Madden NFL 09 Review
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Madden NFL 09 box art
System: X360, PS3 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. 12, 2008 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

As far as the other modes, Franchise is completely unchanged from last year, as you build your team up and create your dynasty. Mini-Camp challenges add a bit of variety in fun competitions that will have you competing against the computer or other players offline, completing different challenges and drills. Multiplayer is also available through either Ad Hoc or Infrastructure, allowing for a game no matter where you happen to roam with your handheld.

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For those familiar with the last couple years of Madden, graphically you may not be as impressed with 09 as someone new to the series. However, the graphics really look good on the PSP.

Animations look fluid and stadiums are well detailed as the camera pans over the field and the crowd, and if you were looking at the screen from a distance, you might actually think it was a television broadcast. Looking closer, there is some stuttering and skipping during some between-play animations and it seems to lag somewhat as lines setup. Still, it's a visually pleasing game and definitely one that any football fan will have fun playing.

For those who have taken a hiatus from the Madden series during the past couple of years, the PSP version of NFL 09 is the perfect opportunity to jump back into all the excitement and variety of game modes the franchise has to offer on the handheld version. If you already own last year's installment, Madden 07, or even the latest NCAA Football title and don't absolutely need to own every single EA football title on the market, you may want to skip this year and wait until something really groundbreaking comes out. It's disappointing to give a somewhat negative review to an otherwise good game.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

Not much has changed since last year, and while player models and environments look great, there has been little in the way of improvement.
Simplified controls introduced by Rookie Mode are an unnecessary addition to the PSP, though standard controls work well in the transition from a console game to a handheld.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Excellent soundtrack and stadium ambience, somewhat dull and choppy commentating becomes repetitive.
Play Value
With the biggest new feature being Rookie Mode and the lack of new features that are available on current-gen versions of the game, those who own recent Madden title on the PSP won't find much new here.
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Now anybody can dominate the game like a pro with all-new EA Sports Rookie Mode. Simplified playcalling controls and an easy-to-use passing system make Madden NFL 09 the most accessible PSP football game ever.
  • Players of all skill levels can be competitive by calling plays from three unique playbooks, ranging from Easy to Advanced. Intelligent Coach Tips provide instant feedback to help you become a better player on the fly.
  • Find the open man effortlessly with the help of new open receiver icons identifying who's open or covered. Wide-open receivers help you out even more, calling for the ball by waving their arms. Player indicators also tell you when to evade an approaching defender or perform a crushing tackle.
  • Dominate on the defensive side of the ball with an all-new one-button control scheme featuring assisted player movement allowing new players to enjoy early success.

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