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We have just posted our Madden NFL 08 review. Find out what Clay Shaver had to say about it.
"I’m a fraud.

While that may not comes as a shock to some of the “fans” of my previous reviews, you have to at least be surprised to hear me admit it. You see, I’ve been living a lie for the past six years and change here at Operation Sports. Now, in my defense, I didn’t realize I was a hypocrite poser till just recently. You see, I’ve spent countless hours reading the message board here at OS and I’ve always gotten a good laugh out of those folks that took the time to complain about the little things.

The socks are too long.

The end zone is not the right color.

The suites at enter field name here are not pointed the right direction.

While these are extreme examples, those folks were always shouted down with cries of "it’s all about gameplay!"

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# 1 KBomber @ 09/12/07 04:22 PM
There's been almost a month between the release of this game and the review. Various threads have highlighted critical issues related to the gameplay of this title, along with other aspects, yet this review doesn't address any of those concerns, glosses over others and really does a massive disservice to this community

The company line was that we needed to wait on a review so that OS could provide an "accurate" review. This is the result?

It's this kind of thing that causes many to wonder if marketing dollars or insider "perks" are what's determining the quality of reviews throughout the gaming community. This type of lacklustre effort doesn't do much to provide anything but fodder for this type of argument

I'm almost as disappointed by this review as I am by Madden 08

THAT is saying something and in light of that, starting and ending the review by commenting on being a fraud may not have been the best idea

Have fun............
 
# 2 Trevytrev11 @ 09/12/07 04:27 PM
I don't think most people consider presentation a "little thing". While it may be trumped by most by Gameplay in the short list of what can make or break a game, I think most consider presentation nearly as important as graphics as a key piece of the enitire package.

And while this is an obvious sore spot for the reivewer, I would have liked to have read more about these other facets of the game. I don't think there was any mention of the graphics/player models/field/crowd/sideline graphics/textures and animations. Besides the new branching animations system, it would have been nice to read about actual running/passing/defense part of the game. There was an explanation of how the weapons system is supposed to work, but there were no examples of how the weapons "actually" work in game. You mention that they remind you not to throw to a guy like Champ Bailey, but provide no in game example to show that they actually matter within the game. Does Bailey's weapon actually make him play different that other top tier CB's? Did he eat your QB up when you did throw in his direction? What about coverages, audibles and playbooks?

I'm not trying to start this off on a bad note and I do agree with what he mentioned in the review as well as the score, but for being the "game of the year" this review got much less attention to detail than reviews of other games, namely NCAA and APF.
 
# 3 mastershake88 @ 09/12/07 08:36 PM
No that is the right score that it deserves. Finally a website that keeps it real. Thank you so much operationsports for actually telling it like it is.For saying that there is something wrong with this game than all the other ones that were just saying something nice. OS is authentic now in my eyes from this day forth. This will finally put it in stone that EA is constantly a company that has been getting by fake websites that are biased and never want to say the truth. Thank you OS, thank you.
 
# 4 inkcil @ 09/13/07 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by mastershake88
No that is the right score that it deserves. Finally a website that keeps it real. Thank you so much operationsports for actually telling it like it is.For saying that there is something wrong with this game than all the other ones that were just saying something nice. OS is authentic now in my eyes from this day forth. This will finally put it in stone that EA is constantly a company that has been getting by fake websites that are biased and never want to say the truth. Thank you OS, thank you.
I agree completely. I can't imagine how anyone in their right mind can watch an NFL game, and then pop in Madden and be content with the atmosphere and presentation. I have to put my speakers waaaay up to make it feel like the crowd is not "across the street in another stadium." No player specific chants, stat overlays, camera angles, varied crowd chants, custom soundtracks, etc. etc. It's just ridiculous...especially in 2007.

And the score is spot-on. I mean, what would you give this game IF it had ev'thing last gen had in it? So you have to score it lower if the development team decides to ignore an entire aspect of the game.
 
# 5 Ram209 @ 09/13/07 01:38 AM
You know its funny but I never thought about stat displays on the screen to let you know how your players are doing. Damn it man now your going to make me miss that. But ya little things like that, I think its the MLB07 or 2K7 when a batter comes up they say little things like he is batting 450 his last ten games. A simple thing like your players stat coming up after a big play or anything to that extent would be great. But i must admit this is the best madden BY FAR for gameplay.
 
# 6 boomhauertjs @ 09/13/07 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by inkcil
No player specific chants, stat overlays, camera angles, varied crowd chants, custom soundtracks, etc. etc. It's just ridiculous...especially in 2007.
Why don't they put in custom soundtracks? So you have to listen to all the crappy songs EA licenses, especially that Ozzy Osbourne one.
 
# 7 burnwood @ 09/13/07 01:15 PM
I'm buying an OS t-shirt.
 
# 8 Artman22 @ 09/13/07 02:24 PM
I also agree with the score. I feel the gameplay is ok but the game gets very boring after a week or 2, and the presentation is horrible.
 
# 9 romohater @ 09/13/07 10:27 PM
Unfortunately for everyone who loves football, EA does not. They now see the Madden franchise as simply a cash cow, where name recognition and brand loyalty will sell copies. Madden has gotten worse since 04 and will keep getting low scores until EA starts to care again.
 
# 10 taqiyya @ 09/13/07 11:55 PM
Yes it was a spot on review in my opinion as well. I know if I had read this review before hand then it would have been a different story for me in picking up this game. But sadly I jumped the gun and I was let down. Great review and let us hope that Ea will get off it's high horse and get us a quality game next year.
 
# 11 Cardot @ 09/15/07 01:06 PM
Great review.

EA tends to frustrate me because there are things they can do, but simply choose not to. They clearly have the skill and resources to put together good presentation. Considering what 2K was able to do 3 years ago, presentation should not be a problem...Heck even NHL 93 had highlites from other games.
 
# 12 JoeMimic @ 09/15/07 04:24 PM
Good review but the bugs needed address more in this review IMO because they too lower the longevity of playing the game. I can't play a game where I'll get 1-2 INTs for touchdowns each week in a franchise.
 
# 13 jackswastedlife @ 09/18/07 04:57 PM
I was refreshing to see someone actually think about what the enhanced feature set meant to the product, rather than checking off boxes representing expectations, but the question still remains...

Is anyone going to REALLY call out the flaws in this game's AI?

LBzrule, where ya at, fellah?

;-)
 
# 14 Arctic Blast @ 10/09/07 04:19 AM
My god, do I wish I hadn't just discovered this site yesterday...woulda been nice to have read this review...oh, what now, 2 months ago when Madden released, and I bought it, because every other reviewer on planet Earth went gaga? The gameplay still has some flaws (why can't any running back hold on to the frickin' ball?!?!), but IS improved, but the game is just so utterly boring! Horrible mazes of submenus, a franchise mode stripped of features, and everything is just so utterly...dull. I mean, come on, getting rid of Tony Bruno...improvement. Replacing him with absolute nothingness...cheap and lame!
 

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