Madden NFL 06

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Madden NFL 06
Madden06.jpg
PAL cover art
Developer(s) EA Tiburon
Budcat Creations (PC)
Exient Entertainment (DS/GBA)
Publisher(s) EA Sports
Series Madden NFL
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows, Windows Mobile, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Advance, DS, Mobile phone
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online multiplayer

Madden NFL 06 is an American football video game which was released in 2005. It is also a launch game for the Xbox 360. It is the 16th installment of the Madden NFL series by EA Sports, named for noted color commentator John Madden. The product features former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on the cover. It is the first Madden game for the PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360.

Significant changes[edit]

One of the additions to the 2006 version of Madden is Superstar mode, which allows the player to create and take control of an NFL player from his rookie year all the way to retirement. An athlete can be created by evaluating pairs of parents — judging, based on their IQs, occupations, and hobbies, whether their child would excel in the NFL — or by importing a player from NCAA Football 06 or NFL Street 2. This player is 21 years old at the start of his career. Superstar mode is essentially Madden's Franchise mode seen through the eyes of this athlete. Rather than manage the team's front office, the player manages the career of his athlete: selecting movie roles, accepting product endorsement, etc. The player can access different areas of the city the Superstar is playing in such as the barber shop, to get a haircut or the performance institute to raise attributes if the player's agent has a key. As the player gains in popularity and prestige the superstar's home will transform from an apartment to a luxurious mansion. The player will receive calls from former NFL running back Terrell Davis, who is the player's mentor and guide. This addition has met with mixed reviews from video game reviewers. Although the idea is considered great in concept, many found the actual execution of the mode to be lackluster.

Madden NFL 06 also features the new QB Vision Control. A cone, appearing as a spotlight emitting from the quarterback, simulates his field of vision. To make an accurate pass, the quarterback must have his intended receiver in his field of vision. Passing to a receiver not in the cone reduces pass accuracy significantly. The size of the quarterback's vision cone is directly correlated to his Awareness rating; Quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady see nearly the entire field at once, whereas a mediocre quarterback such as David Carr, JP Losman or Kyle Boller will see only a sliver of the field; however, this has been criticized by many fans because it may resemble some bias that EA Sports and the Madden series itself is frequently accused of (for example many players say that Ben Roethlisberger's stats were, to some extent, deflated). A player can shift the vision cone with the right analog stick, or focus the cone on a specific receiver by holding a shoulder button and pressing the button assigned to that receiver. (On the highest difficulty level, once a receiver completes his route, his button label disappears; to make it reappear the quarterback must look in his direction.) This change also met with lukewarm reception. Although the passing system adds a whole new level of realism, it also makes the game significantly more difficult for players playing teams with less-aware quarterbacks. These players will be forced to improve their reflexes in order to be competitive, as throwing outside the QB vision cone results in a very weak and inaccurate pass.

Accompanying QB Vision is Precision Passing. Pressing the directional button or left analog stick in a certain direction as you pass the ball will make the throw over the receiver's head (Up), behind him (Left), in front of him (Right), or at his knees (Down).

Perhaps the most critically acclaimed new feature is the highlight stick, which functions like an offensive version of the hit stick from the previous year. When running the football, a player can push forward the right analog stick to run over the defender, at the cost of risking a potential fumble. Several features from previous titles return such as hot routes, playmaker features, and franchise features.

Compatibility[edit]

The player could import their created player from Own The City mode in NFL Street 2 into the game's Superstar mode after finishing the game mode.[citation needed] The player starts as an 18 year old rookie in NFL Superstar mode and attributes are given by how development points were distributed in NFL Street 2. Also, draft classes from NCAA Football 06 could be imported to franchise mode. If the player has a save file from Madden NFL 06, they can unlock the Madden Challenge Bus in Burnout Revenge.[1]

Xbox 360 version[edit]

The Xbox 360 version had better graphics and an updated roster, but lacked the features of the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions. Players did have signature celebrations which were performed automatically such as Terrell Owens doing situps and Chad Johnson dancing. The player couldn't create any new players or edit attributes. The player could still trade and release players to free agency. The game still had franchise mode but it only had the NFL Draft and Free Agency portions in the off-season. The player could not change their franchise team unless they were fired as head coaches and the game's head coaches don't retire and if fired, go to other coaching positions. During games the player couldn't challenge plays or fumbles and there is a stoppage in play to introduce the player of the game and two-minute warning. Achievements were quite easy to earn for instance, getting a first down and entering the history book as well as activating a player card with the right stick were listed as achievements. The game engine of this game was retooled and later released as NCAA Football 07 and was the basis for the next two games on the next-gen console. The game also has an intro of Super Bowl XL, but as a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX.[2]

Soundtrack[edit]

Madden NFL 2006 Soundtrack[3]
Artist Song Xbox 360 Only
Thirty Seconds to Mars "Attack" Yes
The All-American Rejects "Night Drive"
Avenged Sevenfold "Bat Country"
Bullet for My Valentine "4 Words (To Choke Upon)"
Bump J "Move Around"
Chamillionaire "Hate in Ya Eyes"
Coheed and Cambria "Welcome Home" Yes
Disturbed "Ten Thousand Fists"
Fall Out Boy "Dance, Dance"
Finch "Ink"
Funeral for a Friend "Streetcar"
Foo Fighters "No Way Back"
Green Day "Wake Me Up When September Ends" Yes
Godsmack "Bring It On"
Hot Hot Heat "Pickin' It Up"
Memphis Bleek "Like That"
Nine Black Alps "Cosmopolitan"
Papoose "Born to Win"
Paul Wall featuring Mike Jones "They Don't Know" Yes
Rev Run "Mind on the Road"
Sam Scarfo "Tear 'Em Up"
Sam Spence (NFL Films) (Various Orchestral Songs)
Slim Thug "Get It Started"
Spider Loc "When I Get Angry"
Stat Quo "Rock Da Party"
Tech N9ne "The Beast"
Trapt "Disconnected" Yes

