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Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL 10

Madden NFL 10 is an American football video game based on the National Football League that was published by EA Sports and developed by EA Tiburon. It is the 21st annual installment in the Madden NFL video game franchise. It was released on August 13, 2009 in Australia and August 14 in the United States for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as mobile devices. It was released for the iOS on September 10 through the App Store.

Madden NFL 10 Gameplay

All features apply to the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game, unless otherwise noted below.

PRO-TAK – New animation technology that allows up to nine players to be involved in tackles, ability to steer tackles, a more realistic pocket around the QB caused by a new blocking system, and QB avoidance actions.

Fight for the Fumble (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP) – A fumble pile-up that triggers when a fumble occurs near two players. To gain possession, the user must press a series of buttons that appear on the screen.

New Ratings Philosophy – Ratings have been re-scaled for a more noticeable difference between players, and new ratings such as Throw accuracy deep, medium, short, and throw on run and many more, make players styles more realistic.

Sim Style Gameplay – Game speed has been reduced for a more realistic, life like experience.

Player Momentum – More realistic acceleration, deceleration, planting & turn rates.

Quarterback Improvements – Layered blending, new QB ratings and more realistic QB dropback animations.

WR/DB Interaction – Improved route running and coverage.

Play Designer (PSP) – Players can create custom plays and formations, then upload them directly to a PlayStation 3.

Presentation

Procedural Awareness – System which allows each player to realistically follow the ball using head, eyes, neck and shoulders.

Depth of Field – All new system which will not only improve the visual quality of the game but will allow a more realistic broadcast experience.

New Injury System – Injury status/severity is delayed instead of immediate for more suspense and realism, all new animations with trainers and injury carts are shown, players playing injured have their ratings affected negatively and are at chance of re-injuring themselves.

The Extra Point – A weekly wrap-up show with Fran Charles and Alex Flanagan in franchise mode.

Halftime/Postgame Show – Recaps stats and highlights with Alex Flanagan.

Super Bowl Presentation – United States Air Force Thunderbirds and National Anthem, along with Super Bowl patches for jerseys and team specific endzones, sidelines and midfield logos.

Cutscenes – Multiple pre/post play cutscenes along with camera angles such as coaches on the sidelines and quarterbacks talking on the phone.

New announcers (PSP, PS2, Wii) – The PSP, PS2, and Wii versions of the game received new announcers in Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth. They replaced Al Michaels and John Madden.

Chain gang – The chain gang comes out on a close call for a first down. If it's not a successful first down, the referee will signal how much is left. If it's successful, the referee will point to the team's endzone, just like in real life.

Other

Superstar Mode – Made more simple. Aspects such as messages and interviews were removed.

Improved Franchise Mode – Improved progression and regression, offseason signing logic, draft logic (players will be picked on needs of the team) and pre-created draft classes and more. Includes the new "Extra Point".

New Creation Features – New accessories such as QB towels, additional facemasks, handwarmers, new gloves, arm bands and more.

Addition of the Wildcat offense (Xbox 360, PS3,PSP, PS2, Wii) – Players can now run the wildcat offense.

Signature QB throwing-style animations – Signature throwing styles for quarterbacks, only quarterbacks who are the default starting or top drafted quarterbacks in the game.

Signature Kicking Styles – Different kicking styles.

Uniforms – Ability to mix-n-match uniforms with a 3D preview of the uniform while editing. Allowing players to customize team jerseys.

Accelerated Clock – Automatic runoff of time from the clock after the huddle. Returned from the Windows version of Madden 2008. Similar to Chew Clock in NCAA Football 10.

Cheat codes (Wii) – For the first time since Madden NFL 07, a cheat code system is in place to unlock content such as franchise mode and the Super Bowl XLIV stadium.

Reception
The review aggregate site, Metacritic, rates the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions 86/100 based on 26 reviews. IGN.com awarded Madden NFL 10 a score of 8.9 out of 10 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Reviewer Nate Ahearn praised the game's gameplay and presentation, stating it's "as close as you'll come to playing on Sundays". One noted drawback of this year's version was the commentary, which needs "serious work before hitting the gridiron next season". Many players have reported that they often play the game on mute.

IGN.com also awarded Madden NFL 10 a score of 7.3 out of 10 for the PlayStation 2 version. Reviewer Nate Ahearn praised the game's small additions and improvements, stating "It seems like Madden NFL 10 got a bit more attention than Madden NFL 09 as far as PS2 development goes. There certainly isn’t a bevy of new frills to entertain you, but the additions that are here help to push things forward ever so slightly."

IGN.com scored Madden NFL 10 a score of 8.2 out of 10 for the Wii version. Reviewer Mark Bozon sums up the game's gameplay and presentation, stating "Madden 10 isn’t a bad game by any means; it’s just a whole new breed of football game on Wii, and one that some players aren’t going to prefer over classic Madden." Some players have complained that classic Madden was easier and say they miss "realistic" features such as dirty uniforms and fields torn up as the game progresses.

GameSpot.com awarded Madden NFL 10 a score of 7.5 out of 10 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions. Reviewer Giancarlo Varanini sums up the game stating "A number of features make Madden NFL 10 a more realistic and enjoyable portrayal of football, but a few problems—both old and new—continue to trouble the series."

GameSpot.com awarded Madden NFL 10 a score of 6.5 out of 10 for the Wii version. Reviewer Giancarlo Varanini sums up the game stating "The result is an experience that's fun the first few times around—provided you can consistently play with friends—but lacks the longevity to keep football fans coming back."


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