Madden NFL 2005 DS

Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
Buy On
  1. 80
    The controls are surprisingly solid. Once you adapt to the small venue, the mechanics flow pretty well.
  2. 80
    And to have the ability to see all 22 players on the field at one time as well as have the kick meter on the lower screen is more of a novelty than a practicality.
  3. There are just too many glaring problems that would make this game recommendable to anyone but the most faithful of Madden fanatics.
  4. While it's still got that Madden gameplay, the game as a whole seems to be incomplete, like a console game with stripped-down features. The touch screen is used in the basic ways, but so much more could be done with it.
  5. It doesn’t excel, but it’s the best portable football game you’ll find on the market, even with its only average graphics and sound, and generations old gameplay.
  6. There is a learning curve involved in figuring out not only how to attune your attention to the game but also in how to shift this from play to play. However this learning curve is far steeper than in other DS titles.

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed DS Game of 2004
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. RonnieD.
    Mar 7, 2006
    10
    This game is awesome. I never get tired of playing this game.
  2. PhilE.
    May 11, 2005
    9
    Superb for a portable version. True, the graphics aren't as good as the PS2, XBOX or GC but what do you expect. An excellent effort!
  3. JoeB.
    Jan 21, 2005
    10
    I have never liked football games and for someone who doesn't know about maden games this is AMAZING. diehard madden gfans might find it I have never liked football games and for someone who doesn't know about maden games this is AMAZING. diehard madden gfans might find it boring but if all the comparisons to other platforms isn't fair. THis is a tiny handheld game. it isn't like you can carry your ps2 around so this game is a real stroke of genious it is a must buy especialy if you don't thinkn you like football or have never tried a football game Full Review »