Madden NFL 07 Xbox 360

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 54 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
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  1. AceGamez
    90
    Single player has never been deeper and more varied, while the online and multiplayer play is just as wonderful as it has always been.
  2. Overall, my recommendation of Madden 07 on the Xbox 360 is conditional – if the items I’ve presented in the above list aren’t game breakers for you, the 360 version is a very worthy heir to the Madden throne.
  3. Madden has graced us with the greatest update of the genre since ’04, and once you pick up this year’s version you can never go back.
  4. Strides have been made as far as gameplay modes are concerned, but there is still plenty of room to improve the frame rate and online play.
  5. A significant leap from last years version.
  6. There is plenty of depth in Madden 07 to make this game a good solid purchase.
  7. 75
    It's not half bad. Not stellar, but not half bad.
  8. A lineman-sized improvement over last season...The brisk, refined on-the-field play and assortment of playing modes overpower the somewhat choppy online play, the pesky kicking meter and the handful of other nits.
  9. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    77
    As you'd expect, another year of learning the ins and outs of the 360 has translated into the developers producing a more polished brand of football. [Oct. 2006, p.107]
  10. I think that even those that hate on Madden for being too mainstream would find a lot to like about the Superstar mode because of how similar it is to more traditional role-playing fare.
  11. It's not flawless, but it's worth the purchase. Until next year, this is as good as its going to get.
  12. Game Informer
    78
    I feel what we have here is a lot of spectacle that doesn't stand up well to the scrutiny. [Oct. 2006, p.104]
  13. Overall, this game is your standard Madden, with a standard amount of improvements and beefed up graphics and animations. It looks great, and the new gameplay features make this title well worth the purchase for Madden fans.
  14. Do you like football games? If the answer is yes, then purchase it, if the answer is no, then dont.
  15. The Xbox 360 version offers the best presentation out of all these games, quite simply because it probably has the best announcer of all—and his name isn’t John Madden or Al Michaels. He remains unnamed, but he’s one of those homer-types that we can all live to enjoy.
  16. It's vicious, nutritious, and undeniably delicious, and you absolutely have to buy it immediately. Not only does it look gorgeous splayed across an HDTV, but it plays better than its predecessors.
  17. In the end, Madden NFL 07 is an improvement on the series. With some new running features and an Xbox 360 version worth the price of admission, it seems EA is trying to prove that they still care about improving their game, even without competition.
  18. A big improvement over the 06 version, but next-gen Madden still has a little way to go.
  19. Games Master UK
    83
    Yards better than has faltering debut on 360, Johnny M is back. [Dec 2006, p.100]
  20. Madden NFL 07 is a marked improvement over the previous 360 version, but some design quirks and missing features prevent it from being the system's first great football game.
  21. 80
    The Superstar mode alone is almost worth the price of admission, although we wouldn't mind seeing it fleshed out just a bit more before next year's game.
  22. The game looks the part, but pieces of it just aren't right. The presentation, for instance, is beautiful, but baffling (the play selection menus are downright terrible). It'll get the starting job eventually, but Madden next-gen, like Bills second-year QB J.P. Losman, still has to bow to the veterans.
  23. The most obvious addition to the gameplay is lead blocking control. This basically allows you to control another offensive player when the ball is snapped, make a block with that player, and then take control of the runningback. It takes a long time to get the hang of it, but once you do the results can be devastating.
  24. Pretty much an unqualified success. It provides a strong primary gameplay mode, something that’s complex and yet easy to get into, while still rounding out the game with enjoyable minigames.
  25. The players do all look larger than life, but the nuances of the graphics really breathe life into this title and the control scheme – while taking a bit to get used to – works well.
  26. The new lead blocker control makes running easier, and the passing game and other controls have been tweaked tighter and are more responsive.
  27. An absolute hit. The newly added defensive controls, offensive abilities (including the highlight stick which might just be the best new feature), and other features add up to a very impressive game and a highlight showcase title for the console.
  28. While the new lead blocker and Superstar modess aren’t going to light the world on fire the actual football in the game is excellent. It is hard not to feel that you’re playing an updated version up "NCAA07" though.
  29. While it’s a better game than it was last year for the 360, it really isn’t THE football video game that we hoped for.
  30. 85
    This is the year EA Sports finally shows 360 owners what the series is all about, the trash talking, the head-to-head competition, the ability to create yourself and become a bigger star than the Seahawk on the box.
