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Madden NFL 11 News Post

IGN has posted some hands-on impressions of the recently announced online co-op mode in Madden NFL 11.



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"I spent a good bit of time with Online Team Play in Madden NFL 11, and while I didn't earn any of the boosts in my single game (I blame my co-op partner), I still had a blast playing the redesigned mode. It's miles better than last year's effort, and it finally seems like EA Sports has given players a reason to play together online as opposed to against one another. I will admit that playing as the quarterback is still the most fun of the offensives positions, but they've done a decent job of giving other players things to do (outside of playcalling, which will still be a little boring for those not playing as QB)."

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# 1 myownsun @ 06/12/10 10:15 AM
Screens seem to be really jaggie maybe its just my browser
 
# 2 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/12/10 10:15 AM
Well both of us put it up. I guess it doesn't matter which one is used. We will let the mods deside. But good job anyway.
 
# 3 Kevin26385 @ 06/12/10 10:21 AM
Gus Johnson sounds awesome!
 
# 4 MrSkagTrendy @ 06/12/10 10:25 AM
I like Gus a lot but there still needs to be a bit more commentary. He's silent until after the snap..
We need a bit of "Favre hands off to Peterson, he's gonna bounce it outside.." etc
 
# 5 Valdarez @ 06/12/10 10:30 AM
I can't believe the managed to turn Gus Johnson into Tom Hammond. That commentary is horrible, too much dead space. The game needs banter. Yuck.

He finishes the 'He's gonna pass' commentary as the ball is caught. That line should only be used on a play fake, or triggered immediately after 'they hike the ball, and he's gonna pass', though I wouldn't say it that even as it's not natural.

Says they tuned the cameras where 'everybody is happy'. Does that mean a customizable camera finally?
 
# 6 myownsun @ 06/12/10 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by MrSkagTrendy
I like Gus a lot but there still needs to be a bit more commentary. He's silent until after the snap..
We need a bit of "Favre hands off to Peterson, he's gonna bounce it outside.." etc
Agreed the guys don't sound like they're watching a game but taking turns reading a script, it just doesn't come off as sounding like natural commentary.

The atmosphere needs to be boosted up to nbalive's level.
 
# 7 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/12/10 10:38 AM
Well if you would notice at the 2:55 mark and onward. You will see the Panthers Left DE picking up quick speed and getting around the right tackle quick to the bucs QB. I'm impressed. The D on this video looks to be solid at stopping the run at certain points of the video. So the D can slow down the run game despite the new oline running blocking scheme. I'm impressed.
 
# 8 ch46647 @ 06/12/10 10:42 AM
Is this the normal gameplay camera or a seperate camera for this co-op mode? I think that camera looks great! It appropriately zooms in on run plays and zooms out so you can see the whole field on passing plays. Also, when the ball is passed the camera follows the ball better then in past iterations IMO.

I agree there needs to be more banter between Collinsworth and Gus, but Gus Johnson sounds great when he is talking. Also, it does seem the crowd sounds much more alive and reacts to appropriate situations, but I need to see more un-cut gameplay to tell.
 
# 9 Icarus2k9 @ 06/12/10 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Valdarez
I can't believe the managed to turn Gus Johnson into Tom Hammond. That commentary is horrible, too much dead space. The game needs banter. Yuck.

He finishes the 'He's gonna pass' commentary as the ball is caught. That line should only be used on a play fake, or triggered immediately after 'they hike the ball, and he's gonna pass', though I wouldn't say it that even as it's not natural.

Says they tuned the cameras where 'everybody is happy'. Does that mean a customizable camera finally?
I came in to wonder if anyone else thought the commentary was completely average, or if it was just me. the problem is you can hear the silent triggers for each line, if that makes sense. Hearing Chris's M10 lines, and then Gus's M11 lines fit around them, doesn't help either - gives the whole thing a cut and paste feel.
 
# 10 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/12/10 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Icarus2k9
I came in to wonder if anyone else thought the commentary was completely average, or if it was just me. the problem is you can hear the silent triggers for each line, if that makes sense. Hearing Chris's M10 lines, and then Gus's M11 lines fit around them, doesn't help either - gives the whole thing a cut and paste feel.
In my opinion the announcing sounds fine. I have no complaints. But that's only my opinion.
 
# 11 ch46647 @ 06/12/10 10:52 AM
Great news for pre-play cameras! It seems they have listened to us and added showing the defense breaking the huddle instead of just the QB walking to the line of scrimmage everytime. Around the 3:23 mark in the video it shows the bears defense getting into defensive position. I am not a huge fan of that particular camera angle but atleast there may be some variety rather then just showing the QB waling to the LOS everytime.

