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6.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5

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  1. Laurence
    Sep 20, 2004
    8
    Great game. Deep game. Superficially it doesn't look like alot has been added. The games start and end with the same animation sequences. Everything has been enhanced though. Player models are better than last year. Additions on the defensive side are more realistic. Blocking physics are more realistic in that the defenders can shed blocks quicker. The in-game cut scenes have been Great game. Deep game. Superficially it doesn't look like alot has been added. The games start and end with the same animation sequences. Everything has been enhanced though. Player models are better than last year. Additions on the defensive side are more realistic. Blocking physics are more realistic in that the defenders can shed blocks quicker. The in-game cut scenes have been changed and enhanced to add drama to the games. Madden and Michaels roles have to be expanded and enhanced. Buy it! Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2014
    3
    I played Madden on the Sega Genesis since 1993 and switched to the PC version when it first came out. This was the one that killed my enjoyment of it. They turned all the play action passes into pitchbacks. I hate pitchbacks.
Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. You don't need a barnburner system to get all of Madden's eye candy. [Holiday 2004, p.86]
  2. With the lackluster control pad support/implementation aside, if you're a PC gamer wanting NFL action, Madden 2005 is the game to get as there literally is no contest, but don't think EA take it easy because of this, as Madden 2005 is the PC's best yet by far.
  3. The new defensive controls make it a must-buy (for those with a dual-analog pad). [Holiday 2004, p.108]