Editors' reviewAlthough more recent versions of Madden offer plenty more in the way of player control and artificial intelligence, the fun factor of the Madden NFL 99 version is hard to resist. The demo offers a full game between the Packers and the Broncos. There's an incredibly long list of keyboard controls, but it's just as easy to go with the one-click mode and let your PC do the work. The demo requires a surprising amount of strategic thinking--to score big, you'll have to get pretty creative with the playbook. Solid sound effects and 3D animation make the field seem that much more accessible. For any football fan, making calculated calls and watching the outcome never gets boring with this entertaining demo.
Madden NFL 99's high-resolution polygon graphics and new motion-captured animations deliver real NFL action so you can see, hear, and feel the impact as you perform jukes, pump fakes, one-handed grabs, and monster hits. Armchair quarterbacks will appreciate the new play editor and the custom playbook, which lets you practice moves against a defense. You can also take a team through as many as 15 seasons as you manage every aspect from draft day to game day in the new Franchise mode. If you're new to Madden NFL but are ready to hit the field from Day One, turn on the One-Button mode and you'll be up and running, with the game's AI making all decisions for you.