Madden NFL 06 Xbox 360

Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Pretty graphics are great to have and all, but everything else about Madden on the 360 feels like a step backward--and one that makes its higher price tag very difficult to justify.
  2. The basic summary of the Xbox 360’s Madden 06 is the Xbox version with amazing graphics and a ton of cut out features.
  3. IF you are not concerned with these other options and are looking for a game to play against you buddies on or off-line, you should be pretty satisfied.
  4. If anything, you should at least rent to see what you are willing to let go just so you have the visually superior version of the game.
  5. It's easily the best looking football game to date and it plays good enough to warrant a purchase, but EA nixed the ability to challenge plays, so each time there's a bad call the ruling on the field stands. That definitely sucks.
  6. This is an enjoyable game of football that’s great to watch and play. On the other hand the countless omissions EA left out of this game are maddening.
  7. The graphics are fantastic, and the presentation is more realistic and immersive than ever before. However, there's no excuse for the gutting of the very features that made the Madden series great.
  8. A marginally brushed-up verison of Madden visually, but stripped of everything they've worked for over the years to advance the game's sense of realism and fun. [Jan 2006, p.60]
  9. 70
    I would throw a red flag but unfortunately I do not have that option, in reality or in the game.
  10. Occasionally shallow, its presentation is nonetheless faultless. [Issue #2]
  11. A mediocre football game. Madden NFL 06 is the Xbox 360's first budget title, it’s just too bad the game isn’t priced that way.
  12. The best looking football game on the market. It's definitely not the most full-featured football game available.
  13. 60
    It sure does look done, but once you slice it open you realize it's only half-baked.
  14. It's a shame then, that the Franchise mode omits goals, mini-camps, morale, and spring training. Want even less? You can't challenge calls after a play, and the promised 'hard-hitting' animations during a tackle turn into a weird and glitchy dance. And tragically, there's no Superstars mode. Once you've done feasting on the visuals, you've got a bargain-basement Madden at a real-world price. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  15. Whilst it is fun to play, you can't help feeling that they could have done so much more.
  16. As much as we love those menus, though, it bothers us that Madden 06 for the PSP, I mean Xbox 360, is missing so much content.
  17. Very entertaining, very playable, and very pretty...it just does not feel very next gen when the meat of the game is concerned.
  18. The gameplay is pretty bad, the features of the game have inexplicably vanished, and the only good new thing about the title is the improved graphics - which really aren't all that groundbreaking when compared to other 360 titles.
  19. Madden NFL 06 is not an awful game, but it's a jarringly incomplete and unforgivably buggy one. Obviously designed to look good first, foremost and last, Electronic Arts has sold out the game's soul - along with it's loyal customer base.
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 14 out of 21
  1. Jul 9, 2015
    0
    This game may have exposed a little bribery on the side of metacritic. Look at the disparity between how the pro critics rated thisThis game may have exposed a little bribery on the side of metacritic. Look at the disparity between how the pro critics rated this offensively lazy and deplorable game, vs how the real users rated it. There is no possible way a person could honestly rate this game 'positive'. The only explanation is that those critics may have been influenced by EA or some **** bc they knew the **** storm that they were going to get when putting out this trash, so it would make sense for them the flood critics w money to go uprate the game before people could find out the truth behind it and not buy it. The fact that one of the worst games ever made in the modern era, got only TWO negative review's out of FORTY EIGHT by these full of **** sell out critics make me not care at all about what a game's metascore is anymore Full Review »
  2. BryanM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    6
    It is not as bad as everyone says. shure it don't have the stuff the ps2s verson has but it is just like madden 07 without the $20 It is not as bad as everyone says. shure it don't have the stuff the ps2s verson has but it is just like madden 07 without the $20 dollors more for it. if you where like me and where waiting for Madden 08 to come out. and you wanted a 360 football game. you picked Madden 06 becuase it was only $10 and still was like 07. Full Review »
  3. NinaM.
    May 13, 2006
    0
    Absolute garbage. Eye candy YES! Gameplay NO! I hope they don't give a half of a game effort on Madden 07!