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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Remember past Maddens in which running backs gained thousands of yards in a single season? Fixed, and simulated stats in general no longer produce wildly lopsided results. Franchise and Superstar modes return mostly intact, with the option of taking a team through a 30-year run or of importing players from NCAA Football 09. Online leagues have been more dramatically altered to allow up to 32 players to compete in a simulated NFL season culminating in playoffs and the Super Bowl, and to support trades and a draft. The big fix-up to online league play was supposed to be elimination of game lag (and resulting incomplete games). It's impossible to predict what'll happen when the game goes live worldwide, but I spent most of my time playing on a clumsy, high-latency satellite connection and didn't experience a single interruption or hiccup.

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