Madden NFL 08 Wii

User Score
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. JW
    Aug 19, 2007
    7
    The game is decent, its just hard getting use to all the motion controls. And yes there is online play, dont listen to the person who said there isnt. I just finished a game online with my buddy.
  2. SteveJ.
    Aug 18, 2007
    7
    The presentation and graphics are a little better, but there is definite room for improvement. The online play is laggy, ranging from 1 to 3 second lag (which is a lot of time in a twitch game such as Madden.) The movements are easier to pull of, which is a plus. The core gameplay from 07 hasn't changed that much. The Wii version doesn't fix "Mario Running" that much with some The presentation and graphics are a little better, but there is definite room for improvement. The online play is laggy, ranging from 1 to 3 second lag (which is a lot of time in a twitch game such as Madden.) The movements are easier to pull of, which is a plus. The core gameplay from 07 hasn't changed that much. The Wii version doesn't fix "Mario Running" that much with some iffy collision detection, and gang tackles from the 360 and PS3 are missing, keeping the running game more successful than the passing game. You'll have a btter chance gaining yards up the middle than running complex routes, as the CPU corners stick to the wide receivers. There are some glitches here and there, such as the infamous camera blur glitch, but overall, this is still a solid game for single and local multiplayer games. Expand
  3. CA
    Aug 15, 2007
    5
    The controls are extremely buggy especially in the passing game. Sometimes it takes 4-5 throw motions with the wiimote to pass, and by that time you are already sacked. Also there is no controls to reverse cycle through your players pre-snap so if you accidentally pass up the player you want, you have to cycle all over again. There is no way to set a reciver hot-route unless you show your The controls are extremely buggy especially in the passing game. Sometimes it takes 4-5 throw motions with the wiimote to pass, and by that time you are already sacked. Also there is no controls to reverse cycle through your players pre-snap so if you accidentally pass up the player you want, you have to cycle all over again. There is no way to set a reciver hot-route unless you show your play with the 'b' button as well as there is no way to choose primary reciver without giving up your play. Although you cant even choose a play in 2player mode without your opponent seeing exactly what it is. I have played this game for only a couple hours and I have noticed many, many, many glitches, its almost like the reviewers never actually played the game and are just giving it an 80 cause it sounds ok. This game was probably pushed out too early as it is LOADED with bugs. These arent just programming bugs (like a running back freezing in the middle of the field, glitching out and fumbling the ball; or not being able to sprint into the endzone (because the sprint button makes you showboat into the endzone...VERY ANNOYING in the rush attack mini-game)) There are basic football principles that apparently EA doesnt know about. Such as intercepting a pass in the endzone, downing it and getting a safety called on you. Pretty much the only saving grace of this game is that it still has Al Michaels and John Madden commentating instead of that bafoon on xbox360 and Ps3. When Madden took over exclusive rights to the NFL liscense, many people warned of the failures of having no competition (pushing out games every year with no innovation just to make their yearly buck). I believe this principle has been clearly shown in Madden 08 for Wii. If you are still curious about this game because of the media attention it will most likely cause (madden nation hooplah) please, for your own good. RENT BEFORE YOU BUY. Expand

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#35 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
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.