GamesRadar writes: "Like the career arcs of many promising first-round draft picks, Madden's next-generation games have steadily improved from unwatchable embarrassment to veteran excellence. Perhaps, then, we were expecting too much - or (more likely) the short development cycle allotted to Madden 09's crew didn't allow enough time for all their ideas to get fully implemented. Whatever the reason, while this year's edition still rocks hard, it sports enough middling annoyances to hold it back from pigskin perfection.
EA can hardly be accused of cashing in with a simple roster update and a couple of back-of-the-box "new and improved" bullet points, as there are loads of additions this year. The most impactful of these is the Madden IQ, which molds the play-by-play struggle on the field."
* Super-slick presentation
* Smartest football AI yet
* Snow effect at Lambeau
* Single-button play calling
* Lonely touchdown celebrations
* Favre/Packers cover