I haven't seen much on madden to date, but I did pick up nfl 2k5 and I must say it's an incredibly fun game. ESPN does such a great job for instance during halftime they have a halftime show where they show highlights from the first half, and also the same at the end of the game, they also do player interviews with the star of each game, given by suzy kolber of the espn staff. Also after each week you can watch an episode of espn for that week which shows you scores highlights and stats from each game of that week, as well as info on injuries around the league and upcoming draftees. The presentation value of this game is amazing. Also if you own an xbox you can import your own music into the game to be heard over the pa system of the stadiums. Just picture scoring a touchdown and hearing your fav. song play in the background. At this price this game is a virtual steal and I'd highly reccomend it to anyone. Over the net it's gotten ratings around the 9.4 area on a scale of 1 to 10 by respectable gaming mags. I'm sure madden will be cool, but nfl 2k5 in my opinion is dethroned madden this year as the best football sim available. Also gameplay is faster and player animations are a lot smoother than madden. It's an immersive experience, insanely comparable to watching a football game telecast on espn. So waste no more time and GO GET THIS GAME.