A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Half-time cheerleaders wear revealing outfits.
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Some brief profanity on the soundtrack only.
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Products & Purchases
Soundtrack is presented as an advertisement. Also advertises other games and products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You can set the price of beer at your stadium.
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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.
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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