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ESPN Videogames have posted their preview of Madden NFL 10.

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"For the first time in series history, when the ball hits the ground, it doesn't just go to the guy who randomly touches it. In "Madden NFL 10," players will pile on the ball, and gamers will need to pound the button that is shown on the screen to try to wrestle away the rock. As the button commands change on the screen, the ball can switch hands numerous times until the refs actually dig through the bodies and declare a winner.

"That sounds a lot more fun than being in a real pile," Brown says, laughing. "Guys will do just about anything to get that ball."

But the fumble pile isn't the only new addition to "Madden NFL 10," and ESPN sat down with the game's senior producer, Phil Frazier, to get all the dirt on the new game. Here are the five things you need to know about "Madden NFL 10" ..."

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# 1 djordan @ 04/28/09 01:55 PM
HOLY ISH..NEW INFO!!!!..CHEA....Bolded the important parts imo

1. If I can't tackle you, how about I bring seven friends to finish the job


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"Madden NFL 10" introduces a new technology system called Pro-Tak. The biggest addition this advanced tech brings comes in the form of gang tackles. In "Madden 10" up to nine-man gang tackles can now take place (up from three last year) which can be played out in any fashion, as in eight defenders versus the runner, or even four offensive players actually trying to push four defensive players as they try to move the pile toward the first down. There are plays where the running back will get stood up by a couple of defenders and pushed back to the point where the refs on the field will blow the whistle even though he never went down, and on the goal line, if a runner looks to be stopped before reaching pay dirt, you will even see offensive lineman try to hit the pile to help push the ball into the end zone. It's all based on size, strength and the number of guys in the pile.
This might be the most significant difference to the way the game both looks and plays this year, and it's definitely a change that helps improve the franchise's realism.
“ Pro-Tak is a new animation technology that helps drive several new features in the game ... nine-man gang tackles, a brand new pocket for the offensive line, steerable blocks, steerable tackles and the fight for the fumble feature that really lets you fight for that ball at the bottom of the pile.
-- "Madden NFL 10" Senior Producer
Phil Frazier
"Pro-Tak is a new animation technology that helps drive several new features in the game," explains Fraizer. "This includes nine-man gang tackles, a brand new pocket for the offensive line, steerable blocks, steerable tackles and the fight for the fumble feature that really lets you fight for that ball at the bottom of the pile.
"This technology is amazing. It allows us to procedurally move players into gang tackles, it allows us to procedurally move the pile, and the nice thing about it is it's not just one offensive guy against eight defensive players. You can have two guys try to wrap the ball carrier on defense, then have an offensive lineman hit the pile from behind and try to move the pile. It's all dynamic, all procedurally done, and it really allows us to blow out the animations."
As for how Pro-Tak handles those fumble piles, Frazier breaks it down: "You don't literally try and bend a guy's fingers back or anything like that, but that's the background intent. You hear all these stories about what goes on at the bottom of the pile and we like to think of the button mash for the ball as one of those things that you're doing. It's not like the X button is twist the wrist, but you have to pound the buttons in order to fight for the ball.
"The ball hits the ground, and this doesn't happen with every fumble, but if there is a situation where two or three guys are right there, then they'll jump on the ball. You're unclear over who has the actual possession, so we cut to a cut scene and that cut scene will show players jumping on the pile and fighting for the ball. Then during that cut scene we are going to flash a button and that button you have to button mash as fast as you can. We are also going to show a meter and that meter represents possession, and it will either point one way or the other. You basically fight throughout the cut scene, then when the referee comes in and pulls the players off, we finally reveal who recovered the fumble."
2.Eyes in back of your polygonal head


[quote]One of the toughest aspects of playing quarterback in Madden (or real life) is trying to look down field during a heavy pass rush. You're trying to spot the open man while at the same time, you're watching the pocket collapse around you and you're looking for someplace to run.
"Madden 10" introduces a new quarterback avoidance system that should go a long way to help solve this issue.
“ Now, when your quarterback is under pressure, your controller will actually start to rumble. And now when you feel that pressure, you feel that rumble, you can flick the right stick and do an automatic avoidance move.
-- "Madden NFL 10" Senior Producer
Phil Frazier

