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Madden NFL 11

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Game Reviewed: Madden NFL 11
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Tiburon
Reviewer: Clint West
Platform: Wii (Also available on Xbox 360 and PS3)
Category: Sports
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

If there is a single name that has become synonymous with videogame football it is Madden. The franchise has pretty much become the standard by which other football games are judged. This year the Madden playbook lets you play as 5 or 11 man teams against the computer or against a friend in a single game. There is also a collection of mini-games that can be played with 1-4 players, including a number of different running, passing and defensive drills. Finally, there is a Franchise mode in which you can take over the business of running a football team, not only playing the actual games on your way to the Superbowl, but also setting the prices of concessions and tickets, determining how much to spend on advertising, and working with the team rosters.

What Parents Should Know

Violence

There is normal football violence such as tackling. Occasionally a player will be injured and limp off the field.

Language

No bad language, but a couple of songs contain profanities and phrases that are censored. “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf has a number of censored profanities as does “Halftime” by Ying Yang Twins.

Sexual Content

Some songs used in the game have sexual references. “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC mentions, “dancers giving a good time.” “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf has reference to panties dropping and a reference to sex.

Spiritual Content

There is not any spiritual content.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

Madden 11 is another good entry to the Madden franchise with some solid football action. The ins and outs of the business in Franchise mode as well as a number of quick mini games should keep players in the game for some time. Some of the musical choices are questionable, but individual tracks can be taken out of the playlist in the options menu. For those who like football, Madden 11 does not disappoint.



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