Madden NFL 2010 arrives completely revamped—yet completely familiar to anyone who’s played the previous editions of the console behemoth.
If your a fan of football you know the name Madden is synonymous with football. After playing Madden on every console and handled device we finally get an iDevice version and while there are some things lacking, I would say im overall happy with the end result.
Madden 2010 game currently consists of 2 single player gameplay modes: Play Now which offers instant Action, and a complete season mode that lets you play through an entire NFL season culminating in a playoff and Super Bowl run.
No online features have been included though were told a future update will bring online gameplay.
Madden 2010 uses a revamped control scheme that allows users to enjoy the game without over complicating it. Controls are handled through a virtual pad and the use of onscreen buttons. The iDevice rendition uses a new Action Control button that slows down time allowing you to touch a player and select an offensive or defensive action.
Accelerometer based viewing controls are used at the line of scrimmage to give you a better view of the match-ups. Here you can chose to hike the ball or design your own hot-route by touching a player and drawing up the play on the fly.
After you hike the ball color circles will appear over the receivers. These circles will change colors (red,yellow, and green) to alert you when your targets are covered or open. Simply touch the circle above the intended receiver and the QB will toss the ball to the selected target.
Once your reviver catches the ball they can perform speed boosts, or use the Action Control to gain extra yardage.
When playing as the defense they have an artificle barrier allowing you to line up on defense and crowd the line. This barrier will let you go offside so you can move forward and “aim” your player for a better shot at your target.
After the offense hikes the ball you can rush the quarterback and attempt to sack him. If the quarterback has already thrown the ball you can simply press the Action Control button than touch a defender near the receiver and select a defense play from the action menu.
The controls are very responsive and don’t get in the way thankfully.
+ Authentic NFL teams, players, Stadiums, and licenses.
+ Full play by play Voice Commentary, EA Soundtrack with the ability to use your own music.
+ Built In Tutorial that completely explains the new control scheme, accessible anytime.
+ Easy Formation Selection menus across the top, Left and right handed Modes.
+ Action Control Button- Slow motion action that allows Jukes, Spins, and Defensive Plays.
+ Ability to lineup and select attacking angle without worrying about going offside.
+ Accelerometer based Camera View while n Huddle.
+ Draw up your own play at the line of scrimmage.
What We Disliked:
– No Career or ongoing Franchise Mode.
– No Instant replay’s, Challenges, or Achievements.
– No offensive Wildcat or customized playbook.
– No Online Play (Future Update).
– Constant in game Advertisements.
– No way to adjust difficulty levels, Which might make make the game become to easy once you master the controls.
– Slight slowdowns on older hardware.
– No audibles
Madden 2010 translates well to the iDevices, though a few features are missing it’s an easy recommendation to those who don’t go into it expecting the depth and customization level of the console versions. With an easier control scheme, and difficulty level Madden 2010 is a great NFL football experience for casual and semi hardcore gamers on the go.