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  • Summary: With its new modes and enhancements, Madden NFL 06 offers an authentic football experience. Among the game's offensive enhancements are "QB Vision Control," which gives each quarterback a unique field of vision, and "QB Precision Placement," which lets you throw the ballWith its new modes and enhancements, Madden NFL 06 offers an authentic football experience. Among the game's offensive enhancements are "QB Vision Control," which gives each quarterback a unique field of vision, and "QB Precision Placement," which lets you throw the ball more accurately. In the new NFL Superstar mode, you can experience the life of an NFL player by earning one of more than 60 personas ranging from MVP to movie star. Collapse
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  1. Kiss the rest of your summer (and your loved ones) goodbye and get ready to spend all your waking hours indoors, sitting next to a giant bag of Fritos, agonizing over 4–3 blitz packages.
  2. Madden NFL 06 is still an outstanding game, but EA needs to re-think the reality and practicality of its Superstar mode, and it has plenty of work to do to make QB Vision both effective and enjoyable.
  3. Whether it's the first steps of an online franchse via your EA Locker or your life as the equivalent to Budweiser's Leon in NFL Superstar, Madden's exploration of new areas is not to be missed. [Sept 2005, p.92]
  4. The new Superstar mode will keep fans looking for a slight twist on the series fairly happy, but overall the difficulty of the QB Vision mode will probably be the deciding factor in whether you enjoy Madden 2006 or not.
  5. While the inclusion of the vision cones and the concept of the Superstar mode were creative ideas, the actual implementation of the features ranged from inconvenient to improperly constructed.
  6. At least the game makes you feel more like a quarterback than ever before, and that's reason enough for one hell of an end-zone celebration.
  7. Not the huge advancement many might expect from a new year and especially a year when they are the only game in town, but the game still plays solid, the rosters are updated, and the new modes may appeal to those coming over from the competition.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. BubuchiS.
    Aug 30, 2006
    10
    This game is awesome! Love the graphics.
  2. LawrenceG.
    Jul 27, 2005
    10
    With the new features added to this game such as precision passing and the 24/7 mode this game is easily the best madden yet and deserves a 10.
  3. KyleH.
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    Awesome.
  4. BillK.
    Aug 16, 2005
    9
    I played both the gamecube and ps2 versions in a store, and the gamecube version looked and felt a good deal better. The passing cone I played both the gamecube and ps2 versions in a store, and the gamecube version looked and felt a good deal better. The passing cone didn't change the game as much as I thought it would. The game still has the same familiar feel to it. Expand
  5. KyleS.
    Jul 23, 2006
    9
    A great game of football to play with your friends, Superstar mode seems unrealistic, but overall a good buy.
  6. JackL.
    Aug 18, 2005
    7
    So while waiting for 06 to come out, I dusted off my copy of 05 but...couldn't play my copy of 05 cause the disc had vanished. I had no So while waiting for 06 to come out, I dusted off my copy of 05 but...couldn't play my copy of 05 cause the disc had vanished. I had no other choice but to play ESPN 2K5 which I could never really get into just because I felt like I had to learn to play the whole game again. Anyhow, ESPN 2K5 is amazing and so is Madden but this years Madden 06 falls flat on its face. Where? Gameplay. They just don't get it. They can add a new 'X' factor feature every year to intrigue us but until they improve the base gameplay they will never get it. ESPN does however in spades...but 2K5 has a rather ugly GUI and can be confusing to navigate thru while Madden is super pretty and slick. So you know...I did all the tutorials, learned the new controls set my team, the Steelers and then when I got to the game, the whole thing just farted and laid an egg. I never thought the player animations could get worse but they did. I never thought the presentation could get worse but it didn't it just stayed EXACTLY the same except this time I was subject to agro grunge pop and gangsta music every two seconds. It begs the question? What the hell does that music have to with football? Thankfully all those horrible decisions by the ignorant brass at Tiburon can be changed. These are first impressions I'm talking about here. The precision passing is the only redeeming feature. The defensive features are impossible to work with because you just do not have time to select your coverages. Play 2K5 and you'll see amazing and extremely ambitious presentation as well as very realistic gameplay. Somehow we got to the ideas of these two franchises (one is now deceased) and put them together in one game. The entire AI has to be rewritten for Madden. All player animations have to redone from the ground up. And replays for God's sake! Madden completely misses the boat on every single great play I make. I could go on and on about the weaknesses in gameplay with punt returns, catch up logic from CPU, fluid motion dynamics, cookie cutter celebrations, excessive audio to cover up for no work put into art and coding, the stupid EA radio and one last thing the horrible blazing white EA splash screen which appears after scoring a TD. I don't know what the hell that is....but is so ugly and so old school that it looks like it comes from the cutting room floor of Madden 98. It practically blinds me every time it comes on. So in conclusion, if you want a sexy front end, menus, horrible teenage-angst-ghetto-wannabee-slacker music, unfootball-like animations and feel, poor AI, and weak gameplay then get this game. I get it a 7 based on the strength of the Front End alone, it's that good. Expand
  7. RichG.
    Sep 15, 2005
    4
    Madden 06 is a total joke and still proof that ea/Tiburon is more interested in successful marketing and shareholder profits than making a Madden 06 is a total joke and still proof that ea/Tiburon is more interested in successful marketing and shareholder profits than making a game worth playing.This years version is horrible and should be sued on a class action basis for causing such mental anguish.Need examples;no need to worry I have plenty of them :Like Alex Smith being able to run down from behind All Pro cornerbacks (no angle at all)and force fumbles to seal bogus victories for online opponents,how about Billy Cundiff shanking straight forward 38 yard feildgoals from the very center of the field with 100 percent accuracy and 97 power in a dome no less against the cpu(while playing Atlanta) after the opponent quit the game just to give the cpu another chance at a last second victory.How about certain players with lesser abilities making great clutch plays while others with much greater abilities dropping balls or fumbles when the A.I.feels the need to assist a playoff team or a team from California.Why is it that all a rookie need do is pick a 3-4 cover 3 zone package and put 8 in the box.Blitz the fastest linebacker or linebackers and your screwed.Iv'e been playing Madden for 16 long years and this is the worst version ever.MY tag name is Sutherndevil I was consistently in and out of the top 100 last year playing with the lowly Saints and didnt use glitches etc.to get there unless someone glitched me first and continued to do so.Yeah all the new "bells and whistles are neato torpedo" but the player attributes are a complete disreguard for reality and the computer A.I. totally disgusts me. Absolutely positively a reason to sue or turn them into the Better Business Bureau for such a poorly made game.People everywhere deserve theyre money back. Expand

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