Superstars head to 360 Madden

EA announces superstar mode for Madden NFL 07 on Microsoft's new console; will differ slightly from current-gen counterparts.

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When Madden NFL 06 was released for the Xbox 360 at the system's launch, it was the first and only next-gen football game on the market. However, bringing one of the most successful franchises to the next generation wasn't exactly a successful opening drive, as it generally scored lower than other console versions.

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This was in part due to the limited features of the game. Whereas minicamp games and a superstar mode added depth to the Xbox, GameCube, and PlayStation 2 versions, the Xbox 360 edition had only a shallow franchise mode as an extra. That won't be the case in the 360's sophomore edition of the franchise, as EA Tiburon today revealed the first details of the next-gen superstar mode.

In case you missed it last year, the mode lets gamers take a created player through the rigors of developing into an NFL Pro-Bowler. The mode won't be a carbon copy of other Madden NFL 07 superstar modes--on the 360 it will have its own next-gen spins, including more emphasis on on-field performance, and the addition of an agent as the hub of activity.

The presentation of the game will also change according to which position the player has chosen. As a wide receiver, the player and the camera will line up on the outside; pick an offensive lineman and see the action from the trenches. Play-calling is left to the coach, and performing on the gridiron adds points to gamers' characters--the aim of the mode is to make players feel as though they are their created character.

For more on superstar mode, rush over to Brian Ekberg's in-depth preview. Madden NFL 07 for the Xbox 360 is expected to be available in late August and will retail for $59.99.

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tempest123

all im concerned about are the camera angles, im not buyin the 360 version if they dont have the custom camera angle

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tempest123

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Sinister904

madden is not that great of a game

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EverteMax

At least it's better than the PC, PC version sux the biggest...already having the capability to support next-gen but still not moving on, wth are they thinking? Yeah...I'm looking forward to the 360 version, PC version had disappointed me for the past 2 years...

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sinx1971

I just hope they fix the kicking meter cuz it sucked big time!!!

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solidbb

You know what else would be nice? Is if they actually had John Madden and Al Michaels doing the commentary. Instead of uknown annoucers. The game is called Madden 07 and they don't even have John Madden in it.

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flex49

hey Jab7604...the superstar mode in Madden 06 sucks...TO YOU only. Did you even play it? The superstar mode is also a franchise mode and I played it for months...it was GREAT! Carpe_Noctum What would be nice is if the developers added a mode that was closer to how football is actually played. I am sure they could come up with a catchy name for it. What are you talking about., Carpe_Noctum??...Madden is as close to football as you can get on console or PC.

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Jab7604

Ok the superstar mode in madden 06 sucks. So actually playing as urself is going to make it better. Yea right. The Superstar mode is the biggest joke in this game. So what if the 360 has bonus features if you ask me you guys with the 360 madden wont even bother with this feature. good idea but once you get into the Franchise mode and online play you'll probably forget about this mode

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Carpe_Noctum

What would be nice is if the developers added a mode that was closer to how football is actually played. I am sure they could come up with a catchy name for it.

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flex49

TraiklinX3: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- have you 360 fanboys seen the bugs in oblivion? Compressing it down to one DVD instead of the huge expansion the HDD they claimed to know would be in the 360 but later found out that there would be a HDD less version and had to make it run off the disc, causing nothing but problems, the game is at it's core designed to run off a hard drive not a disc, So I wouldn't use oblivion (which had to be compressed to work on the 360 sans hdd) as that big of an "In your face" to people. Have you PS3 fanboys or Xbox360 haters noticed that you DON'T have an Oblivion game to even play on? Or even a PS3 to play on yet.... It's funny you how can judge something you don't own and then criticize people who do own it. BTW, xxPantherxx's so-called "sarcasm" wasn't funny or even imaginative.

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jcloverboy

Not into this mode but I'm glad EA is making more of an effort with this season's Madden on 360. 06 was worst 360 game thus far.

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rynmls

i dont play this games so nice job from other people...

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thekey

Oh yeah I already reserved it, can't wait...

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nintendorocks

Sounds cool. But I would like to see some NEW features. This should have already had a superstar mode last year. I still will never understand why the Xbox 360 version of Madden 06 didn't have the same features as the Gamecube, Playstation 2 and Xbox versions. P.S.-to comthitnuong- If you don't play football games then simply don't post.

