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
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  1. 80
    The controls are surprisingly solid. Once you adapt to the small venue, the mechanics flow pretty well.
  2. What may be a surprise, however, is how poorly Madden NFL 2005 for the DS compares with some of its contemporaries on other platforms.
  3. 70
    Even without a sense of spit and polish to the presentation, it's at least a solid playing game of football that offers way more in gameplay than what the Game Boy Advance is capable of pulling off.
  4. Though the DS touch screen screams to me “Customized playbook!” it must have been screaming something else to the developers.
  5. Perhaps the game was rushed to make the DS’s launch window, but whatever the reason it feels as if less effort went into this game than is typical of Madden games.
  6. And on defense, try rushing the quarterback. More often than not you'll go right past the QB or the running back as you try to turn your defensive lineman in towards the pocket. It's hard to do and frustrating.
  7. 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.
  8. 40
    While Madden NFL 2005 is playable in its current form, most will tire of the shaky visuals and slippery controls faster than Mr. Madden slaps ham on a hoagie.
  9. The season mode will provide a good amount of playtime, as will multiplayer competition, just do not expect anything beyond these two features as this year’s Madden on the DS is as bare-boned as it gets.
  10. Unfortunately, the lack of any sort of Franchise mode cripples the replayability, making this little more than a decent romp on the gridiron in between rest stops.
  11. GMR Magazine
    70
    While it does a lot right, it lacks the polish the series is known for. [Feb 2005, p.113]
  12. games(TM)
    60
    Deep and rewarding, if physically a little uncomfortable to play on the DS, this game will set the tone for future EA titles. [Jan 2005, p.121]
  13. There is improvement to be had here, and given that the jungle drums are sending a message that Madden 2006 is on the way to the DS, we’re hoping that the developers can see where they’ve faltered and that they get a chance to try again.
  14. There are just too many glaring problems that would make this game recommendable to anyone but the most faithful of Madden fanatics.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. While a pee-wee-sized version of Madden can't hope to compete with its big brothers, I'm amazed at all it does pack in, including solid gameplay, a decent season mode, instant replays, and PS1-level graphics.
  18. The records and trading are groundbreaking for a sports title and has set a standard for all sports games that will be released for the DS.
  19. Nintendo Power
    67
    Player control is as good as ever, offering a wide selection of moves. [Feb 2005, p.114]
  20. Game Informer
    65
    Want to play football on the go? Take a piece of paper, fold it into a small triangle, and flick it into someone's face instead. [Jan 2005, p.144]
  21. 60
    For a handheld version, it ain't bad, but don't expect the same slick game you've been playing on the Xbox.
  22. Play Magazine
    62
    Graphically, I haven't seen this many jaggy looking players since the Genesis/SNES days. Player animations are also sub-par. [Jan 2005, p.85]
  23. Cheat Code Central
    70
    While it has issues the game is a good football game complete with realistic fatigue and injuries. It certainly showed promise for the next version and sports games in general.
  24. The game doesn't have as many options as its console counterparts, and while it's cool that it's in 3D Madden's graphics look atrocious, but it's still an enjoyable football game.
  25. 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.

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 »