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
DS GBA GC PC PS2 PSP Xbox Xbox 360
EGM N/A N/A 9/10[4] N/A 9/10[4] 7.67/10[5] 9/10[4] 7.83/10[6]
Game Informer 5/10[7] N/A 9/10[8] N/A 9/10[8] 8.5/10[9] 9/10[8] 7.75/10[10]
GamePro N/A N/A 4.5/5[11] N/A 5/5[12] 1.5/5[13] 5/5[12] 4/5[14]
Game Revolution N/A N/A B+[15] N/A B+[15] B−[16] B+[15] C+[17]
GameSpot 7.4/10[18] 7.3/10[19] 8.1/10[20] 7.8/10[21] 8.2/10[22] 7.9/10[23] 8.2/10[22] 7.4/10[24]
GameSpy N/A N/A 4/5[25] 4/5[26] 4.5/5[27] 3.5/5[28] 4.5/5[27] 4/5[29]
GameTrailers N/A N/A 8/10[30] 8/10[30] 8/10[30] N/A 8/10[30] 7.2/10[31]
GameZone 7.5/10[32] 6.8/10[33] 8.7/10[34] 8.8/10[35] 8.8/10[36] 8.8/10[37] 9/10[38] 7.9/10[39]
IGN 6/10[40] 7.8/10[41] 8.5/10[42] 8.8/10[43] 8.8/10[44] 8.5/10[45] 8.8/10[46] 8/10[47]
Nintendo Power 8/10[48] 7/10[48] 9/10[49] N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
OPM (US) N/A N/A N/A N/A 4.5/5[50] 3.5/5[51] N/A N/A
OXM N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 8/10[52] 7/10[53]
PC Gamer (US) N/A N/A N/A 67%[54] N/A N/A N/A N/A
Detroit Free Press N/A N/A N/A N/A 4/4[55] N/A N/A N/A
Maxim N/A N/A 10/10[56] N/A 10/10[56] N/A 10/10[56] N/A
Aggregate scores
GameRankings 63.22%[57] 69%[58] 83.07%[59] 76.61%[60] 85.26%[61] 74.14%[62] 84.11%[63] 74.55%[64]
Metacritic 66/100[65] 71/100[66] 86/100[67] 78/100[68] 88/100[69] 75/100[70] 86/100[71] 74/100[72]

The game was met with very positive to mixed reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it a score of 85.26% and 88 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version;[61][69] 84.11% and 86 out of 100 for the Xbox version;[63][71] 83.07% and 86 out of 100 for the GameCube version;[59][67] 76.61% and 78 out of 100 for the PC version;[60][68] 74.55% and 74 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version;[64][72] 74.14% and 75 out of 100 for the PSP version;[62][70] 69% and 71 out of 100 for the Game Boy Advance version;[58][66] 66.67% for the Mobile version;[73] and 63.22% and 66 out of 100 for the DS version.[57][65]

Fans and EA developers both view Madden NFL 06 as "the undisputed lemon of the franchise", because of the concurrent shift from the Xbox and PlayStation 2 to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.[74] The passing cone was so unpopular that it disappeared in Madden NFL 09.[75] Reviewers criticized the game's lack of new features and lackluster soundtrack (a recurring complaint), claiming the game plays very similarly to Madden NFL 2005 if the QB Vision cone is turned off. GameSpot gave the mobile version a score of 7 out of 10 and called it "a decent game of football with a solid statistical foundation. It breaks new ground for the franchise and promises future installments for football fans. However, this edition definitely shows EA's wireless inexperience and wasn't the stunner it should have been. In particular, the game's visuals are a disappointment. If you already have a V Cast phone, Madden 06 isn't a bad way to go. It's just not the killer app that forces an upgrade."[76] Similarly, IGN gave the same version seven out of ten, saying that the game "was developed not internally, but by a development house called Finite Monkeys. And it ultimately feels like they were rushed to get this game on the decks by "Madden Tuesday." This is unfortunate, because I think a lot of people will download the game hoping to have a "Madden experience" on their handset, and just end up with an average football game, albeit one with above-average visuals and spoken commentary."[77]

Madden NFL 06 was 2005's only NFL-Licensed football videogame, due to the 2004 deal between the NFL/NFLPA and Electronic Arts. The deal grants EA exclusive rights to the likenesses and names of all players, stadiums, logos, and jerseys. Electronic Arts also signed a long-term deal with ESPN, complicating the game's relationship to its titular announcer. In early 2006, Madden — at the time under contract as color commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football — moved to NBC to join their Sunday night NFL coverage beginning in the 2006 season. The Xbox 360 version of Madden 06 features neither Al Michaels nor Madden in the announcing booth. Some positives with the Xbox 360 version were the right stick being used for the QB Vision feature and different songs from the original.

Awards[edit]

E3 2005 Game Critics Awards: Best Sports Game[78]

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