Parents' Guide to

Madden NFL 2004

By Erik Lande, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Heavy commercialism taints game.

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Madden NFL 2004, part of the series of popular and realistic football arcade-style games, provides great depth of football strategies and possibilities, including star teams that must be earned and ways to enhance players and teams. It also provides a great deal of control over the team, from ways to control multiple players on the field to ways to control the team franchise off the field. Young football fans will enjoy the ability to draft and trade players, hire coaches, build new stadiums, and monitor fan support.

While the game provides an immense amount of depth in its play calling and its ability to control the team, rampant commercialism is a major concern. As expected the game uses licensed NFL players, but it also advertises music, and encourages the player to get other EA sports games and additional equipment, such as that required to play online.

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