John Madden Football

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Those were the days,  New Year 1990. Me and my family would always go out to a friends house for a party. This year though, I took my beloved Sega Megadrive, and a copy of John Madden Football, which I was lucky enough to get for Christmas.  

In no time I knew what an end zone was, what a first down meant and where a quarterback played!
Matt 'SoulFunk' Farrell
I loved the accessibility of the original Madden game and for people like me who had no idea of the rules of the sport, it was a great introduction. It may have been simple because of the target audience or technical restrictions, and some fans may have thought it limited, but it worked for me.

In no time I knew what an end zone was, what a first down meant and where a quarterback played. I even started to follow the 49er's as they were my favourite team in the game. The EA sports titles of this generation taught me a lot about American sports in general, apart from pyjama rounder's. Who says video games can't be educational.
 
The game still plays well now and the frame rate can get a bit choppy in places, plus the main pace of the game is quite slow, but to be honest, I think that works in its favour. Every now and again, I do buy the latest Madden game when I feel like a blast of American footy, strangely around super bowl time, but I find that there's too much of a learning curve to get my fix. You really need to get into, and spend a lot of time with the modern Maddens to get the most out of them. In fact this goes for most modern sports titles. They're fantastic to look at, and I'm sure there a fan's dream, but I play too many different games to get the most out of them.
 
One last thing. I remember reading a letter in a magazine when I was younger which made me laugh. A guy wrote in complaining about some static noise on his version of Madden, and he had taken it back to the shop to get a new copy, only to find out that was the same. He wanted to know whether all the Madden carts were faulty. The reply told him that it was the crowd cheering and that it wasn't broken. Come to think of it though...it did sound like static.

Review by Matt (SoulFunk) Farrell

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