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Destructoid has posted their hands-on impressions of Madden NFL 11.

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"In designing GameFlow, Tiburon looked at NFL game film from the 2009 season to determine each teamís playcalling tendencies. From that data, they created a bank of plays for each offensive situation you might find yourself in. Say youíre playing as the Colts, and itís 1st-and-10. If you hit A/X to use GameFlow, the computer will pick from a selection of plays that the Colts actually tended to run on 1st-and-10 last year. Of course, if youíre scoffing as you read this, fear not: you can always press X (square on PS3) to delve into your full playbook, just like the old days.

But Madden 11 even takes the extra step of encouraging old-school playcallers to use GameFlow by including a complementary ďgameplanningĒ setup. If you shudder to think of the CPU picking a play for you, then you can go in and customize the banks of plays yourself, so GameFlow will be choosing from your list of plays. For example, if you decide that you donít like what the Giants called on third-and-short in 2009, then you can set one to fifteen plays that you want GameFlow to pick from in that situation. Since youíre likely to have preferences among that list of plays, gameplanning includes an iTunes-style five-star weighting system -- a play with a 4.5-star rating will be chosen much more often than one with two stars. The same setup applies for defense, only the situations correspond to the formation in which the offense is lined up instead of a particular down and yardage. Best of all, you can use your gameplan online."

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# 1 ch46647 @ 04/26/10 09:20 AM
"Sprint" button has finally been removed!!! Thank you Ian and the rest of the Madden team!! I have already posted a comment about this on another review and since it is in this review as well it must be true. I would bet anyone familiar with the NHL series is thrilled with this news.(I think it is in FIFA as well but I am not sure) Now all players speed will be dictated by "ratings" and not just have all the ratings fly out the window because you jam "sprint" down the second you get the ball.

This is absolutely HUGE news IMO!!!


EDIT: Now I just want to hear about a new kicking mechanic. Please bring back the old PS2 style kicking meter or anything better then we have now...
 
# 2 ch46647 @ 04/26/10 09:26 AM
According to another review there is a NEW kicking meter as well!
 
# 3 mm boost @ 04/26/10 09:27 AM
^^^ go read the thread that has Gamespot's review in it. They do have a new kicking system.
 
# 4 poster @ 04/26/10 09:45 AM
Liking what I am reading. Having everything on the sticks will be nice, and removing turbo is a good idea.

Also one of the people who like the Gameflow idea and being able to pick 15 plays for certain situations is nice. Without seeing it first hand, seems you can "script the first 15 plays" as everything will be organized. You may have to jot the plays down or whatnot, but at times in the past I have had trouble finding certain plays I liked within the constraints of the ticking game clock. This will help that.

Also like hearing that Michael Young has not put in the new and improved lighting system yet. I assume this is similar to what NCAA has which looks nice. Hopefully that means progressive lighting. Not sure if that has been confirmed for NCAA as of yet?
 
# 5 PlatooN @ 04/26/10 10:17 AM
Is removing turbo a good idea? Have you ever seen Chris Johnson take the hand off, look for the hole then hit it? he definitely hits his turbo button.
 
# 6 coogrfan @ 04/26/10 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Falzon
Is removing turbo a good idea? Have you ever seen Chris Johnson take the hand off, look for the hole then hit it? he definitely hits his turbo button.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that sprint isn't being removed, but rather there will be an "auto-sprint" option.
 
# 7 ch46647 @ 04/26/10 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Falzon
Is removing turbo a good idea? Have you ever seen Chris Johnson take the hand off, look for the hole then hit it? he definitely hits his turbo button.
Then as soon as you push the left analog stick all the way up he should accelerate into the "turbo" speed. Based on his ratings of acceleration and speed he should be able to quickly hit top speed and get in and out of cuts just like he does if you had the turbo button.
 
# 8 PlatooN @ 04/26/10 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by coogrfan
I seem to remember reading somewhere that sprint isn't being removed, but rather there will be an "auto-sprint" option.
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Originally Posted by ch46647
Then as soon as you push the left analog stick all the way up he should accelerate into the "turbo" speed. Based on his ratings of acceleration and speed he should be able to quickly hit top speed and get in and out of cuts just like he does if you had the turbo button.
Thanks for clearing that up, what you described sounds like a good idea.
 
# 9 TreyIM2 @ 04/26/10 11:37 AM
"Madden 11 also looked better than its predecessor, and art director Mike Young explained that the team hadnít even put in its improved lighting model yet"

- So will this game look as great as NCAA 11, now??? I was concerned about the fact that they haven't been showing this game with the new lighting like NCAA 11, making me wonder if they were going to use it, at all. IF Madden 11 is to look as gorgeous as NCAA 11 does, I think it was a bad idea that they didn't have this implemented even though I know the Madden teams priorities may be different based on how they are developing their individual games.
 
# 10 SamitSarkar @ 04/26/10 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by ch46647
"Sprint" button has finally been removed!!! Thank you Ian and the rest of the Madden team!! I have already posted a comment about this on another review and since it is in this review as well it must be true. I would bet anyone familiar with the NHL series is thrilled with this news.(I think it is in FIFA as well but I am not sure) Now all players speed will be dictated by "ratings" and not just have all the ratings fly out the window because you jam "sprint" down the second you get the ball.

