Madden NFL 10

Madden 10 propels us into the next decade with procedural awareness. Madden 10 introduces a physics based player interaction engine known as Pro-Tak that features gang tackles, improved OL/DL play, and WR/DB interactions.

Madden 10 Cover Athlete

The official cover announcement was made on Friday, April 24th at the NFL Draft. Two athletes are on the cover for the first time in series history.  The cover athletes are Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver of the Arizona Cardinals and Troy Polamalu, Safety of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The cover athletes embrace the motto of Madden NFL 10: "Fight For Every Yard."

The candidates for Madden NFL 10 cover athlete were:
  • Adrian Peterson, Running Back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Ed Reed, Safety (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Ben Roethlisberger, Quarter Back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Brandon Jacobs, Running Back (New York Giants)
  • DeMarcus Ware, Line Backer (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Matt Cassel, Quarter Back (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Peyton Manning, Quarter Back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Troy Polamalu, Safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Developer Interaction

 Super Bowl 43
 Super Bowl 43
Lead Designer of Madden NFL 10 Ian Cummings posted the first in a series of blogs during the halftime show of Super Bowl 43. Throughout the development cycle, news on various updates and improvements such as Procedural Awareness and changes to the speed of the game. The first screen-shot of Madden NFL 10, revealed by EA Sports president Peter Moore, displays a number of changes to the game. 
  • Refs patrol the field.
  • A chain gang runs on the field to measure first downs.
  • Super Bowl patches on uniforms. 
  • Super Bowl sidelines display team colors.
  • Single-digit numbers sit on the yellow line of the Steelers' helmets.  Last year, the number was incorrectly to the right of the stripe.
  • Enhanced secondary team colors.
  • Big Ben is now equipped with a towel.  Towels are one of the most requested enhancements.  Gamers are demanding!

 Make the call, coach
 Make the call, coach
Injuries have been revamped in Madden NFL 10 to be more realistic. The outcome of an injury's severity is delayed rather than immediate. Trainers will run out onto the field and in serious cases, the injury cart. The user is prompted when a player can return to the field, but with the risk of re-injury.
Presentation has received a much needed upgrade as well, both on the field and off. Franchise mode now has The Extra Point, a week summarizing highlight show similar to the one found in ESPN NFL 2k5. Players are shown warming up before the game as well tailgating fans. Finally, the USAF Thunderbirds will fly over the Super Bowl.

Madden Ultimate Team

 In January, EA released a new gameplay mode, Madden Ultimate Team, that was downloaded as a patch for free. The mode is played like a card game, the player is given a large deck of bronze cards to begin with. Four levels of card packs can be purchased through the store, either with "coins" that you make through the mode, or they can be purchased with real money over Xbox Live/Playstation Network. The games are played with every player that you have in your deck of cards in either CPU matches against real football teams, or other users online against their Ultimate Team card deck. Each card can suffer from an injury or run out of games for their contract, both can be healed with an injury card or contract card. Other ways to find players for your team include an auction house and a deals of the week section.

Team Ratings


Ratings: Top 10 by Position


Peyton Manning              99
Tom Brady                       98
Drew Brees                     97
Kurt Warner                     94
Ben Roethlisberger       93
Donovan McNabb          91
Philip Rivers                    88
Carson Palmer               87
Jay Cutler                         87
Tony Romo                      87

Running Backs

Adrian Peterson             97
Michael Turner               95
LaDainian Tomlinson  94
Brian Westbrook            94
DeAngelo Williams       94
Clinton Portis                 93
Steven Jackson             92
Frank Gore                      91
Brandon Jacobs            90
Thomas Jones              90    

Wide Receivers

Larry Fitzgerald              99

Andre Johnson              98
Steve Smith                    97
Randy Moss                   96
Reggie Wayne               95
Anquan Boldin               94
Roddy White                   94
Brandon Marshall         92
Calvin Johnson             92
Terrell Owens                91


Tight End

Tony Gonzalez               98

Jason Witten                  97
Antonio Gates                95
Chris Cooley                  91
Kellen Winslow             90
Heath Miller                    88
John Carlson                 87
Zach Miller                      86
Owen Daniels                86


Defensive Players

Nnamdi Asomugha (CB)         99
Albert Haynesworth (DT)          99
Ed Reed (S)                                99
Troy Polamalu (S)                      99
Patrick Willis (LB)                      98
Jared Allen (DE)                        98
DeMarcus Ware (LB)                98
Kevin Williams (DT)                  97
Ray Lewis (LB)                          97
Julius Peppers (DE)                 97


  • The Soundtrack consists of 25 songs from a variety of different artists:
  • 2Pac - Can't C Me
  • Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
  • Alice In Chains - Them Bones
  • B.o.B - Created A Monster
  • Bang Camaro - Revolution
  • Beastie Boys - Sabotage
  • Black Sabbath - Paranoid
  • Cypress Hill - Get 'Em Up
  • Helmet - Unsung
  • Iron Maiden - Aces High
  • Judas Priest - Painkiller
  • Kid Rock - I Am The Bullgod
  • Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
  • KoRn - Blind
  • Mastadon - Divinations
  • Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
  • Nirvana - Breed
  • Pantera - Walk
  • Public Enemy - Shut Em Down
  • Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio
  • Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way for Man)
  • Slipknot - Duality
  • System Of A Down - Sugar
  • The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
  • Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah

Xbox 360 Hard Drive Install

Installing Madden 10 takes up about 5.7 GB of space on the hard drive.

Links for Madden 10