I really wish Ian would release that HD gameplay footage he has.
 
# 12 Icarus2k9 @ 06/12/10 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Legend Killer
In my opinion the announcing sounds fine. I have no complaints. But that's only my opinion.
Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, it's more than serviceable. It's better than Hammond. I would have liked them to record some new Chris stuff (not risking spelling the surname) just to make the whole thing sound fresh, and I am never a fan of pointless banter-type bits...because jokes and asides and ramblings get old quick.

Maybe I just expected to hear a buttery smooth commentary like a broadcast there - I just don't like hearing joins, that's all. And you can't deny you could hear the seams, particularly as each line had exactly the same starting pacing and tone - just like someone reading line by line off a script.
 
# 13 spankdatazz22 @ 06/12/10 10:56 AM
The commentary is still as generic as it comes; I guess they thought having Gus Johnson deliver the lines with a little more emotion was all that was needed. It's not. Sounds too stilted, and doesn't sound like he and Collinsworth were even in the room at the same time. But that's a small sample size. It may end up sounding even more awkward than Hammond did.

The lack of player interaction really stands out. Just a lot of 1-on-1 interactions on tackles, player's directions not really being changed by hits. Although I did see what looked like some free-forming double-team blocks on the O-line. Still the players move almost lifelessly, just no organic movement. Still too robotic. Don't know why they can't get variable strides right; players just have that same skating look when they're running in the open field.

Saw a play where the defensive end got upfield nicely so guess there's hope for that. If they haven't made improvements to give you more options on defense to disguise coverages and such... Biggest issues for me are the robotic movement, lifelessness overall, and the lack of player interaction. Looks better graphically; better player models
 
# 14 PantherBeast_OS @ 06/12/10 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Icarus2k9
Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, it's more than serviceable. It's better than Hammond. I would have liked them to record some new Chris stuff (not risking spelling the surname) just to make the whole thing sound fresh, and I am never a fan of pointless banter-type bits...because jokes and asides and ramblings get old quick.

Maybe I just expected to hear a buttery smooth commentary like a broadcast there - I just don't like hearing joins, that's all. And you can't deny you could hear the seams, particularly as each line had exactly the same starting pacing and tone - just like someone reading line by line off a script.
Well it ain't going to be perfect. But you have to admit it is alot better then Tom Hammond was.
 
# 15 kehlis @ 06/12/10 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Legend Killer
Well it ain't going to be perfect. But you have to admit it is alot better then Tom Hammond was.
It's a small sample size but I found it no better than Tom Hammond.

In fact, for as much as people complained about his lack of excitment, I think we might be complaining about Johnson's overexcitement on every play this year.

"Moreno, up the MIDDDDDDDLE, 3 yard GAIN!!!!!!"

Half joking.
 
# 16 myownsun @ 06/12/10 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Legend Killer
Well it ain't going to be perfect. But you have to admit it is alot better then Tom Hammond was.
You know what alot better than it was in 10.... Player movement.
 
# 17 idigfoo9 @ 06/12/10 11:04 AM
I wish they would've axed Chris Collingsworth too, I really don't even see how his voice is even bearable to be honest.
 
# 18 JMD @ 06/12/10 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Kev5890
Gus Johnson sounds awesome!
I agree to a point, He's better then hammond, but still a bit stale.t I was a bit disappointed that Collingsworth used the same exact line from last year when talking about the running game. I guess there is only so much they can do.
 
# 19 J Masta J @ 06/12/10 11:07 AM
Wow...I think the announcing for the first three minutes of that footage was garbage. Yuck. Valdarez, you're right, there needs to BANTER. Also, how it excusable that some of his commentary is LATE? This is a video game, not real life, so you'd think that you could hardwire it in somehow for the audio to be initiated at the appropriate time, not two seconds later.

Gus>Hammond, no doubt, but like some people said, it won't mean a hill of beans if they can't implement it well. i hope they tighten it up for '12, which is the next Madden I'll consider getting after yesterday's news.
 
# 20 jdr4693 @ 06/12/10 11:08 AM
Why is it that in madden the commentates don't talk with each other.. its like they just both make statements like their in different rooms from one another.. one guy will say something than the other guy will say something. it doesn't sound natural and there is no back and forth communication between the two. NHL 10 and the NBA 2k series do a good job with the communication between the commentators. madden still is lacking in that area.
 

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