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Overview

The latest in the long line of Madden NFL games is slated for release on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP. It features a variety of new additions to the series, including a holographic environment for players to train in, a player skill analysis system, an on-demand picture-in-picture play-call window, a new system of dynamic cameras, the ability to play custom music, and much more.

Cover Athlete

The legend in his new jersey

Brett Favre was chosen as the cover athlete for the game by EA, when he had announced his retirement from football. The decision was announced on the Late Show with Dave Letterman, and sparked rumors that EA was trying to kill off the "Madden Curse" by having a non-active player on the cover. Officially, EA simply said they wanted to honor Favre's career. However, in August, Favre announced he would be returning to football as a Jet. Obviously, due to production, the cover picture still has Favre in a Packers Jersey, even though he is technically a Jet this season. EA.com will have a downloadable cover featuring Favre in a Jets uniform, but no retail runs of the game will be made with Favre in a Jets uniform. Despite not being expected to play this season, Favre is included as a playable character in the game, via roster update. The madden curse was also effective this year on Brett Favre possibly makeing this his last year to play football.

Feature Breakdown

Xbox 360 & PS3

Picture-in-Picture window
  • In this years Madden EA has added a new "Adaptive Difficulty Engine" which will change the AI's strengths depending on the player's skills. The game's tag line is "The first sports game that adapts to you". Players will be able to determine their skill in a holographic environment with the help of John Madden.
  • Backtrack will show the user their error after a bad play such as a failed 4th down conversion or an interception. The computer will be able to show the player his/her mistake while the user will be able to re-do the play with EA Sports Rewind. Backtrack and Rewind will not be available during online play.
  • The play calling window has been replaced with a picture in picture interface where the player will be able to access up to the minute information.
  • EA has updated last years Total Control Animation System by adding in new animations, feet planting, the ability to return short field goals and more.
  • This is the first year that a Madden game will feature true online leagues with 32 human players. Drafts, trades and a full playoff system will be in place.
  • Chris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond will be replacing the Radio Broadcaster.
  • Players will be able to celebrate TD's
  • Madden Moments will let the players re-live the highlights of the 2007 NFL season. This will be much like the Super Star Challenges of last years Madden for the PSP.
  • Stadium, weather, player and grass graphics have all be improved.
  • A handicap feature has been implemented in multiplayer games. This allows two players playing against each other choose different difficulty settings.

Wii

  • The Wii has 5-on-5 football which is similar to Madden' 08's 2 on 2 mode
  • The Wii also has call your shots which is like a hot route. You can control the player's routes with the remote.
  • Plus it has the original party mode that was in Madden 07

Nintendo DS

  • 8 player wireless mode, Wi-fi enabled, single card play available.
  • DS exclusive mini-games.

PSP

Receiver Icons in Madden 09 on the PSP
  • EA Sports Rookie mode lets players play the game using only 1 button.
  • Receiver Icons let the players know which wide receivers are open.
  • New coach tips and easy to use playbooks are aimed to help new players.

PS2/Xbox

  • Points based Franchise mode lets you earn points by drafting high profile players, winning games and making stars out of no-name players.
  • Fantasy Challenge: A tier based mode where the player must complete each league and beat its champ to move onto the next round.
  • SuperSim lets you sim 1 play, 1 quarter, 1 half or the full game.
  • QB Avoidance Stick - Lets your QB get out of pressure in the pocket.

Team Ratings:

  • Patriots-97
  • Cowboys-96
  • Chargers-95
  • Colts-95
  • Giants-94
  • Steelers-94
  • Jaguars-93
  • Packers-91
  • Eagles-91
  • Bucs-91
  • Vikings-90
  • Browns-88
  • Redskins-88
  • Seahawks-87
  • Saints-87
  • Panthers-86
  • Broncos-84
  • Titans-84
  • Bills-82
  • Ravens-81
  • Bengals-80
  • Bears-80
  • Cardinals-78
  • Texans-78
  • Lions-78
  • Rams-77
  • Jets-76
  • 49ers-72
  • Chiefs-71
  • Raiders-71
  • Falcons-67
  • Dolphins-67

90 Players

Madden NFL 09 features 257 players that have a rating of 90-plus. This is an increase of 49 players with a rating of 90-plus over Madden NFL 2008. With recent trades, some players may not be on the correct team when the game ships.

