Madden 06 (PSP)
Sean W. Gibson / Oct 11th, 2005 No Comments
The one and only NFL licensed video game franchise comes for the first time to Sony's Portable Playstation in the form of Madden 06. The game features all the fun, modes, and connectivity as its console edition, including a robust and impressive season mode. With some solid graphics, great action, tons of game modes, Madden 06 looks to be a very solid title for PSP.
Console Game Play Features – MADDEN PSP features Total Control Simulation, game plans, adaptive AI, smart routes, improved scrambling, slide protection, zone lock, key specific pass routes, defender to man/double coverage, user leveling system, and much more.
Build a Franchise – from dominating on-the-field to calling the shots off of it
Precision Passing – passing controls that are more precise than ever.
Up to date rosters – featuring up to date rosters of all your favorite NFL teams
2006 Online Play – many online features including Ranked Games, EA Messenger, User Leveling System
PSP Exclusive Features:
Synch Up with your PlayStation?2 – Take your Franchise on the go by transferring up to an entire week's schedule from your PlayStation2 Franchise mode and playing it out on your PSP handheld.
Mini Games – Hone your skills in 18 mini games, including 10 PSP handheld exclusives. Passing Distance, wide receiver catching, defensive back coverage, and kick return drills.
Wireless Network Gaming – Compete against anyone, anywhere via a wireless network connection or challenge friends to head-to-head wireless games.
Exclusive Assistant Coach Mode – Complete Franchise mode goals to progress your practice squad players through the new mini games, then sign them to your team when they're ready.
Taking full advantage of PSP's robust video tools, Madden 06 looks fairly impressive on PSP. Although the graphics of the game play itself aren't breathtaking, the fact that there are 22 animated players running around a football field flawlessly is very impressive. The game's graphics are almost equal to that on PS2, and make for a very fun game play experience.
One very underrated thing about the PSP is the built in stereo sound, which is fully utilized by Madden 06. The game has the same play-by-play as the console game, with the very impressive team of Al Michaels and John Madden calling the action. The menus and interface are supported with the same hip new music that we're used to hearing in Madden 06, and the sound effects of the game are dead on as is the norm with the franchise. All in all, the sounds of Madden 06 on PSP are very impressive.
I couldn't believe how much fun Madden 06 could be on PSP until I really got to see and play a few games. One thing that console gamers will realize is that the new "QB Vision" is not available in the PSP version (some of you will rejoice, others may not even care). The game runs smoothly and offers very impressive reaction ability and AI for both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. All the playbooks of the console version is here, making the game really robust and fun to play though a whole season in franchise mode. One major improvement of Madden 06 from previous years is the passing accuracy and defensive back AI. In years past it wasn't quite where it should be, but in this edition it looks very solid and realistic. I couldn't believe you could actually "port in" one of your games from the PS2 version and play it, then export it back out to the PS2 to continue your franchise there.
One thing not to be overlooked is the online aspect to Madden 06. Using the built in 802.11b wireless built into the PSP, you can log in to the Madden 06 EA lounge and download the latest rosters, or even take people on in any of the competitions (mini games, or a full fledged game). You don't need to go online to the internet to find competition, as the game supports the ability to connect to someone in the same room for some healthy competition. The game play of Madden 06 is very solid for the PSP edition, with the highlights being the passing game and the impressive improvements that have been made to pass defense AI. If there's one draw back to the PSP version, it's the lag time in picking a play and heading to the field to play the game (it's a second or two longer than it needs to be). Although it's not a "make or break" thing for the game, it's something that users will definitely notice. All in all, I'm impressed with this year's edition of Madden 06, and the PSP version is a tremendously fun title to play.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
Considering the amount of multiplayer features available for the title, the longevity factor behind Madden 06 for the PSP is pretty high – especially playing the mini-games online on the internet (highly addicting). As far as single player replayability goes, the game has enough modes (especially the franchise mode) to keep gamers playing for hours on end. All this equates to a very nice longevity factor.Madden 06 for the PSP is perhaps the best sports game released to date for the PlayStation Portable console system, and it's amazingly robust game play modes transcend a very fun and exciting game play experience. EA Sports has done a wonderful job bringing the most popular sports game franchise to the new console system, and gamers will enjoy the uniqueness that this game brings to the portable gaming world.
Overall, Madden 06 for PSP is a tremendously solid title and comes highly recommended for purchase for PSP gamers that enjoy sports titles. The game is fully featured for tremendous long term value, and the online components put it over the top in terms of true dollar value for your gaming experience. The graphics are solid, the game modes impressive, and overall, the game is done extremely well for PSP.