|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 10, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Much like last year, outside of the exhibition and franchise modes, the real highlight of the game has to be the Superstar Challenge mode. This mode provides the player with a series of challenges, taken from actual events that occurred in the last football season. You can then either help to relive the event by making sure it plays out the same way as it did, or you can play the part of the spoiler, controlling the other team and ensuring that history is changed.
This is a great mode that gives any fans with regrets from last season (which should be everyone but Saints fans) the chance to stick it to the opposition after the fact, with a nice rundown of how history would have changed had things not gone the way they did. However, just like last years Madden, this mode has one flaw that severely detracts from the experience. Instead of playing through these events with the appropriate last years roster, you will be forced to tackle these events with the teams current rosters, effectively eliminating all authenticity.
All the modes aside, once you get on the field, the gameplay is as satisfying as it has always been. Though you wont enjoy the same level of animations or physics as you would in the console versions of the game, this version does a respectable job of making the gameplay feel realistic. Actually, the only real complaint I have with how the game plays comes from the awkwardness during some running plays. When trying to execute a running play through the middle of your offensive line, instead of finding a seam or being tackled by waiting defensive linemen, sometimes you will find yourself stuck in a massive group of teammates and adversaries, unable to move. While this does break the immersion, it eventually rectifies itself, with one of the horde eventually managing to make contact with you so that you can move on to the next play.
As always, Madden on the PSP isnt as fully featured or graphically impressive as its console counterparts, however, it still manages to pack an enjoyable football simulation experience onto a tiny UMD that can be played anywhere. If you played or own last years Madden, this game may be a tough sell for you as not much has changed outside of the roster and a new mini-game mode. However, if youve been away from the series for awhile or are a newcomer, Madden NFL 11 for the PSP is a solid football experience that shouldnt be missed by fans of the sport.
CCC News Director