The American Football sim, Madden NFL Football is now in its 14th year and there have been some new features added to the latest instalment, Madden NFL Football 2004. The revolutionary Playmaker Control lets gamers adjust on the fly just as NFL players do. Use the right stick to quickly change plays, routes or defensive coverage. After the snap, use the right stick to call out blocks and direct receivers and make quick adjustments on defense.
Madden NFL Football 2004 also adds Deep Owner Mode, where you can take over the full bottom line responsibilities of the owner in addition to the GM, coach and player duties in Franchise Mode. Features include relocating your team and building a new stadium and setting all prices including food, merchandise and parking. With the addition of the assistant coach licence, gamers can even hire their own coaching staffs.
As well as these new features the game boasts improved graphics and sound, a stadium builder, online play (for the PS2) and playbooks that are packed with information directly from NFL Coaches via the NFLCA license. All of which goes to make it one of the most realistic Gridiron sims out there.
With the amount of ammunition players are expected to use in the average shooting game, one could just as well crush enemies under the weight of their spent shells. But not so for Silent Scope, where the plan is to drop the target with one squeeze of the trigger–even at hundreds of yards away. In this game, you are a highly trained sniper with the most advanced long-range weapon available, outfitted with night-vision scope and a laser sight. You will line up your target while it’s just a dot to the naked eye, then put the cross hairs on it in your long-range scope and make the kill.
In a variety of anti-terrorist missions, Silent Scope will have you working on targets as varied as camouflaged foot soldiers and Harrier jets. A meter ticks off your opportunity to fire the shot, but you can sometimes buy a little more time by ringing a shot over the target’s head. Since the element of surprise is the key to your profession, you will need to learn to aim accurately and shoot quickly. Fortunately, the game includes a training mode to help you do just that.