As a recently indtroduced fan to American sports, I was slightly worried that Madden NFL 2005 would be a bit complicated and hard to pick up and play. However, from the moment I started my first match it was clear that my worries were unfounded.
Both the offensive and Defencive plays are clearly labelled with diagrams of how they work so even if you don't know your monster blitz from your HB plunge you can still select the right play at the right time. The graphics and animations are all smooth and colourful with no lag just as you go to make that killer play to clinch the game. All the teams are here with lovingly recreated uniforms and stadia. The great thing about this title is that its as deep as you want. Whether you're into customising your uniforms and updating all the teams rosters, or just playing a few games now and then, Madden has just the right game mode for you.
However, there are a few minor niggles now and than. Menus can take a while to load and the opposition will delay the play for as long as they can in the dying moments of the match to preserve their lead. This, and missing extra points, can be frustrating at times.
On the whole this a great fun to play and you'll be an expert in no time.