Arizona Cardinals

Larry Fitzgerald, WR (97)

Adrian Wilson, SS (96)

Anquan Boldin, WR (95)

Darnell Dockett, DT (93)

Edgerrin James, HB (92)

Atlanta Falcons

John Abraham, RE (92)

Ovie Mughelli, FB (90)

Jason Elam, K (90)

Baltimore Ravens

Ed Reed, FS (98)

Matt Stover, K (95)

Chris McAlister, CB (94)

Rey Lewis, MLB (94)

Jason Brown, LG (93)

Willis McGahee, RB (91)

Haloti Ngata, RE (91)

Todd Heap, TE (91)

Trevor Pryce, LE (90)

Bart Scott, MLB (90)

Buffalo Bills

Jason Peters, LT (97)

Marcus Stroud, DT (94)

Terrence McGee, CB (93)

Rain Lindell, K (92)

Aaron Schobel, RE (92)

Donte Whitner, SS (92)

Derrick Dockery, LG (91)

Lee Evans, WR (91)

Marshawn Lynch, HB (90)

Angelo Cowell, LOLB (90)

Carolina Panthers

Steve Smith, WR (98)

Julius Peppers, RE (96)

Jon Beason, MLB (93)

John Kasay, K (92)

Jordan Gross, LT (90)

Chicago Bears

Brian Urlacher, MLB (98)

Tommie Harris, DT (96)

Lance Briggs, ROLB (95)

Olin Kreutz, C (93)

Robbie Gould, K (93)

Nathan Vasher, CB (91)

Charles Tillman, CB (91)

Cincinnati Bengals

Chad Johnson, WR (97)

Carson Palmer, QB (96)

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (95)

Willie Anderson, RT (92)

Shayne Graham, K (90)

Cleveland Browns

Joe Thomas, LT (97)

Kellen Winslow, TE (97)

Eric Steinbach, LG (95)

Braylon Edwards, DT (94)

Shaun Rogers, DT (94)

Lawrence Vickers, FB (92)

Phil Dawson, K (91)

Jamal Lewis, HB (90)

Corey Williams, LE (90)

Rex Hadnot, RG (90)

Dallas Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware, ROLB (98)

Terrell Owens, WR (98)

Lemard Davis, RG (97)

Jason Witten, TE (97)

Terrence Newman, CB (95)

Matt McBriar, P (95)

Andre Gurode, C (94)

Flozell Adams, LT (94)

Zach Thomas, MLB (94)

Tony Romo, QB (94)

Marion Barber, HB (93)

Ken Hamlin, FS (90)

Denver Broncos

Champ Bailey, CB (97)

D.J. Willams, ROLB (95)

Brandon Marshall, WR (93)

John Lynch, SS (92)

Elvis Dumervil, RE (90)

Detroit Lions

Ernie Sims, ROLB (94)

Roy Williams, WR (92)

Cory Redding, DT (91)

Jason Hanson, K (91)

Calvin Johnson, WR (91)

Leigh Bodden, CB (90)

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Kampman, LE (97)

Chad Clifton, LT (95)

Nick Barnett, MLB (94)

A.J. Hawk, ROLB (94)

Mark Tausher, RT (94)

Al Harris, CB (93)

Greg Jennings, WR (93)

Charles Woodson, CB (92)

Cullen Jenkins, RE (92)

Donald Driver, WR (92)

Houston Texans

Mario Williams, RE (97)

Andre Johnson, WR (96)

DeMace Ryans, MLB (95)

Amobi Okoye, DT (92)

Indianapolis Colts

Payton Manning, QB (99)

Bob Sanders, SS (99)

Reggie Wayne, WR (97)

Jeff Saturday, C (96)

Robert Mathis, LE (95)

Dwight Freeney, RE (95)

Marvin Harrison, WR (94)

Antoine Bethea, FS (93)

Adam Vinatieri, K (93)

Ryan Diem, RT (93)

Dallas Clark, TE (93)

Joseph Addai, HB (91)

Gary Brakett, MLB (91)

Ryan Lilja, LG (90)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Rashen Mathis, CB (95)

John Henderson, DT (95)

Fred Taylor, HB (94)

Vince Manuwai, LG (94)

Brad Meester, C (93)

Mike Peterson, MLB (93)

Reggie Nelson, FS (92)

David Garrad, QB (92)

Daryl Smith, ROLB (92)

Greg Jones, FB (91)

Maurice Jones-Drew, HB (91)

Maurice Williams, RG (91)

Khalif Barnes, LT (90)

Kansas City Chiefs

Tony Gonzalez, TE (98)

Larry Johnson, HB (94)

Dustin Colquitt, P (94)

Derrick Johnson, LOLB (93)

Donnie Edwards, ROLB (93)

Brian Waters, LG (91)

Dwayne Bowe, WR (90

Miami Dolphins

Jason Taylor, RE (98)

Ronnie Brown, HB (92)

Minnesota Vikings

Pat Williams, DT (98)

Steve Hutchinson, LG (98)

Kevin Williams, DT (97)

Jared Allen, RE (97)

Bryant McKinnie, LT (96)

Matt Birk, C (95)

Adrian Peterson, HB (95)