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rbarahona

This feature will definitely be a great one; it's good to see that EA is putting more features like that in their major franchises. It would be nice to see a similar feature in games like FIFA or NASCAR.

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irunongames

06 was the worst.

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Sinister904

superstar mode is super stupid

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DJ_Sinister

I'm tried of people hating on Madden about the exclusive contract with the NFL. The NFL was going to go exclusive and it just happened that EA outbid 2K Games. Plus, we all see how the exclusive baseball game turned out for 2K, with it's random disc freezing and all.

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xcalibur890-roy

maybe not

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mpalacio

I love football games, but don't plan to get madden. I like the other football game....wait, never mine. THERE ARE NO OTHERS!! Stupid EA, I guess I'm buying Madden.

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govinator07

finally they did something good with madden on 360

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Kwiksilva

Madden is awesome.

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daqua_99

Wont really concern me, cant stand American Football. Hot is fotty when you are padded up. Bare skin is the best ... bring on union and league!

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TraiklinX3

Shtinky xxPantherxx was being sarcastic... It's ok, closet fanboys can never get sarcasm or jokes, It just doesn't get past the doors to them and they take everything at face value. pundog Sweet, I wasn't sure I was gonna get madden for 360 if it was another watered down version. And who thought the 360 DVD discs couldn't hold all the extras, have you PS 3 fanboys seen Oblvion? have you 360 fanboys seen the bugs in oblivion? Compressing it down to one DVD instead of the huge expansion the HDD they claimed to know would be in the 360 but later found out that there would be a HDD less version and had to make it run off the disc, causing nothing but problems, the game is at it's core designed to run off a hard drive not a disc, So I wouldn't use oblivion (which had to be compressed to work on the 360 sans hdd) as that big of an "In your face" to people.

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risi37

Not bad

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danmp18

Lets hope they get this right. Could be pretty cool.

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gamerTag-shank

Looks like Madden is getting further and further away from why I use to like football games. Superstar mode sounds lame to me. I want more control at the coach / GM level. I long for the days when this exclusive contract between EA and the NFL is over. Looks like after a quick rent, I'll be back to playing 2k5.

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homiebo

well this is pretty cool i say

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LosDaddie

A great day for all Xbox360 football fans!!

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everythingj

I remember playing super star and madden 06 for xbox wishing they would do something like this.. It seemed lame that if i made a super star TE, or WR, i'd have to snap the ball as the QB first and figure out a way to get it to myself. Then it got boring since it was pretty much just the same exact play style but with me trying to feed myself the ball every snap. can't wait to get my 360 soon and get this game.

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pundog

Sweet, I wasn't sure I was gonna get madden for 360 if it was another watered down version. And who thought the 360 DVD discs couldn't hold all the extras, have you PS 3 fanboys seen Oblvion?

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Optimusv2

People thought the 360 discs didn't have space for all the extras :)

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final_cut_hugo

Pro Bowler? Isn't that a different sport? Yay minigames! haha.

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Xrm150

I will surely be picking this one up!

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blackIceJoe

I for one am happy Madden will be getting some new features has been getting kind of dry.But I so wish that the people that let EA be the only one to make football games will change there mind.Why because if EA and 2K can make Football games we will see better games come out of it and who does not want to have a better gaming experience.

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comthitnuong

i dont play football games

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DanteKiller

features are nice, but they mean nothing if we don't know how the game will play. Just look at Arena Football

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squarephreak

It's not like the 360's disc is any different from other DVDs. Now the PS3's blu-ray could conceivably hold all the other versions too (but why would you want those?).

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dalriders

good

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Optimusv2

Funny how the 360's disc can fit just about everything? HMMMMMM

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MaddGIJoe

can't wait...

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ChoadS

This year should be good, 06 for the 360 sucked tooooo glitchy.

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tyler2010

Sounds Good

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Shtinky

xxPantherxx was being sarcastic...

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antp

Yea man finally we can look forward to Madden on tha next-gen systems....Also I'm glad they got long hair included in tha game....I wonder if they'll have on-field referees?....

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GetUpAndDance05

Its not like they couldn't fit the features on 06, the damn game was rushed. xxPantherxx pwned by dexthageek

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xbox_gamer1

Finaly cause 06 was garbage!!!!

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dexthageek

xxPantherxx, Fanboy did you even read the article. It says superstar mode WILL be an extra feature on Madden 2007 for the 360.

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MRwhatsisname

now 6th

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