John Madden Football Limited Edition is high on graphics and sound and low on just
about everything else. The game, one in a line of Madden games from EA Sports,
looks like it could be fun, but it simply is not.
The graphics and textures of John Madden Football Limited Edition are awesome.
The field really looks like grass or turf. The fans look real. The end zone is painted with
the home team's logo. The sky is blue. A lot of time went into making this game look
good. Unfortunately, not enough time went into making this game fun to play.
The sound in John Madden Football Limited Edition is good. From crowd noise to
hits to whistles, everything is there. Madden even chimes in occasionally with a "Boom!"
A lot of work went into making this game sound good. More work should have been
spent on game play.
John Madden Football Limited Edition has several major flaws. The most egregious is
the inability of the human player to tackle computer opponents. There is simply nothing a
player can do to drag down a computer drone. When a computer player is tackled, it's
usually just dumb luck that it happened. Sometimes, a computer player will go down after
a tackle and then get back up and march into the end zone for a touchdown. This kind of
bug in a football game is unforgivable. Players can swarm their computer opponent. They
can dive. They can try to force the drone down. Nothing works. It is very frustrating.
Another major flaw in John Madden Football Limited Edition is the inability to pass
the ball. Football games rarely get the pass right. Games like Tecmo Bowl made
passing far too easy, allowing players to score at will. Other games, like Super Play
Action Football made it nearly impossible to complete a pass. Developers almost never
find the middle ground that is more true to real football. In John Madden Football
Limited Edition, the time between the quarterback releasing the ball and the time it hits
the receiver is unbelievably long. This lapse allows defenders to swarm the receiver and
knock the pass down. Pass interference flags? Forget it.
Finally, even though the game was released in 1996, forget about running it on anything
slower than a Pentium 100 with lots of RAM. I've tried it on a 486, a Pentium 60, and a
Pentium 100, and the slow agony of the game is dreadful on all three systems. Five
minute quarters take at least a half-hour to complete, even on the fastest machine I played
it on. If you try to play John Madden Football Limited Edition on a machine barely
above the minimum requirements, don't make any plans.
Overall, I was very disappointed in this game. the Madden games for Super Nintendo,
Playstation, and Nintendo 64 are among the best football games ever developed. I don't
know how EA Sports dropped the ball with this version for the PC.
Sound: Very good
Replay Value: Poor
A port of Madden '96 to DOS, using the extra space provided by a CD to provide improved graphics and animation. Features 3D rendered graphics, 640x480 resolution, and John Madden announcing.
Over 500 players, 240 plays, and the ability to create your own playbooks. Trade your players, and sign free agents. Play single games, or entire seasons, against the computer or your friend.
People who downloaded Madden Football: Limited Edition have also downloaded:
Madden NFL 97, Madden NFL 2000, Madden NFL 2004, Madden NFL 2001, John Madden Football II, Front Page Sports: Baseball Pro '98, Front Page Sports Football Pro '96 Season, Hardball V Enhanced (a.k.a. Hardball 5 Enhanced)
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