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Madden 2005 Preview

Platform: Xbox, Playstation 2, GameCube, PC
Updated 7/31/2004

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Madden 2005

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In the tradition of EA SPORTS™ innovation, Madden NFL 2005 introduces the Hit Stick. By giving players the ability to turn a game around with a crucial tackle, the Hit Stick delivers the power to take control of the game from the defensive side of the ball like never before. Along with all-new defensive pre-play controls and defensive AI enhancements, the defense now has a diverse arsenal of weapons available. The incredible depth of Franchise Mode grows with the addition of Storyline Central.

Madden NFL 2005 delivers unprecedented depth and upgrades, with hundreds of new animations, even more Franchise Mode additions, major enhancements to EA SPORTS online, and the ability to create your own NFL super fan in the all-new Create-A-Fan feature. This is the deepest, most complete and authentic sports videogame ever made, making Madden NFL Football the ultimate judge for gamers.

Key Features:
Defensive Innovations make playing D fun

  • New Hit Stick: Use the right analog stick to deliver the big hit. Time your hit right, and you can cause the key fumble. The Hit Stick can change the complexion of the game, paying off with new visual and audio elements as well as big time animations that will only occur with Hit Stick tackles.
  • New Defensive Playmaker Controls: Use Playmaker Controls on defense to modify the assignments for any or all defensive players on the field, including receiver jams, blitzes and QB spy calls.
  • Franchise Mode gets even more Immersive
  • Storyline Central: Tony Bruno hosts a weekly radio talk show, discussing current stories regarding your team and the league to make Franchise Mode deeper and more compelling. You can also view hundreds of stories regarding team personnel and league events in local and national newspapers, giving you key information to act on. Check your e-mail for important news from your coaches and staff. When your star player goes to the papers to complain he's not getting the ball enough, trade him or make him happy-it's your call.
  • Player Personalities Come to Life: Player morale become a factor, as players react to everything that happens to them in Franchise Mode, on field and off.
  • Franchise Mode Enhancements: The all new in-season progression system rewards players for their performance during the season. Name team captains, tag players with the franchise tag and sign away restricted free agents to build your team.
Unprecedented Depth and Upgrades
  • New Create-A-Fan: Create your favorite team's fans by customizing your fan appearance with thousands of possible options for clothing, hats, face paint and wild team specific items. See your fans come to life in new in-game fan scenes.
  • Enhanced EA SPORTS Online: Compete Quick Tournaments or a mini-game. Earn trophies and medals for special accomplishments.
  • Authentic NFL Gameplay: Hundreds of new animations, an all-new balance based running system, an all-new pass blocking system, custom packages, custom hot-routes, formation shifts, playbooks with option routes and improved AI make the game look and feel more realistic than ever.
  • In-Stadium Presentation: All new skies and amazingly realistic lighting, new dynamic weather that can change mid-game, and completely revamped sidelines with player celebrations change the look and feel this year. Feel the Super Bowl excitement from pre-game warm-ups to post-game celebration, including fireworks and confetti.
  • New Commentary from John Madden and Al Michaels, joined by Jill Arrington: Get in the game with advanced analysis from the top announcing football booth including Game Story where they will set up the key match-ups and critical factors; Player Profile, where John gives his thoughts and opinions of today's greatest athletes as you control the action; and Franchise Commentary, where John and Al know the playoff implications of every game. Get the latest updates from the sidelines with new announcer, Jill Arrington.
Game Boy® Advance Features
  • All-New Game Engine: Specifically designed for the Game Boy Advance, the new in-game engine delivers more control, animations and options than ever for a handheld football game.
  • New Gameplay Modes: New Two Minute Drill, Practice and Situation game modes.
  • Madden Cards: EA SPORTS Madden Challenge and Madden Cards make their debut on the Game Boy Advance. Earn special bonuses with your in-game accomplishments.
  • Expanded Season Mode: Conduct trades, sign free agents, check team, and season stats, or become the NFL Champion.
  • Get On the Trailer: Earn game MVP honors as John Madden's Horse Trailer Player of the Game.
  • The Real NFL: New team logos and player rosters for the 2004-2005 season.

Madden 2005 Playable on Xbox Live
Electronic Arts announced one of the most anticipated events in the history of videogames: EA and Microsoft have struck an agreement that will allow players of EA SPORTS™ and EA GAMES™ titles to compete and play online through Xbox Live™. Players will have access to voice communication, tournaments, ladders and all the fun of online play. Terms of the agreement were not released.

The first game to include Xbox Live capability will be NCAA® Football 2005, scheduled for release in July. Madden NFL 2005, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 2005, NASCAR® 2005: Chase For The Cup, NBA LIVE 2005, NHL® 2005, and NCAA® March Madness™ 2005 will follow. EA GAMES titles on Xbox Live include GoldenEye: Rogue Agent™, Need for Speed™ Underground 2, Battlefield: Modern Combat™, Burnout™ 3 and TimeSplitters Future Perfect™.

Madden returns for another season of big hits, amazing plays, dramatic comebacks and in-your-face football action with Madden NFL 2005. Pick your team and begin a quest for the Super Bowl. Build the ultimate team and hold it together for many seasons to make a NFL dynasty. Develop players in training camp, pick up playmakers in free agency, or make your own stars with create-a-player. Do whatever it takes to dominate your opponents and take home a Super Bowl ring in Madden NFL 2005.

Electronic Arts announced that Ray Lewis, the All-Pro linebacker from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, has been selected to be the EA SPORTS™ cover athlete and spokesman for Madden NFL 2005. Reflecting the game’s focus on defensive innovations this year, Lewis is the perfect representative for the cover of the best-selling football videogame franchise. Last year Madden NFL 2004 sold more than five million copies.

“I have always enjoyed working with EA SPORTS, but to be on the cover of Madden NFL 2005 is the ultimate honor,” said Lewis. “With the focus on defense in the game this year, I knew it was my chance to represent the most popular sports game ever made. Madden NFL Football is the game I have always played, and I am excited to be part of the family now.” Lewis’ image will appear on all Madden NFL 2005 packaging and merchandising.

Lewis is one of the game's best all-around players. He finished the 2003 season with a franchise-record 125 tackles and earned AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second time (the first in 2000), becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to win multiple times. This past February he played in his sixth Pro Bowl in just eight years. In 2000 Lewis was only the second player in NFL history to win both the NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl MVP (for Super Bowl XXXV).

In its 15th year and nearly 37 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay. Madden NFL Football is currently displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame—the only videogame to receive this honor. Madden NFL 2005, developed by EA-Tiburon, is slated to ship in August on all platforms. The game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

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