"When I play the game, I have a hard time looking in two places at the same time," says Frazier. "My eyes want to look at the receiver but then you also have four or five defenders trying to sack your quarterback. It's a tricky situation when you're trying to throw a pass. So now, when your quarterback is under pressure, your controller will actually start to rumble. And now when you feel that pressure, you feel that rumble, you can flick the right stick and do an automatic avoidance move. You don't have to think too hard, you just flick the stick and he'll try to avoid whatever pressure is there, and it is direction sensitive, so if you press to the right, he'll try to move to the right. And hopefully that avoidance will give you that extra second you need in order to get the pass off.
"And this is all based on player ratings, so if you have a guy like Ben Roethlisberger, you hit the QB avoidance stick and he is going to break out of more of those situations than the average quarterback. But the goal is to give most players that extra second to get off that pass, and while that extra second or third attempt might not work for everybody, we typically want people to have success. When they hit that stick during pressure, they will typically have success the first time, but if you keep holding the ball and try to hit the stick a second or even a third time, it's going to be tricky."


3.The wildcat will not break the game




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When I first heard that EA Sports was adding the Wildcat formation to the game this year, the first emotion I felt was panic. If there's anything that is going to break the game this year and become the most overused formation at the Madden Challenge, the Wildcat is it.
Not to worry promises Frazier: "I understand the concern, and if we were adding it as a part of downloadable content or something after the fact where we didn't have the time to fix the AI to go with it, then the Wildcat could be a real problem. But the fact that we're adding it during our developmental cycle and we have a chance to take a look at those AI issues that you're concerned about, I don't think it's going to be a problem.
Just as we're adding the Wildcat, we're also making sure our defenses are ready for the Wildcat.
-- "Madden NFL 10" Senior Producer
Phil Frazier

"Just as we're adding the Wildcat, we're also making sure our defenses are ready for the Wildcat. Just as you saw with the Dolphins, they had great early success with it. Ronnie Brown was putting up huge numbers with it. But then throughout the season, teams started to adjust and they figured out ways to stop it. We had to program that same logic into our defense as well so you don't see the same five touchdown performance out of the Wildcat like the Dolphins had early on.
"We have a guy by the name of Anthony White and he does all our playbooks. He is kind of a playbook hobbyist and he buys coaching books, coaching schemes, and he tries to get his hands on black market copies of playbooks. All he does is watch NFL tape and read playbooks, and he really nailed the Wildcat."


4.If Troy Williamson was mad about his 78 rating last year, wait until he finds out he's a 52 in the new game






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The more I talk to players, the more I realize how important these video game ratings really are. These numbers are talked about in the locker rooms and even on the practice field as when somebody misses a block, guys will joke about how their rating just dropped five points.
But nothing has prepared the NFL for what's about to happen with "Madden 10" as the producers of the game have decided to create a bigger gap in the ratings between the elite players and those who ride the pine.
Our intention this year was to make the elite players stand out. We're pretty sure a lot of players are going to be extremely unhappy about this, but the result is, there are a lot of guys who are coming down in ratings across the board. Every single rating is being adjusted.
-- "Madden NFL 10" Senior Producer
Phil Frazier

That means while guys like Peyton Manning still strut around with a 99 overall, backups like Matt Leinart can only watch as their overall rating drops from a 85 to a 62. Ouch.
"Quite frankly, we were getting to a point in the game where elite players just felt like every other player in the game," says Frazier. "Brandon Jacobs, who is just a beast, wasn't able to break that many more tackles than the average running back because almost all of the ratings ended up between 80 and 99.
"Our intention this year was to make the elite players stand out. We're pretty sure a lot of players are going to be extremely unhappy about this, but the result is, there are a lot of guys who are coming down in ratings across the board. Every single rating is being adjusted. The elite guys, they're safe. Peyton Manning, Randy Moss, Larry Fitzgerald, guys like that are going to be saved. But the average guy is certainly going to come down. Guys in the 70s are now average. You may even see some guys in the 40s. And the gameplay impact is absolutely huge. Now the teams actually feel like they have a personality. When you're playing as a team like the 49ers who don't have that elite quarterback, you're going to have a hard time throwing the ball. It's going to feel like you have a problem at that position, and that's a great change."
5.YOU CAN'T HITSTICK OFFICIALS




