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: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Depending on how you want to look at this, it's a positive or a negative. On the one hand, it's a fun way to change the pace and get everybody involved in every play. On the other, you're not really playing football anymore once these are turned on. This could be exactly what you want, to take a break from the average game, but once you have to plan for three consecutive fumbles, or turn on "it's alive" (where every tipped ball and dropped pass is a live ball), you have to play the game in an entirely different way. It's more intense and more involved for casual football fans, but don't bring any old strategies, because they're not welcome.

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The controls have been stripped down a lot from previous installments, and it works to the game's benefit. Whereas in past games some complained that there were too many moves to remember and most just ended up flailing wildly, Madden 10 simplifies the motion commands down to the motions that actually feel like you're doing them (e.g. flick the Wii Remote down to try to swat a pass out of the air).

In terms of gameplay, there's a lot that's new and exciting. Foremost is the addition of the Call Your Shots feature on defense. It works really well, and with only two clicks you can manually reroute any defensive player to play any role you choose. You can change his path from blitz to zone defense with just a point and click. It works great in practice and adds a nice amount of strategic depth to a game that sorely needed it.

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The best addition to the package, though, is undoubtedly having a 5-on-5 mode available in most game types. Let's face it, 11-on-11 football is pretty confusing, and there's a whole lot going on. It sort of defeats the purpose of scaling things down for the casual player if they can't understand what's going on. So, for the casual fans, 5-on-5 has been added, and it's by far the best way to play with a group of friends. Not only is it an easier and more exciting game to play, but each one of you gets to make a difference in the outcome of each play, rather than playing as the defensive end who gets two sacks a game on dozens of attempts.

Determining whether or not Madden 10 Wii is worth your money essentially comes down to a simple question of what you're looking for in a game. If you're a football fan who loves simulation and fine-tuning his team to strategic perfection, you're going to want to stick with the tried and true Madden formula on 360 or PS3. If you're looking for a fun game to play with some friends who aren't really all that interested in football or are relatively new to football, then Madden Wii is a good buy.

By Andrew Groen
CCC Freelance Writer

This version features a complete graphical overhaul that serves to highlight the game's friendly attitude towards newcomers. A very good fit, though not exactly impressive.
Mid-play controls are simplified and work well. Calling your defensive routes with the pointer is easy and fun. However, menu navigation can be tough using the pointer.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music has nice variety to it, and it works well within the game. However, the commentary isn't as sharp as we've come to expect from Madden. More John Madden, less Chris Collinsworth.

Play Value
There are tons of great modes here for you to explore, and there's a lot of opportunities for fun and unique games when playing with friends. Solo play can be a bit lonely, but multiplayer shouldn't be missed.

Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • All-new Visual Style: Built from the ground up, a stunning new visual style designed exclusively for the Wii brings players and stadiums to life like never before!
  • Madden Showdown: Crown a king of the couch in an all-new, four-player party mode featuring custom gameplay tweaks and an interactive pick 'em system that keeps everyone involved!
  • Huddle-up: Lend a hand by using the Wii Remote to pick up blocks, trip up wide receivers, and create clear paths to the end zone, all while your teammate runs the plays.
  • Road to the Super Bowl: Team up with up to four total players in an all-new cooperative Season mode. Play solo or with your friends while tracking your Mii's performance all the way to the Super Bowl.
  • Spotlight Moments: Make a play when it matters most as the camera zooms in and the play slows down during the game's most pivotal moments. What happens next is all up to you!
  • Point and Pass: It's easier than ever to sit back in the pocket and complete passes with an updated passing system. Simply point to your wide receivers and hit the open man using the Wii Remote.

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