  31. 77
    We gave this title a high score the first run simply because of its presentation aspects, but hindering gameplay nuisances, bugs, and content absences will continue to keep the series from truly earning its famed status.
  32. But at least gamers on the Xbox 360 get a couple of cool features that others don’t get this year like Live Opponent and Madden Gamer Level.
  33. Official Xbox Magazine
    80
    Madden 07 marks a turnaround for the franchise on the 360, and that's reason enough for football fans to rejoice. [Oct. 2006, p.77]
  34. With Xbox Live play, leagues and mini-games you're never going to be bored - unless you just don't like American football. [Nov 2006, p.100]
  35. The game’s animations are incredibly fluid with new and realistic animations for the many catches, throws and tackles.
  36. Everything we hoped 06 to be and more.
  37. With a bit more attention to in-game fluidity and detail, and the inclusion of core extras such as online leagues and co-op, Madden NFL 07 could have been stellar. It’s good for sure, but Madden NFL 07 isn’t a lock in this gamer’s Hall of Fame.
  38. Far superior to its predecessor in just about every way, despite some glaring issues that prevent this year's gridiron game from being a true classic. The problem here is that Madden is still in desperate need of a makeover.
  39. Even if you decide to skip all the ‘extra’ modes like Superstar and Minigames, you’ll still get a lot out of Franchise. It never becomes too overwhelming – a problem with many sports games in recent years.
  40. There is no sugar coating it: Madden 07 is not the Madden die-hard fans expected. However, it shows big changes overall from last year’s version and for that I give the team credit.
  41. 80
    Animations and movements look awesome, gameplay is changed in a good way and the durability is improved by the Live franchise mode and by making your own superstar. If you’re a fan of Madden it’s a must-have, even though it’s not entirely perfect.
  42. 80
    EA's challenge is not to simplify their simulation or stop adding detail, but to integrate those features so well that players can simply marvel at how advanced the game has become. The Superstar revisions are a step in the right direction, since they allow players to focus on the entire game one player at a time, but otherwise that's just not the case.
  43. 80
    The addition of Superstar mode alone makes Madden a worthy purchase for fans of the series and the online component really seals the deal. If EA can fix the lag and perhaps give next-gen gamers all the same features that their older console brethren have we will certainly be in for a treat.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 149 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 100
  2. Negative: 39 out of 100
  1. DanW.
    Dec 20, 2006
    3
    EA is simply not even trying to give us a good game, because of their monopoly and the absence of 2k. Initially I was excited that EA and EA is simply not even trying to give us a good game, because of their monopoly and the absence of 2k. Initially I was excited that EA and ESPN were colaberating to give us the ultimate football game - now I am just pissed off. All EA cares about is sales, and that is obvious by the lack of quality in 07 for the 360. NO FANTASY DRAFT - that is unexcusable. Why not add that one simple feature in, to make the game 10 times more enjoyable? Also, only two players, and you can not play on the same team, you have to play against each other. And the mini games suck compared to xbox training camp, and there is still no owner mode. The gameplay and the graphics are great, but once you get past that it is the same game as madden 06. I actually went out and bought a copy for xbox, and sold my 360 copy - that is how pathetic this game is Full Review »
  2. MarioG.
    Dec 13, 2006
    4
    Good game but I guess I expected more. Do not really play any other mode exept exhibition and the gameplay is slow. The players move fast but Good game but I guess I expected more. Do not really play any other mode exept exhibition and the gameplay is slow. The players move fast but react very slow when you control the player. My opinion I hooked up the PS2 and played Madden and its better than the X-box version. Nothing new practically everything is the same...something new has to come for the price. Full Review »
  3. Jayl
    Aug 26, 2006
    3
    WOW, Great presentation. I love the cutscenes to the raucus crowd and the animations of the chain gang measuring for first downs and theWOW, Great presentation. I love the cutscenes to the raucus crowd and the animations of the chain gang measuring for first downs and the players celebrating on the sidelines after scoring......oh wait, that was nfl 2k5 TWO YEARS AGO!!!! C'mon EA, you have the NFL and ESPN liscenses, USE THEM!! We don't want that horrendous radio?! anouncer. We don't want static shots of the stadium after plays and first downs. This is the next generation for pete's sake, give us stat overlays and explanations on the replays and halftime shows. Why has presentation taken a back seat? The gameplay is ok but it is just sooooo boring. Do yourself a favor, pick up nfl 2k5 for 5 bucks and see what could have been and what could be if EA got off their butts and made a football game and stopped relying on all the madden fanboys to buy their product every year. Full Review »