One look at the new screens of "Madden 10" and the differences are almost too many to count. "Green gloves in Seattle, all the new jerseys that have been announced, Super Bowl patches for the players -- it's all about authenticity," explains Frazier. "We're even looking into fixing Troy Polamalu's hair. Little things like that we're really trying to bring home. We want everything you see on Sunday to be seen in "Madden NFL 10."
"If you see a kicker warming up on the sideline, that's the type of detail we want you to see in "Madden" as well. All those details, from little things like the right stripes on uniforms to the kickers warming up, that's what you're going to see in the game. We've also slowed the game down a bit this year, and when people first hear that, they don't understand what that really means, but I think that now, it just feels right. When you're running the ball, you can see the holes and you have time to react and hit those holes. When you're going to turn up field, you actually need to plant your foot and turn up field. You can't just turn on a dime. There's no more Mario running. I just think the game is really starting to feel like an NFL simulation should feel, and that's really what I'm most proud of.
We've also slowed the game down a bit this year ... but I think that now, it just feels right. When you're running the ball, you can see the holes and you have time to react and hit those holes.
-- "Madden NFL 10" Senior Producer
Phil Frazier

"And as much as it would be fun to Hit Stick the referees, I don't think our league insiders over at the NFL would be too pleased. Although we did plan to have an achievement in the game if you were able to play an entire game of "Madden" without knocking over an official. But it's so hard to do, we had to take it out. But no, you can't Hit Stick them, and even when you run into them in the game, they won't stop your progress, you just knock them over and keep going.
"This year the focus was just getting the officials on the field. We've never had seven officials on the field before as in the old days we only had five. So we have more officials on the field and we're running at 60 frames per second. Maybe in the future you'll be able to knock their hats off with passes or something like that, but we're not quite there just yet.
"And here's the thing, we're not even showing everything about the game just yet. This is just a taste. We have some pretty big online features that will appeal to both competitive gamers and cooperative gamers, we have a lot more presentation features to come as well as new Dynasty features.
"Everything I just told you, that's only really scratching the surface."
 
# 2 Badboy49er @ 04/28/09 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by iamemmittsmith
First preview of the game just went up on ESPN: http://sports.espn.go.com/videogames...ory?id=4105808
Good find, thanks
 
# 3 Netherscourge @ 04/28/09 01:58 PM
Heh -

I remember former Philadelphia Eagles' LB and Special Teamer Ike Reese saying that he was in a fumble pile-up once and that Mike Vrable of the Patriots kept punching him in the crotch under the pile.


It's UGLY in those pile-ups... UGLY.
 
# 4 LBzrule @ 04/28/09 02:01 PM
They are finally starting to "come out." These things IMO really made a difference in the game play. They just need to polish and smooth things out.
 
# 5 Netherscourge @ 04/28/09 02:01 PM
""Madden NFL 10" introduces a new technology system called Pro-Tak. The biggest addition this advanced tech brings comes in the form of gang tackles. In "Madden 10" up to nine-man gang tackles can now take place (up from three last year) which can be played out in any fashion, as in eight defenders versus the runner, or even four offensive players actually trying to push four defensive players as they try to move the pile toward the first down. There are plays where the running back will get stood up by a couple of defenders and pushed back to the point where the refs on the field will blow the whistle even though he never went down, and on the goal line, if a runner looks to be stopped before reaching pay dirt, you will even see offensive lineman try to hit the pile to help push the ball into the end zone. It's all based on size, strength and the number of guys in the pile."



SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

I'm loading up my fantasy team with Strong Fat Boys!
 
