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Madden 2005


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"Madden team raise the bar again"
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Madden 2005 is another improvement on the highly successful franchise from EA Sports. First impressions of the game reveal a reworked interface, more varied animations and improved gameplay.

While the better looking presentation is always nice in a game it's the gameplay that keep Madden fans coming back. Madden 2005 is no exception with some significant improvements on the field. The kick return structure is a standout adding realism to a prior weakness while the offensive animations and AI are more realistic and balanced. Other improvements include a news module to track league news, upgraded franchise and online modes and the “revolutionary” hit stick mode on defence.

Hit Stick (second analog stick) allows defensive players to try to pull off big hits on the ball carrier. So far in the few games I have played I've forced one fumble and had a tonne of embarrasing misses. Most enbarrasing is that when you use the hit stick it replays the play focusing showing how much you missed by! IT looks like a nice addition and is well supplemented by complete control of the AI of each defender prior to the snap using the second analog stick. Overall the game is a solid continuation of the Madden yearly progression. The real strengths are the gameplay and depth of franchise mode but there is still some way to go to catch up to NFL 2K5 in terms of graphics and sound. Worth the cash for any fan of the series or newcomer to the electronic field.

Make sure you download a roster update (eg Madden Planet) as the rosters are well out of date. The first patch has also been released and can be accessed using the update function in the load screen.


Madden NFL 2005 introduces the Hit Stick, which gives players the ability to turn a game around with a crucial tackle and delivers the power to take control of the game from the defensive side of the ball like never before. Along with all-new defensive pre-play controls and defensive AI enhancements, the defense now has a diverse arsenal of weapons available, making defense as fun to play as offense. The incredible depth of Franchise Mode grows with the new Storyline Central, where you manage the players and stories of the week. You can get the latest scoop on your team by listening to Tony Bruno's weekly sports radio talk show and scanning stories in both local and national newspapers, while getting the inside word from your coaches, trainers and front office staff.
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