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  • Summary: With enhancements to the passing game, defensive improvements, and expanded online options, Madden NFL 06 takes you onto the field and into the locker room like never before. The new "QB Vision Control" lets you scan the field, look off defenders, and make perfect throws withing your quarterbacks unique field of vision. "QB Precision Placement" allows you to put the ball exactly where you want it. Lead the receiver to an open area, throw it behind him so he can come back to it or throw a jump ball and let him go get it. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. It looks amazing and shows promise. It can only get better and if they add a few things.
  5. Occasionally shallow, its presentation is nonetheless faultless. [Issue #2]
  6. 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.
  7. At the casual level you're more likely to be wowed by the visuals and less likely to notice the omissions and gaffes; still, it's hard to overlook the fact that the older Madden games for the Xbox/PS2 actually offer more than this supposedly "next generation" title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 20
  2. Negative: 13 out of 20
  1. JustinJ.
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    this game is da bomb.
  2. TrentSimpson
    Nov 19, 2005
    10
    Totally amazing football game. Played this at Gamestop and didn't want to put it down! The graphics and sound are outrageous...I noticed it didn't have a couple of features from the current game but I don't care...it rocks! This one is a game you gotta get if you like football. Expand
  3. RobertM.
    Nov 25, 2005
    9
    I'm a big Madden fan, and this is the topper. My issues is only that they took out some of the features from Madden 06 on the XBox (where's my ability to challenge?) and i did enjoy the training camps, but graphics wise - you can't touch it. Once you get used to the controls, look out. Expand
  4. D.C.
    Nov 17, 2005
    2
    I am highly upset at this so called product that EA Sports and XBOX 360 put out called Madden 06. This has to be one of the worst football games I have ever played, and the sad thing is this is the only NFL game we are going to see this year. I'd rather play Madden 06 on the first XBOX. The game play is horrible. Get this you can't even challenge a play, WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT? Pardon my language, but I'm pissed. One because this Madden sucks, almost as bad as Madden 96 the first one for the first Play Station. But the good thing about that was we had Game Day to turn to, this year we're screwed thanks EA. You selfish bunch of pigs, someone needs to cancel your NFL contract. Don't waste your time with Madden on XBOX 360 this year, I'm just going to hope and pray they get their Sugar Honey Ice Tea together and wait this one out. Trust me I know a good game and this is not it, if anyone feels differently you're probably the people who LOVES Blitz " the League". The 2 rating is for the cool cut screens. Expand
  5. PatB.
    Nov 24, 2005
    2
    I am the biggest Madden fan!!! Unfortunately, this game is terrible on the 360. Hopefully next years will be better. The replays are terrific, but the ingame graphics are horrid. It kind of reminds me of watching someone play the old Blitz games. The players are blocky and oversized. They also changed up all of the controls :( Expand
  6. JeffC.
    Jan 8, 2006
    1
    If you've played '06 on xbox or ps2, you don't want to "upgrade" to this one. Sure, the graphics are great. I gave it a point for that. The rest is bad. No challenges. No QB Vision , You have to scroll all the way through your players on defense instead of going back in forth like on the xbox version. The new kicking system is way too easy. No Practice mode. EA was VERY OBVIOUSLY in a huge rush to get this game out on time for the 360's launch, and it shows. Passing is super-easy, even on all-pro. Any loser with no skill can just throw bombs all game. Wait for '07 Expand
  7. JesseM.
    Jan 12, 2006
    0
    this game was horrendous. Camera angles were just awful. Graphics were superb though. Gameplay was brutal. This game was just horrible. Much better for the original Xbox. Expand

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