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Xbox 360 & PS3

  • In this years Madden EA has added a new “Adaptive Difficulty Engine” which will change the AI’s strengths depending on the player’s skills. The game’s tag line is “The first sports game that adapts to you“. Players will be able to determine their skill in a holographic environment with the help of John Madden.
  • Backtrack will show the user their error after a bad play such as a failed 4th down conversion or an interception. The computer will be able to show the player his/her mistake while the user will be able to re-do the play with EA Sports Rewind. Backtrack and Rewind will not be available during online play.
    Picture-in-Picture window
  • The play calling window has been replaced with a picture in picture interface where the player will be able to access up to the minute information.
  • EA has updated last years Total Control Animation System by adding in new animations, feet planting, the ability to return short field goals and more.
  • This is the first year that a Madden game will feature true online leagues with 32 human players. Drafts, trades and a full playoff system will be in place.
  • Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond will be replacing the Radio Broadcaster.
  • Players will be able to celebrate TD’s
  • Madden Moments will let the players re-live the highlights of the 2007 NFL season. This will be much like the Super Star Challenges of last years Madden for the PSP.
  • Stadium, weather, player and grass graphics have all be improved.
  • A handicap feature has been implemented in multiplayer games. This allows two players playing against eachother choose different difficulty settings.

Wii

  • This year the game will be called Madden 09 All-play thanks to a new button scheme that lets the player control the action with only 1 button
  • A new playbook will make it easier for new players to jump into the game as will the ability to create a passing play on the fly. Simply point the Wii mote to a spot on the field and the WR will run to it.
    Wii play calling screen
  • A celebration system much like the one on the 360 and PS3 will be put into place.
  • New 5 v. 5 mode

Nintendo DS

  • 8 player wireless mode, Wi-fi enabled, single card play available.
  • DS exclusive mini-games.

Receiver Icons in Madden 09 on the PSP

PSP

  • EA Sports Rookie mode lets players play the game using only 1 button.
  • Receiver Icons let the players know which wide receivers are open.
  • New coach tips and easy to use playbooks are aimed to help new players.

PS2/Xbox

  • Points based Franchise mode lets you earn points by drafting high profile players, winning games and making stars out of no-name players.
  • Fantasy Challenge: A tier based mode where the player must complete each league and beat its champ to move onto the next round.
  • SuperSim lets you sim 1 play, 1 quarter, 1 half or the full game.
  • QB Avoidance Stick – Lets your QB get out of pressure in the pocket.
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Well, with the release of Madden 09 approaching us, the player weapons seem pretty standard as always. With the addition of Rookies there isn’t much new to who is listed and who is not. The only thing I disagree with is that Eli Manning is more accurate of a quarterback than Ben Roethlisberger. I don’t know if its because he won the Super Bowl, but Ben has always had a higher completion percentage, than Eli. Even with his season where he led the league in interceptions. So without further ado, you can find the link to the player weapons here. Madden NFL 09 Player Weapons.

Notable Players:

Darren Sproles – Elusive Back
Joe Flacco – Cannon Arm QB
Ryan Grant – Power Back
Rashard Mendenhal – Power Back
Darren McFadden – Stiff Arm Ball Carrier
Adrian Peterson – Stiff Arm Ball Carrier
Jerricho Cotchery – Possession Receiver
Limas Sweed – Spectacular Catch Receiver
Mario Manningham – Spectacular Catch Receiver

As for all of the other players, its more of the same. Like I said, my only problem was the Eli/Ben thing and that’s because I am a Steeler fan. But, all is well that ends well. Read and Enjoy!

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

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Well E3 is here and news is coming out the woodwork on various games, design changes, exclusive gaming news and all.  But, I am most intrigued by the new screens that show the new Xbox navigation system.  Apparently were getting avatars much like the Yahoo based system that people can check out and see what were into with a more visual appeal.

I’m not so much excited about it as seeing the screens almost look like it has taken a step back in terms of what it looks like now to possibly what it could look like.   My biggest concern just is the overall feel and all that jazz.  Most importantly though were going down the slippery slope of the facebook battle of watching us at all times and keeping everyone else updated.  There is I believe an option to turn it off, but hopefully they don’t remove it.

Also, a new party update is going to be available with private chat rooms and game joinings to boot.  With me being a hardcore bad company player at the moment I am loving it.  In fact, I would enjoy that 8 people can play different games and all chat togethor at one time.  This is indeed why Xbox live is the social giant that it is today.  It isn’t so much about games as it is a multimedia socialiate sharing moment.

Also click here to read more about the Live Experience.

Xbox Live Interface

Xbox Live Interface

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Well, another great time of the year is upon us.  Football season is weeks away, and the rumors start flying all around.  Fantasy football gets kicked into high gear with research upon research of stats, players, teams, thougts, etc. etc.  I found a website today here, that lists the project team rankings as well as screen shots of the teams roster pages.  Found below you will find the rankings if you would like to stay here(I encourage), provide some insight on how you feel the teams were ranked and so on. Rankings are as follows:

Patriots 97
Cowboys 96
Chargers 95
Colts 95
Giants 94
Steelers 94
Jaguars 93
Packers 91
Eagles 91
Bucs 91
Vikings 90
Browns 88
Redskins 88
Seahawks 87
Saints 87
Panthers 86
Broncos 84
Titans 84
Bills 82
Ravens 81
Bengals 80
Bears 80
Cardinals 78
Texans 78
Lions 78
Rams 77
Jets 76
49ers 72
Chiefs 71
Raiders 71
Falcons 67
Dolphins 67

Is it any surprise that New England is on top?  It looks like a pretty accurate stance on ratings to me.  However I feel that the Jet’s with the stronger line they have brought in this year, should have a few points higher, but oh well ya give and take.   Well, it’s a small update to the site, but it provides some nice incite to the series that all sports gamers oogle over.

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