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Gameplay Any sports game should be judged on gameplay first and foremost (everything else is icing on the cake) and Madden excels in terms of creating a deep but enjoyable game of football. The new element this year comes in the form of playmaker controls allowing you to make adjustments on offense that have hitherto been impossible. EA continues to innovate and add new elements and they should be congratulated for it.
Graphics The graphics are solid with a good level of detail and player models that are an upgrade on last year. However the overall improvement in graphics from last year is the reason for the lower than expected score. Perhaps EA has gotten as much out of the current generation of consoles as they can.
Longevity Franchise mode has become the most important mode for many football gamers and this year we can celebrate the new 'Owner Mode' feature. Owner mode adds a new dimension to the franchise forcing you to make financial decisions that will ultimately have a direct impact on your ability to be able to afford those big salaries and key free agents. Just like when EA added the mini camp feature, they've scored another winner with owner mode.
Presentation The menus are easy to navigate and the polished, clean appearance of Madden 04 makes this the best looking and user friendly interface of the series so far.
Sound The audio always seems to be the area of weakness in Madden and this year is no different. Al Michaels is a terrible announcer... bring back Pat ! The comments are reptetitive and often useless. EA needs to work on this.
Overall The biggest criticism with the Madden series is in terms of its evolution. The game often leaves you feeling that so much more could have been achieved and that the developers held something back. This year is different, with owner mode providing that extra element of longevity and playmaker controls giving you more options on the field football gamers have never had it so good.
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In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football remains the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. This year, players can make adjustments after the snap and create championship caliber plays with revolutionary Playmaker Control. With new EA SPORTS Talk, online tournaments, and new Owner Mode, no other football video game offers more depth. Madden NFL 2004 is the most complete, authentic sports video game ever, making it The Ultimate Judge for sports gamers.
* New Playmaker Control - Make pre-snap adjustments to your receiver routes, direct receiver routes during a scramble, direct blocking down field during a run,or read and react to the offense to deliver a crushing tackle. * Enhanced EA SPORTS Online - Connect with opponents close to your skill level using Quick Match, or access EA SPORTS Online messaging to communicate with your buddies in all EA SPORTS PlayStation 2 online games. New EA SPORTS Fair Play ranking system eliminates online cheating and only rewards players who complete full games. Compete in the all-new Online Tournament mode and chat in-game with EA SPORTS Talk. * New Owner Mode - Hire your own staff, set your team's ticket and concession prices, and more. Build your own stadium with millions of possible stadium combinations including various luxury boxes, scoreboards, tunnel entrances, and premium seating locations. Reward key players with signing bonuses and boost player attributes by participating in Mini-Camp drills. * All-New Game Presentation - Now you will never leave the playing field. Keep your players on the field during the play-calling screen. Watch all the highlights in split-screen replay and revel in new player accuracy details like dreadlocks, tattoo replicas, and four new helmet styles. * Most Realistic NFL Playbooks Ever - Tons of new trick plays, multiple formation variations, and the deepest NFL playbooks from all 32 officially licensed Coaches Club Head Coaches and NFLCA licensed Assistant Coaches. * New Specialty Animations and Game Enhancements - Including new QB scramble transitions to improve throwing on the run, stumbles, bone-crushing open field blocks, whirlwind defensive reaction moves, sideline wrap tackles, and out of bound pushes. Change your personnel at the play-calling screen to create match-ups in your favor in any offensive formation. * New Video Tutorials - Presented by Al Michaels and Melissa Stark, these tutorials make the game even more friendly to new gamers. Both basic and advanced topics are covered. * EA SPORTS Bio - Track your most memorable accomplishments across all EA SPORTS games, and unlock special rewards by playing multiple titles including NCAA Football 2004, NBA Live 2004, NASCAR Thunder 2004, and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004.
Publisher :EA Sports Developer : EA Sports Released : 08/12/2003 Game Type : FOOTBALL