Football season has started. Fantasy teams all around the world have formed, and whether you’re a Michael Vick lover or hater, you’re about to see him on the field all over the country. All of your friends are getting ready to watch the big game, food and drinks are plenty, but wait! You have to go to the dentist! As you drive to their office, you start going through pigskin withdrawals. Your hands start shaking, your foot is bouncing around the gas and break pedal with a mind of it’s own, and every time you see a car moving ahead of you you get the urge to speed up and run it out of bounds. What can you do to save your sanity? Well, lucky you, because Madden NFL 2010 is here for the iPhone!
Madden 2010 had me from the get-go. The graphics are beautiful, the gameplay is smooth, and the sound is great. From the moment I picked it up, I was immersed. First off, there are a couple game modes to play, you can do a quick game, or you can do a full season. One thing I’m loving about this game is that it’s not meant to be played in one sitting. I’ll go through two quarters, get up and go to class, and finish the game while listening to the lecture (the joys of college.) It took me about a week of casual playing to finish a season, and that’s just the initial play through with my home team the 49ers (I know, they suck.)
The graphics are beautiful. My 3GS easily handled two full teams running around doing their own thing without a hiccup. Even if I received a text or a call, it would pause, save, and let me respond. One beef I have however, is that it seems as if your chances of catching the football are skewed. For instance, I tossed a pass to a player who was wide open, and he still missed it, and I’ve tossed to a player who was surrounded by three Raiders, and he still caught it. Also, it is very easy to tackle a player, if you dive towards him, you will most likely pull him to the ground.
The sound in this game is great, the background music pumps you up, but it also has an option to make your own play list of songs from your library. Also, it sounds like a real football game, complete with whistles, grunts, sacks, and the rest. The only thing missing was the guy in the stands selling peanuts.
Madden’s team at EA got the gameplay controls down well. Virtual joypad has become the standard in games recently, and it’s for good reason. It works well, and in Madden, it’s no exception. You control your players movement with the left thumb, and with the right you have buttons for sprint, spin, and “bullet time” as it were. Once you tap that you have about 3 seconds of slowed time in which you can do more advanced moves such as a juke or tackle. It all works well, and with the ability to select a player by tapping him, makes for a great control scheme.
Also, You can trade players and customize your teams, so if you want your fantasy team, go for it! You may need to work for it a little, but you can have all your favorite players on a team together. I was playing with three minute quarters, but you can extend the length to 5 or 7 minutes each if you want longer games.
Presentation & Graphics
Graphics are great, and menus are simple and easy to navigate
I love the background audio and effects in Madden, and I love the fact that it’s got the jukebox for your own tunes even more!
This game has a great control scheme, and there are over a hundred different plays you can choose from, keep your opponent guessing!
Madden is a long term game, it will take you days to complete a season, and that’s just with one team! if you love more then one team then you’ll be playing for weeks on end!
Madden 2010 is a great football game, easily the best out there right now. If you have been on the fence about getting it, you had better hop off right now and go buy it. This game is a Must have for any and all football fans, and is definately worth the $10 price tag. If you like football, then you’ll love this game. Go get it now!