Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. A lot like the Xbox 360 version of the same name, with some minor Sixaxis functionality added in.
  2. Although the non-graphical improvements may not be as dramatic as some migiht have hoped for, they all help to make this easily the best Madden title yet. [May 2007, p.68]
  3. 90
    Madden 07 PS3 is lightning-fast and silkily fluid. In fact, after playing the two versions back-to-back, we're inclined to say that the PS3 version feels a smidge faster and more responsive than the Xbox 360 version.
  4. 83
    If you're moving from the PS2 to the PS3, you'll most likely be impressed by the title, but if you happen to own the 360 version, there's not really anything included here that would make you want to purchase this title again.
  5. Another solid year of football gaming with enough lasting appeal to get you by ‘til next season’s opener.
  6. Madden 07 is an amazing, jaw-dropping game. But there are times when it feels like work-in-progress.
  7. If you go in expecting the game to be revolutionary you can’t help but be disappointed. However if you’re just looking for an enjoyable and solid game of football, you’ll be happy with the game.
  8. The Lead Blocking adds an all new dimension to the game, the Superstar mode lets you live the life of a NFL player, and the countless number of options and features add up to hours upon hours of enjoyment.
  9. 82
    The major new addition - greater control of offensive blocking - offers a reliable alternative to players tired of throwing the ball. [Issue 148, p.84]
  10. Launch titles are usually a mixed bag, but EA excels in this updated next-gen port, with plenty of visual candy and modes to be excited about.
  11. Manually controlling your lead blocker to open up a hole for your running back both makes up for years of imperfect AI-controlled blocking and feels great. So does using the Live Opponent feature to play franchise mode against another gamer instead of the CPU.
  12. It all adds up to a strong, promising rookie effort, but it sucks that the $20 cheaper current-gen version still has the overall edge on the depth chart. [Jan. 2007, p.79]
  13. If you have the 360 version of the game already, then you probably aren't going to be going ga-ga over the SIXAXIS stuff, and the PlayStation Network, for being free and what it is, still isn't enough to hang with Xbox Live.
  14. 80
    Madden NFL 07 is more than competent; in fact, it's very good, but unless you've waited all this time for a football game for this platform, with only a few weeks left in football season, you may want to just wait for next year's game.
  15. An extremely solid game of football. The motion-sensing SIXAXIS controller does nothing to improve the gridiron experience, but by and large, EA includes everything that makes the franchise great, from the easy to learn controls to the bone jarring tackles.
  16. As was the Xbox 360 version, the PS3 version of Madden NFL 07 is a very good football game that doesn't quite live up to the full potential of the latest console hardware. And while the game looks and plays quite good on the PS3, the added Sixaxis control support isn't really that impressive.
  17. So this is what it must feel like to be the Arizona Cardinals: You’ve got a new home, but the results are just the same.
  18. The singleplayer game is slightly improved on the 360 version, but the online isn't up to Live's status.
  19. It's completely average. As a next-generation title, its visuals leave a lot to be desired. And when you're not peeved at how boring it looks, you'll be peeved at how dull it sounds.
  20. The controls have become needlessly complicated and gameplay so slow that only advanced players will truly enjoy the depth to be found here.
  21. How about letting multiple people play on the same team, or even letting us play three-on-three matches? The series is probably headed in that direction, but like an obese ex-coach on a bus, it’s getting there slowly.
  22. With the next-gen engine already on its second iteration, and the extra time to polish up this year's version since the kickoff of the season, it's hard to swallow that Madden NFL 07 on the PS3 can't even live up to the standard it sets on Xbox 360. [Jan. 2007, p.71]
  23. 65
    Like its next-gen stablemate, Madden for the PS3 has a "maybe next year" outing this season, leaving the title of best Madden for the PlayStation to the PS2 version, which is $20 cheaper to boot.
  24. 60
    Characters look more realistic than ever, but they still act like they did in the last generation. Collision detection is still a joke, penalties come few and far between (seriously, watch am NFL game and count the false start penalties; now play 5 straight games of Madden and see if the AI commits even one.) and overall it just doesn’t feel like real football.
  25. This mess somehow gets worse with every play...It's like buying a Ferrari only for it to fall to pieces as you drive out of the dealership. [May 2007, p.118]
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 8 out of 9
  1. ShaunF.
    Jul 18, 2007
    1
    How is the next gen game worse than the current gen of the same year? What is with this cheesey 8 bit style NFL combine contest I have to How is the next gen game worse than the current gen of the same year? What is with this cheesey 8 bit style NFL combine contest I have to play in order to set my created player's attributes? In the old one you could customize the game the way you wanted. Now you have to waste time with this new feature that has nothing to do with the mechanics of the game on the field. Franchise mode is horrible. The words on the menu screens are so tiny are barely readable. The controller configuration was completely changed. What are these guys smoking? They need to issue a public apology for this. This is highway robbery. Why is the original game download not available for the 360 on XBOX live? So we could all are forced to go out and purchase this piece of crap!?! I used to respect EA. Full Review »
  2. BrianH.
    Feb 27, 2007
    2
    Defense in this game feels like it is totally based on luck (an 8 man front and all out blitz should stop a run up the gut 70% of the time; Defense in this game feels like it is totally based on luck (an 8 man front and all out blitz should stop a run up the gut 70% of the time; in this game, it stops the run about 10% of the time). Not fun, just infuriating. Full Review »
  3. RickC.
    Feb 20, 2007
    3
    3 might be a little high...but I have respected the madden line for years.Horrible announcing, even worse franchise mode (no fantasy 3 might be a little high...but I have respected the madden line for years.Horrible announcing, even worse franchise mode (no fantasy draft...who's decision was it to leave that out...they should fire them right now), terrible controls..it felt like I was on ice skates, terrible minigames, terrible superstar mode, smudged graphics on downfield views... EA sports has dropped the ball on yet another sports title... Madden used to be the best. Now we just have to hope Sega can get the NFL license back. Full Review »