Madden NFL 09 PlayStation 3

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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 132 Ratings

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  • Summary: For passionate Madden NFL fans, this year's iteration promises to take authenticity and depth of gameplay to an entirely new level with more than 85 new features and enhancements, including the all-new Virtual Trainer tutorial mode. Utilizing a holographic environment, this mode teachesFor passionate Madden NFL fans, this year's iteration promises to take authenticity and depth of gameplay to an entirely new level with more than 85 new features and enhancements, including the all-new Virtual Trainer tutorial mode. Utilizing a holographic environment, this mode teaches gamers simple concepts about playing football and how to use the controls in quick, fun and stylized drills. In Madden NFL 09, the game engine is continually assessing the player's performance and adapst a custom experience to every type of gamer, from newcomer to the veteran Madden NFL player. Madden NFL 09 also features a network-inspired broadcast presentation. Players benefit from the authentic football knowledge of an in-booth play-by-play and color commentary team featuring Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond. In addition, numerous graphical enhancements have been made, including realistic weather and grass, sleeker player models and exterior stadium views. Madden NFL 09 gives gamers the ability to create online leagues. Avid Madden NFL fans can now take their rivalries online and compete in leagues with up to 32 teams. Online league play features in-depth stat tracking, player trades and a flexible scheduling option. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. 100
    The mud-caked Slop Bowls, bustling sidelines, and significantly varied player physiques mean that Madden 09's finally lived up to EA's next-gen target video from three years ago that -- for three years -- looked way better than the games themselves.
  2. This 20th version of Madden NFL will sure be known as one of best of the series and will sure keep the whole Madden Nation happy…until next year of course. Expectations will continue to grow.
  3. A true next generation football experience unlike any other.
  4. While it's hard to justify spending 60 dollars on a yearly series, Madden NFL 09 offers up just enough tweaks to make it worth consideration.
  5. Even with all the new features and promised tweaks, Madden 09 still feels a bit too familiar and some might even have a hard time separating it from last year’s game.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    American football mixes brain and brawn like no other sport, and it's something Madden 09 reflects beautifully. [Oct 2008, p.96]
  7. What you are left with is a great 2-player game, a lot of features that the well established fan base most likely won’t care about (even though Backtrack and Rewind are both pretty good ideas), a half-baked online league system, and gameplay that is at times highly polished and entertaining yet also plagued by AI issues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 37
  2. Negative: 18 out of 37
  1. AaronL.
    Aug 9, 2008
    10
    There seems to be a lot of EA haters voting here. Play the game before you judge it, it's the best of the modern era, which isn't There seems to be a lot of EA haters voting here. Play the game before you judge it, it's the best of the modern era, which isn't hard, but it's also an incredible game. Expand
  2. AdamH
    Aug 17, 2008
    10
    This game combines everything I ever loved about madden, but adds new features that I love (like supersim which allows you to play the game This game combines everything I ever loved about madden, but adds new features that I love (like supersim which allows you to play the game but simulate certain plays or possesions). 10/10 w/o a doubt. Expand
  3. RonW.
    Nov 6, 2008
    10
    this game is amazing all you people that say it sucks, well thats cause u suck at it. how is that the games fault u morons ha ur sad. and this game is amazing all you people that say it sucks, well thats cause u suck at it. how is that the games fault u morons ha ur sad. and whoever likes anything less then 09 more is dumb you only like it more cause you can break a 90 yard td run everytime u touch the effin ball. so quit complaing and grow up. Expand
  4. EraldoU.
    Nov 20, 2008
    5
    This is about an average game to me. The superstar is completely wrecked; they should have kept the old superstar from 08. In the 08 version This is about an average game to me. The superstar is completely wrecked; they should have kept the old superstar from 08. In the 08 version of superstar, the player actually had to put effort into becoming a hall of famer; in 09, it can be beat in 1 season. Expand
  5. TouchyEd
    Aug 18, 2008
    4
    As a game considered in complete isolation, Madden 2009 is a pretty darn good football game. But when you start comparing it to existing As a game considered in complete isolation, Madden 2009 is a pretty darn good football game. But when you start comparing it to existing Madden products (2008 and 2007 in particular), you start to realize that the game just hasn't evolved much over the last few years. Better graphics? They don't appear to be. Better gameplay? Nope. Better sound? Well yah, with the commentary. But overall, we're just seeing the same product packaged year after year. Disappointing. Avoid. Expand
  6. RickLord
    Aug 24, 2008
    3
    The game is slow, the play doesn't allow you to set and is hard to determine on D who you control especially with "quick snapers". The The game is slow, the play doesn't allow you to set and is hard to determine on D who you control especially with "quick snapers". The game experience online is poor, I found that the people like to run the same routes over and over and while I have only played 5 games, I have seen enough in 5 hrs of play to determine my 60 dollars spent was trash again. The speed and just overall experience when you get over the "eye candy" is not good. I would recommend you save your money and wait for madden franchise to go back and make the game play well vs all the high def eye candy, after all it's about playing the game and having good control that matters. The controls are just way too sensitive. It's a nice attempt to eliminate some of the past versions distractions but they still miss the mark in my book. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2013
    0
    Worst cover ever. Mr Pick six. Great job for setting the record #4 in career picks. This game is uninspiring and is not innovative. I neverWorst cover ever. Mr Pick six. Great job for setting the record #4 in career picks. This game is uninspiring and is not innovative. I never bought this dumb version thankfully. I have played as far back as m 2000. The best is still 2003. 2k5 in my own opinion is the best game play for football to todays date. Expand

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