The Controller Online writes: "EA has a tough job, making yearly sports titles and keeping them fresh enough to give fans a reason to buy each one. I’m not entirely without sympathy for them, but they do bring it upon themselves. This year’s Madden boasts a whole lot of changes, the thing is, most of them are the ‘under-the-hood’ type of changes. Things like ball physics and AI upgrades. But are these updates enough to bring in a new round of armchair quarterbacks? Let’s find out."