Madden NFL 08Vince Young only has this to say about being Madden NFL ’08’s cover boy: “It is truly an honor for me to be on the cover of Madden NFL ’08; every NFL player dreams of being on the cover.” What NFL player in his right mind wouldn’t take the chance to be on the cover of such a great game? Not Vince Young, that’s for sure.

Madden NFL ’08 represents the 18th installment in the Madden series of football games. Since the series’ early beginnings during the days of the Sega Genesis, it goes without question that the series has offered the best football gaming experience. This year seems to be no different. Madden NFL ’08 is all set to score a touchdown with its solid fundamentals, gameplay improvements and host of exciting features.

Get your Game on with Madden

Players of previous Madden games will feel right at home with this year’s version. As usual, gameplay is tight and realistic. There’s a ton of plays to execute and master, which you need to be able to use at the right moments to give you a chance at success.

Madden NFL '08 PS3 Game The game feels exactly how it should feel when you’re actually playing on a real football game. You’ll almost feel the wind running against your face when rushing towards the end goal.

Character animation is very fluid as well, and you won’t find a lot of herky-jerky movements going on. Mid-air collisions, big-time, one-handed catches, hurdles, sideline catches and gang tackling all look satisfying and real. Furthermore, throwing long passes has never been this easy, thanks to this game’s intuitive controls.

The game also captures the NFL atmosphere. The crowd lets you know they’re in the stands. Each city’s football stadium is faithfully recreated in the game, filled with subtle details that make each one come to life. However, the best new feature of Madden NFL ’08 is its “weapons” feature.

This feature makes it easy to identify the players on the field, where it can get pretty hectic at times. You’ll also be able to easily identify where your key players are, thus making your offensive attacks easier to execute. Adding to that, the “weapons” feature classifies what type of game a certain player likes to play. In order to win, you have to be able to make use of each player and his strengths. Smart players even have a light bulb icon that slowly fills up. Once it’s filled, a diagram indicating the play your opponent is about to run shows up on the field. Now, you’ll be able to set up a more effective defensive or offensive counter.

Madden NFL ’08’s franchise mode lets you run your own team. You draft players, identify team strengths and weaknesses, and perform trades to improve the team. Scouting for players you plan to draft is very much improved this year, requiring that you think of your moves more carefully to stay competitive. It’s a very rewarding mode, to say the least.

Pigskin fans rejoice. Madden NFL ’08 is here to provide another quality football experience. There’s no question about that. The only question that remains is: who will be next year’s cover boy?

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Contributed by Daniel Gonzalez, Product Reviewer