Madden NFL 09: The best Madden yet

Two decades of Madden are nipped, tucked, and stitched into the finest version ever of this venerated franchise.

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The only problem with Madden IQ? It favours balance over realism, diminishing team strengths and bolstering team weaknesses. Score high on offence but low on defence, and you’ll tend to have lopsided games. On offence, you'll be scrambling every time to break pass coverage or carry more than a couple of yards. Switch to defence, however, and suddenly (and absurdly) your CPU team-mates are snatching half a dozen interceptions in a single game. Madden IQ works exactly like it's supposed to, in other words, so long as you expect dust-ups to play adaptively instead of representatively. Once your Madden IQ levels out in all four categories, team strengths and weaknesses shine through, but if you don't want to wait to hit that kind of parity, you're better off playing the CPU on stock settings and letting Madden IQ compute in the background.

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