Review: Madden 11

October 9, 2010

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Way back in May of 2009, I posted my very first article … hoping to become the very best entertainment blogger ever. Well, I’ve only contributed a total of 2 articles (both very good, I might add) and have had a very long layoff since my last one.

Well, today marks my triumphant return as a regular contributor for all of your entertainment news and reviews!!

For those that don’t remember, my plan is simple. Review all of my favorite TV shows, movies, video games, etc, with an occasional mix of vacation destination reviews. Today, I’m going to give you the most honest feedback on one of the best video game franchises ever, Madden Football (for Playstation 3).

Like I do every year, along with thousands of other people, I made sure to pick up my copy the day it was released. I wasn’t, however, one of the crazies that stood in line for hours to pick up a copy at midnight so that I could stay up for hours, call in sick to work, and play Madden all day long.

Just like in years past, the game has gotten so good that you think there’s no way they can make any significant improvements over the prior year’s game. There is one very significant change to the game this year, though, that makes it an overall better experience. The addition of Gameflow to the game not only speeds up game play, but also takes away the massive confusion of a team’s playbook. Gameflow analyzes everything from what down it is and how many yards you need for a first down to what the score is to pick the best play for your current situation.

In previous versions of Madden, you had an entire playbook at your disposal. There are literally hundreds of different plays in a playbook. Most of the time, I’d find myself continually running the same handful of plays throughout the game, because they were the easiest to find or because they worked the most. Doing that really took away from the realism of the game. Do coaches really call the same 3 plays, over and over? No, they don’t.

So, having the computer call plays for you not only adds to the realism, but also speeds up game play as you’re not wasting 15-20 seconds every play by frantically searching a playbook to call the perfect play. You simply press X at the end of each play to utilize the Gameflow function, the play call pops up on the screen, and you’re good to go. You do have the option to audible to a different play, or even have the option to look through your team’s playbook. So nothing was removed from the game to add the Gameflow option. So far, I love the Gameflow option. The computer really does make the correct play call in most situations. I’ve rarely had to audible or call a timeout due to a terrible play call.

As far as graphics and game play, there were some subtle changes, but nothing drastic. Overall, Madden did it again with a great game. Easily, in my opinion, the best game available for any system. On a scale of 1-10, I give it a 9.5, because there’s no such thing as the “perfect” game!

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  Available on:

PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, and PS2 

Official Guide

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Evan @40Tech
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 10:16:26

    They need to call it Madden 2011. When I first saw the title, I was scratching my head, as I couldn’t believe they were only on the 11th version of the game. Then I realized that they were referring to the year.

    I have found memories of Madden, going back to law school in the early 90’s and my buddy’s Sega. I had a PC version at one point, and then an XBox 360 version a few years ago. Nothing holds the magic of the first time, though. We played that tons. My XBox version was something I played for about a week, and haven’t picked up since (like most console games).


  2. Evan @40Tech
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 10:17:05

    Oops, should be “fond” memories, not “found.”


  3. kosmo
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 10:56:55

    I think they modeled the naming convention off Windows 🙂 Windows 3, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP … Windows 7.

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