Madden 10 Review: The Game Retired With Him

Ever since John Madden retired this year, it’s been a pretty boring Monday Night Football except for that one Packers vs. Vikings game this week.  I absolutely loved hearing Madden call out the problems or how good of a play the last play was.  Don’t get me wrong, Cris Collinsworth is doing a great job, but Madden will always be in a football fan’s heart.

With all that said, Madden 10 for the iPhone is a complete embarassment to the whole franchise.  With graphics that are very unproportioned to horrible design, Madden 10 just fails in every way.  It’s a good football game, but it’s just not the football experience I was looking for.

Likes

Passing: While the passing mechanics are the same in Madden, the overall passing balance is well done.  I was able to pass to the inside along with passing to the outside, and I found the passing to work a lot better than NFL 2010.  Even after the NFL 2010 update, I still felt that Madden had the upper hand in terms of passing.

Controls: This is where EA seemed to nail it.  Sure they aren’t perfect by any means, but it’s a lot better than the slowdown method used in NFL 2010.  In Madden, you have the ability to choose whether or not you want to slow down and juke, and I really liked this method over the other one.  You also have the option to sprint through the line and to the end zone, another nice option for football fans out there.

Resume: This has to be one of my more favorite features on Madden and it’s that it’s built for the iPhone.  I love how you can resume from right when you were interrupted, and all you have to do is press the resume game button.  Other games have you load the game, skip the video, then press the continue game option only to be confronted with more loading screens.  Madden 10 does away with all of this and let’s you continue from where you left off, a very convenient feature indeed.

Dislikes

Extremely Easy: You know when you’re winning 44-0 that there’s something wrong.  With no difficulty level included, it’s really hard to be interested in the game for very long.  Sure I love to win by huge margins, but sometimes it’s a little too unrealistic.  Atleast NFL 2010 had the opponent score on me rather than punting every possession away.  It would be nice to add some difficulty levels in there, and maybe even allow the quarterback AI to not be sacked so many times.

Graphics: Graphics are absolutely horrible.  Players are noticeably out of proportion, and their arms look as if it went through some sort of stretcher.  Some of my players have arms that go down to the middle of the thigh while others have legs that are as skinny as a pole.  Sometimes, it doesn’t even look like there’s an arm there, and the overall player models are absolutely horrible.

When Madden screenshots came out, I argued that Madden looked so bad compared to NFL 2010.  It seems like my argument had come true, but never did I think that the graphics would be this bad.  When NFL 2010 came out, I thought the graphics weren’t too good but were reasonable.  Madden 10, on the other hand, is a game that I just cannot stand in terms of graphics and design.  Player models are very ugly, and the overall look is pretty bland.

Expensive: This seems to be an ongoing problem with EA, and Madden is no different.  When it’s competitor is $6.99 less, it’s really a no-brainer.  It’s really a no-brainer when the $2.99 game actually competes, and may be even better, than the $9.99 slap together game we call Madden.  With a significant $6.99 difference between these games, there’s really no reason to buy Madden (if you’re saving money of course).

Madden 10 is a good football game, but it’s not quite there.  Being a Madden fan myself, I was eagerly awaiting this release only to be disappointed.  If you’re looking for a solid football experience, I suggest you hop on over and buy NFL 2010 instead.  Again, it seems to me that the development team slapped together Madden and expected to sell because of the name.  Madden 10 for the iPhone is just a disgrace in every way to John Madden, and the unrealistic player models are only an example.

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Madden 10 was developed by EA Mobile, and I played through version 1.0 on my iPhone 3GS.  The price is $9.99.

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About Daniel

I have been an iPhone game addict ever since the NES emulator came out on the 1.1.4 iPhone 2G. After 2.0 and the App Store came out, my iPhone homescreen has never been the same. Other than writing reviews for App Store games, I play soccer/football, American football, volleyball, and golf. I love going to the beach and fishing on the pier. Some games not available on iPhone/iPod Touch that I truly love are the Call of Duty series, Guitar Hero III, Madden NFL 09, and PGR: Gotham Racing.

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