Madden NFL 10 Review
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System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP 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. 14, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The camera can be somewhat problematic in this mode because it pulls in too closely to the field, but it can be zoomed out by holding down a button. These custom plays can also be tested without leaving the creator, so it is very easy to tweak plays until you are completely satisfied. Once you're done making plays, they can be saved into a playbook and even exported to the PS3 version of Madden, which is a great feature if you happen to own both versions of the game.

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The game itself plays as you might expect, with fairly tight controls but also physics and animations that aren't quite on par with the console versions of Madden NFL 10. You'll still find yourself mashing buttons or tapping them in a specific sequence in order to recover fumbles as in the console versions. When receivers are running routes, their passing icon will appear above their heads and turn green to indicate they're open or red if they're covered. Also, in an intriguing move individual players can also develop momentum throughout a game that will either make them play better or worse. If a receiver misses a few passes, they'll cool off and be less likely to make difficult grabs later on, while completing numerous passes with a QB will make them throw more accurately. Heating up is no guarantee of success, nor is cooling off an instant failure, but it does add another level of depth to the gameplay that makes you think about how you're using all of your players.

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It may not have all the features or impressive graphics of its big brothers, but Madden NFL 10 is as good a portable NFL simulation game as could be hoped for. Even without the online modes that didn't make their way into the PSP version, there are still plenty of modes and content to keep even the most fanatical Madden player busy when they're not near their home console. Being able to play the spoiler during the Superstar Challenges is great, and the ability to create your own plays alone makes this a must own for mobile Madden fans. So if you're looking to play Madden somewhere other than in front of your television, you really can't go wrong with Madden NFL 10 for the PSP.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

Definitely not the most visually impressive title on the system, but there is an adequate amount of detail in the player models to keep you from getting confused about who is who.
Everything works well and is responsive, although the lack of a second analog stick does make some moves more cumbersome to pull off.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Chris Collinsworth does a great job with the commentary, but Tom Hammond is pretty awful. This is also a great year for EA Trax ,with a wide variety of songs from the likes of Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Beastie Boys, and Nas.
Play Value
Despite the lack of the heralded online modes from the console versions of Madden NFL 10, there is still a ton of content packed into the PSP version that will keep you playing for a long time to come.
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Fight for the Fumble: Feel the suspense of the NFL as you battle your opponent in a fast-paced mini-game to recover a game-changing fumble.
  • Design Your Own Plays: Create custom plays, then test each one on the fly. Upload your favorites to a PLAYSTATION 3 system and dominate your rivals in HD!
  • Ride the Momentum: Take advantage of hot streaks and fight through cold stretches as player ratings change dynamically during every game.
  • Rewrite History: Relive classic moments from the 2008 season and play the role of hero or spoiler in an all-new Superstar Challenge mode.
  • All-new Commentary: Experience the excitement of every snap with all-new color and play-by-play by Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond.
  • Survey the Field: Keep your head on a swivel as an all-new dynamic camera system zooms in and out with the action, keeping every player in view.

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