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What parents need to know
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.
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