Madden NFL 2004

Common Sense Media says

Heavy commercialism taints game.





What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Football can be a violent sport, and this game displays all of the grunts and sounds of bodies slamming together. However, there is no blood and injuries are not graphic, i.e. player walks off field holding shoulder.


Some brief profanity on the soundtrack only.


Soundtrack is presented as an advertisement. Also advertises other games and products.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that commercialism is a concern with this game. It advertises other products and game tie-ins, uses NFL licensed players, and even its soundtrack (with introduction of each song) appears to be a commercial.

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What's it about?

MADDEN NFL 2004 allows almost unlimited gameplay, according to the player's interest. One can simply play a football game or build an entire football franchise.

Controls can be complex at the highest levels, such as when one is trying to control both the running back and blockers, but this is not required. Those who wish to play in a simpler format can let the computer control the rest of team, and even have plays recommended for particular situations.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the extensive advertising in the game. Do you find it distracting from gameplay, or is it just background clutter?

Game details

Platforms:Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Playstation
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:November 25, 2003
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (Playstation, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox)

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymikee990 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This game is a lot of fun but gets old kinda soon. Tackling and sacking make it iffy on violence.
Teen, 15 years old Written byName Unknown April 9, 2008
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This game is sweet. Choose your favorite team, then play the team you hate! There's just football violence, which is tackling, and the lyrics might be sorta mild, but are good football tunes. GO BRONCOS!!
Teen, 17 years old Written byWatrMilan April 9, 2008
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