Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The game is fully featured for tremendous long term value, and the online components put it over the top in terms of true dollar value for your gaming experience.
  2. There’s no doubt about, Madden NFL 06 for the PSP is portable football you can’t afford to be without. Yes we’ve seen Madden on the GBA and most recently on the Nintendo DS but with PS2 connectivity, sharp visuals and solid gameplay this is by far the best handheld version.
  3. Perhaps the most annoying quirk about the visual presentation is the loading which is a bit too frequent.
  4. 85
    It has the look, sound and feel of the console versions, and for that I'm grateful. Everything from the online play to the depth here makes this a great addition to PSP libraries everywhere. I just wish things could've been tuned better so that loading was faster.
  5. Put simply, Madden 2006 for PSP is the first real - as in fully featured and legitimate - portable football game. [Dec 2005, p.114]
  6. What surprised me most is just how fast it played. [Nov 2005, p.180]
  7. Overall Madden 06 for the PlayStation Portable is a solid title with everything you’d expect from the mega-hit football franchise including great gameplay, graphics, audio and options, but the game falls short with in-game loading.
  8. 80
    Aside from some suspicious analog problems, the game suffers from a horrific plague that hurt previous EA Sports releases: LOADING.
  9. If you're the patient type and can stand sitting through a fair amount of menu loading, you'll find Madden 06 on the PSP to be the best game of handheld football available on the market.
  10. On the field, 06 mostly nails the Madden feel. [Nov 2005, p.156]
  11. It's just a huge shame that more time wasn’t spent polishing the product up before shipping out because the load times and game bugs hamper what could’ve been a sublime piece of portable football software.
  12. Pass defense is more realistic, and the balance smooths out at higher difficulty settings, but pounding the run is still unrealistically easy.
  13. 70
    And all that loading is double-whammy. Not only does it increase the length of each game, it puts a heavy drain on the battery. You probably won't make it all the way over the hills and through the woods to grandmother's house playing Madden PSP on one charge, much less if you turn on the Wi-Fi adapter.
  14. This is one for the fans, since the complicated gameplay and ultra detailed stats make it intimidating for nonenthusiasts. It's a quality game, but it may test your easy-going nature. [PSW]
  15. With features missing such as instant replay and challenging plays, and bugs that will crash games and others that ruin player progression, the game could have used some more time in the shop... Even with all of its problems, Madden 06 is easily the best football game to ever grace a handheld.
  16. 70
    This is the greatest handheld American football game available and fans of the game are likely to be very impressed with the game.
  17. In short, the people that should love the franchise mode may be put off by the performance. In addition to the sluggish menus, load times are too frequent and too long. Portable games should be fast and accessible, and Madden isn't.
  18. The core gameplay is definitely up to Madden standards, and for many gamers, that's all that's needed. [Nov 2005, p.122]
  19. 70
    It should be noted that the team got a lot of things right, particularly in the graphics and gameplay departments. While the first PSP game in the series has a few issues, it's still the only game in town.
  20. It nails most of the important things, like the gameplay and the online content, but the game’s beefy, versatile Franchise mode is a technical wreck. Still, its sheer depth makes it a relatively safe choice for patient fans of video gridiron.
  21. Far from the definitive Madden on the go experience. There are just too many issues with loading, missing features, and visuals, with the former affecting pacing and overall game play experience.
  22. Too easy and without replays, the first Madden outing on PSP is a giant fumble. Hopefully next year's update will be better. [Christmas 2005, p.116]
  23. What you have here is a competent, playable, fun football game pretty much ruined by game-killing bugs, freezes, flaws, and debacles.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. LorenzoCabrera
    Jan 12, 2006
    6
    I had really enjoyed playing Madden and you have no idea how many boring commutes it has saved me from. The only time I put Madden down wasI had really enjoyed playing Madden and you have no idea how many boring commutes it has saved me from. The only time I put Madden down was to play GTA, but now that I finised GTA, back to Madden. As I started the season...I failed to remembered why I never got around to finishing a season. NOW I REMEMBER!!! For the third time in two days and no apparent reason the game made my PSP reboot and on down to wire game, AGGHHH. I am giving away the game....ok, I cant, but I will never play franchise mode again.
    + Gameplay
    + Graphics
    + Portable (a given)

    - Loading Time
    - Lag
    - Freezes
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  2. KevinG.
    Jan 9, 2006
    9
    This game is the best football game that i have ever played, espescially for a handheld.. Great graphics and real live action. But i gave it This game is the best football game that i have ever played, espescially for a handheld.. Great graphics and real live action. But i gave it a 9 only for the lag and the long loads... but i can see why it takes so long (the graphics are frikin awesome) so overall i think its a great game and a must have if you own a psp. Full Review »
  3. mikeg
    Jan 3, 2006
    7
    It should be noted that there is a bug in the second game of the season/franchise that totally shuts the psp down, requiring you to saveIt should be noted that there is a bug in the second game of the season/franchise that totally shuts the psp down, requiring you to save before the end of the 2nd season game. I couldnt get through the playoffs either without game shutting down. Other than that it's a typical madden game, 3 or 4 plays is all you really need. Read the defense and then audible. Full Review »