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Madden NFL 11 by EA Sports for iPad
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Madden NFL 11 for the iPad is a football simulation game that's appropriate for all ages. The game is less in-depth than the console version, but is great for armchair quarterbacks. It does not, at present, offer a multiplayer mode, meaning all gameplay is solo, but EA plans to change that in future updates, meaning players could interact with strangers.
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Is it any good?
Madden fans are a diverse bunch. Some want absolute realism in the game, while others simply want a fun football arcade game. Madden NFL 11 for iPad offers both. It's a gorgeous game that's fairly easy to control, but some of the included gameplay modes, like GameFlow (which calls the plays for you) could aggravate players. (The mode can be turned off, though.) It's not the same as the console version of the game -- and there are a number of holes, such as the missing (but forthcoming) multiplayer mode and franchise mode -- but with the extra screen size of the iPad, it's the best mobile version of the game.
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