madden 11. (Maybe even earlier).
 
# 15 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:37 PM
There're some negatives in there Bigsmallwood... but the reviewer did neglect to mention defense and special teams. ST is ok as its not a huge % of Madden playing time. But it looks to me like our reviewer didn't review half the game...
 
# 16 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:40 PM
Also gentlemen , let me add that you can criticize and disagree with this review all you want, constructively...as I feel I have in the post above.

NO "OS is bought off by EA, wow they're sucking up to Ian" type crap. You'll be warned/banned.
 
# 17 ryan36 @ 08/09/10 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by NEWYORICAN
Sorry if I came across as bashing OS. I disagree with the reviewer, not OS.

peace
Wasn't directed at you, or anyone in particular. I just want to impress upon people the need for mature discourse.
 
# 18 Rbk @ 08/09/10 02:47 PM
That's too high IMO. I love Madden but there is no way it's 9/10.....it could be far better than it is. 8 at the highest.
 
# 19 ramenite @ 08/09/10 02:50 PM
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On the Playstation 3, replays have been cut short and there is no actual halftime show. It is more like a group of quick highlights of the first half. While itís not a huge negative, the added detail of a quality halftime show can immerse you in the game.
What's the difference between this and the 360 version? Does this affect the weekly highlights during franchise, or is it just halftime?
 
# 20 NC State-31 UNC-27 @ 08/09/10 02:50 PM
Wow, this gets the...

"Really? REALLY? Really OS, really?"

no mention of special teams being out of whack? the fact that I have to KICK FIELD GOALS WITH MY EYES CLOSED to have even a small chance of missing? That there is only a global set of ST sliders so if you turn down FG accuracy even the slightest bit the CPU misses all of their extra points? Really? The fact that calling punt block gives you DAYS of open space to return punts? That Kickoffs are almost impossible to return past the 25 and the CPU will NEVER return them past the 20 on you? The fact that the CPU doesn't even bother to try to pin punts inside your 20 yard line? Really?

The guy spent 9 paragraphs on GAMEFLOW.

Three full paragraphs on AUTO TURBO!!!!

No mention of the CPU all out blitzing in obvious passing situations leading to easy scores for the human?

No mention of strategy pad being borderline impossible to use because the CPU snaps the ball so quickly?



I really like this game...but this review sounds like it goes on the back of the box for the game.
 

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