Madden video game floatVideo gaming's biggest sports franchise got a facelift as Madden 11, the latest edition of the popular football game, hit the shelves.

The new edition features Drew Brees, quarterback with Super Bowl champions The New Orleans Saints, on the cover. EA Sports celebrated the launch with a "Madden Gras" party in the Big Easy, featuring players from the Saints, parades and musical guests including Big Boi.

The game went on sale at midnight.

Madden 11, made by video game maker Electronic Arts (ERTS), is simpler to use than previous editions, and more user-friendly for the non-football fan, a review on technology site CNET.com said.

"Madden 11 is the most accessible football game we've played in quite some time," reviewer Jeff Bakalar wrote. "Anyone can pick it up and start playing."

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Andrea

I hate the saints and i will not buy or play madden 2011

August 11 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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goarmyman75csh

keep hating they will be on 2012's cover as well..... Who Dat!!!

August 11 2010 at 1:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
James

@goarmyman75csh...I guess we're going to see about that. I'm predicting a 7-9 record at best, but seeing as how it took them since their team existence to reach The Superbowl...who really knows

August 11 2010 at 2:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gregory

Well Drew Brees is on the cover of Madden 11 with the saint players, so I guess the whole team will suffer the Madden Jinx and the SI jinx as well which will = Saints not to be in the playoffs! God bless the Madden and SI Jinx! I hate the Aints!

August 11 2010 at 12:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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RichsPSXParts

Good to know ... those madden games became a chore just to learn how to play them!

August 11 2010 at 12:18 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Makayla

Any one else confused? Last years Madden was much improved, was one of the best versions ever, So why scrap a good thing to dumb down the game. True Madden fans want a challenge we thrive upon it.

I plan on laughing my butt off at every tournament I enter and see true Madden players scoring in the three digits range.

August 11 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lars6667

"New Madden Game is a Hail Mary"? No where in the article is this headline explained. A "Hail Mary" is a last ditch effort, desparation play to try to save a losing cause. How does this fit with a well thought out, well developed game in a long lived successful franchise? This is just another AOL example of a hyperbolic headline or an uneducated reporter trying to be clever and failing.

August 11 2010 at 10:33 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Sekinu2

If you ve played this new version and have read most user and reviewers reviews it would make sense. This will be the first madden i skip buying. The frame rates are bad. The new broadcaster vocals are very choppy. They even managed to ruin the game by slipping Obama into it at the white house talking to the saints. The defensive play took a hit. They made the offensive plays to easy and they did nothing to revamp career mode. Thgey did improve some graphics slightly and worked on the online team play some overall though it feel incomplete and rusahed with some poor choices of additions. 5 out of 10

August 11 2010 at 11:26 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
smwvdp

a game "anyone" can pick up and play? sounds like my kinda game. i haven't been able to play a basketball or football game with my sons since they were invented - too many buttons, commands, etc. i may have to give this a shot, provided that it hasn't been "dumbed down" so much that it's boring for them.

August 11 2010 at 10:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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jdymes101

then buy a wii

August 11 2010 at 11:06 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
stanjohan

Don't they have a party every year? This one definitely looks like the best so far

August 11 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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goarmyman75csh

yeah we have a party every year. our team goes 13-3 win a Super bowl(so far only this one) we party our team goes 3-13 we still party

August 11 2010 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maddy

Get an inside look at Madden '11 http://stacktv.stack.com/video.aspx?videoID=102201267001_373

August 10 2010 at 11:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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sticolesamson

I tried this game the other day, it is better then previous years but, NFL 2k5 is still way better, **** Madden! I would really like to play a good football game, maybe next year, you can see how they made some things like 2k5 but still cant come close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 11 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply