With the Madden series, you pretty much know what you are getting. The game play itself is little changed from any of the recent versions of the game, and it likely won’t be changing anytime soon, as EA seems to have all their bases covered. It’s still not perfect though, and in some places – such as the game’s AI – there is room for improvement.
One aspect where the Wii version is lacking is in graphics. Not only do all players look the same height on the field, but the graphics clearly look a bit dated. Like Gamecube dated. Given the incredible graphics of the Xbox 360 version this is a big disappointment, but it’s not necessarily something that will ruin the game experience for you. The game’s soundtrack is as licensed and vibrant as ever, and the in-game sounds are still good. One interesting thing of note is that the Wii version makes use of the Wii remote’s speaker, emitting any signal calls from the QB before the snap.
The variety of modes in Madden 08 for the Wii, and hopefully an online mode without server issues, give this game plenty of replay value, regardless of if you are a hardcore or casual gamer. However, the more casual gamers you have around you, the more you are likely to get out of this title.
Despite its new features, the lack of some standard ones make Madden 08 feel like a step backwards from last year’s version, which is a damn shame. If you have a bunch of Madden newbies around and want to get them playing the game, you might want to pick the Wii version up. But keep in mind that the 360 version not only has all of the game’s features, but runs at a very nice 60 frames per second.
Pros: Controls are still generally the same from Madden 07. Family Play and Party Mode will help make the game accessible to just about everyone. Makes some use of the Wii’s online capabilities.
Cons: Graphically weakest of three current-generation versions. Lacks depth of options that 360 and PS3 versions have, as many longtime Madden features (create-a-player/team, for example) are cut from the Wii version.
Madden NFL 08 is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. This game can also be found on: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox and Xbox 360.