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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 133 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 16 out of 133

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  1. MichaelC.
    Dec 12, 2003
    1
    Madden 2004 moves entirely too fast. The 2003 version moves more smoothly, and more realistic. When you add equiptment to a player, for example long sleeves, if the weather happens to be hot, the computer will take the long sleeves off for you. A player cannot have long sleeves and arm pads, and other combinations. The 2003 version allows the players to wear what they want, when they Madden 2004 moves entirely too fast. The 2003 version moves more smoothly, and more realistic. When you add equiptment to a player, for example long sleeves, if the weather happens to be hot, the computer will take the long sleeves off for you. A player cannot have long sleeves and arm pads, and other combinations. The 2003 version allows the players to wear what they want, when they want. Madden 2004 is a definite downgrade from 2003. I've played it once and put it away. 2003 is the best Madden ever made in my opinion. Expand
  2. OBL
    Aug 15, 2003
    0
    American football sucks, why do we even call it football when they dont touch the ball with their feet..thats really stupid. why do we use a slang word to describe Association Football (soccer) soccer comes from Assoc. an abreiviation of Association. personally i cant wait for fifa 2004, footsoccerball is way better than gridiron, its just extra protection rugby ahahahaha, have any of youAmerican football sucks, why do we even call it football when they dont touch the ball with their feet..thats really stupid. why do we use a slang word to describe Association Football (soccer) soccer comes from Assoc. an abreiviation of Association. personally i cant wait for fifa 2004, footsoccerball is way better than gridiron, its just extra protection rugby ahahahaha, have any of you guys seen real rugby, its so cool, no protection or nothing (apat from gumshields) and its proper brutal comapared to NFL. who would wanna play a crappy NFL game (yawn) when you could play a EXCITING soccer game. Expand
  3. 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 theReal 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. Collapse
  4. MaddenHater
    Aug 18, 2003
    0
    I have played every Madden game that has ever came out. Every year they still SUCK. The new 2004 NCAA Football game is the best football game there is. Your runningbacks actually truck defenders, a created FB that stand 7 foot and weights 300 pounds cannot easily be tackled by a skinny little FS. This years madden games is not different than last years. THe only things different is the I have played every Madden game that has ever came out. Every year they still SUCK. The new 2004 NCAA Football game is the best football game there is. Your runningbacks actually truck defenders, a created FB that stand 7 foot and weights 300 pounds cannot easily be tackled by a skinny little FS. This years madden games is not different than last years. THe only things different is the Stadium and Owner mode. Which makes no sense to me cause its a football game. If you want to own and build things then play Simcity. This is a football game PERIOD. I asume the makers knew this game would suck so they added some irrelivant features to it. The point is; don't waste your 5 bucks renting it and I will go as far to say to not even waste the gas in your car to go to the store to rent it. I will stick to college games from now on. After last years game I said I will never buy another madden game again, and I made a smart choice by renting this POS first. I am glad I did, I will never rent nor play another madden game again. You'd be better off spending the money on a dog, train him to catch a fresbie then use the Madden disk to throw in place of a fresbie. Expand
  5. JacobF.
    Jan 9, 2005
    0
    Espn 2K4 is much better.
  6. DJ.B.
    Mar 28, 2004
    0
    This game is a total piece of crap.Momentum swings are ridiculous. The AI is set up to always keep the other player in the game at all times. Dropped passes are way to many. There is no defense at all.If you do not fair catch every kick you will fumble. EA has totaly ruined this years madden football game. Who needs Madden and his commentary? I can predict the outcome of every game by the This game is a total piece of crap.Momentum swings are ridiculous. The AI is set up to always keep the other player in the game at all times. Dropped passes are way to many. There is no defense at all.If you do not fair catch every kick you will fumble. EA has totaly ruined this years madden football game. Who needs Madden and his commentary? I can predict the outcome of every game by the first kick of the ball. Maybe EA should concentrate on making the gameplay more realistic instead of adding crap to it every year that doesnt work, like PLAY MAKER controlls. It will be a rental next year before it gets a chance to sit on my game shelf. WAY TO GO EA. You will lose alot of diehards if you do not fix it! Expand
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. It's so good, I find it humorous that ESPN uses Madden for its pre-game show.
  2. 100
    Knocks the chin strap up around the nose of the competition. It's simply the most realistic simulation of football available, and once again, the industry standard.
  3. Just about the only bad thing about Madden NFL 2004 is the bar that it sets. EA Sports has one hell of a challenge waiting in the wings, trying to improve on a masterful title like this.