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Madden NFL 2004 - PC

by EA Sports See the Amazon Page for this brand
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
Everyone
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews) 91 / 100


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Product Details

  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009B1UJ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.2 x 1 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 12, 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,865 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Big hits, big plays, updated rosters, pro commentary and much more make this the gold standard of football simulations.

From the Manufacturer

In its 14th season, Madden NFL Football remains the undisputed leader in authentic NFL football simulation. This year, players can make adjustments after the snap and create championship caliber plays with revolutionary Playmaker Control. With new EA SPORTS Talk, online tournaments, and new Owner mode, no other football video game offers more depth. Madden NFL 2004 is the most complete, authentic sports video game ever, making it "The Ultimate Judge" for sports gamers.

Key Features for 2004:

  • New Playmaker Control: Make pre-snap adjustments to your receiver routes, direct receiver routes during a scramble, direct blocking down field during a run, or read and react to the offense to deliver a crushing tackle.
  • New Owner Mode: Hire your own staff, set your team's ticket prices, build your own stadium, reward key players with signing bonuses and boost player attributes in Mini-Camp drills.
  • All-New Game Presentation: Keep your players on the field during the play-calling screen. Watch all the highlights in split-screen replay and revel in new player accuracy details like dreadlocks, tattoo replicas, and four new helmet styles.
  • Most Realistic NFL Playbooks Ever: Tons of new trick plays, multiple formation variations, and the deepest NFL playbooks from all 32 officially licensed Coaches Club Head Coaches.
  • New Animations and Enhancements: New QB scramble transitions to improve throwing on the run, stumbles, open field blocks, whirlwind defensive reaction moves, sideline wrap tackles, and out of bound pushes.
  • More PC Online Play: Take online sports gaming to the next level with online leagues, quick match, online tournaments, quick games, real rosters, buddy lists, career stats, clubs, and message boards.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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They finally fixed head-to-head play.
Single player is alright, but the real fun in these games is playing against your friends or legitimate players online. I was a huge fan of some of the earlier Maddens, but anyone who has played a bit against other people knows those games had gameplay glitches. Certain blitzes or passes made you have to design your entire gameplan around them, be it running out of the shotgun all day or having to always double-team a mediocre receiver because he always catches a certain pass.
For the most part, they fixed all that in Madden 2004. The game plays very well, and extremely realistically, with a few flaws that can be worked around. The deep lob is no longer unstoppable, good DBs play the pass very well now, except certain zones (Cover 3 -- DBs don't play it right and you get burnt on this). The "nano-blitz" is gone, so is the unstoppable sweeps from 2002 and the flags from 2003. They also penalize you for trying to do the "drop back 30 yards and chuck it perfect" routine from the earlier games. Madden was always a great game, but when you played people who exploited these flaws, and the internet seems to spawn these losers, it just gets frustrating. That is why I didn't bother with 2003. The removal of these bugs leave us with simply a great multiplayer game.
There are a few new features which people talk about that are really nice after-thoughts. One of the lesser talked about improvements though are to the playbooks. These are REAL plays that NFL teams actually run. I played some college ball and several of these passing plays we ran EXACTLY like that and the reads for the QB are the same.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of pluses, and a few minuses August 25, 2003
In response to "gamer's" August 8th note about using it for the PC over PS2 -- the solution is simple. Just BUY a game controller for the PC. You need a dual analog controller to be able to use the Playmaker feature on Madden 2004 -- that feature won't work on other PC game controllers.
Anyway, here's my spin on Madden 2004 -- it's a GREAT improvement over Madden 2002, largely because of the added features. The improved franchise mode is the biggest selling point of this Madden version, and what a franchise mode this is! Great for control freaks who want to rule the world and leave no detail unturned. Graphics and gameplay are terrific as usual, but not much improved over already fabulous earlier versions. Here are my observations -- a lot of pluses, and some minuses (fyi, I've never played Madden 2003):
1. Graphics -- both front-end and gameplay -- work very well on my 64MB video RAM, 2.2MHz, and 512MB RAM computer. But having stadium detail at "highest" setting slowed things down, so I recommend to all that you only use "medium". (The only difference is the cheering, jumping crowds are eliminated, which is good because I found them very distracting.)
2. Gameplay graphics are marginally improved over the already fabulous 2002 (and I assume 2003) versions, so you can't go wrong here. A little more realism is introduced to players' movements. For example, when a defender intercepts a ball, his post-interception reaction time usually slows down as he assesses the new situation. Be careful of that jarring hit from the rather ticked-off wide receiver.
2. The accelerated clock option sped things up quite a bit in gameplay. Clock runs down quickly between plays. A big plus.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Madden Yet August 27, 2003
I've bought and played nearly every version of Madden since 98. While it took madden a while to get up to a *good* game, I always felt it hit it's peak with the 2000 version and the subsequent releases just added style over substance. No more! in Madden 2004, while the graphics are truly stunning, gameplay has improved greatly as well. The computer opponents are challenging, sometimes it seems a bit too much.
There are a few annoyances to the game. For example, in the normal camera angle if the offense punts to you, you can't see the covering team coming for you as you catch the punt. If you don't call for a fair catch, there's a 90% chance you'll get hit and fumble the ball. For that reason, I call for a fair catch on nearly every punt return.
Another annoying feature is the number of sacks that the computer's defense can get on you. There are times when you might have half a second to get rid of the ball from the snap before you're driven into the turf. This is something you can live with but it's frustrating when the computer has the ability to get rid of the ball much faster (if you want to fire a bullet, you have to keep the button pressed down for about a second anway - by that time you're dead meat if the pass rush is blitzing).
And of course, there's Al and John's commentary. My #1 complaint about this game has been the same for years - Al and John repeat the same thing over and over. If you play 16 games, you're likely to hear the same quotes 16 times...sometimes even within the same game. That seems to have improved a bit in this version but it's still there.
On the positive side the game is challenging, seems fairly realistic. and most importantly, is a lot of fun. Unlike previous versions, an effective running game is a necessity to consistently win at Madden 2004.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I have to admit, compared to today's next gen ...
I have to admit, compared to today's next gen games, the graphics, obviously are lacking, but the Franchise Mode puts the next gen games to shame.
Published 2 months ago by Albert McCants
5.0 out of 5 stars Best year! Last version with salary cap on/off. Old but still FUN!
I use windows 7 home premium.

