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Elway takes a four step drop, his eyes light up as Sharpe comes wide open. He cocks his arm, wham, the next thing he is doing is sucking on some sod because Seau levelled him. You can almost feel Elway's agony when this situation occurs while you play Madden 97 on the Sony PlayStation.
Depending on the outcome of your game and other circumstances, you will see some pretty good cinematics at the end of the game as well.
The amount of manipulation the user can perform is unbelievable. Which stadium do you want to play in? All 30 are there. Team selection is varied from the current NFL franchises to 70 teams from the past, one of which is an All Madden Team (a good team to start with as a beginner). Not to mention that there are six hidden teams that require some input at the "user's record" screen.
Do you want to play an exhibition game, a season or a tournament? You can select various type of weather; fair, snow, wind, and rain. Yes these conditions do affect game play. You can design which particular player plays on a particular play, and there is trading and salary caps in season mode.
You haven't even started playing the game yet!
You will also have the choice of camera angles from which you view the action while playing. Speaking of cameras, a really fun feature is the instant replay feature which is similar to the Super Nintendo. You can isolate a player, you can do some rotating. Play around with this feature!
Passing is a blast and easy to do (not saying that you are going to have a completion every time, frustrations do arise when an open player drops the ball). I have found running to be more challenging. The 'holes', if there are any, appear for a short time and you have to hit them quick. Outside runs can gain some big yardage, but more often than not you find yourself with a five or six yard loss. While running with the ball enjoy spinning, jumping and on defence try the dive tackle!
Head to head play is great and can be competitive. The game can be very addictive, several hours fly by very quickly. Let us not forget playing against the CPU. I have played against the CPU about 25 times and very seldom have I blown it out. Usually the games are nail biters, only to be decided late in the fourth quarter. Yes, I have also lost a couple of times. This scares me because I've only played at the Pro-mode level, there is still the All Madden level.
The game may not be perfect in regards to graphics, but it does not detract from the game play enjoyment. I have heard others say that the stadiums and fields could of been more vibrant and clear, but to me this is a very minor point.
Written by Kurt Lohrum
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