Rated 8 out of 10 by BSADULSKI Okay... but needs some room for improvement.
When I purchased this game, I was thinking the worst of it. Being I purchased this game right when Madden 11 was accepting pre-orders, I thought that this game was a tad outdated. Of course, it is outdated, but the graphics are pretty good on it being it is a 2009 game. The graphics are very well for this year, the sounds are pretty realistic, but the only issue is, there are a few features I dislike. I myself, and alot of my friends dislike the Rewind feature. I mean they are trying to make the future games even more realistic, but they completely lost that view of making it more realistic. I mean in real life, you do NOT have a rewind feature. Sure it is good for rookie players, but it really is unnecessary to have. Before spending your money on this game, I would suggest spending a few more bucks to upgrade to Madden 10 or even Madden 11 (depending on how much of an upgrade you are willing to contribute). Hope I helped, and I hope the future Madden games get even more and more realistic.
Rated 9 out of 10 by shoelax17 Alright could be better
I got madden 09 for christmas and I was so excited. But madden needs more achievements, I mean only 25 is so boring and the achievements are very easy. I still think that madden 07 is the best madden game created because the NFL superstar was easy to do and in 09 and 08 you have to do bench presses and a lot of annoying things that are so hard to do. I think also that John Madden should be the announcer if the game is called Madden. I think that each NFL team should have its own achievement instead of 3 teams. But some pros of the game are the great franchise mode. The franchise mode is amazing... it makes you feel like you're the actual coach. Also in madden 09 I really like the random facts about the teams while you're waiting for the game to load. But all in all I would give madden 09 a 9 out of 10 because it recovered from last years terrible madden 08 which I played for a day then returned it... madden 08 was probably the worst madden game ever created it was a big upset.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Kalel77 Finally a descent MADDEN!!!
This game is a big improvement over the last few editions. First of all, the graphics are simply amazing. The movements of the players on the field is very smooth. The Madden IQ called MY Skill is a great feature and the game will adjust to the way you play. I wish they would have kept the custom AI opition if you still wanted to do it the classic way, but not that big of deal. The new endzone celebrations are awesome and make it fun to score. Breaking tackles looks great, but not as easy to do as you would think. The game is more defensive and you really have to earn your points. The main menu is nice and it was a trophy room (LIke my Shrine in NCAA) showing of you awards and stuff. The create a player opition is about the same with some cool new visors and stuff. There is also create a team, which I haven't used yet. If you liked NCAA, you will love Madden. I can't wait to import my draft class and see how my players like in Madden..... I must buy for football fans....
Rated 6 out of 10 by Quats Good, but not great
I've been playing madden for about four or five years, but unless you're playing the game online it's not really any fun because if you have your running game turned up at all-pro it's almost impossible to run the ball. I know you can set up the run, but that takes too much time to do because unless you plan on playing a single game for about two and half hours it's almost impossible to do. Although i do really like this game, it freezes up quite a bit in franchise. When somebody gets injured, the replay freezes up my game, and if you're in the fourth quarter or even the third, it's no fun to restart. I haven't really gotten to superstar a whole lot, but when you do the camps where you can up your stats, or even train for a game in franchise, it also freezes up. Other than that, i really enjoy the game. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who wants it to be perfect or wants it to be super smooth. Overall, i have fun playing, other than praying that it doesn't freeze up.
Rated 8 out of 10 by mkbn43240 Got Me Hooked
I played some of the Madden games that were for the Playstation 1&2 and did not like them. I picked up Madden 09 as an add-on to an order and have enjoyed playing it. It is fun and is helping me as I wait for the 2010 NFL Draft and Pre-Season to begin. I am jones-ing for football and this is helping I agree with a lot of the other comments that the players run too fast and the defensive backs are just TOO good in that in many of the games they have 4-5 interceptions. But I bought it for entertainment value and it does that. I am going to be buying Madden 10 and 11 (when it comes out). Overall the game play is good in that you can start out with the basics and work your way up. If you play Franchise (this is my favorite) you can run the whole team - from front office - to scouting - free agent market - the draft (you can import from your NCAA football) - determine the 53 man roster - the whole shebang. If you love playing sports on your Xbox, Playstation or any console – BUY THIS GAME - It got me hooked.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Deli Boy Welcome to the world of Madden
Every year i am so excited for the new madden to come out and hit stores. I am always watching G4 TV to get the latest news on the game and all the new features. Ever since i first saw the game on TV I have been counting down days til' it comes out. The day it came out it was truly awesome. I started out on a play now match and it seemed so realistic. The touchdown animations were pretty cool being put in there. I don't really care that much for the superstar mode this year. I know everybody says it is the best part usually but I don't really care for it. What i do love about this game is that the online play. It is pretty cool on how your stats are tracked through out your career in online play. Also the leagues that you can join online is pretty cool as well. Finally, what is always my favorite part is just the gameplay with the new roster. With Brett Favre now on the New York Jets and Adrian Petereson unstoppable to take down on the field, Madden 09 is true elite football game for any sports fan to enjoy.
