E3 06: Madden NFL 2007

NFL Football is a game where linebackers routinely mow down scrawny-but-nimble defense backs. In previous outings, Madden NFL has focused almost too much on the passing game and quarterback mobility. That's all changing with Madden 2007 for Xbox 360. Electronics Arts will finally add some bone-crunching realism. By pressing B on the controller at the start of a play, you can control any linebacker for a few seconds to create running lanes. Or, you can switch to a wide-out receiver and set up quick blocks. It works a lot like switching defensive players and gives you more than just pass-and run control on offense.

The new Highlight Stick also adds more realism. In the past, Madden has favored players like Jim Kleinsasser from the Vikings who can just push their way through defensive lines or make one lame juke move.