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  • Summary: Celebrating 20 Years of Innovation, Madden NFL 09 combines Wi-Fi multiplayer games and Rec Room mini-games with all-new EA Sports Family Play, featuring an easy-to-use game control system. With an all-new tri-level playcalling system, plus the new Last-Minute Miracle mini-game, the franchiseCelebrating 20 Years of Innovation, Madden NFL 09 combines Wi-Fi multiplayer games and Rec Room mini-games with all-new EA Sports Family Play, featuring an easy-to-use game control system. With an all-new tri-level playcalling system, plus the new Last-Minute Miracle mini-game, the franchise takes its next leap in bringing you football on the go with Madden NFL 09. Now anybody can dominate the game like a pro with all-new EA Sports Rookie Mode. Simplified playcalling controls and an easy-to-use passing system promise to make Madden NFL 09 the most accessible PSP football game ever. Players of all skill levels can be competitive by calling plays from three unique playbooks, ranging from Easy to Advanced. Intelligent Coach Tips provide instant feedback to help you become a better player on the fly. Deliver Big Hits with Ease - Dominate on the defensive side of the ball with an all-new one-button control scheme featuring assisted player movement allowing new players to enjoy early success. New Player Indicators - Find the open man with the help of new open receiver icons identifying who's open or covered. Wide-open receivers help you out even more, calling for the ball by waving their arms. Player indicators also tell you when to evade an approaching defender or perform a crushing tackle. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. A Rookie mode simplifies the controls for beginners (don't worry, you still have Advanced controls) and there's Franchise mode and the Madden Moments from the console editions (called Superstar Challenge), but the on-field action looks and sounds too similar to last year's game.
  2. Madden and PSP have gone together beautifully for years now, and for better or worse this season is no different.
  3. 70
    It's still a decent game for fans to play, but if you were looking for a big leap forward for the portable version in the 20th edition of the franchise, you're not going to find it here.
  4. If you are looking for a portable version of the PS3 or 360 versions of Madden 09, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Madden NFL 09 on the PSP is a good game with its share of oversights and flaws. But it is the only NFL game on the PSP.
  5. With the biggest new feature being Rookie Mode and the lack of new features that are available on current-gen versions of the game, those who own recent Madden title on the PSP won't find much new here.
  6. 60
    Sure, Madden NFL 09 plays good (that's expected), but it feels too similar to Madden games of old and like a $39.99 roster update.
  7. Twenty years at the top and Madden is faltering badly – this 'update' offers little in terms of new content and should only be considered if you've passed on the previous PSP instalments.

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  1. keithdonahue
    Aug 26, 2008
    5
    Leaves out many features that were included in 08 such as ingame instant replay and breaking down the play commentary, accelerated clock,Leaves out many features that were included in 08 such as ingame instant replay and breaking down the play commentary, accelerated clock, falling rain and snow effects. It also adds a cumbersome menu interfact that forces more scrolling and clicking through the playcalling menus. Scrolling through the player rosters is much slower than in 08 - a big blow to anyone who likes to customize player roster ratings. 09 adds annoying graphics that take up precious PSP screen space and can't be turned off. The sprint button has been remaped to the right trigger button and can't be remapped. Expand
  2. JaredC]
    Aug 25, 2008
    3
    Do you think they're going to keep adding more and more Madden games every single year? Eventually they're going to have to stop,Do you think they're going to keep adding more and more Madden games every single year? Eventually they're going to have to stop, hey. Sure it isn't extremely terrible, it's just all it is really is your every day boring old Madden game, which, from my opinion, is referred as crap. Expand