Rated 1 out of 10 by AEL Worst Madden yet?
I am a Madden junky. I have played madden since the days of the original playstation. Needless to say, when '09 dropped, I was psyched. Then I played it. Game looks great. Sounds great (Welcome back John!). Unfortunately I quickly realized that running doesn't work, going deep doesn't work, and the only real option is running slants and outs. Even with studs like LT or Adrian Peterson 3 yard gains are all you can expect. With Peyton and the Colts play action barely changes anything, and that is where they excel. I am planning on trading this game in and getting FIFA, and I don't even like soccer. This game is a must have for anyone who can't get enough of the west coast offense. If you like short, boring, and repetitive; have at it. Also, playing defense against the routes that "work" is nearly impossible. Zones or Man are equally ineffective, and even user coverage rarely works. Game looks wonderful but was nowhere near worth the $edit. I miss Madden '08.
Rated 3 out of 10 by Nintendo Master it's alright
When my dad got the game for himself I was so excited to play the game! I was dying to go home, and when I played it, it was ok. First of all, you can't throw the ball to any of your players at some plays. Also practically all the other players on the other team come at you all at once and you instantly get tackled. The game does not give you a chance to do anything you want to do. Your under its control. When I was playing, one of my teammates was wide open in the goal of the other team, I followed the directions that was in the instruction booklet to throw and nothing happened. It told be to press any of the selected buttons, but it won't work. Out of nowhere I get tackled to the ground and get frustrated! In conclusion, this game is possibly the worst madden game I've ever played! Madden games where so good until this game out. You have no control, the instruction booklet is a lie, and most importantly it's unfair. I DO NOT recommend this game at all!
Rated 9 out of 10 by succdawg Very pleased with this game
Madden is gradually getter better and better each year. The biggest improvement in this one is that the field seems bigger and it doesnt look like a green carpet like in 08. its really nothing new from 08 but im just a huge football fan so i get them every year because of the roster changes. Online play is solid, could be better, but no online in any game is perfect. The only thing that i really dislike is playing a franchise on the all-madden level. its so unrealistic. you can have pittsburghs d and they will have a qb like Andrew Walter and he will pick you apart, and they also break every tackle, you need at least 2 people to take one guy down. so id suggest playing on all-pro level if you are good enough because its fun yet challenging. this is by far the best madden game made yet. with online you can download roster updates whenever they come out (almost every week during the season). fantasy drafts are the best part to me. THIS IS A MUST BUY IF YOU ARE A FOOTBALL FAN OR SOMEONE WHO JUST WANTS TO PLAY A GOOD FOOTBALL GAME!
Rated 1 out of 10 by eagamer Terrible
I had more fun playing Madden 2002 than i did this. The graphics were alright, and the music was good,but the rest was poor to terrible. They made the defence way too tuff and the ofense too bad. You throw to your reciever and he jumps before it's there or it goes right through his hands half the time. Also a lot of times the clock will keep running when it is supposed to be stopped. If you are playing superstar mode your line hardly ever blocks most of the time they don't touch anyone and the defender blows right by them. The whole gameplay was just too dark it didn't look real at all especially when it was raining or snowing. The virtual trainer was a nice feature but your skill doesn't change when you play in superstar mode. Also the EA sports backtrack was a cool feature it really had no flaws in my opinion. Finally the EA sports rewind was nice but it wasn't amazing. So overall i think this game doesn't deserve more than a 5 at most and for gameplay maybe even less. Hopefully madden 2010 will be a lot better because 09 was just poor.