Madden ’08 was released on August 14, 2007 for Playstation 3, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, Xbox, Wii, PSP, DS, and Mac.
The Madden series has been around pretty much as long as video game systems were invented. The Madden series always has mixed reviews, either you love it or hate it, there really isn’t any option in-between.
So lets get started, basically, my opinion on Madden NFL 08 is I really don’t like it. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the work put into the game and how far along the graphics have come since back in Playstation 1 days, but I really have never been a big Madden fan. The main reason why I even got this game was because I got it through a special offer from PlaySwitch.com and I ended up paying nothing for the game.
Graphic-wise, Madden ’08 is decent for being released early in 2007. I’m not saying they’re amazing, but they’re definitely not categorized in the games with the worst graphics of 2007. The main issue with the graphics is the crowd. Now, if you’ve played any of the Madden games in the past, I’m sure you’ve realized that the crowd is always the worst designed part of the game and no matter what, it always needs more work. I completely understand that it’s not the main focus and it’s very time consuming to create thousands of individual characters with different animations, but I know these next-gen systems can handle it if only someone would put in the time to develop it.
The controls are the same as every other game in the Madden series and I still am not too fond of them. I mean, they’re easy to get used to and easy to play with, but sometimes the camera does some funky stuff and when you try to make tackles, it’s about a 50/50 chance that the player you’re controlling will do exactly what you want. In other words, it’s not uncommon that you will tell your player to dive tackle the guy with the ball, but instead your player dives the opposite direction resulting in a touchdown for the opposing team. This can get very frustrating and I think this is what deters most people from the Madden games.
This time around, EA decided to add in a new concept of earning rings as you progress through the game. I’m sure this has been appealing to many fans, but for the average gamer, the rings just makes it confusing and ends up being a turn-off. I personally have not even tried to get any of the rings or even gone through career mode or played any tournaments in Madden NFL 08. The only thing I’ve played is quick matches against the CPU and against friends and family. I really just have no interest in the rings or even managing a team, but I’m sure this is a positive feature for many people, I just don’t like it myself.
Overall, Madden NFL 08 is just like any other Madden game, the only difference is the graphics and the rosters have been brought up to date. If you’re looking for a sports game to play once in a while with your friends, I would say go ahead and purchase Madden 08, but otherwise I would have to say it’s up to you and you’re personal taste in video games.