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  • Summary: All-New Read & React System: New player skill icons identify on-field strengths and weaknesses, providing an immediate read on what your opponent is giving you. Quickly react, create mismatches, and exploit opponent weaknesses before every play. All-New Front Office Mode: Take full controlAll-New Read & React System: New player skill icons identify on-field strengths and weaknesses, providing an immediate read on what your opponent is giving you. Quickly react, create mismatches, and exploit opponent weaknesses before every play. All-New Front Office Mode: Take full control of every aspect of an NFL franchise. Construct a state-of-the-art stadium, set concession prices, hire your coaching staff, draft players, and manage the entire operation from the top down to build your dynasty. Your Ring of a Champion: Increase your Madden Gamer Level to help create and customize your own in-game championship ring. Madden Unmatched: All-new player moves, including auto-motion, backward passes and low-hitting tackles, plus ultra-smooth gameplay provide the most realistic NFL gaming experience ever. Control receivers and make spectacular catches or key possession receptions, or roam the secondary and jar the ball loose with big hits and ball-stripping tackles. [EA Sports] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    88
    If you already own "Madden NFL 07" then for once we do actually think it's worth trading it in because there are so many new features that it's improved in almost every way. [Oct 2007, p.86]
  2. A great game. The new additions to the title are innovative and impact the gameplay positively. Online play will prove to be a boon for Wii owners, the Party mode helps make the title stand out on this console, and the high quality graphics make it competitive with the other versions.
  3. Madden NFL 08 isn’t the quantum leap that last year’s version was, but in most respects, it’s better.
  4. Very robust online multiplayer coupled with hours of party mode fun.
  5. Nintendo Gamer
    80
    An improvement on last year's release in almost every regard, but don't think EA's push to bring families to the game will help you convince your mum to play sift through the huge play book. [Nov 2007, p.52]
  6. The game still is not much to look at, however, and still does not even come close to the other next-gen versions in terms of options, creating players and teams, etc. If you're new to the series and looking for some fun, go pick this one up, but if you're a hardcore Maddenite, I'd recommend going with one of the other two next-gen versions.
  7. 45
    In the end, there's absolutely no reason to choose this one over these other versions: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Xbox, or even PSP. If you're a Madden beginner, just play an easy level on a different console.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Dec 24, 2018
    10
    Game of the year, EVERY YEAR! John would be very proud of this work of art. It's awesome baby!
  2. ChawsH.
    Jul 13, 2007
    10
    Great graphics, much improved and variations.
  3. OssB.
    Aug 20, 2007
    9
    This is a really fun game. I have never a been a football fan, but this game intrigued me so I bought it. Many of the complaints from the This is a really fun game. I have never a been a football fan, but this game intrigued me so I bought it. Many of the complaints from the other reviewers are wrong because the people never took the time to experiment with the controls. The controls work just fine if you aren't spazzing out and throwing your arms in wild desperation. Most likely they were trying to play the game while sitting on their rumps and trying to burn as little calories as possible. Expand
  4. JW
    Aug 19, 2007
    7
    The game is decent, its just hard getting use to all the motion controls. And yes there is online play, dont listen to the person who said The game is decent, its just hard getting use to all the motion controls. And yes there is online play, dont listen to the person who said there isnt. I just finished a game online with my buddy. Expand
  5. CA
    Aug 15, 2007
    5
    The controls are extremely buggy especially in the passing game. Sometimes it takes 4-5 throw motions with the wiimote to pass, and by that The controls are extremely buggy especially in the passing game. Sometimes it takes 4-5 throw motions with the wiimote to pass, and by that time you are already sacked. Also there is no controls to reverse cycle through your players pre-snap so if you accidentally pass up the player you want, you have to cycle all over again. There is no way to set a reciver hot-route unless you show your play with the 'b' button as well as there is no way to choose primary reciver without giving up your play. Although you cant even choose a play in 2player mode without your opponent seeing exactly what it is. I have played this game for only a couple hours and I have noticed many, many, many glitches, its almost like the reviewers never actually played the game and are just giving it an 80 cause it sounds ok. This game was probably pushed out too early as it is LOADED with bugs. These arent just programming bugs (like a running back freezing in the middle of the field, glitching out and fumbling the ball; or not being able to sprint into the endzone (because the sprint button makes you showboat into the endzone...VERY ANNOYING in the rush attack mini-game)) There are basic football principles that apparently EA doesnt know about. Such as intercepting a pass in the endzone, downing it and getting a safety called on you. Pretty much the only saving grace of this game is that it still has Al Michaels and John Madden commentating instead of that bafoon on xbox360 and Ps3. When Madden took over exclusive rights to the NFL liscense, many people warned of the failures of having no competition (pushing out games every year with no innovation just to make their yearly buck). I believe this principle has been clearly shown in Madden 08 for Wii. If you are still curious about this game because of the media attention it will most likely cause (madden nation hooplah) please, for your own good. RENT BEFORE YOU BUY. Expand
  6. BrianG.
    Aug 17, 2007
    4
    The game has no online play, even though it is advertised. Controls could be better. The graphics have a glitch where everything becomes The game has no online play, even though it is advertised. Controls could be better. The graphics have a glitch where everything becomes blurred after a cpu controlled camera angle, it makes it difficult to see recievers on deep routes. Menu systems suck. Expand
  7. JargonJ.
    Oct 24, 2007
    2
    As long as the Wii doesn't become gimmicky, this system will be fine. Unfortunately for the Wii, it's become gimmicky. If you are As long as the Wii doesn't become gimmicky, this system will be fine. Unfortunately for the Wii, it's become gimmicky. If you are going to have graphics of such a poor quality, you must deliver with intuitive gameplay and a unique and perfect control scheme. The inability of EA to adapt PERFECTLY to the game. There shouldn't be any issues with moving the controller after the snap. In the NFL if the ball is still at the QB's waist he's not going to throw the ball of his back leg, for no apparent reason. That's it - plain and simple. Expand

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