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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Electronic Arts
Developed By: Tiburon
Genre: Sports
Players: 1-2
Rated: E10 (Everyone 10 and up)
Release Date: August 14, 2009
Screenshots: Link
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Written By: Tyler Norton

July 30, 2009 - It’s not a secret that the Wii doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to sports games. Sure, Tiger Woods and Wii Sports have done just fine, but others, especially those produced by EA, haven’t fared too well with the more intense gamers courtesy of All Play – a feature making EA Sports games watered down and easy for even the most casual gamer. Targets subject to All Play have been the MLB, NBA, and yes even the prestigious Madden NFL Series. However, the times are changing as Madden NFL 10 is leaning towards a less casual and more football fan friendly approach to the game.

For the casual gamers or the football impaired in the world, don’t worry, All Play is still available if needed. The All Play controls use the Wii Remote to create basic play constructions and execute said plays. For example, holding the Remote like a football and making a throwing gesture has the quarterback pass the ball. Shaking the Remote will have the running back, tight end, or whoever has the ball sprint and so on and so forth. These controls make the game really newcomer friendly, but even for beginners it’s not too difficult to have a blowout with All Play.

For those who prefer the Madden available on other contemporary systems this game is a breath of fresh air. Like its Xbox and PlayStation counterparts, the Wii version of Madden 10 will use both the nunchuck and Wii Remote to call and carry out plays. Passing for example, is totally different. Instead of using a throwing gesture with the Remote, one can select the player they want to pass to, let the play develop, then press the ‘A’ button to send the pass sailing.

The Wii version of the game is also stepping up to the plate (sorry, wrong sport cliché) with a more advanced version of the ‘Call Your Shots’ system. Previously available in other games for the offensive side, Call Your Shots is the Wii’s version of hot routes. You can modify plays at the line by specifically telling players where to go and how to get there. It’s a pretty nifty feature for when things go wrong at the line.

Besides gameplay, Madden 10 has improved in all around appearance. The graphics have stepped up to a new caliber. The game looks a lot cleaner and more realistic; something the Nintendo’s Madden series has struggled with in the past. Everything from the opening menu to in-game design have received major updates that make the game look a lot nicer and more professional.

Madden NFL 10 has a lot of hopes riding on it from continuously let down Wii sports gamers. With a less casual approach, Nintendo might be taking a step in the right direction in the sports department. So here’s to Madden 10 winning one for the Gipper, keeping the drive alive, avoiding costly turnovers, and ducking it out in the trenches even if it means a sore Monday! Be sure to check out Madden NFL 10 as it launches on August 14th.

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