Madden NFL 08

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Latest Madden delivers the goods best on Xbox 360.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 19 reviews

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Violence & Scariness

By nature, football has tackling and other on-field violence.


With the online component, trash-talking can occur.


Virtual billboards will soon promote products, says EA, but now most just say EA Sports and ESPN.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that not all Madden NFL 08 games are equal. The Xbox 360 version is by far the best version out of the new consoles, followed by the Wii and then PS3. For families with young football fans, the Wii version has an option to simplify the controls, making it easier for newbies to play. See our platform reviews below for more information. Parents also need to know that most of the versions offer an online component, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under age 12.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPlague January 29, 2010

Madden NFL 08

This game was as fun and realistic as the past Madden NFL games. Great graphics and all your favorite teams make this the perfect game for all football fans.
Adult Written bymkv12162 April 9, 2008
Kid, 8 years old June 25, 2014


great game!!!! people under 8 should use family controls
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 20, 2012

Madden NFL + Nintendo DS = AWESOME GAME!

This was a cool game! Great levels,easy to play,ect.I'm a fan of the Madden NFL Football video game series! Soooooo,I LOVE THIS GAME!

What's it about?

MADDEN NFL 08 introduces a new gameplay feature called "weapons," which are special skills assigned to elite players to reinforce what makes them great. For example, when activated, LaDainian Tomlinson becomes a truck who plows through defenders, whereas a smart quarterback, like Peyton Manning, can read the field and expose players who simply stick to their money plays. As introduced in the 2007 version, NFL Superstar: Hall of Fame mode is back, where you create a player from scratch and then work your way up from a nobody to an NFL star to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But your actions on and off the field will have an impact on your career: Should you take that endorsement deal or movie role?

Is it any good?

Madden NFL 08 is packed with new features and improvements over past iterations, and it's gorgeous to boot -- especially on the Xbox 360. Just be forewarned that the PlayStation 3 version has some well-publicized kinks -- including a frame-rate considerably slower than its Xbox 360 counterpart. The running, passing, and defensive game is top-notch, plus veteran gamers will notice some tweaks to the already solid control. Add multiple game modes such as the Mini-Camp skill-based games and head-to-head Internet support and you've got promising pigskin, once again.

Too bad the same can't be said for the PS3 version, which has some gamers up in arms over its relatively slow performance. The Wii version lacks some of the slick production values found in the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but younger players will enjoy the motion-sensing remote as an alternative control mechanism (this is improved over last year as well).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a company like EA paying for exclusivity with the NFL and ESPN. Should more companies be able to create NFL games? Does playing this game help you to understand and appreciate football more?

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