Sup guys? I just had to buy myself a game for my birthday, every year i buy myself something to cheer myself up every time I am a year older I buy myself a present, sometimes its big (last year it was a home theatre system) sometimes its small (like a hard drive or something i want for my PC). This year I decided to get myself Madden 09. I cant deny that this was a total impulse buy. Me and my flatmate were talking about the old times in our old flat back in Christchurch and how much we used to play Madden and watch movies and such it just got me in the mood. I decided to go down and buy it right then and there. Well after about an hour trying to find my wallet (which was underneath this very keyboard I am on, no idea how it got there or how i missed it) we headed down to the mall to get it. Dumb me didnt realise the mall closes at 530 so had to go to the warehouse and pay an xtra 10 bucks for the game, i didnt care though I had the game. Got home, put it in, "EA Sports Its In The Game" sounds out over the nice home theatre system. wicked i think, then the dog comes barking down the stairs and barks at the tv, didnt realise there isnt really a person inside of there, nice protective dog that one. Anyway we get it turned on and go through the first drills for "My Skill" which was sa nice touch. It put me on All-Pro for rushing and passing, but for defense i was a rookie, no doubt about it. Freaking thing. We set up a quick play game, me (49ers) vs flatmate (Cardinals) and away we go. I end up kicking off, not knowing what i need to do i pull the right analog stick back and then forth, only to jerk it around abit and get about 30 yards. RANDOM. Anyway after two plays my flatmate decides to throw a "hail mary" and he connects and "sprints" about 50 yards for the first touch down. I say "sprints" because we hadnt really figured out what the sprint button was. Who needs instructions right? Anyway after a bit of tinkering and playing around in our first game it ends up to be a respectable 13-10 game to flatmate, which i was fuming as I am really competitive and pride myself on some of these games. Especially football games againts mates I know haha. Anyway my thoughts about the game after playing til 1am (we both had to be up early the next morning, I am shattered this morning) are good, I am quite impressed. I never played 08 on the PS3, i heard it was missing alot of features and stuff. This one again doesnt have as much features, aparently, but I found it to have plent of features for me to play with. I started the Superstar mode. Running was really weird for the drills, pulling back on the L and R analogue sticks to get the guy to run was weird, and every now and again it looked like he was going to trip up. Also had to do some bench presses, that was stupid as i didnt understand how i was meant to lift but the L and R analogue sticks and push L1 and R1 alternatly to make this guy keep stamina and do his bench presses, i am sure with a bit more playing around i shouldnt have a problema nd be able to do more than just 3 bench presses, i can do more than that in real life. Started a franchinse mode as well, and its good that you can select more than one team for a franchise. That means me and flattie are going to ahve two teams each, on each side of the groups and battle our way for NFL glory. I did a fantasy draft with old players as well, and since i dont know anyone i didnt really care who i got. Played a pre season game, lost that, but thats cause i still suck at the game, going to study it more, get offence going properly and then work ond efense. Also might have to try out some online games as well. I really enjoyed the game, and look forward to more games and stories that I could possibly tell on here. i might make up some kind of fantasy team and play them through the franchise modes against my flatmate, that would be cool. Just using people i know. Anyone out there a fan of Madden, i would definatly get them to have a look at this one, much better than some of the others I have played, thats for sure.