Madden NFL 08

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Madden NFL 08
Madden NFL 08 cover
EA Salt Lake
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.
EA Sports
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2007
macOS (OS X) (Cider) September 1, 2007
Monetization One-time game purchase
Genres Sports
Series Madden NFL
Madden NFL 08 guide on StrategyWiki
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Madden NFL 08 on Wikipedia
John Madden Football 1988
John Madden Football II 1991
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The macOS (OS X) version of this game does not work on macOS Catalina (version 10.15) or later due to the removal of support for 32-bit-only apps.

Key points

Official matchmaking servers are offline; see Online play for solutions.
Digital versions can only be officially purchased in the United States and Canada.
Based on the PlayStation 2/Xbox/Nintendo Gamecube version. This translates in inferior graphics and missing enhancements compared to the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 release.
Not compatible with Windows 8, see Issues unresolved.

General information

Madden NFL fansite (archived)
Answer HQ for the Madden NFL series at
Madden NFL Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM 7 DRM.
macOS (OS X)
Origin (unavailable)
This game is no longer available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Due to the long delay between PC versions of Madden NFL, many mods for the game exist that can be downloaded at

Updated Rosters[edit]

The largest and most comprehensive NFL mod for Madden NFL 08 is the Football-Freaks/FootballIdiot Mod, which can be found here. It updates uniforms, rosters, stadiums, and more to the current season.

Updated uniforms and rosters are available on the FootballIdiot Forums.

Additionally, multiple college football mods can also be found at FootballIdiot.

Updated Start Screen[edit]

The original start screen features the cover feature athlete, Vince Young, in his Tennessee Titans uniform. He subsequently played for the Philadelphia Eagles. An updated set of start screens with choices for each team is available on the FootballIdiot Forums.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes




Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
See Online play.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking servers have been shut down. See Online play.
Direct IP

Online play[edit]

EA has shut down the multiplayer matchup servers. However, there are workarounds, including entering the other player's IP address manually or using a VPN. There are active leagues, including this one.

"Synchronization Error" can occur if both players have added any mods or additional folders that do not coincide with each other. Rosters, Saved players, and other items that are saved by the player in the game do not count as issues.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Windows 8 compatibility issues[edit]

The program has compatibility issues with Windows 8. When attempting to start the program, intermittently a message will pop up stating "This application is not compatible with the installed operating system. Please upgrade to Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 or better." and the program will not start. Using compatibility mode for Windows 7, XP SP3, or Vista does not solve the problem.[citation needed]

Currently there is no fix.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
This 32-bit-only macOS game does not work on macOS Catalina (10.15) or later.

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel 933 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 3
ATI Radeon 8500
64 of VRAM
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.4.9
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 3.2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI X1600