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Madden NFL 07

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Not much new, but sure to be a big hit with kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players are given the option to commit fouls and not always penalized.

Violence & scariness

Some big hits and low blocks, but nothing gratuitous.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is part of a long-running series. Players will see ads for EA Games, the NFL, and a few products like Sprint, Motorola, and Snickers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features controls that may be too complex for younger players. The gameplay is pretty much like real professional football; players control some hard tackles and they have the option to try illegal moves like holding, although they may have to face the penalties. The game has ads for real-life companies, a soundtrack with licensed songs, and it promotes the National Football League. Parents should be aware that the game has an online mode and that Common Sense doesn't recommend online play for anyone under 12.

What's it about?

Players who have tackled a Madden game before, such as the 05 or 04 versions, will find themselves on familiar ground. As in previous years, MADDEN NFL 07 does a nice job of translating the big, complex, and messy world of professional football: real players, real stadiums, big hits, injuries, commercial sponsorships, some showboating, and plenty of play-calling strategy. Although Madden 07 has a pick-up-and-play, single game option, for serious players the heart of the game will be one of the season-spanning modes, which have only minor tweaks over previous entries in the series.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Despite some innovations and small changes that allow players a finer degree of control over maneuvers, Madden 07 still has some problems. Corporate sponsorship of things like drive summaries and player-of-the-game awards are familiar from real football, but come off as gratuitous in the game. Likewise, the EA-staple of a background soundtrack of punkish and hip-hop songs, complete with pop-ups identifying the song and artist, feels awkwardly tacked on.

Yet the biggest complaint many gamers might have is that they've seen the basic Madden football game before. This latest iteration will hold most appeal to football fans and those players eager to delve into the up-to-the-minute online community for contests against real humans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes football interesting. Do flashy plays and show-business elements make the game exciting or is it the play-calling strategy? Families can also discuss the advertisements that are wrapped up in the game. Is this commercialism distracting -- or does it make gameplay more authentic? Finally, families should discuss proper online behavior.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo DS, Windows, PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:August 28, 2006
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E

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Kid, 10 years old June 3, 2009

well

i have this for a lot of syestems so eny meny miny here is the review for gamecupe it rocks any age that is all the time i have also the graphics for it on ps3 rock bye
Adult Written byjazzmaster13 February 15, 2009

A Realistic Portrayal Of The NFL

The latest installment of the very popular Madden series of football games is not much of an improvement of the previous titles in the series.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 20, 2012

Love it!

This is a very fun game for kids (and teens!) The levels are so cool! It has a lot of Ease of play as well!

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