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Madden Football 64

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Nintendo 64
Kids to Adults
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00003IFEE
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Cartridge and hard plastic collector case with reprint of original case artwork - NO MANUAL - Front label is fully in tact. Game cartridge is in good condition but may show normal signs of age such as minor scratches, discoloration, or debris in creases. All games are tested before being put into our inventory.

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After sticking to its 2D sprites for so long, it took a 64-bit system to begrudgingly bring the Madden franchise into a fully polygonal world. The transition was a successful one, because Madden 64 keeps the series' tried-and-true gameplay intact while drastically improving the game's graphics. While Madden 64 may not wow the masses with revolutionary high-resolution graphics, its 3D look is still very attractive. The players are very detailed, and their motion-captured animations are used well on the field, unlike many other sports games. The full extent of these well-defined graphics cannot be fully appreciated until you use the game's instant replay feature to zoom in and view the players from different angles. Without having to squint, you can literally see the black grease markings underneath the players' eyes. The game is best played from an elevated camera view, which does little to flatter the game, so you can see all your receivers. At times, it makes the graphics look a little blocky and messy. Also, these players don't wrap-tackle like most tackles in the NFL. Instead, they bounce off of each other during tackles like the old 2D games. The polygonal graphics should have liberated Madden 64 of this annoyance, but I suspect the short development time hindered the game in this aspect. Despite any of these shortcomings, Madden 64 is by far the most realistic football title on the Nintendo 64. It uses the same gameplay and AI from the 32-bit versions of the game, which were also impressive in this aspect. Although EA may annoyingly call this Liquid AI, it really does have something to brag about. I've been a football fan for a long, long time, and I've never seen anything that resembles the NFL more than this game (and that's amusing, since this game doesn't even have an NFL license). Defense players cover receivers like they should, thus eliminating the "money plays" that plague every football game (in comparison, Quarterback Club 98 has a ton of them). If you know how to read a defense, you should have no trouble on offense, but if you don't, there's a rookie mode that should ease your transition into this great football simulation. The only major flaw in this otherwise stellar AI is that the computer offense is a little incompetent at times, partly because it rarely runs the ball. Along with great gameplay is a deep host of options that make Madden 64 a complete football game. The Fantasy Draft option that lets you hold a complete player draft to create your own teams from the ground up is a great option that is usually only found in PC pigskin games. Other team-building features such as the trading, creating, releasing, and signing of players is available, and they can be refereed under the salary cap and trading deadline. Although it has a few flaws, Madden 64 is still the best football simulation on the Nintendo 64. Ironically, the most realistic NFL simulation on the market lacks an NFL license, held exclusively by Quarterback Club 98. Still, I urge football fans to buy this title, unless having the real NFL teams and logos (this game does have the real NFLPA players) is of supreme importance to them.--Darren Lehrmann--Copyright © 1998 GameSpot Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of GameSpot is prohibited. -- GameSpot Review

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madden 64 December 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Madden 64 is a fun game being outdated 2 years. I have never been a real big fan of the Madden football games but this one made me change my mind. This is a suprisingly good game being for the price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bah! April 9, 2006
By Alex
Format:Video Game
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is just like the Super Nintendo versions of Madden, but this game is really not good.

Graphics: 6/10. For an N64 game, this is not good. They only look a little bit better than the SNES Madden's.

Control: 6/10. I find it somewhat difficult and it just doesn't feel right on an N64 controller.

Sound: 6.5/10. Madden is there, but it is fuzzy and when you hit someone they make a stupid little "tech umpf" as I call it. It's really annoying and it's pointless.

Fun: 6/10. This game fails. Just like the SNES with nothing more than an updated roster; there really is no fun to be had here and you are better off not playing it. I think it's a good thing it was only $3.99. Hell, there are better sports game for lower prices. If you're a fan of a "realistic" football game, try this, but if you want the best football experience on the N64 even if it is exaggerated and not realistic, try NFL Blitz/BFL Blitz 2000.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Madden goes Old School March 4, 2001
Format:Video Game
This title is far out of date by now, much in the same way John Madden himself is. Yet, in it's hey day this game provided hours of illegal dorm room entertainment. The two best features of this game are the fantasy draft and the stat keeping. With the fantasy draft you create your own team from the pool of all NFL players in a draft setting with other players or the computer. The stat keeping is also key for bragging rights amongst friends. The game play itself is entirely unrealistic, you only need two plays at most to man handle the computer. In a 60 minute game you can easy rack up 1500 receiving yards with one guy(I suggest WR No. 19 of the old school Giants). If you want to keep it real with your roots buy this game, otherwise don't waste your time and get a Playstation 2.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Madden 64 is a decent game February 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Video Game
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Madden 64 is a decent game. The worst thing about the game is the hitting. It's really bad you can dive at a player and hit him with all your might and he won't fall down. The passing is probaly the best part about the game. It's a lot of fun to see how far you can throw it. I don't think it's worth buying. There are a lot of better football games out there
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Football Game Ever Made! September 25, 2000
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A lot of people say that this game stinks, but they're wrong. Maybe the graphics aren't all that great but the gameplay is the best ever made. This game has no cheap juke it's more just breaking tackles. It also has year teams. The gameplay of this game is like older football games instead of the modern pansy ones.
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