E.J. Henderson, MLB (92)

Darren Sharper, SS (92)

Antoine Winfield, CB (91)

Ryan Longwell, K (90)

New England Patriots

Tom Brady, QB (99)

Randy Moss, WR (99)

Logan Mankins, LG (96)

Richard Seymour, RE (96)

Don Koppen, C (95)

Matt Light, LT (95)

Adalius Thomas, ROLB (95)

Vince Wilfork, DT (94)

Stephen Neal, RG (94)

Rodney Harrison, SS (94)

Wes Welker, WR (94)

Stephen Gostkowski, K (92)

Laurence Maroney, HB (90)

Ty Warren, LE (90)

New Orleans Saints

Jammal Brown, LT (94)

Drew Brees, QB (94)

Marques Colston, WR (94)

Jonathan Vilma, MLB (91)

Will Smith, RE (90)

New York Giants

Osi Umenyiora, RE (97)

Plaxico Burress, WR (96)

Antonio Pierce, MLB (95)

Chris Snee, RG (95)

Jeremy Shockey, TE (95)

Michael Strahan, LE (94)

Justin Tuck, LE (94)

David Diehl, LT (93)

Eli Manning, QB (93)

Kareem McKenzie, RT (93)

Shaun O’Hara, C (92)

Rich Seubert, LG (91)

New York Jets

Kerry Rhodes, SS (96)

Alan Faneca, LG (95)

Nick Mangold, C (93)

Kris Jenkins, DT (92)

Laweranues Coles, WR (91)

Tony Richardson, FB (90)

David Harris, MLB (90)

Oakland Raiders

Shane Lechler, P (97)

Nnamdi Asomugha, CB (97)

DeAngelo Hall, CB (93)

Derrick Burgess, LE (92)

Kirt Morrison, MLB (92)

Tommy Kelly, DT (91)

Thomas Howard, ROLB (91)

Philadelphia Eagles

Brian Westbrook, HB (97)

Asante Samuel, CB (96)

Shawn Andrews, RG (96)

William Thomas, LT (95)

Lito Sheppard, CB (93)

Trent Cole, RE (93)

Jamaal Jackson, C (92)

Brian Dawkins, FS (92)

Donovan McNabb, QB (92)

Sheldon Brown, CB (91)

Jon Runyan, RT (90)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Troy Polamalu, SS (98)

Casey Hampton, DT (96)

Ben Roethlisberger, QB (95)

Aaron Smith, LE (94)

Willie Parker, HB (93)

James Harrison, ROLB (93)

James Farrior, MLB (92)

Heath Miller, Te (92)

Hines Ward, WR (90)

San Diego Chargers

LaDainian Tomlinson, HB (99)

Antonio Gates, TE (99)

Jamal Williams, DT (97)

Shawne Merriman, ROLB (97)

Nick Hardwick, C (94)

Nate Kaeding, K (94)

Kris Dielman, LG (94)

Quentin Jammer, CB (93)

Luis Castillo, LE (93)

Marcus McNeil, LT (93)

Antonio Cromartie, CB (92)

Shaun Phillips, LOLB (92)

Chris Chambers, WR (91)

Philip Rivers, QB (90)

San Francisco 49ers

Patrick Willis, MLB (96)

Andy Lee, P (96)

Frank Gore, HB (93)

Nate Clements, CB (92)

Joe Nedney, K (90)

Seattle Seahawks

Lofa Tatupu, MLB (97)

Patrick Kenney, LE (95)

Walter Jones, LT (95)

Julian Peterson, ROLB (95)

Marcus Trufant, CB (94)

Matt Hasselback, QB (91)

Mike Wahle, LG (90)

St. Louis Rams

Steven Jackson, HB (97)

Jacob Bell, LG (94)

Torry Holt, WR (94)

Will Witherspoon, MLB (92)

Josh Brown, K (91)

Orlando Pace, LT (91)

O.J. Atogwe, FS (90)

Donnie Jones, P (90)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Devin Joseph, RG (93)

Derrick Brooks, ROLB (93)

Ronde Barber, CB (92)

Cato June, LOLB (91)

Jeff Garcia, QB (90)

Tennessee Titans

Albert Haynesworth, DT (98)

Keith Bulluck, ROLB (97)

Kevin Mawae, C (94)

Kyle Vanden Bosch, RE (93)

Jake Scott, RG (92)

Chris Hope, SS (92)

Rob Bironas, K (91)

Washington Redskins

Chris Samuels, LT (96)

London Fletcher, MLB (96)

LaRon Landry, SS (93)

Randy Thomas, RG (92)

Chris Cooley, TE (92)

Clinton Portis, HB (91)

Jon Jansen, RT (90)

Madden 09 Weapons

ACCURATE QB (93 THROW ACCURACY)

