madden08_cover.jpgIn this interview David Ortiz talks about the new features in Madden 08. He explains that one of the biggest additions to this years release are the player icons which rank players based on their key “play making” abilities. While some players can make amazing one handed catches, shut down big play receivers, or turn the quarterback into a crash test dummy, others will inevitably have deep rooted splinters in their butts from riding the bench.

In all there will be twenty four different player icons. Madden gamers can use them to research opposing teams and develop strategies accordingly says Ortiz. The new break away animation feature which is supposed to improve the gameplay significantly is another thing that he and his team are very proud of this year.

With the heavy criticism the next gen version of the game has taken the past two years and all the hype surrounding the game year in and year out, David closes by urging gamers to decide for themselves stating that this years Madden is “no hype, all gameplay”. He goes on to say “the best thing I can tell people, the most important thing I can tell people, is to get out and actually play the game. If you get a chance to go to a demo kiosk, go to a demo kiosk and play it. When you play it you will see what we are talking about this year”.

It is clear they are trying to make amends for the shortcomings in the previous next gen releases. While asking gamers to be the judge is admirable, to say that there is no hype surrounding any Madden release is a bit of an exaggeration. That said, do what the man says and judge for yourself how well they did or did not do this year. Watch the video interview below and ask yourself if this years Madden is worth your sixty bucks.

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