Once again EA Sports American football game, Madden NFL 2004 continues the strong tradition of perfect gameplay and amazing life-like graphics which guarantees that this game is the best of its genre. I've been playing EA Sports games for almost as long as I can remember and when we received Madden NFL 2004 for review, I was a little more than excited. The installation of the game was as simplistic as could be and once the disc was inserted into the CD-ROM drive, it automatically installed and I was ready to play.
For the uninitiated, Madden NFL 2004 is one of the most realistic American football games that covers just about every aspect of the sport, from creating your own teams to managing your own stadium. This ensures that Madden NFL 2004 caters for almost every sports mad gamer, provided that you are a fan of the NFL.
As with the previous games in the series, Madden NFL 2004 allows you to create your own fantasy NFL team or select one of the pre-existing teams that are already available. You basically start the game at the beginning of the season where you must slowly work your way through an entire season of American football. An improvement over its predecessor is the AI of the game that are now more decisive and actually gives gamers a run for their money, depending on what difficult you have the game set to.
Fortunately EA Sports have included a new aspect into the game called "Training Camp" that allows you to increase your players skills so that they will become formidable opponents in the field. While playing matches, I highly recommend that PC gamers use a gamepad because I did notice that while playing the game, it referred to the D-Pad which is a Sony PlayStation term.
The mouse and keyboard are adequate for the game but if you want something more accurate and basically a lot more fun, then it's time to hook your gamepad to the PC. EA Sports have also introduced a new playmaking control system that allows you to change your gaming style while playing the game.
Another new feature of Madden NFL 2004 is the "owner mode" that allows you to deal with the business side of the NFL that I'm sure will be a welcomed addition to sport management fans. The owner mode basically allows you to manage your own stadium that gives the gamer a variety of options such as hiring staff, modifying your stadium, setting the prices of tickets and managing your team's revenue.