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Madden NFL 08!

The popular and long running Madden franchise has popped out yet another money-maker, but will it improve upon older installments or be just that; a money-maker?

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Madden At Its Best: The franchise is once again the main focus of the game, and this time around feels very realistic and deep. The biggest addition to the franchise mode (well, its returning actually) is the Front Office mode.

As well as being able to set concession prices, you can also set the prices of your seats and your parking, bringing the entire game to a perfect standing of total customization.

In addition to the ability to set your stadium prices, rookie scouting is now totally refined. You have the ability to mark your prospects and watch them as they progress through their games until the big moment.

UGH: The first thing you will notice is the massive graphical overhaul that 08 have received. Each player has a truly lifelike (it's a bit creepy how much they look like their counterpart) look. They look perfectly like their NFL counterpart.

As well as the players, the stadium look just like they do in real life, with each feature and skybox modeled exactly. Also, as you fall on the turf, the grass will realistically brown and tear apart.

In addition to the character models and the stadiums, the sounds that the players make are amazing. When you make a big hit you will hear him grunt with pain, and if you look on the replay, you will see his face squint and deform realistically.

Rent vs. Buy: The reason this review is so short is because at its core, Madden NFL 08 is not much different from 07. Sure, 08 has some new features (one already being there then being taken out, then reappearing in 08) but in the meat and potatoes; the game, its not a huge load different.

I do prefer 08 to 07 of course, but the considerable price difference makes up for 08s minor feature improvements. I think that if you want a Madden game, then go with 07, or wait for Madden 09s "overhaul" that it's suppose to bring.

Report Card

Sure, 08 has some new features (one already being there then being taken out, then reappearing in 08) but in the meat and potatoes; the game, its not a huge load different. (Krakrabbit.com)


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