is still the end-all, be-all of football games, and remains king of the hill after many years. Since it's the only NFL-licensed offering this year, it'll stay on top again with no problem, but hopefully we'll see more competition in the coming years. Not only is it nice having a choice, but it forces Madden to continue upping the ante through improved gameplay and innovations. Madden NFL 08
comes out on August 14th, and as many of you readers have pointed out, none of the major review sites have touched the title yet. We'll post a roundup of some of the "previews" below, and we'll do a metareview once the scores are in.
- 1Up thinks the game is a big improvement over the first "next-gen" offerings, although thinks they fumbled the online elements, "The online options here are bare bones (where are the online leagues?!)" They also point out that the game looks "silky smooth at 60 fps" on the Xbox 360.
- IGN sings the biggest praise for the game with, "This year Madden is back in a big way, with all of the trimmings that you'd expect from a true next-gen football experience." They like the new and improved animations and other bells and whistles that the game offers, but sum it up by saying, "The real star of the show is finally the gameplay."
- GameSpot says that this is "a game that feels markedly different from last year." They point out the graphic and gameplay improvements, concluding with "Thanks to some extremely responsive controls, the gameplay in Madden is already feeling like an improvement over previous years."
So where does that leave you, the football-loving, hardcore-gaming fan at home? Obviously, if you want the true NFL experience, you'll have to go the Madden
route. But, if you're up for trying something new with old-school legendary players in the game, pick up All-Pro
. However, hands will be wrapped around NCAA 08
. The live weather system in conjunction with The Weather Channel (more on that later) and improved Dynasty mode will keep us happy even when our alma mater is losing.
Of course, your own mileage will vary. Chime in and let us know what brand of football you'll be playing.