A real standout is the game's gang tackles, which allow some control in moving the pile, but at the same time is not too powerful. Gameinformer is a big fan of the optional minigame to recover fumbles, as well as the controller rumble alerting QBs in the pocket and the effectiveness of cornerbacks' tight coverage – complete with hand fighting. Gameinformer dosen't think the game hits on all the gameplay improvements that the developer touted in its pre-release blogs, but it feels good to be playing Madden again.
The time spent on the gameplay is not without its sacrifices, but if the dev team had to forfeit the player training feature to devote more time to give gamers presentation that is the best in the franchise and close to the revered NFL 2K5, then Gameinformer is glad. Gameinformer would rather see the referees discussing potential TDs, post-whistle pileups, injury carts, first-down measurements, and coach meltdowns, thank you very much.