I do hate that the game companies can dictate when the reviews come out. It just makes it seem like they are hiding something. People like me who run out to get the game have to take the risk or lose some of the excitement of getting the game right when it comes out to see why the review was held up.
I think it can be the best madden in a long time...although I think it's weird they still refuse to acknowledge the features of NFL 2K5 (which was the best football game ever)
I hate madden but buy it every year because it is the only option. What I find funny is that no one seems to think madden is bad until the new one comes out and then the new one is soooo much better than the last version. I would settle for a HD version of 2k5 with updated states if that were possible :(