Madden NFL 11 - Xbox 360

Release Date:

August 10, 2010

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Madden NFL 11 will see players experience Madden NFL redefined online as well as a new level of excitement with revamped audio presentation, from the booth and the field. Play games in half the time with an all-new playcall system, as you experience the drama and excitement of a full game in less than 30 minutes. All-new Dual Stick Control drastically reduces button dependency for the ball carrier by mapping key moves to the right and left sticks. The game contains a GameFlow playcall system which puts you inside the helmet of an NFL quarterback like never before, allowing you to execute authentic NFL game plans one play at a time.

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daveboazman

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8.0

It is that time again for the all new Madden and like most Madden fans I couldn't wait get my hands on this game. This year there have been some new and improved features integrated into the game.

First, I actually like how when I plug my headset into my controller they will actually yell out different plays in order to get the real feel that you are actually playing the game. This is from the offensive and defensive coordinators. It gets me in the Football mode too! Its that fun little extra that makes the game come together, as well as the upgraded graphics and replays.

The game flow actually looks as it did in the last Madden game. You can turn on GameFlow which will speed the game up a lot quicker with a more arcade like feel to it. The coach will still call all the plays and it is your duty to execute them. One thing that I did notice is there are still a couple bugs when you "ask Madden." Every once in a while you will get a call to run it or something crazy when it is 3rd and 14 or something.

I do recommend calling your own plays though as most Madden gamers do, there has been a number of changes and there is no speed burst throughout the game anymore. I actually looked around in the manual for awhile on what the speed burst was. However, I found that it automatically does it now when you players get outside the tackles and you are ready to take it to the house. Make kickoff returns and punt returns easier.

They seemed to make the game a lot easier too. a game that really revolves around physics now. For instance, a more generic kicking meter and analog stick where you can protect the ball by pressing down on the analog stick.

The game actually does have a new lighting engine which looks great and there are reflections on helmets and the shadows from the players look. However, there are still those sideline scenes where everyone moves exactly the same way, which just kind of looks out of place. I guess that is nothing new though although hopefully they will sort this at some point.

Also, Gus Johnson is now one of the commentators along with the annoying Chris Collinsworth. The voices are still a little choppy, one thing I noticed is when I play as the Colts they will yell Adam Vinatieri's name is a way that sounds unnatural. It is almost comical in the way Johnson yells it, partially after a kickoff.

There are all types of sponsors that are there throughout the game. Which isn't really that distracting, but Old Space and Verizon are probably liking the advertisement no doubt.

There is even an online mode where you can play alongside your friends. What I mean is that 3 teammates can play on the same side of the game. For instance, you can be controlling the wide receiver, while your two friends control the quarterback and left tackle. Really makes it exciting when you play with a group of friends. Three humans per team makes it a lot of fun, in the much needed improvements.

The franchise and superstar mode seem to be the same old, same old. I don't even believe they have touched it one bit, which, doesn't really bother me as it was fine anyeway. I was able to take my team to the Super Bowl and Obama made a special appearance, which was kind of neat.

All in all, I think the game has come together quite nicely. I think there are some much needed improvements which were integrated into the game (online play). Also, they did make it a lot simpler which some may love, while others will hate it. I do think it is a better improvement on the previous title.

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