Madden NFL 10

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Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, WiiRelease Date: Aug. 14

Overview: In Madden NFL 10, EA called an audible for more realistic play, making the game even better than you could've expected. With referees who interact with players during the action, realistic tackling and blocking, new playbooks, authentic QB throwing styles and new personal player equipment, you won't be able to tell whether you're playing a game or watching one live on television.

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(EA Sports)

Systems: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii
Release Date: Aug. 14

Overview: In Madden NFL 10, EA called an audible for more realistic play, making the game even better than you could've expected. With referees who interact with players during the action, realistic tackling and blocking, new playbooks, authentic QB throwing styles and new personal player equipment, you won't be able to tell whether you're playing a game or watching one live on television.

STACK 's Favorite New Game Feature

Pro–Tak™: This all-new animation technology creates a more realistic and unpredictable outcome for every play. Fight off defenders and drag them toward the first down marker; dive into piles and fight for fumbles; and evade the rush with a new locking system that allows quarterbacks to think on the run and step up into the pocket.

STACK 's Favorite Online Feature

Fight for Online Dominance: Enough with being an armchair quarterback playing Madden on a rookie level. Time to put up or shut up, as NFL 10 brings fantasy football into a whole new realm. Go up against 32 teams in a true online franchise competition, including real NFL scheduling, live drafts, player transactions, injury reports and anything else you need to run a team. Even better, you can manage everything from your console, remotely from a PC or via a custom iPhone app.

STACK caught up with some top pro fotbal newbies at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, presented by EA Sports. We asked: Ego aside, what's your opinion of your Madden NFL 10 ratings?

Aaron Curry, Seattle Seahawks LB
"The only issue I have is [the] strength [rating]. I've always taken pride in being a strong linebacker, because my work ethic in the weight room has always been top notch. To [see] my strength is at a 76, it's a hard pill to swallow [laughs]."

STACK's Take: Curry's built like a two-seat brick outhouse, so he might have been shortchanged. However, the former Demon Deacon can take comfort in being the highest rated rookie.

Andre Brown, New York Giants RB

"I think they're about accurate. Nah, I'm not gonna sit here and lie to you. I wish my overall was a bit higher. They got my speed right, and that's about it."

STACK's Take: Don't discount the unheralded former NC State rock toter in the Giants' three-headed monster rushing attack.

Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans WR

"I'm comfortable with some of the ratings, except catching ability and speed. But don't worry, I'll boost that up in camp and everything. They upgrade everything during the season."

STACK's Take: The former Rutgers WR ruled the collegiate ranks last season while posting Playstation-esque numbers.

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants WR

"If I was going to rate it, I probably would have put myself a little bit higher. Being that I just came in and I'm a rookie, it's doable."

STACK's Take: This first-rounder with magnetic hands needs to get his foot in the door as Eli Manning's go-to deep threat.


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