Review by INfamousACE2

Reviewed: 08/10/05

A New Era is upon US!

A new era of football is upon us. The Madden series has dominated the Football Games for over a decade. Most years, they have had competition. This year, it is all about them. Since they bought the exclusive rights to the NFL, they are the only company that can make football games. This year...Madden '06 has taken Video Gaming to a whole new level.

Game play/Features 10/10- This is what the whole idea of football games come down too. Whether you like it or not. If you like realistic football games, then you will LOVE this. The game play is a little like Madden 05, but it has been improved drastically. They have plenty of new features also in this years game. NFL Madden 2005 was about defense, but this year...The O is what it is about. The tag line for this game is...The Year of The Quarterback. That statement is true in two new features. The first feature is the new QB Vision. It is a cone shaped vision, and you can look down field for your open receiver, or look for him in the flat. Either way, it will get some getting used to. It will take you a good 2-3 hours before you will get the hang of it, and I'm not sure if anyone will be able to prefect it. Another new feature would be precision passing. You can pinpoint wear you wanna pass, and you can pick apart the D. If you have a defender in front of you, throw it behind the receiver, and if he is trailing you, throw it in front of him. This year isn't just about the quarterback, it is also about the running back. Another new addition to this game would be the "Truck Stick" and it is similar to the "Hit Stick" With the new Truck Stick, you can knock oncoming defenders on there backsides, and continue on your way down to the end zone.

Graphics/Presentation 10/10- The graphics for Madden 06 on the XBOX are phenomenal. They have improved drastically over the past year, and look like they will continue to get better. The presentation is also great. This year, they also have new facial features in this game. They have also re-added the infamous coming off of the helmet after a huge hit. There, you will see how real the faces look.

Sound 10/10- The sound in this game is spectacular. If you are a fan of rock music, or rap music...you will love the soundtrack. It has many new faces on the soundtrack, and it alternates between rap and rock song, so you can get the best of both. Also, the sounds during the game sound realistic. Whether you hear the grunt of a linebacker when trying to hit a quarterback, or the yell of a running back after trucking a corner back, it all sounds authentic and its like you are in the game.

Like most new Madden games, there is an addition to the season mode. This year it is a SuperStar Mode. Just like NCAA 06 Race for the Heisman, you control a player and guide him on his way through the NFL. Whether its training camp, hiring a new agent, or taking an IQ test, you have to do everything a rookie has to do. This is an exciting new feature, and it will keep you busy for many months, even years.

Overall, I think this is a great buy and worth $50. If you enjoyed the previous Madden Games, or if your new to football games, it is fun to everyone. I recommend it.

Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

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