Tom Brady (Patriots)

Peyton Manning (Colts)

Tony Romo (Cowboys)

Drew Brees (Saints)

Carson Palmer (Bengals)

Philip Rivers (Chargers)

Marc Bulger (Rams)

Eli Manning (Giants)

Chad Pennington (Jets)

David Garrard (Jaguars)

Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks)

CANNON ARM QB (95 THROW POWER)

Tom Brady (Patriots)

JaMarcus Russell (Raiders)

Joe Flacco (Ravens)

Carson Palmer (Bengals)

Derek Anderson (Browns)

Peyton Manning (Colts)

Jay Cutler (Broncos)

Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)

Rex Grossman (Bears)

Chad Henne (Dolphins)

Donovan McNabb (Eagles)

SMART QB (92 AWARENESS)

Tom Brady (Patriots)

Peyton Manning (Colts)

Carson Palmer (Bengals)

SPEED QB (85 SPEED)

Vince Young (Titans)

Josh Johnson (Bucs)

Tarvaris Jackson (Vikings)

Dennis Dixon (Steelers)

Seneca Wallace (Seahawks)

ELUSIVE BACK (92 ELUSIVENESS)

LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers)

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

Brian Westbrook (Eagles)

Reggie Bush (Saints)

DeAngelo Williams (Panthers)

Darren Sproles (Chargers)

Joseph Addai (Colts)

Lorenzo Booker (Eagles)

Fred Taylor (Jaguars)

Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars)

Leon Washington (Jets)

Darren McFadden (Raiders)

Steven Jackson (Rams)

Felix Jones (Cowboys)

Chris Johnson (Titans)

POWER BACK (90 TRUCKING)

Marion Barber (Cowboys)

Brandon Jacobs (Giants)

Steven Jackson (Rams)

Larry Johnson (Chiefs)

Jamal Lewis (Browns)

Marshawn Lynch (Bills)

Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars)

Laurence Maroney (Patriots)

Ronnie Brown (Dolphins)

Michael Turner (Falcons)

Rudi Johnson (Bengals)

Fred Taylor (Jaguars)

Willis McGahee (Ravens)

Deuce McAllister (Saints)

T.J. Duckett (Seahawks)

Ryan Grant (Packers)

Frank Gore (49ers)

LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers)

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

Najeh Davenport (Steelers)

LenDale White (Titans)

Edgerrin James (Cardinals)

Rashard Mendenhall (Steelers)

Matt Forte (Bears)

Earnest Graham (Bucs)

Thomas Jones (Jets)

Jonathan Stewart (Panthers)

Greg Jones (Jaguars)

STIFF ARM BALL CARRIER (95 STIFF ARM)

LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers)

Willis McGahee (Ravens)

Steven Jackson (Rams)

Laurence Maroney (Patriots)

Edgerrin James (Cardinals)

Rudi Johnson (Bengals)

Jamal Lewis (Browns)

Larry Johnson (Chiefs)

Marion Barber (Cowboys)

Brandon Jacbos (Giants)

Darren McFadden (Raiders)

Deuce McAllister (Saints)

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

QUICK RECEIVER (91 ROUTE RUNNING)

Marvin Harrison (Colts)

Torry Holt (Rams)

Wes Welker (Patriots)

Reggie Wayne (Colts)

Chad Johnson (Bengals)

Terrell Owens (Cowboys)

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

T.J. Houshmanzadeh (Bengals)

Andre Johnson (Texans)

Randy Moss (Patriots)

Bobby Engram (Seahawks)

Steve Smith (Panthers)

Donald Driver (Packers)

Braylon Edwards (Browns)

Roddy White (Falcons)

Plaxico Burress (Giants)

Anquan Boldin (Cardinals)

Greg Jennings (Packers)

Deion Branch (Seahawks)

Marques Colston (Saints)

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs)

Dallas Clark (Colts)

Antonio Gates (Chargers)

Jason Witten (Cowboys)

Chris Cooley (Redskins)

Kellen Winslow (Browns)

Todd Heap (Ravens)

Jeremey Shockey (Saints)

POSSESSION RECEIVER (90 CATCH IN TRAFFIC)

Anquan Boldin (Cardinals)

T.J. Houshmanzadeh (Bengals)

Hines Ward (Steelers)

Terrell Owens (Cowboys)

Marques Colston (Saints)

Wes Welker (Patriots)

Laveranues Coles (Jets)

Steve Smith (Panthers)

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

Reggie Wayne (Colts)

Jerricho Cotchery (Jets)

Andre Johnson (Texans)

Joe Jurrevicius (Browns)

Marvin Harrison (Colts)

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs)

Plaxico Burress (Giants)

Donald Driver (Packers)

Brandon Marshall (Broncos)

Chad Johnson (Bengals)

