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[Review] Madden NFL 11

First of all, I’m not much of a sports fan. I’ll occasionally play an NFL title, but for the past few years, I haven’t really enjoyed any. It has been a long time since there was a really good NFL-licensed football game. The last great one was NFL 2K5, which, at the time, sold for $20 brand new. This, compared to Madden’s $40 or $50 price tag of the same year, was considered one of the best deals in sports game history. You not only got a football game on the cheap, but you got a well-presented one at that.

After buying out the NFL license, and six year later, EA released Madden NFL 11. Does the game meet or exceed any of the milestones 2K Sports had done all those years ago? So far, the Madden games haven’t done so, but they were the only source for an NFL-branded simulation game for half a decade now. My goal here is to give you an idea of what to expect from this year’s Madden if you haven’t played it already.

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GameStop Gridiron Game Changers Sweepstakes

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About a week or two late, but GameStop is currently running a sweepstakes for Madden NFL 11, with a prize some folks might want to try to get in on:

Today through Aug. 16, fans can text a weekly keyword from the “Madden Mondays” website to 65579 to be entered to win a VIP trip for two to the marquee EA SPORTS Madden NFL 11 launch event or the GameStop Madden NFL 11 tournament finals event. One entry per person per week.

Madden Mondays” is a new feature that runs every Monday until the game’s launch next month. New content and videos will be released every week, as well as getting that keyword, giving gamers new insight and tips for the title. And just a heads up, if you pre-order the title from GameStop, you will also get a code for 20,000 Madden coins to use on a bunch of the features in the game.

If you’re a football and/or Madden fan, look for the game on August 10th.
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GameStop Counts Down to Madden NFL 11 Launch with Madden Mondays and

the Gridiron Game Changers Sweepstakes

GRAPEVINE, Texas, (July 7, 2010) – Monday morning quarterbacking just got easier. GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), the world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer, announced today the launch of GameStop “Madden Mondays” and the Gridiron Game Changers Sweepstakes.

Six weeks of “Madden Mondays” will be featured on www.gamestop.com. Each entry will feature exclusive videos and content from the highly anticipated Madden NFL 11, including weekly videos and content from the development team responsible for the award-winning franchise. GameStop “Madden Mondays” will feature enough advice to help any Madden NFL fanatic play smarter and stronger when the game launches on Aug. 10.

In addition to “Madden Mondays,” Madden NFL fans can participate in the text-to-win sweepstakes: Gridiron Game Changers. Today through Aug. 16, fans can text a weekly keyword from the “Madden Mondays” website to 65579 to be entered to win a VIP trip for two to the marquee EA SPORTS Madden NFL 11 launch event or the GameStop Madden NFL 11 tournament finals event. One entry per person per week.

For complete rules and additional details, visit a local GameStop retail location or www.gamestop.com/maddennfl11. No purchase necessary to participate. Purchase does not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited.

Pre-order Madden NFL 11 and receive an exclusive, one-time use code to download the GameStop Boost Pack: 20,000 Madden NFL Coins. The in-game Madden NFL bonus loot can be spent on online scouting, player boosts or even building your Madden Ultimate Team. Available online and in-stores while supplies last.

Madden NFL 11 is available at GameStop stores nationwide Aug. 10, 2010, on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP and Nintendo Wii platforms. For more information, visit www.gamestop.com/maddennfl11.

About GameStop Corp.

Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp., a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is the world’s largest video game and entertainment software retailer. The company operates 6,486 retail stores in 17 countries worldwide. The company also operates an e-commerce site, GameStop.com, and publishes Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading multi-platform video game publication. GameStop Corp. sells new and used video game software, hardware and accessories for video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells PC entertainment software, related accessories and other merchandise. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website: http://www.gamestopcorp.com.

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Madden NFL 11 and PS3/PSP Interconnectivity

This was reported by IGN PS3 a few days ago, but if you had actually read the story, titled “Madden NFL 11 News”, it did raise an interesting few details.

First and foremost, the news slipped through at a press conference with reps from EA, Capcom and Sony discussing things that haven’t gone right for the PlayStation brand. Among things discussed was PSP and PS3 interconnectivity and EA’s Scott Cronce discussed Madden NFL 10’s ability to allow you to create plays on the PSP version and then uploading them to play on PS3.

He was then asked when playing seasons on both platforms would be compatible, so you can pick up where you left off on one system. He replied, “We’re shooting for it this year.” Does that mean such compatibility would be available on Madden NFL 11? So far, it looks like a possibility. They were trying to have that capability in 10, but it hadn’t made it in in the end, though.

Now for those of us who aren’t big fans of Madden games, the article still has one interesting idea I think they (and other companies) should follow. When asked how they would market such a feature, Cronce said that they could supply a premium pack that includes the PS3 game with a digital download code for Madden on PSP.

The question is, in order to make it an irresistible deal, how much more would the game retail for? $10? $15? I think that this is a great idea and everyone else should consider doing similar bundles (assuming EA pulls through with it). How about an Assassin’s Creed II with Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines bundle pack (since those have PSP/PS3 interconnectivity of sorts)? LittleBigPlanet GOTY with LBP PSP? God of War III with Chains of Olympus (hell, how about a GoW superpack with those two, as well as the GoW Collection)?

I think deals and packs like those would actually sell quite well, especially with Sports titles and continuing your play season between each platform. Even sharing unlocks and cars between Gran Turismo on PSP and GT5 would be cool (and perfect for a bundle as well). Anyone else think that bundles like those would be a good idea and boost sales for both titles and consoles? And which packs would you like to see?

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