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Madden NFL 07 review

The next-gen gridiron plays hard, but looks suspiciously familiar

Pros

  • Manually guiding the blocker
  • Staring at the graphics
  • Playing franchise mode online

Cons

  • No owner's mode at all
  • Almost nothing new for PS3
  • Current-gen has more mini-games

Is it even legal to launch a console without a new(ish) Ridge Racer and the latest Madden? Publisher Electronic Arts isn't taking chances, and takes the PS3 field on day one with Madden NFL 07... though 360 owners may feel they've played this before.

That makes sense, too: Madden NFL 07 is roughly 98% identical to this year's Xbox 360 footballer. The only real differences are some Sixaxis control options and cool "gang tackles", which basically mean your defenders pile on the ball carrier better than they did before. This similarity is both great and not so great. Sure, it's encouraging to see that the PS3's first-generation launch titles look as good as their counterparts on the year-old 360. But that 360 version, while obviously gorgeous and smooth, actually gave up some important yards when compared to its current-gen teammates.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionFootball's perennial all-star is back again. The 360 version is obviously the prettiest, but it still lags slightly behind the PS2 and Xbox versions in the gameplay department.
Franchise nameMadden
UK franchise nameMadden
PlatformXbox 360, PC, Xbox, GameCube, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PS3
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date22 August 2006 (US), 22 August 2006 (UK)

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