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Old 08-25-2013, 12:23 AM   #101
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Exactly...
We've been here before too. So, I will ask for specifics. Please describe, if you can, one key and tangible difference between the demo and retail that would convince a disgruntled Sim fan give it a try?

For the record, my plan was to get next gen. But now, all is up in the air. I've refused to buy it since the NFL deal until I saw certain features. But if I feel inclined, I may end that boycott.

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Old 08-25-2013, 12:38 AM   #102
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Played the early release copy on season ticket Just not a fan of this game. Online is full of the same old jerks who love to exploit cheat and glitch. Game play seems of. Wideouts still don't go for the ball aggressively and ball hawk is the worse. id give this game a 7. It has some replay value on sunday during the breaks of games or on a weekend with nothing to do. Id take the flaws of NCAA over this junk called madden. Ill pass on next gen till year 2 or 3 when the kinks are worked out
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:51 AM   #103
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Huh???

I took me a little time to read everything he wrote. And Chris is right......I used to skip right pass those LONG reviews. I need a "get to the point" review that still touches on all areas of the game. I don't know about anybody else but I don't have all day to sit and read a game review. This was long enough.
I like long reviews and I wish YR2 of his owner mode was explained more outside of Pete Carroll being fired. Do the commentators talk about your previous season, better yet, does it talk about the redskins defending their title? Stuff like that is what I'm looking for. The intelligence of the game, the continuity.

Either way, its Redbox rent time again.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:06 AM   #104
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We've been here before too. So, I will ask for specifics. Please describe, if you can, one key and tangible difference between the demo and retail that would convince a disgruntled Sim fan give it a try?

For the record, my plan was to get next gen. But now, all is up in the air. I've refused to buy it since the NFL deal until I saw certain features. But if I feel inclined, I may end that boycott.

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I think the biggest difference to me seems to be on the defensive side of the ball against the cpu.. They seem to zone better. They seem to key and bait a little more. The defense seems a little tighter overall.

I also like the challenge of attempting to move the ball, when the defense desires to blitz. It seems like they are shading the corners inside, forcing you to either scramble, force it or take the sack.

The game has its flaws but its fun overall.
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Old 08-25-2013, 02:15 PM   #105
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The game with proper sliders implemented is actually playable. The one major disappointment is, and this sounds nit-picky, but the teams with WHITE pants actually appear GRAY. The Miami Dolphins in real life have a clean all White look to their uniforms. I compared them to previous Dolphins uniforms in a Miami vs. Miami and sure enough, the new uniforms have Gray pants! It really ruins the game for me because it doesn't look like my team. This needs to be patched ASAP or the 'Early Release' will be the last time I play.
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:24 PM   #106
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My biggest problem with Madden is the presentation. A few awkwardly animated cutscenes does not equal presentation.

Why are the replays done from such a weird camera angle?
Why no decent halftime show and weekly breakdown show? Nfl 2k did it.
Why has the commentary been lacking for so long? Nba 2k nails it.
Why no interactive sidelines? allpro 2k8 did it.
Why not show other key players taking the field, instead of the same 2 or 3 animations for the QB every game?
Where are the authentic stadium sounds?
Why not show players running into and out of the huddle?
When a RB or WR gets subbed out due to fatigue, why not show him signal to the sidelines for the backup?
Why don't the players ever toss the ball to the ref after plays?
Why are some of the tackle animations so cartoony
Where are mascots and cheerleaders?

Why can't EA do subtle animations for celebrations instead of the over the top cartoony ones that they use now? Just have the players high five, butt helmets, spike the ball..etc.

MLB The Show and Nba 2K both have gameplay issues but, their overall presentation of the sport allows ,me to be more forgiving. Madden is a mix of C+ gameplay and D- presentation IMO. I know a few people that are not fans of NBA2k13's gameplay but they love the presentation because it replicates the excitement of the sport.

TL DR version: If Maddens presentation was an A+ I could be more forgiving of its C+ gameplay. But Maddens presentation is worse than the gameplay.
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Old 08-25-2013, 06:57 PM   #107
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Not surprised with the score lol
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:43 PM   #108
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I am not surprised about the score, or the lack of Gamers loving the game. EA Sports does this every year. You all expect change. You all expect change on the Next Gen. You all expect it to be different, in a few years; on the Next Gen systems. Back when everybody had Xbox/PS2's; only the graphics were better. But, you/we/us expect it to be different, better, improved...... almost never is. I only bought one 360 Football game....... NCAA Football '11. It was the best, up to that point. Haven't wasted my money before then, or since then; on an EA Sports game. Supposedly, NBA Live is going to be better. How good was the last EA Sports Basketball game? When was the last EA Sports Basketball game? Why is that? EA Sports gamers have to do the same to the Madden Franchise, too. I was on the EA / 2K fence for awhile, NBA wise. Made the change, on NBA 2k7. Every year; I always check out the EA Sports games...... probably like you all. Except for NCAA Football '11; I haven't bought an EA Sports game, since the switch. not a hockey fan --- What is worse, than buying from the Competitor? Is, not buying; when there is no competitor.

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Old 08-25-2013, 08:37 PM   #109
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My biggest problem with Madden is the presentation. A few awkwardly animated cutscenes does not equal presentation.

Why are the replays done from such a weird camera angle?
Why no decent halftime show and weekly breakdown show? Nfl 2k did it.
Why has the commentary been lacking for so long? Nba 2k nails it.
Why no interactive sidelines? allpro 2k8 did it.
Why not show other key players taking the field, instead of the same 2 or 3 animations for the QB every game?
Where are the authentic stadium sounds?
Why not show players running into and out of the huddle?
When a RB or WR gets subbed out due to fatigue, why not show him signal to the sidelines for the backup?
Why don't the players ever toss the ball to the ref after plays?
Why are some of the tackle animations so cartoony
Where are mascots and cheerleaders?

Why can't EA do subtle animations for celebrations instead of the over the top cartoony ones that they use now? Just have the players high five, butt helmets, spike the ball..etc.

MLB The Show and Nba 2K both have gameplay issues but, their overall presentation of the sport allows ,me to be more forgiving. Madden is a mix of C+ gameplay and D- presentation IMO. I know a few people that are not fans of NBA2k13's gameplay but they love the presentation because it replicates the excitement of the sport.

TL DR version: If Maddens presentation was an A+ I could be more forgiving of its C+ gameplay. But Maddens presentation is worse than the gameplay.
I've long said until EA gets these things right in Madden and ncaa, I won't buy. No excuses. Halftime shows are part of football. How in the **** does neither game still do a decent halftime show? EA will never get this right.
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I'm curious to what is considered SIM, because when EA gave the option to slow it down, people where raving the SIM word then.

Everyone seems to have different opinions on what the word truly means.
Well for one, the existence of defense would be a good start.
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