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  • Summary: Madden NFL 09 combines a more authentic gameplay simulation experience and deeper game modes for the hard core fans with all-new EA SportsFamily Play, featuring an easy-to-use control system that help rookies master the game. With the new QB Avoidance Stick and new combo moves, plus anMadden NFL 09 combines a more authentic gameplay simulation experience and deeper game modes for the hard core fans with all-new EA SportsFamily Play, featuring an easy-to-use control system that help rookies master the game. With the new QB Avoidance Stick and new combo moves, plus an enhanced Fantasy Challenge and all-new SuperSim, the franchise takes its next leap in bringing you the ultimate football experience with Madden NFL 09. Anybody can dominate the game like a pro with EA SportsFamily Play. An all-new playcalling system features simplified one-button controls and assisted player movements. All-New Franchise Scoring System - Earn points at season's end in Franchise mode by accumulating a winning record during the regular and post-season, progressing your players from no-name status to superstar caliber, increasing attendance, drafting elite players, and more. New SuperSim - Take full control over the pace of a game by simulating a single play, a quarter, a half, or an entire game. Take the field or take plays off, it’s entirely up to you. Earn Your Stripes - Use points earned in practice to improve your skills and overtake players ahead of you on the depth chart, then do whatever it takes to meet your team’s expectations by reaching key incentives that are written in your contract. Three new league champions with unique special abilities have joined the fray with one goal in mind: knocking you from your championship run. Defeat each champ in the new Champions Stadium at the end of each league and you’ll advance to the next tier. Pull off new combo moves by stringing together multiple actions in succession or direct receivers’ routes when scrambling out of the pocket with your quarterback. An enhanced gameplay system also features the QB Avoidance Stick, allowing your quarterback to avoid pressure while in the pocket by quickly scrambling away in four different directions. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
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  1. While the main game still plays like Madden, hardcore players are going to be upset at the overall lack of improvement in Madden '09.
  2. 70
    It's not a horrible game, but it just doesn't do anything new at all, making it a watered down copy of last year's game with only mild items to keep your attention for a few minutes here and there.
  3. Offering little in the way of new features or modes, those who already own previous Madden installments won't find much reason to purchase this otherwise great title.
  4. A solid football title that you probably don’t need to play. Make some roster adjustments to 08 (or even 07) or, better yet, make the move to next-gen consoles and start soaking in some big-time NFL atmosphere. Your $40 will thank you.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. BrandonL
    Oct 22, 2008
    10
    This is the best NFL simulation I have ever played. I've owned and played every PS2 version of Madden since Madden 2003. Sure, some This is the best NFL simulation I have ever played. I've owned and played every PS2 version of Madden since Madden 2003. Sure, some years have certainly been lacking, and this year's game isn't strikingly different than last year. All in all, though, I could not be more satisfied with this game. I spend most of my time playing online, so I can't comment too much about the franchise, owner modes, etc., but the gameplay is the best I have seen. The most noticeable changes this year include: 1. The disappearance of required QB vision cones. 2. Receivers will try to keep their feet in bounds when going for a catch near the sidelines. (Makes a huge difference.) 3. You can now combine jukes and other moves. You push a series of buttons, and the player will go into the next move as soon as the previous one finishes. It's been hard being a Madden fan when it seems like they are changing the controls every year or 2, but EA has really nailed it this year. I couldn't ask for a better football game on this system. I can't tell you whether it's worth it or not for you to go out and purchase the new edition of this game, and you may not be an NFL nut like me who has to have all the latest rosters, but don't kid yourself....this is the best Madden ever to be offered for the PS2. Expand
  2. mattd
    Jan 13, 2009
    10
    awesome game, very fun, franchise is much better than ps3 and online play is fun.
  3. Nov 27, 2014
    10
    I've played the new madden's, and I still just find myself coming back to this game. I definitely believe it is the best football video game.I've played the new madden's, and I still just find myself coming back to this game. I definitely believe it is the best football video game. Blitz is the most fun, but this is the most realistic. Expand
  4. devildole
    Aug 13, 2008
    9
    As a loyal ps2 purchaser I was overjoyed to find out they were still hooking it up for current gen. This game doesn't have a billion As a loyal ps2 purchaser I was overjoyed to find out they were still hooking it up for current gen. This game doesn't have a billion updates or anythin,g as it's obvious that EA has moved their attention to 360 and ps3, but everything we've been complaining about for years looks addressed. Putting in Supersim was really cool, and the first time I did a sideline catch in the end zone I jumped out my chair. Thanks EA for adding some polish to the game, even if its the last version for ps2. Expand
  5. NateP
    Dec 1, 2008
    8
    For a last-gen game (and probably the last Madden on PS2), this was a very solid game. 2007 is still the best Madden ever on this platform, For a last-gen game (and probably the last Madden on PS2), this was a very solid game. 2007 is still the best Madden ever on this platform, but I enjoyed this game a heck of a lot more than last year's version. Expand
  6. DustinS
    Oct 29, 2008
    6
    Nothing really new other then roster updates, and the graphics seem to be a downgrade from previous years. Actually the graphics are really Nothing really new other then roster updates, and the graphics seem to be a downgrade from previous years. Actually the graphics are really quite poor...save your money and play 08 or 07 for ps2. Expand
  7. Jul 21, 2012
    4
    Stupid. First thing I want to say is that the madden series will never be as good as the NCAA Football series. Madden 09 is a mess full ofStupid. First thing I want to say is that the madden series will never be as good as the NCAA Football series. Madden 09 is a mess full of bugs, glitches, and other annoying features. The great football play is still there but the annoying features mess it up alot. Expand

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