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6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27

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  1. JargonJ.
    Oct 24, 2007
    2
    As long as the Wii doesn't become gimmicky, this system will be fine. Unfortunately for the Wii, it's become gimmicky. If you are going to have graphics of such a poor quality, you must deliver with intuitive gameplay and a unique and perfect control scheme. The inability of EA to adapt PERFECTLY to the game. There shouldn't be any issues with moving the controller after As long as the Wii doesn't become gimmicky, this system will be fine. Unfortunately for the Wii, it's become gimmicky. If you are going to have graphics of such a poor quality, you must deliver with intuitive gameplay and a unique and perfect control scheme. The inability of EA to adapt PERFECTLY to the game. There shouldn't be any issues with moving the controller after the snap. In the NFL if the ball is still at the QB's waist he's not going to throw the ball of his back leg, for no apparent reason. That's it - plain and simple. Expand
  2. Craig
    Jan 4, 2008
    4
    I love football games, and always find myself playing this game, but I do find a lot of problems with Madden 08 for the Nintendo Wii. Especially with the online play. First off, the passing...is horrible when playing online. Im not sure if its due to the excessive lag you have when you play online, but when you press a certain receiver(left, right, down, up) id say 60% of the time will I love football games, and always find myself playing this game, but I do find a lot of problems with Madden 08 for the Nintendo Wii. Especially with the online play. First off, the passing...is horrible when playing online. Im not sure if its due to the excessive lag you have when you play online, but when you press a certain receiver(left, right, down, up) id say 60% of the time will not pass to the receiver you want. It gets very frustrating when this happens. Thats really the main problem with this game. The passing is horrible, especially for online play. The game itself is fun, but once you start playing online, its a whole new ballgame. Your play changes so much its ridiculous. Whether it be just trying to connect to the server, getting disconnected while playing, excessive lag, very poor passing(possible due to lag), not being able to let go of the ball faster than you want. This all leads to a very miserbale, non-fun, non-competetive online play. Expand
  3. JS
    Aug 17, 2007
    3
    This is a terrible excuse for an EA title. The Wii version of Madden 08 is buggy, missing key features and has a few very annoying control differences from the original. Case in point regarding the controls: you must use 1 to strip the ball on defence, which is near impossible when you're trying to run at a guy holding B; also, many of the menus in the game do not allow column This is a terrible excuse for an EA title. The Wii version of Madden 08 is buggy, missing key features and has a few very annoying control differences from the original. Case in point regarding the controls: you must use 1 to strip the ball on defence, which is near impossible when you're trying to run at a guy holding B; also, many of the menus in the game do not allow column sorting because all of the buttons are being used for something else. As for the bugs, there is a throwing glitch most noticeable during online play, where the QB throws immediately following the snap - as far as I can tell, this is not a anti-cheese feature. I have had the game freeze a few times but there doesn't seem to be a pattern yet. Missing features are perhaps the most annoying part of this game: there is no create-a-player, team, playbook or stadium; you can't move/rename a team in franchise mode; and you can't use or edit alternate uniforms. All of these features were popular during 07 and are in other versions of the game. Party mode is the only plus I can talk about right now (I don't even like online play): there are a few mini-games that are party specific that are neat and is a fun alternative when playing with a group of friends. As I said, online play is not what many would expect. There are frequent disconnects with EA servers for no reason at all, which will usually happen at the worst times - Murphy's law. Family controls are a neat idea, but not that appealing. If I was EA I wouldn't have bothered since many people playing this game will want to move the players around and frankly, I don't see my mother playing this game with me. Graphics do not seem improved on a standard tv, in fact they look worse (very bright and washed out) - and this is with a very good tube tv. All in all, the usability of this game is quite weak, it's missing key features that made the 07 version so popular and it has annoying bugs. This is a huge disappointment and does not deserve any of the positive ratings this or any other site have been giving it. From a true EA fan - this is by far a huge let down. Buy it for online play, but don't be expecting perfection. If you're playing offline mostly, buy 07 or wait for 09. Expand
  4. BrianG.
    Aug 17, 2007
    4
    The game has no online play, even though it is advertised. Controls could be better. The graphics have a glitch where everything becomes blurred after a cpu controlled camera angle, it makes it difficult to see recievers on deep routes. Menu systems suck.
  5. DP
    Aug 21, 2007
    3
    Everything that J S said in his post is dead on. I have had the game for a few days now and playing it is not the same as playing it on a PS3 or on an XBOX. I initially thought it would be a great concept, but unfortunately they were unable to deliver. With all of the bugs and the poor graphics, it's a shame that EA has an exclusive contract with the NFL. I guess it is proving to be Everything that J S said in his post is dead on. I have had the game for a few days now and playing it is not the same as playing it on a PS3 or on an XBOX. I initially thought it would be a great concept, but unfortunately they were unable to deliver. With all of the bugs and the poor graphics, it's a shame that EA has an exclusive contract with the NFL. I guess it is proving to be true that having a monopoly will bring down the quality of the product. Anyone want to buy my copy? it's now up for sale. Expand
  6. ChrisS.
    Aug 23, 2007
    3
    What a huge disappointment. no create a player? this "game" seems so haphazardly thrown together. it's really disappointing. have the game has been thrown out. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING EA? i'm shocked that they would release a game that's so much worse than 2007. i wish EA would lose their NFL liscense. i want 2K sports making my NFL games after this piece of crap.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Don't purchase Madden NFL 08 expecting beautiful visuals and slick looking menus. Buy it because you crave a more interactive experience as well as modes that you can't find in the other versions. With 22 mini games, trivia and fun controls, this gridiron giant runs the pigskin into the end zone.
  2. 85
    The game makes great use of motion with better-implemented and easier to pull off moves than 07, it has more modes, far more multiplayer both locally and now online, and is generally superior in nearly every regard. On the flipside, Wii’s second Madden still suffers from a ton of last-generation bugs, with everything from moronic AI and cheap pass defense to disappearing pass icons and odd camera glitches that cloak the entire playfield in blur effects.
  3. A great game. The new additions to the title are innovative and impact the gameplay positively. Online play will prove to be a boon for Wii owners, the Party mode helps make the title stand out on this console, and the high quality graphics make it competitive with the other versions.