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs)

Antonio Gates (Chargers)

Kellen Winslow (Browns)

Jason Witten (Cowboys)

Todd Heap (Ravens)

Jeremey Shockey (Saints)

Heath Miller (Steelers)

SPECTACULAR CATCH RECEIVER (90 SPECTACULAR CATCH)

Braylon Edwards (Browns)

Randy Moss (Patriots)

Brandon Lloyd (Bears)

Plaxico Burress (Giants)

Chris Chambers (Chargers)

Calvin Johnson (Lions)

Chad Johnson (Bengals)

Sidney Rice (Vikings)

Brandon Marshall (Broncos)

Marques Colston (Saints)

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

Matt Jones (Jaguars)

Andre Johnson (Texans)

Roy Williams (Lions)

Mario Manningham (Giants)

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs)

Javon Walker (Raiders)

Dwayne Jarrett (Panthers)

Limas Sweed (Steelers)

Drew Bennett (Rams)

Anquan Boldin (Cardinals)

Demetrius Williams (Ravens)

Malcom Kelly (Redskins)

Laveranues Coles (Jets)

James Hardy (Bills)

Kellen Winslow (Browns)

Antonio Gates (Chargers)

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs)

HANDS (90 CATCHING)

T.J. Houshmanzadeh (Bengals)

Marvin Harrison (Colts)

Reggie Wayne (Colts)

Randy Moss (Patriots)

Torry Holt (Rams)

Steve Smith (Panthers)

Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

Terry Glenn (Cowboys)

Patrick Clayton (Cowboys)

Marques Colston (Saints)

Chad Johnson (Bengals)

Hines Ward (Steelers)

Derrick Mason (Ravens)

Jerricho Cotchery (Jets)

Anquan Boldin (Cardinals)

Isaac Bruce (49ers)

Plaxico Burress (Giants)

Roy Williams (Lions)

Wes Welker (Patriots)

Laveranues Coles (Jets)

Donald Driver (Packers)

Greg Jennings (Packers)

Mushin Muhammad (Panthers)

Bobby Engram (Seahawks)

Joe Jurevicius (Browns)

Andre Johnson (Texans)

Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs)

Dallas Clark (Colts)

Antonio Gates (Chargers)

Brian Westbrook (Eagles)

CRUSHING RUN BLOCKER (95 RUN BLOCK STRENGTH)

Leonard Davis (Cowboys)

Shawn Andrews (Eagles)

Steven Hutchinson (Vikings)

Bryant McKinnie (Vikings)

Flozell Adams (Cowboys)

Marcus McNeil (Chargers)

Joe Thomas (Browns)

William Thomas (Eagles)

Vince Manuwai (Jaguars)

Chris Samuels (Redskins)

Derrick Dockery (Bills)

Walter Jones (Seahawks)

Jason Brown (Ravens)

Alan Faneca (Jets)

Chris Snee (Giants)

Brad Meester (Jaguars)

Andre Gurode (Cowboys)

Jake Long (Dolphins)

Brian Waters (Chiefs)

Nick Hardwick (Chargers)

Ovie Mughelli (Falcons)

PASS BLOCKER (94 PASS BLOCK STRENGTH)

Flozell Adams (Cowboys)

Jason Peters (Bills)

Joe Thomas (Browns)

Matt Light (Patriots)

Bryant McKinnie (Vikings)

Logan Mankins (Patriots)

Kareem McKenzie (Giants)

Mark Tauscher (Packers)

Jeff Saturday (Colts)

Williams Thomas (Eagles)

Shawn Andrews (Eagles)

Eric Steinbach (Browns)

Marcus McNeil (Chargers)

Chad Clifton (Packers)

Dan Koppen (Patriots)

Orlando Pace (Rams)

Chris Samuels (Redskins)

Jamaal Brown (Saints)

Walter Jones (Seahawks)

Andrew Gurode (Cowboys)

BRICK WALL DEFENDER (91 TACKLING)

Zach Thomas (Cowboys)

London Fletcher-Baker (Redskins)

Shaun Phillips (Chargers)

Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks)

DeMeco Ryans (Texans)

Patrick Willis (49ers)

Kirk Morrison (Raiders)

E.J. Henderson (Vikings)

Nick Barnett (Packers)

Antonio Pierce (Giants)

Ray Lewis (Ravens)

Gary Brackett (Colts)

DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)

Jon Beason (Panthers)

David Harris (Jets)

Shawne Merriman (Chargers)

Barrett Rudd (Bucs)

Ernie Sims (Lions)

Mike Peterson (Jaguars)

Brian Urlacher (Bears)

James Farrior (Steelers)

Will Witherspoon (Rams)

David Thornton (Titans)

Lance Briggs (Bears)

Angelo Crowell (Bills)