This is absolutely HUGE news IMO!!!


EDIT: Now I just want to hear about a new kicking mechanic. Please bring back the old PS2 style kicking meter or anything better then we have now...
Yep, there is a new kicking meter -- I just elected to leave it out, since my preview was already getting long and it seemed like a minute detail. The meter is like the pitching in MLB The Show or the "easy" hitting in Tiger Woods PGA Tour: it's a horizontal meter across the bottom of the screen where you hit A (X on PS3) to start, hit it again at the far right side for max power, and then hit it again when it's moving left for accuracy.
 
# 11 roadman @ 04/26/10 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by rodriggo
You have to strike a good balance between realism and fun. Games that are too real are not fun.

Taking out the sprint button is just one less control feature that we once had.

Just b/c a game is going to reflect a player's rating doesn't mean the sprint button couldn't also.

Older games, one in particular, used to have a sprint mechanic that was pretty much perfect. Tap repeatedly for speed or hold down for a super boost. It created a dynamic experience that was both simple and complex enough to never get old. Every run felt like a challenge and yet you felt like you had the tools to overcome them if you used them correctly. A great balance of difficulty vs. fun.
The sprint button is still there, it's an option. The default is no sprint button and left stick up.
 
# 12 ch46647 @ 04/26/10 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by rodriggo
You have to strike a good balance between realism and fun. Games that are too real are not fun.

Taking out the sprint button is just one less control feature that we once had.

Just b/c a game is going to reflect a player's rating doesn't mean the sprint button couldn't also.

Older games, one in particular, used to have a sprint mechanic that was pretty much perfect. Tap repeatedly for speed or hold down for a super boost. It created a dynamic experience that was both simple and complex enough to never get old. Every run felt like a challenge and yet you felt like you had the tools to overcome them if you used them correctly. A great balance of difficulty vs. fun.
I understand your concern, NHL 08 was the first game to do this and I was expecting a MAJOR back lash. I was upset that the NHL series took out the sprint button myself, after having it in every other sports game to date.

However, the response to the new controls without the sprint button were incredibly positive. It only took me 4-5 games to completely fall in love with the new controls and getting rid of the "turbo" button. Since then I have really wanted all the sports games to go to analog sensitive running with RATINGS dictating speed and acceleration/de-celeration.

All I am saying is give it a chance. After a couple games you may be left wondering why sports games were even given a "turbo" button to begin with.
 
# 13 roadman @ 04/26/10 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by JerseySuave4
i dont think you can compare the way sprinting happens in hockey with football. Hockey they have the advantage of a sliding and gliding on ice with football you dont. I know the option is in there to turn it on but i dont get why people are getting so excited about turbo being turned off by default and a new kicking meter that will prob have hardly any impact on people's kicking accuracy.
Soccer is played on grass and FIFA has the option as well. I don't hear the FIFA people , including myself, complaining about this.

I don't understand people dissing something before they try it for themselves.
 
# 14 Valdarez @ 04/26/10 12:37 PM
Is it just me, or does it sound like we are getting what we were promised in Madden 10 from a gameplay perspective?
 
# 15 PantherBeast_OS @ 04/26/10 01:28 PM
The biggest news out of all this for me right now is that they have finally fixed oline blocking in the run game. But have they fixed oline pass protection this year. That kind of concerns me some. But overall it is nice to see them fix the blocking.
 
# 16 PantherBeast_OS @ 04/26/10 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by SamitSarkar
Yep, there is a new kicking meter -- I just elected to leave it out, since my preview was already getting long and it seemed like a minute detail. The meter is like the pitching in MLB The Show or the "easy" hitting in Tiger Woods PGA Tour: it's a horizontal meter across the bottom of the screen where you hit A (X on PS3) to start, hit it again at the far right side for max power, and then hit it again when it's moving left for accuracy.
So in other words they are trying to make kicking more interesting this year. It's going to be interesting to see how it will turn out. Now lets see if people complain about the new system when they play it. Time will tell if people will love it are hate it.
 
# 17 Valdarez @ 04/26/10 01:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Legend Killer
The biggest news out of all this for me right now is that they have finally fixed oline blocking in the run game. But have they fixed oline pass protection this year. That kind of concerns me some. But overall it is nice to see them fix the blocking.
The gameplay videos sure don't show it's been fixed.
 
# 18 streamline @ 04/26/10 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Valdarez
The gameplay videos sure don't show it's been fixed.
It is possible that the game was played on rookie mode or even pro mode which could explain why the blocking looked so bad
 
# 19 Checmate101 @ 04/26/10 03:23 PM
ok I got a question..Since Shanahan wasn't with the Redskins last year, and for all the new coaches.What plays are they going to choose from If I hit the gameflow button?
 
# 20 roadman @ 04/26/10 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Checmate101
ok I got a question..Since Shanahan wasn't with the Redskins last year, and for all the new coaches.What plays are they going to choose from If I hit the gameflow button?
I'm assuming WC offense, if that is what Shanahan used in Denver.
 

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