NFL Madden 2010 Nintendo Wii Review
Now before I go into this review I want everybody to understand that I love Madden, always have and always will. When my PS2 started acting up I traded it and all of my games in for an Xbox and Madden because the game play for Madden was so much better on the Xbox. I like other football games too, before my Xbox 360 died I had all the Blitz games, NFL Tour, and the NFL Street games for regular Xbox.
With that out of the way, I spent all day August 13th going crazy because I wanted to play so bad. I drug my wife down to Walmart and waited in the long until finally it was 12:01, on the way home I flipped through the book and looked through the features where I didn't see Franchise mode but I figured there's no way they would make a Madden with no franchise mode. Once I put the game in I saw that there was now a mode called "Road To The Super Bowl" which I figured was the Franchise mode, NOPE! I really want to know who thought it was a good idea to rob wii madden
fans of a real franchise mode and instead give them crap basically.
There is no pro bowl, no messing with your teams location, no offseason,
no nothing just a single meaningless season.This alone makes Madden 09 better to me even if it was taken straight from the PS2, at least I can have a fantasy draft, at least I can play season after season, change my coaches, etc.
At this point I was still willing to give it the benefit of the doubt so I was getting
my Lions all set up for road to super bowl mode when I noticed that
their player rankings are complete bull. Matthew Stafford an 80, fine, Maurice Morris is an 83 and faster than Kevin Smith who is an 82 and who started every game last year while Morris was 2nd string in Seattle. Calvin Johnson also has 87 speed, I'm not saying hes Devin Hester but come on, have you ever seen him run a reverse?
His speed is in the 90's easy. Last but not least, 3rd round draft
pick Sammie Lee Hill is a 59, THATS FIVE-NINE! So Madden is trying to
tell me the worst two free agent DTs in the game Antwan Lake (67) and
Kenny Peterson (67) are better than the 3rd round pick?
Once I finally got over all of its shortcomings and got into the game play it didn't feel like Madden, that's when I realized the entire feel of the game including off the field stuff was just like another game I've played.
Its like if your parents had told you that they got you Transformer toys for Christmas then on Christmas day when you open your presents you got Go Bots. Sure go bots are fun but they just aren't transformers, Madden 2010 is fun but it just isn't Madden.I mean play NFL Tour then play the 5 on 5 option for Madden 2010 and tell me its not the same game. Now I liked NFL Tour and bought it when it came out but EA Sports shouldn't put Madden on the box and sell me NFL Tour.
I think the part that really makes me mad is that unless I go buy another Xbox 360 or buy a PS3 this is it for me. EA Sports decided to take away NCAA 2010 on the Wii then apparently decided they were just going to make an NFL Tour for Wii and package it as Madden. So I'm going to have to wait another whole year before I can play a new game with some real depth to its season mode, that is if EA Sports decides to put out a NCAA game next year and if they actually decide to put out a real Madden game next year.
Madden 2010 is still fun and I would still buy it, others might not feel the same way though because I seriously doubt that NFL Tour sold as many copies as Madden because people look to Madden for more realistic style game play not arcade style game play. Essentially thats what it all boils down to, if you like football games with an arcade feel then you'll love Madden 2010 for the Wii. If you like football games with a more realistic style game play then your going to hate Madden 2010 for the Wii. If your like me and you like both but still want your Madden fix your going to be wondering what the hell your supposed to do for the next year while you wait for a football game with more substance to come out. It looks like I'm going to be playing Madden 2009 for my Madden fix and Madden 2010 for my NFL Tour fix.
As you can see in the comment box below, I was informed that my biggest gripe with Madden 2010 actually didn't exist. EA Sports didn't make the bonehead move of actually taking Franchise mode out of the game, they just made the bonehead move to make it only available by putting in the code "THE WORKS". So a lot of the depth I felt was missing from the game was actually just hidden, with that being said Madden 2010 actually offers a good contrast of arcade style modes and classic modes. The overall gameplay still has more of an arcade feel to me which some Madden fans won't like but I still would have waited in line for it the night it released, I just wish I would have known about the code earlier.