For more than two decades, the Madden NFL series has been the leader in authentic pro football gaming rich with the strategy, emotion and raw aggression that encapsulates the NFL. The innovative franchise kicks off another season with Madden NFL 11 and raises the bar to an entirely new level. Lower your shoulder and prepare to experience bone-crunching hits, the scramble for a loose ball and the pulse-pounding rush of fighting for every yard. Get ready to immerse yourself in the exciting NFL action when you step under center in Madden NFL 11, and experience the grit and immediacy that you've come to expect from this revolutionary series.
Break the huddle, get set at the line of scrimmage and blow off the line as you prepare for authentic pro football competition that's more intense and exhilarating than ever before. Madden NFL 11's Franchise mode lets you build an NFL dynasty over three full decades as you build your roster top to bottom or play with your favorite team in a quest to dominate the competition. Do you have what it takes to make it to the Hall of Fame? Create an NFL Superstar or select a rookie from the 2010 NFL Draft class, then guide him through pre-draft workouts all the way through his career and to the Hall of Fame. Strengthen your skills in the Fight for the Fumble mini game that pits you against your opponent in a fast-paced scramble for the loose ball. Run the Wildcat to perfection with deeper playbooks featuring formations from the 2009 NFL season. Assign custom moves to the right analog stick for every position on the field and take complete control over your players with the Custom Control Stick. Get ready to kick off a new season of football gaming authenticity with Madden NFL 11.
Establish your team's dominance over three full decades as you build a roster from the ground up or play as your favorite team in Franchise mode
Become an NFL Superstar by creating a player or selecting any rookie from the 2010 NFL Draft class, and then guide his career from pre-draft workouts all the way through to the Hall of Fame in Canton
Scramble for the loose ball in the fast-paced Fight for the Fumble mini game that has you struggling against your opponent for control that may determine the outcome of the game
Dominate the gridiron and leave defenders in the dust when you unleash the full potential of the Custom Control Stick and assign custom moves for every position on the field to the right analog stick
Execute plays from the 2009 season to perfection, including the Wildcat
Nowadays, buying a new television is a fact of life every 3-5 years. Not only is it necessary to replace old TVs, but with the way technology is progressing, a TV from more than five years ago may begin to seem obsolete. That rapid pace of technology can also make buying a new TV intimidating, however, as every time you shop you will hear new terminology, encounter features you're not sure that you need, and run into pushy salespeople trying to rush you into a purchase. To ease your mind, here are some tips for buying a TV that might make your shopping a little bit easier.
1. Don't be afraid of HD
High-definition TVs used to be expensive and considered luxury items, but that is no longer the case. Now most new TVs are being produced with HD capabilities, and the prices for HDTVs are generally reasonable. HD programming also used to be difficult to come by, but now all the major networks broadcast in HD. And, if you're a sports fan, HD is a must. In general, the addition of HD won't cost you an arm and a leg, and you probably won't regret it if you go for it. It won't be long before programming on a non-HDTV will look downright prehistoric.
2. A technology primer
Probably the most intimidating part of buying a TV nowadays is the terms that salespeople bandy about. You might hear the terms LCD or plasma and be completely confused. They'll tell you it's great, bur really what does it mean? Here are some important things to know, and while it's not everything it can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. A standard-definition television is a tube television, which is quickly becoming old-fashioned. Most aren't HDTV-capable and are smaller than 27 inches. Salespeople may refer to them as direct view TVs. Plasma screen TVs are flat-screen televisions, but another flat-screen version, known as LCD, is taking their place as the most popular HDTVs. Although plasma picture quality is better in some cases there are a wider variety of LCD TVs and their prices are reasonable, making them popular with consumers.
3. Take a look in back
When you're shopping for a TV, it's easy to focus on the obvious: size, price, picture, and just overall the way it looks. However, you also want to make sure your TV is going to work with the devices you have. Take a look at the back panel and make sure the inputs are there for your DVD player, VCR, cable box, video game consoles, or whatever you want to plug into it. Don't assume, as a limited number of inputs can be a reason for a lower price.
4. If you can go big, go big
If you get a bigger TV, you probably won't regret it unless you take a drastic cut in quality to do so. Prices on bigger TVs are falling, and you might be surprised at the size you can get for the cost of a 27-inch five years ago. Don't be reluctant about going bigger unless there's a real reason not to.