|EA Sports' blockbuster football series makes its first appearance on the PlayStation 3 with Madden NFL 07. In addition to the expected tweaks to the graphics engine and sound, Madden NFL 07's primary area of focus is improving the running game. For the first time in the series, players can take control of the lead blocker and create holes in the defensive line for the tailback to run through. The right analog stick, dubbed the "highlight stick" for this installment, offers new jukes, cutbacks, and signature-style moves for the game's top rushing stars, including cover athlete and MVP Shaun Alexander.
The franchise mode returns with an option to earn "Madden Gamer Points" based on a user's career achievements, which in turn can be wagered with friends or the computer AI to unlock rewards. Franchise owners will also be able to unlock ability-enhancing roles for stars with standout team performances, while defensive minded players can sift through team-specific playbooks instead of calling basic schemes. Questionable calls can also be challenged with the replay system in both solo games and online matches.