Madden 11: XBox 360 Game Review
Think you got what it takes to go to the Super Bowl this year? Realistic presentation and play in Madden 11 will make you feel like you're really in the big game
Like with the recent NCAA game, the presentation of Madden 11 is really awesome. If you watch football on TV regularly you will recognize the animations, music and sounds. People unaware might just walk in and think that you are watching a real life game instead of playing Madden. It's that good.
New is the commentary of Gus Johnson, who adds a bit more energy and excitement to the commentary, though some parts still sound weird and it can be distracting when his excitement seems inappropriate or repetitive. Also repetitive are things like sponsor ads.
No Need For Speed
A notable change in Madden 11 is that the Turbo button has been disabled. Instead, you have something called Locomotion where each step your runner takes lets them build up momentum until they become unstoppable. This makes the running game more realistic, as you now really have to aim for the gaps in the defensive line in order to make a successful carry.
Also new is the GameFlow feature. Instead of going through a play menu to pick out what you want to do, you can instead let the game decide the best play. This auto-call is great as it reduces the time you need to wait for your opponent to pick their play. There is good variety in the calls and it is good for new players since there is an explanation of why a certain play is called. Finally, if you don't like the call made by the GameFlow feature, you can always use custom audibles to change the play last minute.
A Super Game
Madden 11 definitely has a lot of room for improvement still. Even though the AI has improved a lot, they still do weird things. Some modes, like Madden Moments, is really fun while others, like Ultimate Team, sounds good in theory but is a drag to play out. However, with a great presentation and some important new mechanics, this year's Madden is definitely worth your attention.
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone