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.

Rams halfback Steven Jackson attempts to break past Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce’s two-handed hold.
Madden NFL 09's improved inertia modelling works for and against you, exactly as it should, turning sprint tackles into grinding arrests and tight curls into dangerous gambits as receivers try to pivot back against their own momentum. Ball carriers with serious velocity no longer smash into invisible walls, driving into cleat-plants and dragging side-tacklers forward commensurately. The one thing this complicates is wide receivers' out patterns, since no one drags his feet or seems to know where the sidelines are, turning what ought to be easy inside connections into incompletions.

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