Myself, I'm partial to "Madden 2000" or whatever the 2000 edition was called on the PS1, but that's simply because I was a little better at football games in the pre-PS2 days. This is one damn fine game, though.
And while I won't post my whole review here yet (you'll have to wait for Saturday's Gaming page in the Poughkeepsie Journal, or the online link Saturday), I will post an excerpt:
" That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement, though. For one, every player in the game needs to visit a doctor and get a vaccine for fumble-itis. Honestly, it seems like ole’ John Madden went down to Ace “the helpful hardware place,” bought a few quarts of 10W-40 and doused the ball before the kickoff.
In one game playing with the San Diego Chargers, LaDainian Tomlinson fumbled twice, Eric Parker fumbled twice (including a punt return) and Quentin Jammer fumbled after making a pick. That’s a few too many for a five minute quarter game.
I wish I could make these guys carry a football around at all times, including when at class, so all their classmates can poke the ball away from them and they learn their lesson. But I can’t. They should consider that as an addition to next year’s “Superstar” mode. "