A.J. Hawk (Packers)

D.J. Williams (Broncos)

Jonathan Vilma (Saints)

Bart Scott (Ravens)

Joey Porter (Dolphins)

Keith Bullock (Titans)

BIG HITTER (88 HIT POWER)

Roy Williams (Cowboys)

Bob Sanders (Colts)

Shawne Merriman (Chargers)

Rodney Harrison (Patriots)

E.J. Henderson (Vikings)

Ken Hamlin (Cowboys)

Brian Urlacher (Bears)

Joey Porter (Dolphins)

Ernie Sims (Lions)

Patrick Willis (49ers)

LaRon Landry (Redskins)

Atari Bigby (Packers)

Ray Lewis (Ravens)

John Lynch (Broncos)

Brian Dawkins (Eagles)

Bart Scott (Ravens)

Todd Johnson (Bears)

Jermaine Phillips (Bucs)

Chris Harris (Panthers)

Thomas Davis (Panthers)

James Harrison (Steelers)

D.J. Williams (Broncos)

Daryl Smith (Jaguars)

Bernard Pollard (Chiefs)

Troy Polamalu (Steelers)

Lance Briggs (Bears)

James Farrior (Steelers)

Keith Bulluck (Titans)

Vernon Gholston (Jets)

Curtis Lofton (Falcons)

Julius Peppers (Panthers)

Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks)

Kevin Burnett (Cowboys)

Donte Whitner (Bills)

Anthony Smith (Steelers)

Sean Jones (Browns)

DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)

Gerald Hayes (Cardinals)

FINESSE MOVE D-LINEMAN (92 FINESSE MOVE)

DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)

Terrell Suggs (Ravens)

Julius Peppers (Panthers)

Osi Umenyiora (Giants)

Jason Taylor (Redskins)

Dwight Freeney (Colts)

Robert Mathis (Colts)

Jared Allen (Vikings)

Mario Williams (Texans)

Shawne Merriman (Chargers)

Kamerion Wimbley (Browns)

Adewale Ogunleye (Bears)

Trent Cole (Eagles)

Kevin Williams (Vikings)

Tommie Harris (Bears)

Will Smith (Saints)

Mike Vrabel (Patriots)

Derrick Burgess (Raiders)

Adalius Thomas (Patriots)

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (Packers)

John Abraham (Falcons)

Elvis Dumervil (Broncos)

Corey Williams (Browns)

Gaines Adams (Bucs)

Shaun Phillips (Chargers)

Julian Peterson (Seahawks)

POWER MOVE D-LINEMAN (92 POWER MOVE)

Pat Williams (Vikings)

Casey Hampton (Steelers)

Albert Haynesworth (Titans)

Shaun Rogers (Browns)

Jamal Williams (Chargers)

Shawne Merriman (Chargers)

Marcus Stroud (Bills)

John Henderson (Jaguars)

Richard Seymour (Patriots)

Luis Castillo (Chargers)

Haloti Ngata (Ravens)

Kevin Williams (Vikings)

Mario Williams (Texans)

Elvis Dumervil (Broncos)

Adalius Thomas (Patriots)

Aaron Kampman (Packers)

Vince Wilfork (Patriots)

Kris Jenkins (Jets)

Darnell Dockett (Cardinals)

Kyle Vanden Bosch (Titans)

Aaron Smith (Steelers)

Patrick Kerney (Seahawks)

Trevor Pryce (Ravens)

Tommie Harris (Bears)

DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)

Joey Porter (Dolphins)

Justin Tuck (Giants)

SMART SAFETY (90 PLAY RECOGNITION)

Bob Sanders (Colts)

Kerry Rhodes (Jets)

Rodney Harrison (Patriots)

Ed Reed (Ravens)

Troy Polamalu (Steelers)

Darren Sharper (Vikings)

SMART LINEBACKER (90 PLAY RECOGNITION)

Zach Thomas (Cowboys)

Brian Urlacher (Bears)

Ray Lewis (Ravens)

Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks)

Tedy Bruschi (Patriots)

James Farrior (Steelers)

London Fletcher-Baker (Redskins)

Antonio Pierce (Giants)

Mike Peterson (Jaguars)

Kirk Morrison (Raiders)

Derrick Brooks (Bucs)

Donnie Edwards (Chiefs)

SMART CORNER (90 PLAY RECOGNITION)

Ronde Barber (Bucs)

Rashean Mathis (Jaguars)

Al Harris (Packers)

Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders)

Asante Samuel (Eagles)

Charles Woodson (Packers)

Chris McAllister (Ravens)

Antonie Winfield (Vikings)

Lito Sheppard (Eagles)

Sam Madison (Giants)

Nathan Vasher (Bears)

Champ Bailey (Broncos)

