Madden NFL 09 Wii Review

August 20, 2008 – 12:41 pm | by Peekay

This review is for the WII version of Madden NFL 09.

I’d been looking forward to this for a while now – I’d enjoyed the 2008 version of Madden on the Wii, found it to be a fun game, with good detail and just enough of a balance between playing and the replays and stats that us boys seem to like. So I hoped that Madden NFL 09 would be an improvement on this. Not on the Wii it’s not!

EA have decided that the Wii version of Madden needed making cuter – and that’s why the Mii’s have become involved as player screens use them, and so does any indication of Madden with a Mii version of him.  Any spare Mii’s get involved as well as the referee.  And there’s more.

Add into the mix that if you score a touchdown or complete a particularly impressive play such as an interception, then you can help the particular players rating by “celebrating” with the Wiimote.  Swing your arms around in the air as much as possible and get the ratings boost.

These sort of changes/additions to the game do mar what is basically a similar version of the 2008 Madden, with a few other changes such as a neater play access system, and a fun “5 on 5″ muck-about play option.

Online access is new to this version and is one of the saving graces as it strips away a certain amount of the more childish elements.  Barely any lag, and a number of different play options such as “Casual” or “Competitive”, the online version helps this version step up a level and gives it a longer life-span.

If you have Madden NFL 08 on the Wii already then I wouldn’t bother to upgrade unless you have really been looking forward to the online option.  In fact just get it for that, as of the time of writing, the online area is pretty sparse of players….

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3 stars (out of 5)

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