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Gameplay With the Next Gen game Madden gets a new engine. The gameplay has somewhat of a new feel but still has great feel of past Maddens. Overall the gameplay is really good but a few problems lower the score from the current gen game. The vision cone is no longer a menu option, instead it can be turned on pre-snap or after the play starts. This is a strange decision as you donít really know what advantage using the cone has. Itís been stated that using it give you a boost in precision but the manual doesnít seem to mention that. The other major problem comes in while playing online. While in the play calling screen on defense the screen seems to have a problem refreshing to show you the package that your opponent has picked for his offense, you actually have to just keep moving your cursor around to make sure you get the update as soon as possible. Even if you get it instantly you still have to enter a formation and pick a play within seven seconds. It just isnít enough time. If your not paying attention you may only get the update with 1-3 seconds left. The kicker is you have to be all the way out at the formation screen for it to show, so say for instance I predict my opponent is going to come out in a 2 WR 2 RB 1 TE set. If I enter a formation the opportunity of seeing my opponents package is gone. This really needs to be reworked for Madden 07. This could be a combination of gameplay-presentation but since it really affects gameplay I used it towards the gameplay score. Overall the game feels and plays great. Itís a great building block for Madden 07. The animations and AI seem to be much improved over the current gen games and hopefully they can continue to build on this.
Graphics The graphics look amazing. While itís not quite what we saw on the Madden next gen commercial itís still a huge upgrade from what the current gen games have. If you want to compare them then the score for graphics would be a 10 but since the hardware is much different I wonít compare the two. The score is based on the fact that there needs to be some improvements. The player models look great but there are some things missing. If you have any players on your favorite team with long hair you will not see that in this game. Also the visors seem to only come in shaded. If you have a player that wears a clear visor it will instead be shaded in the game. Steven Jackson for example is not very well represented as he has no hair and has a dark shaded visor.
Longevity I still think having a 30 year franchise in the game qualifies it for a high score. Superstar mode didnít make the cut but that is something that didnít appeal to me much anyway.
Presentation While improved it still lacks what we would all like to see. Halftime shows, Post game interviewsÖ the ESPN license put to work is what we would all like to see. We had hoped for more though. However there are some great additions. They have added real NFL QB voices to the snap counts. There are nice close-ups of the players as they head to the line. The menus, stat screens, etc. all look great along with the nice addition of the hometown announcer.
Sound The atmosphere is much improved again this year. The crowd is very visible and vocal at the same time. What needs to be added now is more reaction from the crowd in key situations.
Overall For a first version on a new platform Madden NFL 06 will leave you wanting a lot more. It might even leave you frustrated that a lot of what you were used to and had come to expect from Madden is missing. There's always Madden NFL 07 !!
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The most innovative and best-selling sports video game in history is revolutionizing the way football is seen and played once again. Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 has been built from the ground up to deliver completely redesigned gameplay and the most lifelike football experience ever created. Feel the true emotion and passion on the football field with incredibly detailed player models who come to life on every play as well as lifelike stadiums and fans. With a full Franchise mode, in-depth online play and a new presentation style and new playcalling system, Madden NFL 06 for the next generation is poised to continue its legacy as the only authentic and licensed NFL experience.
* Revolutionary player models: 3D head scans provide photo-realistic faces and a level of detail that shows the emotion and intensity of the NFL like never seen before. * Next Gen graphical effects: From the reactions of coaches and players on the sidelines to the seat-level accuracy of thousands of lifelike 3D fans, the new graphics engine provides realistic lighting and visual effects that have never been possible before now. * High level of animation: Three times the amount of animations in current generation, so the action starts before kickoff and continues with every touchdown celebration. * Redefined gameplay: Select plays in a whole new way with the innovative playcalling and new picture-in-picture system. Popular features like QB Vision Control, Truck Stick and the Hit Stick are included. * New Audio Presentation: Listen to the sounds of your game with a biased hometown radio announcer who calls the plays with emotion and hear actual NFL on-field audio from NFL Films, including hits and player chatter that bring the game to life. * Sights of the NFL: Injury reports are featured on the scoreboard, as you would see in the real NFL stadiums on gameday. * Advanced Franchise mode: the game mode invented by Madden NFL Football comes to the Xbox 360 with new, easy-to-use Player, Team, and Box Score Cards that give you all the information for your team at the click of a button. Track and break NFL records in multiple categories on the way to Hall of Fame. * Online play**: Play anytime with Xbox Live and see how you stack up again the best players in the nation with real-time leaderboards. * Extensive customization options: Customize settings, menu music playlists, gameplay controls and strategies.
Publisher :EA Sports Developer : Tiburon Released : Game Type : FOOTBALL