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  • Summary: [Metacritic's 2003 Playstation 2 Game of the Year] Key Features for 2004 include New Playmaker Control - Make pre-snap adjustments to your receiver routes, direct receiver routes during a scramble, direct blocking down field during a run, or read and react to the offense to deliver a crushing tackle; New Owner Mode - Hire your own staff, set your team's ticket prices, build your own stadium, reward key players with signing bonuses and boost player attributes in Mini-Camp drills; Most Realistic NFL Playbooks Ever - Tons of new trick plays, multiple formation variations, and the deepest NFL playbooks from all 32 officially licensed Coaches Club Head Coaches; New Animations and Enhancements - New QB scramble transitions to improve throwing on the run, stumbles, open field blocks, whirlwind defensive reaction moves, sideline wrap tackles, and out of bound pushes. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. If you demand the ultimate in presentation and extras, look no further than Madden NFL 2004. [Grade = A+; Sept 2003, p.86]
  2. 100
    Of course, the game feels best when played with the PS2 controller. The Xbox and the GameCube are fine, too, but their button layouts force sometimes awkward finger stretching.
  3. Simply the deepest sports game ever made. It's got almost everything a football fan could ever want in a game - and then some. [Sept 2003, p.24]
  4. Simply THE pro-football title to buy this year, no matter what system you own. If you happen to have a choice, go with the PS2 version. It’s the only one with the awesome online play, and it controls like a dream with the Dual Shock controller configuration.
  5. Covers nearly every facet of professional football, but what makes this year's entry in the series so special is the fact that it ties all its components together seamlessly. Even the new gameplay features have been integrated incredibly well.
  6. Because of its tight game-play, depth and dizzying amount of features, Madden is still the one to beat.
  7. With all the new franchise options Madden 2004 is a definite must for anyone who likes to get into the nitty-gritty of the game, but otherwise you might be better of waiting for the rather nifty-looking "NFL Street." Overall though, this is the best American football game you can get.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 68
  2. Negative: 6 out of 68
  1. AndrewL.
    Aug 1, 2003
    10
    TOO SWEET ASS.
  2. Jul 5, 2012
    10
    A peak that as of 2012 the series has yet to reach. (blame that on the lack of comptish.) The gameplay is realistic and much more fun than the current versions of Madden, and the game was well ahead of its time. Throw in the excellent owner mode and you have a game with incredible replay value. The best Madden there ever has been. Expand
  3. BillK.
    Aug 13, 2003
    10
    I'm so awe-struck I don't even know what to say. So deep its almost daunting. You could skip the actual game and it would still be one of the best business sims out there. You could skip the sim part and its still the best sports game ever (with only Winning Eleven 6 being close). From Training Camp Mini Games to unlocking Hall of Famers for future drafts to building your own stadium...Madden 2004 literally has everything you could wish for in a football game. The programmers/designers should pull their Sharpies from their socks...another TD! Expand
  4. JutinM.
    Oct 25, 2003
    10
    This game is great. the graphics are great. the game play is nice.this is one of the best games i played.
  5. Sean
    Dec 21, 2003
    10
    One word can describe this game. AWESOME.
  6. JimmyS.
    Aug 16, 2003
    9
    Grrreeat game. my only complaint about the game is the skin tones. how do black players end up looking like a white person who has been in a tanning parlor? with all the work that the ea team put into this game, you would think they would get the skin tones right... Expand
  7. JoelCamp
    Aug 9, 2003
    0
    Real men play Espn Football. Has a couple nice new features but doesnt compare to Espn Football: It has the new 1st person football mode (how cool is that), OVER 1500 Unlockable items INCLUDING buying shi t for your football players house (the crib) like a air hockey table, and yeah, you can play against a friend on it or by youreself. So you can buy Madden now, take the easy way minus the cool features, or be a man and wait til September when the rest of us get an actually decent football game. You wont find 1st person footbal, nor The Crib, but you will find the playmaker thing........cool, no really it is lol. Be smart, go ESPN. Expand

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