Losing faith in EA...
Due to the slow response and highly complex controls, managing a defensive player is quite challenging. It's a somewhat different story on offense. I found that the controls are more comfortable and easier to learn. The most annoying aspect of offense is pass knockdowns/interceptions and incredibly bad pass protection. Unlike the defensive problems, several of these issues can be adjusted via the Game AI menu. You can beef up your OL's blocking ability as well as reduce knockdowns and pics to balance the gameplay better, but I still couldn't get it to the point that I would consider acceptable.
The gameplay also suffers from some other smaller issues. Players get tired way too fast. While viewing your playbook you can see circles representing your players in their formation. The circles are colored green, yellow, and red based on current stamina level. One of my uninjured CBs drop from green to yellow after the first play of every game. The player has a STA rating of 88, and will drop to yellow whether the opening play is a pass or run. Gamespot said the PS3 version running at 30 fps was noticeable, but it didn't make the game awful. In my opinion, thats a questionable statement. While it doesn't completely ruin the game, it does have some pretty significant side effects, such as the slow response controls and delays to load camera movement in between plays.
As for the other aspects of the game, the graphics and sound are actually quite poor. The graphics are certainly better when compared to the last Madden purchase I made on the PS2, but when I think about the PS3's capabilities, the graphics need a complete overhaul. As for the sound, lets start with the EA Tracks. I don't get into the default rap settings, so I was glad to see the option to turn all of it off - and replace it with NFL Films legend Sam Spence. The in-game commentating suffers from, well, everything. The comments are boring, repetitive, and quite often not accurate.
In summary, if you are a die hard Madden fan, you probably already own this game so my review is probably useless for you! For the casual Madden gamers - just skip it this year. Don't make the same mistake I did. I read how terrible NCAA Football was, so in order to get my Fall football fix I just had to get Madden! The end result was wasting $60.