# 6 Maelstrom-XIII @ 04/28/09 02:02 PM
I just hope that the button mashing doesn't come across gimmicky like it does in most action games nowadays..."Oh look, interactive button-mashing cutscene!" However, if they implemented it so you hit X to avoid a crotch punch from Vrabel...
 
# 7 green94 @ 04/28/09 02:03 PM
I heart Pro-tak

OMG!!!!!!
 
# 8 LBzrule @ 04/28/09 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by green94
I heart Pro-tak

OMG!!!!!!
It's an amazing piece of technology. I was really impressed with it. Without it, I don't think they could have made the leap they made from 09 to 10.
 
# 9 Scott @ 04/28/09 02:05 PM
Great find..
 
# 10 green94 @ 04/28/09 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by LBzrule
They are finally starting to "come out." These things IMO really made a difference in the game play. They just need to polish and smooth things out.
LB - can you or anyone else from CD speak to this now that it is "out"?
 
# 11 kwpit79 @ 04/28/09 02:06 PM
Didn't remember reading about a QB avoidance maneuver. Is that a new feature?

I'm a little nervous I'll be able to avoid sacks a little too easily while controlling Big Ben. I hope it's very subtle and hardly ever works.

Also, I like that the controller vibrates before you get hit, giving you a sense of the rush, but I'm wondering if it will be confusing. Will I look down at my QB thinking I got sacked when in reality I was just under pressure?

Gotta see how this works before commenting further.
 
# 12 CapnKill @ 04/28/09 02:06 PM
Good info... I like the kicker on the sideline thing... I'm skeptical on the QB aviodance thing, I don't like the fact that it will usually work the first time... but it could be good.. hard to say, thats a 2k thing I believe.

I'm not happy with the button mashing aspect of the pile, but I do understand that ultimately it's probably the best way to handle it... I hope EA has a way of disabling the turbo buttons on some controllers.

Love the fact that Elite players will now stand out... one thing I really fetl taht Madden 09 was lacking was team identity and this should go a long way in brining that back.

Good info though, and looking forward to more!
 
# 13 HealyMonster @ 04/28/09 02:06 PM
the QB pressure vibration is a nifty feature i didnt hear about till now. its going to make the passing game much easier and may remove the need to just keep running back. this mixed with the pocket may seriously erradicate the cheese qb 15 yard drop.
 
# 14 CLEAR17 @ 04/28/09 02:06 PM
The last paragraph on the last page has me stoked
 
# 15 Netherscourge @ 04/28/09 02:07 PM
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""And as much as it would be fun to Hit Stick the referees, I don't think our league insiders over at the NFL would be too pleased. Although we did plan to have an achievement in the game if you were able to play an entire game of "Madden" without knocking over an official. But it's so hard to do, we had to take it out. But no, you can't Hit Stick them, and even when you run into them in the game, they won't stop your progress, you just knock them over and keep going.""
LOL - we can knock down officials! (can't hit-stick them though)
 
# 16 LBzrule @ 04/28/09 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by green94
LB - can you or anyone else from CD speak to this now that it is "out"?
I'm not sure, so I won't but would really love to It's beast man.
 
# 17 MelMan1486 @ 04/28/09 02:09 PM
Well if thats a Madden 10 shot of the Bills away uniform I hope it's from an early build and they fixed it.
 
# 18 kwpit79 @ 04/28/09 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by LBzrule
I'm not sure, so I won't but would really love to It's beast man.
LOL - they didn't tell you guys when you can spill the beans? I'm guessing after E3.
 
# 19 Scott @ 04/28/09 02:09 PM
Pretty sweet we can knock down officials lol...Also love the QB Pressure rumble and that ratings finally matter...
 
# 20 ShimSham @ 04/28/09 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Renegade44
the QB pressure vibration is a nifty feature i didnt hear about till now.
Same here, that was my favorite thing to hear about it. That's something else that also forced players to throw really, really quick passes and/or constantly scramble. You had to look for your receivers but you could never tell when pressure was coming too.

Adding a rumble when the pass rush gets close is a great way to allow players to concentrate on receivers, but still react to the rush.
 

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