Madden NFL 08 DS

Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Madden NFL 08 is a solid, feature-rich football game. Furthermore, all of the various minor improvements make it the best Madden to hit the DS yet.
  2. Football is finally good on DS. Madden NFL 08 is solid where it counts, and the small problems that do exist aren't bad enough to pull the game down.
  3. Assuming you've got the patience to work through these infrequent but recurring gameplay issues, Madden 08 DS is a tough deal to ignore.
  4. 74
    In the future we'd of course love to see drawn plays with the stylus, as well as a more in-depth friends system online (as it stands you simply select "random" or "friend play" and are connected automatically to any eligible player), but this is by far the most playable version of Madden we've seen on DS thus far.
  5. It's not without faults but thanks to an excellent multiplayer mode and a vast number of gameplay options, this takes the series to a new high on DS.
  6. It has improved better than anyone could've expected. A step forward always beats a step backward. Players left with no choice but their cherished portable should definitely check it out, especially for some paper wedge-flicking action.
  7. If this is the only version of Madden NFL 08 that you have access to, then you should still play it, but you’re not going to get the same enjoyment out of it as someone who has the 360 version is going to. But, despite the flaws, it is clear to see that there’s potential here.
  8. Handheld Madden shines brightly this season, just not on the DS. If you're ready for some portable football, the PSP version is by far the best choice.
  9. Nintendo Power
    75
    But even with its faults, this is the best DS Madden title. [Oct 2007, p.87]
  10. A huge improvement over previous versions. It's obvious EA wanted to treat the DS platform as a unique entity and not a place to dump a half-assed port. While the graphics won't be winning any awards, it's at least passable now and won't make your eyes bleed.
  11. One thing you have to adjust to this year however is the increased difficulty of the passing game.

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  1. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    i already have to say and did notice that it has a quite solid quality for being under the circumstances of being on the ds. the gameplay isi already have to say and did notice that it has a quite solid quality for being under the circumstances of being on the ds. the gameplay is very realistic and for all the different mini-games and game modes it is quite well. but yes, if you do have a console get madden08 or on and on for that. also the graphiics are pretty good for what ds quality your playing with here. i think if you have a ds and want a game like madden08 go and get it because thats your right pick. Full Review »
  2. EricC.
    Aug 26, 2007
    8
    Obviously, if you have a console, the best way to play Madden is on a 360 or PS3. But don't shy away from the DS version. Ports rarely Obviously, if you have a console, the best way to play Madden is on a 360 or PS3. But don't shy away from the DS version. Ports rarely fare well on the handheld, but this time, you get a shockingly deep football sim. It didn't think that tiny cartridge could hold a franchise mode and a create-a-team, player, and uniform. You also have all the team management you expect from the pricier versions. The only thing that noticeably suffers from these features is the music. There's only 3 songs in the entire game, so expect to hear them a lot. The graphics are decent for a DS game, and the controls work well. But with almost every football sim, playing defense is a futile chore. You just have to hope you can score more touch downs than they do. And yeah, you can play online. So in the end, there really isn't a better way to spend your time on a plane/bus/train. This is a surprisingly solid game. Full Review »