I remember the first time I ever played madden. Way back in the day I purchased madden 2004, My favorite player at the time Mike Vick was on the cover. I always watched the NFL but I finally decided to buy a football game. I was truly amazed by the graphics. I remember starting a franchise and creating myself in the game. Of course he was a running back and rated 99 overall. During those early days I felt like I was truly managing an NFL team. Later on in Madden 2005 I relived this and even more features were introduced. For example there would be weekly articles, radio shows and even your team finances were integrated in the Madden franchise mode. But as the years went on, and as the next generation consoles came out. The majority of these features were removed from the game. Well now is that time again and a new wave of next generation consoles are going to be released soon and I donít want the developers to repeat this mistake. Furthermore in this article I will explain the features that need to return to the franchise & online franchise modes as well as a few new features that need to be in the next generation of madden games.
By far probably the two most important features that gives madden replay value would be franchise mode and online franchise. The fact that in Madden 12 franchise mode and online franchise were so different was absolutely ridiculous. Both of these modes should show no difference in features and should be treated equal. Features that were in Madden 2005 but havenít seen the light of day since the old consoles were dominant would have to be the weekly articles. I really feel that the articles that were shown in madden 2005 were one of the many factors that had me play multiple seasons. The fact that you could see who broke a record or on a record breaking win streak, or were on a outrageous win streak really gave it the feel like a news outlet like the daily news or ESPN were following my franchise. Another great feature that was removed was the radio show, now donít get me wrong it did get a bit repetitive but the fact that the feature was in the game was simply amazing. I remember hearing Ray Lewis and a few other NFL stars getting interviewed.
There are some new features that definitely need to be in the future games of madden and especially since with new hardware and new technology, I would like to see the developer take advantage of the new consoles tech and take madden to a whole new level. Imagine youíre in an online franchise and your best friend is in the super bowl, it would be amazing to have the ability to send a invite to someone as a spectator to watch your games. I would also like to see better use of replays as a whole in franchise mode. Imagine going into your franchise and the first thing you see is a highlight with commentary of a game that took place earlier in the week or even promos advertising games of the week and rivalry games. The ability to have scheduled practices and either give users the ability to integrate their ncaa rookies or give the user the ability to edit the names and ratings of rookies.
Furthermore madden as a whole has done a great job improving on game play and adding new features like madden ultimate team. But I am a franchise junkie. And I really just hope for the day that franchise is what it should be. What do you guys feel should be in the Next generation of madden games.