Well, I didn't think it would take me long, and it didn't. Madden is a game where you're the manager rather than the player, so you choose the tactics and your little guys go ahead and play the game. It doesn't help that a) I know absolutely nothing about those tactics, and b) the names of all the plays are in the playbook (game manual) and all you see on screen is the number of it. So while I'd happily tell my boys to go ahead and do the old 79, I had absolutely no idea what that move was or what I was asking them to do. No wonder I didn't fare too well. In my first game, I selected to play a Quick Game rather than a Standard game, figuring that would mean everything would zip along at a faster pace than the hours that American football matches usually take. Well, I was right in one respect. The game certainly did zip along, but I had no control over it. It's essentially (as far as I could tell) a demo mode. You just sit back and watch the computer play. No idea why that was the first option in the menu, but hey! For my next game I selected Standard, and things proceeded a bit more calmly. I selected a few plays (no idea what they were) and lost a bit of ground. Rinse and repeat. Bored. Quit. Onwards!
Next up on the randometer is...(ooh, Ultima added to the series list, I can't wait for that! Anyway, next game is...) Garfield: Caught in the Act! I don't know much about this one. Looks like a fairly standard platformer. Could be fun.