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GD: "I was going to ask you about a couple of additional features we discovered playing Blitz the League. First of all, I noticed an Icon system. Can you go into a little more detail about that?"
Adam: "Absolutely. Depending on what position you're playing in the game, you can earn Icons by doing special moves. When you go into Clash mode by holding down the L trigger or L2 button, it slows the game down if you're on offense, and as you do fades as a QB or custom catches as a wide receiver, you earn these Clash Icons. You can also earn them on defense by doing dirty or late hits. So then what the Icons do is they bank into your Clash meter. Once you get six of them, you unlock an Unleash mode."
"If the visuals deliver on what they are promising, PGR3 will be instantly adopted by a large part of the 360’s base. With that in mind, the game also provides a springboard for “spectator” mode, and Gotham TV could be onto something for the future of gaming, in particular within the online arena."
"Play like the pros with our revolutionary icon-based passing system. All-new combo passing and shooting controls let you queue up give-and-go attacks, tic-tac-toe passing, puck cycling, behind the net plays and more!"
"On the football field, in-game conditions and trends dictate playcalling. If your starting right tackle keeps getting blown off the ball, perhaps its time to start running to the left on run plays, and calling some max protect on pass plays.
Its all about recognition and adjustment.
In the sports video game world, the same things apply. Market conditions and past history should be forcing companies like Electronic Arts and 2K Games into calling an audible at the line of scrimmage.
Folks, its time that sports game makers realize that the games simply MUST be mate to be “hot-patchable."
"The AI assign/handle injuries now? Chemistry and Practices are great, and the fact that you have to manage fatigue and injuries between games. However, I would like to know if some upgrades were made to the injury engine of NHL 2K?"
"With only one NFL franchise on the market, it was reasonable to fear EA Sports would phone in this addition. Instead, gamers are rewarded with a major overhaul, crisper graphics, and a new passing system that needs more development. All in all, it's fun, addictive in a way football games haven't been recently, and worth the reduced price to pick up this edition. With the possible improvements to playbook edit-ability, and better implementation of the tacked-on create a superstar mode, and maybe more--or maybe less--commentary from John Madden, I think that Madden 07 may be one for the ages. If not, get 06. It's a hell of a lot better than what's has come before."
"Both games allow you to customize and tune your steeds, although as far as cosmetic changes, GT4 allows only wings and new wheels. Forza goes several steps beyond this, with opportunities to change paint schemes, create custom decals, and plenty of replacement body panels that will keep the Max Power brigade happy, but make me weep silently into my bourbon. I tried messing around with the custom painting option but lack the requisite skill or patience to turn my red Lancia Integrale into a rally replica, but it's a nice touch. It does lack a way of showing off ones creations as easily as photomode on GT4."
"In closing, Madden NFL 06 is a must-have for any football fan, and a great distraction for anyone that just wants to have a great game of football. There are hundreds of hours of gaming wrapped up into 2006, and even more if you get a group of friends who know how to play. Whether you are playing the Tournament mode, Franchise mode, or Superstar Mode, you will be constantly reminded as to why EA sells millions of copies of Madden every year. It is simply because every year, EA continues to put out a quality title. With them owning the NFL franchise now, all football fans have their hopes and dreams tied to the fact this trend will continue. So far, they have yet to disappoint."
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"One of the new features - and I only know this because they clearly labeled it as "NEW!" in the Features menu - is the focused cone-of-vision passing system. Basically, after a snap, the quarterback looks downfield with a bright-colored cone that can significantly increase the chance of a successful pass to receivers in the cone. It also means that opponents can try to predict your play, or it can add another level of fakery to the offense. Since it requires more finger action, I don't recommend it for beginners since it can add complexity to already confusing button controls."
"In the first year of exclusivity EA and Tiburon have somewhat dropped the ball, but Madden 06 is still a fantastic game to play. The additions of the Vision Cone passing and Superstar mode are great ideas, but they are just not implemented correctly. Madden 06 is still a great game, it is just that the gameplay additions like the Truck stick and offensive line options might not give a person enough reason to pick this game up. I hope this game on the Xbox 360 is an improvement over this last major entry into the current generation of consoles. If Tiburon can do enough different it may see a change in opinion about the NFL exclusivity deal from the vast legion of videogame sports fans. This is still a great game and it is the only licensed NFL game out there whether you like it or not."
"Unsurprisingly, sweet powder tricks, freeform boarding and half-pipe athletics all feature, while some all-new elements are hinted at with the inclusion of skidoo racing, downhill rubber ring horseplay, snowballing from ski lifts and the appearance of intriguing Sims-style social meters attached to characters hanging out at a lodge."
"It definitely won't win over the ESPN NFL 2K5 crowd – you might as well stick to your Franchises in that game, and hope Visual Concepts pumps out something unlicensed to provide an alternative, such as the rumored Legends of Football title. Madden NFL 06 is the ultimate culmination of the 6 Madden games released on PlayStation 2; for better or worse."