Rated 10 out of 10 by Crazylegs20 Cant belieave it
Wow some guys have been battering this game a little too harsh. First off the gameplay online is superb. It finally does the toe tap thing on the side line, so like last year when in a clutch moment and you throw it you on of your guys and he only gets one foot in well it has changed. When i was playing online the guy dived for it and caught it while toe tapping out of bounce. The camera angles are the same but that kind of stuff is good because when they change that kind of stuff around it takes awhile of getting use to. The controls are the same so that means they way i always loved them and others always loved them. If you're a madden fan get it or if you never played madden and are looking into buying it for your first time DO IT! You don't know what you are missing out on. Once you turn it on you get hooked instantly especially if you play online. So if you're looking at buying it and seeing all these bad posts this game is pretty good. Not next gen gaming but still pretty decent for the ps2, And yes the receiver icons was still there.
Rated 8 out of 10 by Johnny Re It's The Typical Madden Game
Here's the deal, you buy Madden foothall games your getting almost the same game. I like the game, I don't like how they don't have icons above the recievers. I also don't like how they have those icons when you push the button to see what players go with what icons, they have these pictures instead of the normal square, triangle etc.. The overall gameplay is great. The sound, the effects. I think if they are gonna enhance the game so much then tey deffinately need to use the format for Madden 08 and go from there. Adding some of the challenges they added is great and also i wish it were easier to update the roster instead of having to get online to do so. I dont play online because i have to work and have two kids, so updating my roster is harder. I am a huge Brett Favre fan and may never have him on my game because of the update roster only online deal. Other than that the game isn't that bad.
Rated 8 out of 10 by PlaystationMan24 Solid enough.
Madden NFL 09 is overall solid, and certainly the best Madden game to ever be released for the PS2. The new gameplay features like controlling certain players on offense, choosing which celebrations to do after scoring a touchdown, seeing where the pass will land and players trying harder to make a catch are all awesome. Sometimes the player wont do the celebration you ask him to, but its still nice. New commentary would have been nice, but Micheals/Madden always do a good job. I love how the graphics look. The sidelines, weather and time of day look exceptionally nice. There are no new game modes this year, but Franchise, Fantasy Challenge and Superstar mode are good. There isnt much new in Franchise or Fantasy, but Superstar is good except for the fact its hard. I like the soundtrack. Overall, Madden 09 is nice. At least it doesnt usually have freezing problems...
Rated 10 out of 10 by The Germ Stop Being So Harsh!!!!
I got this game yesterday and couldn't wait to play it. Even though I was I little cautious about buying it because of all of the harsh reviews. But still I bought this for the ps2 instead of the wii because they did make it to childish for the wii. This game is similar to most Maddens but with better graphics and some new features. And I enjoy them. And so does my friend who also plays madden. Last year I got 08 for wii and it was fun and it would have gotten it this year but they put so many different things into it that it wasn't worth buying. So I think That if you like madden just go out and get Madden 09. You will enjoy. And the bottom line is stop written harsh reviews for the ps2 madden 09 because were not rich like some people and can afford to buy a xbox 360 or a ps3 so we still settle with a ps2. Because it is still cool to play with.
Rated 9 out of 10 by elik8903 Ignore the others
I base some of my comments off of the ability of others to write helpful review comments. The first two reviews appear as if they were written by my son, who just started learning how to spell. How much can you depend on a person who can't complete a sentence properly? Anyway, Madden 09 follows all other Maddens, awesome and simply the best football game ever. Yes, I get sick of the same Maddenisms which don't seem to change much from year to year. But who doesn't get sick of some game announcers in real life anyway? There are tons of options in Madden once again, including the nice simulation feature. Now you don't have to play every single play of a game if you don't want to. So, if you just like playing offense, feel free to simulate your turn on defense. One thing I wish they would add is the ability to start pre-season with 80 players and then make cuts throughout the pre-season. This would put more control and excitement into the pre-season. This game is as dependable as all other Madden games for fun and realism. Don't listen to the other comments as those reviewers appear to have some sort of chip on their shoulders.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Dr.Slick3 Good, but can be improved
The madden 09 was an alright game. But if you are ready for a new game this is for you. I would reccomend this to any madden game or football game period. The graphics on this game are great concidering that all the good graphics are on the 360 and ps3. The gameplay on this game is excellent. personally I thought it could have been a little more challenging, the statictics were about on target and the camera angles can be excellent or great at time. You will not be upset if you buy this game (that is if you are a fan of madden) but I think what you will really enjoy in this game is the franchise mode. It feels like you are actually head of the whole team by how realistic the mode is. In the next game I would like to see in the next game is more customized controls. I think that would improve the game by a long shot.
Rated 8 out of 10 by G. Nell Better Madden
This years madden 09 was better than last years 08 i still think there should be more changes to the game. The thing i like most about this madden is the super sim because if your like me and like to finish what you started you can use that when in a blowout game. The graphics are ok better than last year and the controls are ok the only thing missing is Mike Hart he was one of the best college football i mean i know this is nfl football but still you gotta remember him. Now as far as brett farve not being in the game i dont know why he is not i mean theres other players in the game who retired that are still in the game. I would recommend this game to other people. I hope that next years madden 2010 will even better than this with better graphics and more players who should be in the game.
Rated 10 out of 10 by KING JUNIOR#4 Are you kidding me?
This game is "fan"tastic!! I've been a Madden fan since I came out of my mother's womb and NEVER have I seen a Madden game like this. The graphics and animation makes it look like you're actually seeing the person up-close and in real-life. I would never skip out on any Madden game especially this one. If any of you have a disgracious doubt about this game, just review all the features before actually, literally throwing it away in the trash can. Don't give up on Madden just yet. Keep playing it until you get the feel of it and like it. I know I did!!! To me,"The King of Madden", this is one of the best ones ever (personally I like Madden 07) that I have played. You can play your NFL 2K fives, sixes, sevens, too, but there will never be a football game like Madden EVER AGAIN!
Rated 5 out of 10 by PS2 player Just An Updated Roster
Madden '09 for Playstation 2 is exactly like Madden '08, but with an updated roster. The graphics really haven't improved and all of the tackles haven't changed much. The Superstar mode has made some changes, mostly in design like different styles of the calender and the house you have (you'll have to play this to know what I'm talking about). John Madden and Al Micheals say the same exact things as Madden '08 except for saying the new player names. So the only things that have changed is the roster, design of the menu, design of the pause menu, and Superstar mode--but not that much. If you have Madden '06 get this game because it is way better than Madden '06. But if you have Madden '07 or Madden '08, I wouldn't recommend it. Maybe Madden '10 will be better than this.
Rated 2 out of 10 by jdangles23 Again????
Why is EA torturing us in making a new game? It looks good in the preview and then I buy it and it is the same thing as last years game. When will EA make anything decent instead of this crap that they call a game? I mean what EA game since 2005 has been any different, if it comes to NHL, NBA, or madden. Stop only making improvements on the ps3 or xbox 360. Some of us poor people can't afford a xbox 360 so we settle for the ps2 or xbox and we get totally screwed when it comes to EA new Games! They add little tiny details like supersim or something like that. Nothing special! And in NHL how about make superstar for that, That would make you profit go way up, or college hockey 09. But you guys don't care about anything except having a good profit with the good systems.