PRESS COVERAGE CORNER (92 PRESS)

Al Harris (Packers)

Ronde Barber (Bucs)

Charles Tillman (Bears)

Quentin Jammer (Chargers)

Antonie Winfield (Vikings)

Carlos Rogers (Redskins)

Chris McAllister (Ravens)

Champ Bailey (Broncos)

Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders)

Charles Woodson (Packers)

Ike Taylor (Steelers)

Chris Houston (Falcons)

Nate Clements (49ers)

Sam Madison (Giants)

SHUTDOWN CORNER (92 MAN COVERAGE)

Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders)

Terence Newman (Cowboys)

Rashean Mathis (Jaguars)

Al Harris (Packers)

Terrence McGee (Bills)

Champ Bailey (Broncos)

Mike McKenzie (Saints)

Marcus Trufant (Seahawks)

Lito Sheppard (Eagles)

Asante Samuel (Eagles)

Sheldon Brown (Eagles)

Charles Tillman (Bears)

Deshea Townsend (Steelers)

Ike Taylor (Steelers)

Leigh Bodden (Lions)

DeAngelo Hall (Raiders)

Chris McAllister (Ravens)

Fred Smoot (Redskins)

Carlos Rogers (Redskins)

Kelly Jennings (Seahawks)

Quentin Jammer (Chargers)

Nate Clements (49ers)

Sam Madison (Giants)

CLUTCH KICKER (94 KICK ACCURACY)

Matt Stover (Ravens)

Adam Vinatieri (Colts)

Nate Kaeding (Chargers)

Robbie Gould (Bears)

Steven Gostkowski (Patriots)

Rian Lindell (Bills)

Shane Lechler (Raiders)

John Kasay (Panthers)

Joe Nedney (49ers)

Jeff Feagles (Giants)

Phil Dawson (Browns)

Ryan Longwell (Vikings)

Dustin Colquitt (Chiefs)

Andy Lee (49ers)

BIG FOOT KICKER (95 KICK POWER)

Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders)

Shane Lechler (Raiders)

Neil Rackers (Cardinals)

Mat McBriar (Cowboys)

Andy Lee (49ers)

Rob Bironas (Titans)

Mason Crosby (Packers)

Jon Ryan (Packers)

Dustin Colquitt (Chiefs)

Mike Scifres (Chargers)

Donnie Jones (Rams)

Kris Brown (Texans)

Josh Brown (Rams)

Nick Folk (Cowboys)

Durant Brooks (Redskins)

SPEED (96 SPEED)

Devin Hester (Bears)

DeAngelo Hall (Raiders)

Lee Evans (Bills)

Devery Henderson (Saints)

Justin Miller (Jets)

Fabian Washington (Ravens)

Tye Hill (Rams)

Randy Moss (Patriots)

Ted Ginn (Dolphins)

Calvin Johnson (Lions)

Yamon Figurs (Ravens)

Darren McFadden (Raiders)

Chris Johnson (Titans)

DeSean Jackson (Eagles)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Cardinals)

Justin King (Rams)

Eddie Royal (Broncos)

Dexter Jackson (Bucs)

Orlando Scandrick (Cowboys)

Champ Bailey (Broncos)

Santana Moss (Redskins)

Steve Smith (Panthers)

Joey Galloway (Bucs)

Laveranues Coles (Jets)

Donte Stallworth (Browns)

Brian Westbrook (Eagles)

Terence Newman (Cowboys)

Reggie Bush (Saints)

Antonio Cromartie (Chargers)

Johnathan Joseph (Bengals)

Stanford Routt (Raiders)

Willie Parker (Steelers)

Bernard Berrian (Vikings)

Dunta Robinson (Texans)

Troy Williamson (Vikings)

Roscoe Parrish (Bills)

Darren Sproles (Chargers)

Santonio Holmes (Steelers)

Tim Jennings (Colts)

Jerious Norwood (Falcons)

Greg Jennings (Packers)

Kevin Curtis (Eagles)

Chris Johnson (Raiders)

Andre Davis (Texans)

Will Allen (Dolphins)

Phillip Buchanon (Bucs)

Terrell Owens (Cowboys)

Chad Johnson (Bengals)

Dante Hall (Rams)

LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers)

Michael Bennett (Bucs)

Tyvon Branch (Raiders)

Felix Jones (Cowboys)

Jamaal Charles (Chiefs)

Andre Caldwell (Bengals)

Donnie Avery (Rams)

Jonathan Wade (Rams)

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)

Chris Houston (Falcons)

Soundtrack:

The Madden 2009 soundtrack was released on July 8th. Some of the songs have yet to be released (ex: Trivium's "Into the Mouth of Hell We March"). It should also be noted that some of these tracks will be released for Rock Band, although it is not yet known which ones.

