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Electronic Arts
Aug. 8, 2005

Madden NFL 2006

It's unclear how exclusive or special is EA's license with the NFL, but with NFL touted in the title they're obviously appealing to die hard fans. Depending on how committed sports fan gamers are to the NFL this may or may not be a sticking point.


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Each iteration of EA's sports series seems to progress more in realism. Madden NFL 2006 for GC looks to continue this trend by sporting different lighting conditions (sunlight or floodlight) depending on stadium and time of day. Details range from the words Wilson and NFL on the ball itself to player shadows, sideline stand-ins, and stadium fans. One of the biggest updates being touted is to the passing system where, for instance, there is now a "field of vision" for the QB outside of which it's realistically more difficult to complete a pass. But as realistic as EA can make these games, it's also nice to see deviations that explore possibilities like behind-the-ball camera angles not possible in the real world.

word on the street

With a new Madden coming out for both GC and DS, which one to check out will depend on whether fans favor on the go portability or the comfort of your couch at home.

press release notes

For the first time in 10 years, the Madden NFL Football franchise has revolutionized its passing game-giving Madden NFL 06 the most groundbreaking and innovative offensive arsenal ever created. The new QB Vision Control lets you scan the field, look off defenders, and make perfect throws within your quarterback's unique field of vision. QB Precision Placement lets you put the ball exactly where you want it. Madden NFL 06 brings authentic NFL passing to video games like never before.

Key Features

  • Major Offense and Passing Upgrades
    • Quarterback Vision Control: Look off receivers and make heads turn with the revolutionary QB Vision Control mechanic. Each QB has a different field of vision, depending on his rating. It's now tougher to hit receivers outside the QB Vision Control.
    • Precision Placement: Choose exactly where to throw the ball-lead the receiver across the middle or take a little off a deep pass to set up a jump-ball.
    • Additional Passing Features: Formation Specific Audibles-different audibles for different situations; Smart Routes- receivers adjust their routes to pick up first downs or cross the goal line; Head Tracking-players now turn their heads when looking for the ball-no more blind catches.
  • Experience the Life of an NFL Player with NFL Superstar Mode
    • NFL Superstar Mode: This entirely new single-player mode allows you to experience the life of an NFL player by earning one of more than 60 Personas ranging from MVP to Movie Star.
  • Unprecedented Depth and Upgrades
    • More Robust Online Features**: Share files via your EA Locker and instantly find a solid match-up with improved matchmaking. Check your EA SPORTS Fantasy Football stats in game.
    • Broadcast Presentation: Improved graphics, tons of scripted scenes, and new replays and sequences.
    • Truck Stick Control: Deliver big hits on offense to break tackles, pancake defenders, and clear your path to the end zone
    • Real NFL Gameplay: All-new features include smart routes, defensive keys, and blocking assignments.
    • Updated sound and commentary: More natural sounding commentary system, radio show improvements with new calls, and enhanced commentary from John Madden as he breaks down the game and analyzes replays.
    • Franchise Enhancements: The deepest season mode to date features: Total Control Simulation-Quickly simulate results on a play-by-play basis.
    • Establish a Gameplan- Practice plays to counter your opponent's strengths and exploit their weaknesses, while earning in-game attribute bonuses for your efforts during practice.
    • Spawn Games: Play Franchise games online. This plus the EA Locker users to compete in Franchises concurrently.
    • Improved Radio Show: Features new callers and segments from the Tony Bruno Show.


EA's dedication to the sports genre is relentless. With Madden NFL 2006 they seem to be continuing the trend towards more realistic visuals while taking the necessary risks to change some gameplay mechanics. In both cases EA looks to be striving to improve its game with Madden NFL 2006 for GC.

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