Game - Madden NFL 2006 (DS)
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Madden 2006 may be the worst modern football game I've played on an 128 bit system. Luckily for us, I am not talking about any of those. No, I've decided to go with the portable model this year. The DS seems to be the appropriate antidote. With the two screens and all, I muster closer to blindness every day.
From the get go, I am floored by the amount of options they have thrown into this thing. It has everything from mini-camps to a full franchise mode. You can also create custom leagues and teams. A first for a portable. Sadly, you
cannot yet create a player. I love the fact they have also chosen to include Madden cards. When they were first introduced in 2004, I despised them. Now they've managed to grow on me like an old pair of underwear.
Surprisingly, my favorite game mode has turned out to be the Two-Minute Drill. A portable console is meant to be played while on the go. More often then not, I just simply don't have or want to spend the time playing multiple full games on this. It is very convenient to pick it up for a just a couple quick drills.
Sadly, I regret to inform you that the graphics are poor. I mean very poor. You could get the same if not better graphics from the SP. By throwing in mass amounts of content, they had to sacrifice many corners in visuals. Don't get me wrong, it's very playable. It just underachieves greatly compared to other titles we've seen on the DS. And don't get me started on
the kicking game. The kicking game has become the momentary bane of my existence. It was designed for someone with much smaller hands then I.
Other than that, the gameplay is phenomenal. The controls are simplistic compared to last year's version. Yet they are very effective. They are placed together in a smarter, more comfortable configuration. Overall, it is hard not to love this game. It loses some ground for graphics, but does outrank its bigger brothers this year. Football fans will not be disappointed.
Added: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
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