Artist Song

Airbourne "Stand Up For Rock 'N' Roll"

Busta Rhymes(featuring Linkin Park) "We Made It"

Disturbed "Inside the Fire"

Franz Ferdinand "Lucid Dreams"

From First To Last "Worlds Away"

Gym Class Heroes "I'm Home"

Hollywood Undead "Undead"

In Flames "The Mirror's Truth"

Innerpartysystem "Don't Stop"

Izza Kizza "Millionaire"

K'NAAN "ABC's"

Kardinal Offishall (featuring Lindo P) "Burnt"

Kidz in the Hall "Blackout"

KOVAS "Wax On, Wax Off"

Mindless Self Indulgence "Never Wanted to Dance"

Rev Theory "Hey Yeah"

Senses Fail "Wolves at the Door"

Shinedown "Devour"

The All-American Rejects "The Real World (Demo)"

The Fashion "Like Knives"

The Offspring "Hammerhead"

Da’ T.R.U.T.H. (featuring Good Charlotte) "Workin'"

Trivium "Into the Mouth of Hell We March"

Tyga "Diamond Life"

Underoath "Desperate Times, Desperate Measures"

Wale (featuring Southeast Slim) "Breakdown"

Collectors Edition

On March 27th EA announced the Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition. This edition of the game will sell for $89.99 and include the following:

Madden NFL 09 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Demo

A demo for Madden 2009 will be made available for PSN and XBL on August 1st. Gamers will be able to take the full Madden I.Q. test in the Virtual Trainer which consists of passing, rushing, pass defense, and rush defense drills.

Once done with the I.Q. test gamers will be able to play one of the new Madden Moments. The moment will be leading the New York Giants down the field with 2 minutes to go in Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots. There is no limit on how many times/how long the demo can be played.

Patch 2.0

EA have released a second patch to Madden NFL 09 which fixed some major issues with the game.

  • Kicking play disconnect

    If two opponents play a game with two different camera angles, in any situation where a game winning or tying kick was to be made, a disconnect could occur. "ActionCam" forces the game to go into slow-motion to add drama to these late kicks, but unfortunately the Classic camera does not, thus forcing the "disconnect". This has been fixed...all cameras can still be used as well.
  • Stability issues in the play call / halftime highlights / post-game highlights

During the play calling screen or highlights screen the game would freeze and as a result all progress would be lost forcing the player to play the game over again.

  • "WR direct snap" exploit

    Some players found an exploit to direct snap to a WR for easy short yardage gain. Not only are EA fixing this play (i.e. they aren't removing it), they are also going to be re-setting records for anyone with a winning record that has been found to be using this play.
  • Franchise Progression / Regression

    The lack of higher numbers was a tuning value that I think everyone agreed was just too low. This has been juiced up so you should see more realistic progression now.
  • Edited players don't progress

    Players were not progressing after their jersey number (or pretty much any other attribute). This has been fixed.
  • Stability issue when exiting Madden '93 in CE version

    This has been fixed.
  • Deep ball glitch

    Some players found a way to throw a deep ball while crossing the LOS and hit a receiver wide open at a decent rate. EA addressed this by making sure the DB will no longer break on the ball when the QB crosses the line while throwing.
  • CPU running out of bounds

    This bug appears when the CPU tries to switch hands while running to the sidelines. This is fixed for patch 2.
  • Penalty sliders ineffective

    A common complaint from the hardcore community was the lack of effect from the penalty sliders.
  • Field degradation

    Another common complaint was the lack of field degradation. The effect was very subtle, which was also
    getting overshadowed by the lighting and post effects, so the effect will be increased.
  • Stability issue with the Eagles and a full ring meter

    Fixed a rare issue where the gamer could run into stability issues while using the Eagles in mini-game with a ring meter that was completely full.
  • Play call screen hitch

    Fixed a bug that was causing a noticeable hitch when exiting the play call screen
  • Prevent Defense issue

    Fixed an issue where defenders sharing a deep zone/prevent assignment would loosen their coverage (because they thought the other guy was covering for them), which allowed the receiver to get behind them even though they were in Prevent.
  • Brett Favre stats

    With the late addition of Brett Favre, career stats were not implemented into the game for Farve. These stats will be added for patch 2.
  • Defensive Preplay Mis-cue

    Fixed an issue where defenders would leave their man wide open in a Cover 3.
  • CPU quick-snap

    A very common complaint was the speed at which the CPU snapped the ball. A random length of time (no less than 5 seconds) is added for the CPU to wait and even make pre-play adjustments.
  • Online playbook switch

    Fixed an issue where playbooks were re-setting to the defaults after the playbook select popup was closed.

Madden En Español

Madden 09 released an 'En Español' version which featured Bear's lineman Roberto Garza on the cover.

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