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  • Summary: Force the action on defense in Madden NFL 2005. New defensive tools allow you to make more plays and be in on all of the action. The all-new Hit Stick lets you lay the big hit to turn the momentum of the game in your favor. Modify pre-snap assignments, including double teams and player-specific match ups, for any defensive player on the field. With the new Storyline Central, you get the inside scoop around the league from radio host Tony Bruno, along with local and national newspapers, to help you make critical franchise decisions. New Hit Stick ? Change the momentum of a game by using the right analog stick to make a huge hit, force a turnover, and send the crowd into a frenzy. Time it just right or you'll get burned for a big play. Enhanced Franchise Mode ? Players now react to everything that happens in the franchise?reward a hard-working player by naming him team captain or trade away unhappy players. The new game-by-game progression system rewards players for their performance during the season. Your team's crowd is now customizable with new Create-a-Fan. Be on the lookout for team-specific super fans via all-new 3D fan scenes. New EA SPORTS Online ? Take on the best Madden players in quick tournaments, or compete in a mini-game of Rushing Attack. Improved EA SPORTS Fair Play keeps the playing field level. [Electronic Arts] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 95
    The defensive improvements alone are worth the price of admission, but when you add to that the expanded franchise mode, you realize just how different this year's game not only looks but feels.
  2. 95
    Once you get sucked into Franchise Mode, you very well might not make it out.
  3. While there are lots of competitors, there quite simply just isn't another football game that stands up to the standard Madden sets. If you love the NFL, you'll love Madden 2005.
  4. One quibble comes with the ugly texturing of the player models - perhaps a hangover from the console versions, or maybe just misjudged artistic direction. Either way, they need fixing. And that's about that. [PC Zone]
  5. The new defensive controls make it a must-buy (for those with a dual-analog pad). [Holiday 2004, p.108]
  6. A little too much like last year’s game...However, its defensive gameplay mechanics are more than enough to warrant that this is a must-play game if you’re into football, and it’s a lot more user-friendly than ESPN is.
  7. Just because it's the only big-budget PC football game on the market is now excuse for complacency. [Dec 2004, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  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 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. Expand