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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 ofMadden 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
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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. TotalGames.net
    74
    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: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. JasonA.
    Sep 30, 2004
    10
    This game is da truth plain n simple its too real.
  2. AdamL.
    Feb 11, 2005
    10
    Great game but ythey need to have more penalties and challenges in ranked games.
  3. AdamV.
    Apr 29, 2005
    10
    04' was better, but still great.
  4. Uter
    Aug 15, 2004
    8
    I agree with rick. This is a good game and would be a 9 if espn didn't exist. Things it doesn't do quite as well as ESPN: 1.player I agree with rick. This is a good game and would be a 9 if espn didn't exist. Things it doesn't do quite as well as ESPN: 1.player animation 2.presentation 3.commentary 4.rewards 5.gameplay Expand
  5. RickN.
    Aug 13, 2004
    7
    Good game, just not as good as ESPN at any price. Would be a 9 if not for ESPN being out. The AI is smart because it cheats, the DB's Good game, just not as good as ESPN at any price. Would be a 9 if not for ESPN being out. The AI is smart because it cheats, the DB's glide to make up for being in the wrong position, and LB's 'rocket pack' meaning they can do 6 foot vertical leaps to grab picks. On the plus side, better franchise than ESPN. Expand
  6. OgreLord
    Aug 20, 2004
    6
    Because of jagged graphics, I gave the game a 7. For $50, I give the game a 6. Get ESPN 2K5!
  7. Jcsickz
    Aug 23, 2004
    0
    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 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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#15 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004