Mixed or average reviews - based on 48 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. The game does lack a number of modes and gameplay tweaks that were incorporated over the years. If you can live without these modes, you’ll have a good game to showoff your new hardware with.
  2. A lot of fun to play. It did not blow me away because I was really disappointed with the lack of extras that I have come to expect from the series.
  3. The graphics are great, the new gameplay mechanics are nice, and the playcalling interface is a fantastic change.
  4. 87
    While the gameplay is out-of-this-world outstanding, there isn’t too much else to the game other than the basic exhibition and franchise modes.
  5. HDTV owners will be blown away with every body blow delivered. Everyone that doesn’t expect a handful of new features over previous football seasons should be more than satisfied with the game’s unparalleled presentation.
  6. If Madden NFL 06 is the blueprint of what’s to come from this series, then we as gamers are definitely in for a treat next year and even further down the line.
  7. There are some things missing from the game. No pre-season camps, a very basic Franchise mode, and the fact that you can't do small and meaningful things like challenge a play on the field! That I still don't get.
  8. If you already have Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox, PS2, or Gamecube, you are best off waiting for next year's version of Madden for the Xbox 360. If you have the Xbox 360 and want to show off the graphics capabilities of the Xbox 360, then Madden is a fine choice to use.
  9. I'm glad to see that EA isn't taking their NFL exclusivity as a free ride to crank out mediocre sequels without fear of competition, and I really can't wait to see what they can do with the Madden franchise in 2007.
  10. All in all I'd say that EA can do better.
  11. The gameplay, as ever, is absolutely bang on and they've gone the extra mile in making this far more approachable for American Football rookies. You can select Madden's plays, which are demystified by the legend himself.
  12. 80
    For the casual Madden players, the football fans playing Madden in barbershops across the country, the guys that just want to play the game and talk trash to one another, Madden NFL 06 for the Xbox 360 is a must-have game.
  13. The foundation for what will someday be unbelievable character models and environments, and the building blocks of spot-on football gameplay. If you are expecting more than that then you may want to hold onto that paper until "07."
  14. Next-gen football with great graphics that seem to have come at the expense of gameplay options found in current-gen versions of the game.
  15. 80
    There are tweaks and features to look forward to in future versions, but one simple fact tells you all you need to know about this one: once you play Madden on 360, you won't be interested in playing it on anything else.
  16. I say this time and time again, if you don’t own a previous version of Madden than this game will have everything you want to play football.
  17. 80
    Part of the fun in playing Madden NFL 06 on Xbox 360 is trying to figure out where it fits in the lineage of Madden NFL football games. What's clear is that for all its glitz and glamour it doesn't earn a spot at the front of the line.
  18. Madden is fun, no question. It looks wonderful, and the visual improvements make it a more entertaining game both for players and spectators.
  19. 80
    If you're the type of player who just wants to play the nicest looking football game in history, buying Madden NFL 06 is a no-brainer.
  20. A real blast to play and some of the most fun I have had playing a Madden game in a while. The bad thing is that in order to ship this game out on time a lot of features that are normally in this game, and in other versions, have been cut.
  21. 79
    Remapping of the control system has improved the flow of the game.
  22. If you can only pick up one or two of the 360’s launch games, you might want to hold off on dropping $60 on a bare-bones edition of a game you already played.
  23. I wanted this game to give me a reason to stop playing the current-gen version of Madden - but it hasn't. [Jan 2006, p.142]
  24. The mesmerizing visual details--grass stains on uniforms, a mega variety of tackle animations, awesome stadium re-creations--more than live up to the hype, but the actual gameplay is why I'm planning to upgrade my hardware.
  25. It looks amazing and shows promise. It can only get better and if they add a few things.
  26. It definitely quenches any football thirst you might have, however it might fall short if you really want a good next-gen football game.
  27. Those of you who have grown accustomed to the bonus features and covet the additional accoutrements that EA has been delivering for years will be sorely discouraged by the stripped-down feeling you will get from playing through this title's limited modes.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. The basic summary of the Xbox 360’s Madden 06 is the Xbox version with amazing graphics and a ton of cut out features.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 13 out of 20
  1. BryanM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    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 »
  2. NinaM.
    May 13, 2006
    Absolute garbage. Eye candy YES! Gameplay NO! I hope they don't give a half of a game effort on Madden 07!
  3. Kenny
    May 9, 2006
    I wish i had read these user reviews before i bought this game. This is a disgrace to the Madden franchise. instead of selling my copy on eBay, i should have paid someone to take it from me. The only thing this game focuses on is the visuals, other than that...its crap. Full Review »