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  • Summary: Madden NFL 2005 introduces the Hit Stick, a new feature that lets players turn a game around with a crucial tackle. Along with all-new defensive preplay controls and defensive artificial intelligence enhancements, the defense now has a diverse arsenal of weapons available. Also, the depth of Franchise mode grows with the addition of Storyline Central, a weekly radio talk show that discusses current stories regarding your team and the league. With even more Franchise mode additions, hundreds of new animations, and the new Create-a-Fan feature, Madden NFL 2005 takes the series to the next level. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. 100
    The defense upgrades bring a lot of welcome strategy to the game, and the new AI is simply superb. Its amazingly deep, well thought out franchise mode is the best I've ever seen, while the basic gameplay still can't be beat.
  2. Madden NFL 2005 is probably the only game that I think deserves to charge more than it does. It's a game that will give you an entire year of fun in single player, multiplayer, online and off.
  3. In addition to all of the different defensive moves that you can make, EA Sports has improved the defensive A.I. The defensive is much more aggressive, and they really go after the ball. Some of the stupid mistakes that the A.I. has made in the past have been cut.
  4. It has a solid playbook and the football engine has to be the best out there.
  5. It actually offers less new material than "ESPN NFL 2K5", which struck a chord with its VIP system and Weekly Prep. However, Madden's gameplay is more consistent and more solid than ESPN's, especially in terms of playbook depth and passing, and ultimately that's what distinguishes the champ from the challenger.
  6. 90
    It's not the best-looking of the football titles out there, but it's the most fun to play and compete with.
  7. The implementation of the Hit Stick (use the right analogue stick for some hard hitting defensive plays) is a nice touch and the rest of the game's mechanics have received a subtle overhaul to ensure it plays better than ever.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. JasonA.
    Sep 30, 2004
    This game is da truth plain n simple its too real.
  2. AdamL.
    Feb 11, 2005
    Great game but ythey need to have more penalties and challenges in ranked games.
  3. AdamV.
    Apr 29, 2005
    04' was better, but still great.
  4. JohnK.
    Aug 24, 2004
    Very good game, but ESPN is better for less than half the price. Graphics and presentation are far superior in ESPN. Half time show and TV style presentation in ESPN far outshadow the "bare bones" and unchanged approach in Madden. I was a die-hard Madden fan before this year, but if you play both ESPN and Madden, you will see that ESPN is the superior game. Both games have some flaws, but ESPN has less. Plus, this year's concentration on beefing up defenses doesn't do much for me. It forces much more conservative (read: boring, run-oriented, low scoring) game play, and often someone will win due to a defensive touchdown. It would be nice to say that you actually caused the INT, but 90% if INT's in the game just happen through the CPU, so the game just feels like you are winning through luck far too often. Expand
  5. NeilV.
    Sep 5, 2004
    This year's graphics are slightly better and the presentation is a bit slicker. For some reason though, it just doesn't feel like enough this year. The 2K series definitely surpassed Madden this year and for less than half the price. Madden's minicamp games are much more fun than 2K's extras, including the fairly cool Crib mode, but Madden overall feels old and is not as enjoyable as ESPN NFL2K5. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Jul 28, 2004
    ESPN is better and at a better value. Hope they do better next year.
  7. Jcsickz
    Aug 23, 2004
    This game is pretty bad. I bought both ESPN and Madden and ESPN wins in every department. The only thing I can say that really is good about madden is the online chat lobby. Other than that, its the same boring Madden that's been out for years with some new defensive quirks that really aren't that great. What's with the graphics? After playing ESPN, Madden feels about 6 years old. NEWS FLASH EA: It's high time for a new graphics engine. The tackles are bad too. RB's sometimes just bounce off a LB and fall on the ground. You call that a tackle? I don't. If you MUST own this game, I suggest buying ESPN as well, and see for yourself. It'll only cost you $70 and you can see the truth for yourself. Expand

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