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Madden NFL 10



Excellent football game for players of all ages, skills.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game demonstrates the fun of participating in sports and working as a team to accomplish a goal.

Positive role models

In real life, football players are role models, though that's not always a good thing (e.g. Michael Vick).


Ease of play

The game offers a number of tutotials to help players learn the game, plus the analog stick support (in Xbox 360 and PS3 versions) makes it easier to throw and catch balls. The Wii version relies on motion-sensing, which works well, too, as you can pretend to throw the football by swinging the Wii Remote. In addition, the Wii version has something called "point and pass" which makes it drop dead simple to play the game as well as other extras including an all-new, four-player party mode.


This is a pro football game, which includes tackling, but other than that, there is no violence in the game.




Not applicable

ESPN is mentioned a lot as EA Sports has entered a partnership with them and the NFL, to give the game more of a broadcast feel.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this football simulation game is appropriate for players of all ages, but if you deem football too violent, then you won't want your kids playing this. Overall, though, it's a great footbal game for kids to play and might encourage kids to play the real sport with their friends. Parents of younger children should be cautious of playing online with a headset because children may hear language that is inappropriate.

What's it about?

Like clockwork, a new version of Madden NFL kicks off each August, giving football fans new features to play around with while retaining the ones that worked well from previous years. This formula works well for fans -- and EA Sports, too, as the publisher sells a gazillion copies of the game year after year. Here's the basics of MADDEN NFL 10: this is the only football game that lets you play as or against any NFL team, in realistically recreated stadiums, in a handful of single-player and multiplayer modes (including support for online matches). This year's version adds a number of improvements such as more responsive player handling, incredibly fluid animation (including up to nine-man gang tackles) and in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, photorealistic players that would truly cause passersby to do a double-take because this game looks like a televised NFL game.

Is it any good?


While not flawless, Madden NFL 10 is one of the better football offerings in recent memory. While it falls just short of pigskin perfection, Madden NFL 10 won't disappoint finicky football fans thanks to its tighter controls, high production values, and new modes including an online co-op option (tackle the CPU together on the same team) and an impressively deep franchise mode, now supporting up to 32 friends with real NFL scheduling and live drafts -- all manageable from your console, on a PC, or via a downloadable iPhone app. Some of last year's fun features are back, too, such as the Madden Test hologram drills. And for younger children, the Wii version makes playing the game simple with something called "point and pass" as well as other extras including an all-new, four-player party mode.

But Madden NFL 10 still needs work in its defensive Artificial Intelligence (which is inconsistent at best) as well as play-by-play commentary (it sounds bland or repetitive), but overall is an extraordinary game that should yield many weeks -- nay, months -- of football fun for the entire family.

Online interaction: The game adds a number of online modes but be aware that kids could chat with others online using a headset and might hear inappropriate language.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether or not EA Sports should release a new game every year or should the publisher allow a free download to update team rosters for existing gamers (which you can do only until the end of a current season).

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Available online?Available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:August 14, 2009
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Kid, 11 years old October 22, 2010

sick game.

this is a reely safe game for football fans. i love it the hits are HUGE at times an can get rough
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old November 6, 2012

awesome game

this game is the best! i have it for the wii and it is really fun. you really get the whole football expierience. you can try to go to the superbowl or you can just play a has all of your favorite football teams.i love this game. i recommend this game for everyone. best game in the world!
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Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old June 25, 2011

for kids all ages

madden is a game ok for kids all ages. it is ok because there are no drugs, swear words, or any of that. the only violence is tackling. i think madden is an awesome fun game.
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Educational value