i5
770
16GB Ramm

No need to run compatibility mode just right click desktop icon, or if pinned to taskbar right click... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Swen
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love it!
Extremely happy with purchase! Game just like I remembered! The Game, box, case, instructions and CD in better condition than expected! Prompt shipping! Great Buy!
Published 18 months ago by Dean Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent choice
I thought this game was excellent. Fun and challenging with plenty of options. Worked fairly well with our Windows 2000 but the turf style made a difference to play quality, with... Read more
Published on September 27, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent game.
Madden 2004 is a great game for the average EA Sports fan. There aren't many flaws and Madden is great with his commentary. The stadiums are of high detail. The gameplay is great. Read more
Published on February 17, 2006
1.0 out of 5 stars A bad game
this game was just not fun. Madden jabbering the same lines over again was plain annoying[they didn't even make sense]! The game just got boring! Read more
Published on January 2, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars Improved over 2002, but...
Okay, I'm cheap. I admit it. I tend to purchase Madden Football when it goes down to $9.95 and this product is awesome and is bringing me hours of fun for a low price. Read more
Published on September 10, 2005 by John E. Manzo
5.0 out of 5 stars EA Trax
These are the song of Madden 04:

Unstable

Leaving Song, Pt. 2

These Days

Taken For a Ride

Chapter Four

Church... Read more
Published on August 21, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Number 1 game!
Trust me this game will rock you out this is the best i won 3 season
Published on July 9, 2005 by Alexander Vuong Vu
5.0 out of 5 stars great bargin
I hate wasting 50$ on a new video game. Patience pays off, this game is now just 10$ , an incredible deal! Read more
Published on May 4, 2005 by John Doe
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