Madden NFL 11

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Popular football sim offers streamlined play and more.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This football simulation game sends the message that playing football can be fun. It also shows that football is a  game with a lot of details.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While there's no protagonist in the game, there are many familiar football players in this game, including cover athlete Drew Brees, Super Bowl XLIV MVP and quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. To the extent that pro-football players are good role models in real life, they are also good role models in this game.


Ease of Play

More so than in past Madden games, Madden NFL 11 has made controlling the game a breeze, including simplified controls and the removal of the playbook for a faster game (though you can use it if you like).

Violence & Scariness

This is a pro football simulation so players can tackle other ones on the field -- just like a real NFL match between two teams.


This licensed NFL game has plenty of in-game advertising including Verizon, an "Old Spice" swagger rating, a "Doritos Crunch Time" play of the game. You might hear "brought to you by Verizon, the official wireless service sponsor of the national football league."


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Madden NFL 11 is an E-rated football simulation game. The game is appropriate for players of all ages, but parents should know that the Wii, Xbox 360, and PS3 versions of the game let you play on the Internet -- and with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, you can also chat while playing. This means kids could potentiallyhear profanity or interact verbally with complete strangers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byYoungC190 February 24, 2011
This is a game to be played for many years.
Adult Written byMi3 February 8, 2011
Kid, 11 years old December 23, 2013


Teen, 15 years old Written byChristhegamer_360 December 14, 2011

Best Madden to Date

Honestly people, it's a football sim. Yes you can tackle people but that's part of the game. Give this to anyone old enough to hold a controller.

What's it about?

Video game publishers who crank out a sports sequel every year must straddle that delicate balance between keeping what works and adding enough new features to justify the purchase. EA Sports has done just that with MADDEN NFL 11, the latest – and perhaps most ambitious -- version of its best-selling football franchise that has sold more than 85 million copies since the series debuted in 1989. Featuring New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees as cover boy (chosen by fans in an online promotion), this year's game was designed for both rookies and veterans alike by delivering what the publisher calls a \"simpler, quicker, and deeper\" experience. For example, a new play-calling system called GameFlow lets you complete games in half the time compared to past versions of the game, as you don’t have to dig into a playbook and choose from 300-odd plays (unless you want to). Instead, each team has a default play style, such as Miami Dolphins and its oft-used “wildcat” formation.

Is it any good?

This version of Madden is good -- very good. Along with the faster game (players also run faster, too), another big new feature is an online co-op mode for up to 3 versus 3 team play. You choose to play an offensive squad of players (such as a quarterback, running back, or wide receiver) or the defensive line (line backers or defensive backs) and work together for the team to succeed. The game's presentation has also been kicked up a notch, including improved player models for near photorealistic likenesses of NFL players, more realistic animation, new cut-scenes, and enhancements to the broadcast presentation. Gus Johnson now delivers play-by-play commentary in the booth alongside Chris Collinsworth. EA Sports also recorded authentic stadium chants and other distinctive sounds for each team, such as “Go Pack Go!” at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field or the Viking horn after a first down in Minnesota.

Quite simply, fans of the franchise will no doubt like what EA Sports has packed into Madden NFL 11, including new modes, tweaked controls, better production values, a streamlined playbook, and most importantly, great gameplay.

Online interaction: You can play online in all versions of Madden NFL 11 except the PS2. There is co-op team play in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, which can support open chat while playing with an optional headset microphone. Open chat can be unpredictable in terms of the language you might hear. Wii version supports regular online matches; and the PSP allows for 2-players WiFi play.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how EA Sports added a lot of new features to this year's Madden NFL game. Should they introduce major features every year instead of only every few years? What makes you buy a new version? The updated roster? The new bells and whistles? 

  • Did you notice the advertising in the game? Why does EA Sports put so much advertising into this game?

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