Basically they've added online play, which is great, but also expanded offline minigames to over 20 different ones. Most seem just like practice session stuff(catch passes, swat passes, etc) but it could be more fun going against another player. 2 on 2 play, longest throw, kick returns, and some others seem really cool. Wanna try the protect the QB mode where you get to be one blocker and the defense comes at you, it seems like one at a time, and you have to keep them all blocked.
The telestrator ability on replays is definitely going to be fun to play with. They've changed the controls to make them easier, so they say. If you unplug the nunchuck you get "family play" mode where the controls are way simplified. Basically you don't control where you run, just stiffarms, jukes and such.
So anyway yeah as you can see I'm convincing myself to get this Wii version for all the extras. Just sounds impressive.
I'm not gonna get burned by this year's Madden for the Wii. I rented last year's game for the Wii, and I thought it was way too difficult to play with the control scheme. I've read that it is improved, but I just don't think I'm up to spending 50 for the Wii version.
I also have heard (on Bill Simmon's BS Report podcast) that the PS2 version is actually just as good as the PS3 version. Take that for what you will.
In the end, if I were to get one of them, I'd go with the PS2 version. But I'm bad at football video games, so I choose none of them.
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Originally posted by TorchslasherI also have heard (on Bill Simmon's BS Report podcast) that the PS2 version is actually just as good as the PS3 version.
Well, that's certainly going to convince Sony's installed userbase to spend the 400-plus dollars to upgrade to the PS3
Sorry, don't mean to degrade this into a "YOUR VIDEO GAME COMPANY OF CHOICE SUCKS MORE THAN MY VIDEO GAME COMPANY OF CHOICE" type thread ... To get bac k on topic, I was quite satisified with my purchase of Madden '07 for Wii (and that's from someone who had never even played any of the Madden games before, much less plunked down the cash to buy one).
The new telestrator feature looks like it can be fun (that's available for online play, I assume?), but I'm just not sure if it'll be worth our time to get back into the Madden mindset this year ...
IGN (85/100) says it's a big improvement over last year, but still has its faults: "The game makes great use of motion with better-implemented and easier to pull off moves than 07, it has more modes, far more multiplayer both locally and now online, and is generally superior in nearly every regard. On the flipside, Wii's second Madden still suffers from a ton of last-generation bugs, with everything from moronic AI and cheap pass defense to disappearing pass icons and odd camera glitches that cloak the entire playfield in blur effects."
Cheat Code Central (84/100) lauds the game's new additions: "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."
GameSpot (80/100) finds the game to be appealing to fans of football and those curious as to what it's all about: "As it is, it's a great follow-up with a few quirks that are mostly forgivable. For fans of last year's game, or those curious for the first time about football on the Wii, Madden 08 is worth checking out."
GameDaily (80/100) thinks not only the football is fun, but all of the other extras, as well: "Don't purchase Madden NFL 08 expecting beautiful visuals and slick looking menus. Buy it because you crave a more interactive experience as well as modes that you can't find in the other versions. With 22 mini games, trivia and fun controls, this gridiron giant runs the pigskin into the end zone."