The tackling system is something that has always bothered me tremendously about the Madden series. Whenever someone runs the ball or the pass is caught, you have to have your player basically keep a 5-10 yard distance b/c if you try to tackle him by yourself, its nearly impossible. The Sega series is SO much BETTER. For this alone I cannot stand playing Madden. It gets really frustrating to me. It's as if I have no control over my player. Anyways I did buy Madden 04 but after I played ESPN I realized how much I really did love the Sega Series football. As far as graphics go, ESPN destroys Madden. Madden looks really ugly when I compare it to ESPN's graphics. I have it hooked up to a hi-def widescreen TV and man can I definitely tell the difference. The running game is also much stronger in ESPN. The only thing that Madden has over ESPN is the passing game. I believe that the passing game in ESPN is way to slow and it takes forever to get a pass to the reciever even when I throw a bullet.