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Nobel Prize in Football; You're Clay and Can

The New York Times' Matt Richtel was probably right in taking MADDEN NFL 2006 to task for not having enough brand new features to rationalize the $50 price tag. Yet if you're a football nut in the way embattled Nobel Prize Winner John Robert Schrieffer was nutty about theories of superconductivity, you just have to have the game. Yeah, the new QB Vision is hard to work. So turn the damn thing off, if you like. What's cool? You get to create a player from the genes on forward. (Don't tell those pesky, so-called pro-lifers, OK?) And whether you want to crack his head or laud him for his individuality (I prefer the latter), the game has prodigal Ricky Williams, who has returned to the Miami Dolphins. Run, Ricky, run!

GUMBY VS. THE ASTROBOTS is cooler than The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards in the stretching department. (Wouldn't you love to see a Celebrity Deathmatch with those two?) Here, you wander across Toyland because those infernal Blockheads have hired these things called Astrobots to imprison Gumby's pals, say it ain't so, books. Here, you get to move from book to book, running, jumping, stretching and morphing ('cause you're clay and you can) to check out the various worlds inside the tomes. Too bad The Kite Runner and In the Hand of Dante aren't included. But I'm real glad My Old Man and The Historian aren't.

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Madden NFL 2006
For: PS2
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: Electronic Arts Tiburon

Gumby vs. the Astrobots
For: PS2
Publisher: Namco Hometek, Inc.
Developer: Torus Games

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