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We are closing in on the end of this console generation. With likely just two or three more seasons until we get a brand new set of consoles, do you think there will be a great EA Football game this generation?

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# 1 Herky @ 01/30/12 12:03 PM
It's possible, but a new engine is needed to do that and I don't think EA will make that jump until the new consoles come out.
 
# 2 bigsmallwood @ 01/30/12 12:04 PM
I certainly hope so...its sad that we don't have a resounding YES to this question already.
 
# 3 PaleVermilion @ 01/30/12 12:09 PM
I don't believe there will be. It seems EA is focused too much on the presentation rather than focusing more on the gameplay.
 
# 4 sactown_13 @ 01/30/12 12:09 PM
Unfortunately, these games are so far off that i dont see it happening. Madden has made strides to make the game "good" in the next few years but as far as great goes I dont see it. Guessing Fifa 12 and NBA 2k11 are great games, the football games are far from those titles in terms of gameplay and game modes.
 
# 5 Rhouston @ 01/30/12 12:20 PM
I voted "No, definitely not," because I think one of the biggest problems with NCAA is the locomotion/momentum. One of the big selling points a couple years back was the revamped locomotion (I think it was NCAA 11), yet players still feel too "light" and are still able to turn on a dime. Graphic-wise, the game's decent, but gameplay-wise, the PS2/Xbox versions feel much more authentic and, in all honesty, feel more like football.
 
# 6 sydrogerdavid @ 01/30/12 12:23 PM
A great football game, no. NCAA has already created a "good" game, they will only get to "very good" in the future.

Madden has created a "poor" game and might make it to "good" with Kolbe.
 
# 7 bghost @ 01/30/12 01:06 PM
No, EA prints money off of these games, and to hear them tell the story its next to impossible to start from scratch.
 
# 8 DJ @ 01/30/12 01:57 PM
Great? No, I don't think so. I think we will see a good game, though.
 
# 9 SageInfinite @ 01/30/12 01:58 PM
No definitely not. I don't think they have the freedom, vision, talent or the tools to create a football game that I think is great.
 
# 10 SkillzKillz719 @ 01/30/12 01:59 PM
I REALLY wish I could say yes. But at this point I'd have to say no.
I'll probably pick up NCAA 13 because I'm a die-hard fan of the game, but maybe not release day so they don't get those impressive numbers after the first week to sorta make my point...
It just sucks because we're at the mercy of what they make. They know we'll get it.
Most times it's not about if, it's just when. So ultimately they decide how good the game is and with little motivation, why would they wanna make a new engine/great game?
 
# 11 SkillzKillz719 @ 01/30/12 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SageInfinite
No definitely not. I don't think they have the freedom, vision, talent or the tools to create a football game that I think is great.
Yes. And the vision is is not there at all. Not even close and it shows.
 
# 12 statum71 @ 01/30/12 02:26 PM
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Originally Posted by PaleVermilion
I don't believe there will be. It seems EA is focused too much on the presentation rather than focusing more on the gameplay.
A great sports game takes both. You do know that right?

Look at The Show and NBA 2K.....these two have outstanding presentation. Light years better than EA football games.
 
# 13 unfriendlyghst @ 01/30/12 02:39 PM
I gave up hope after Madden 11 fell flat on its face. Wont see a great NFL game until the suits at EA and the NFL realize that a great football simulation will sell games.

STOP POLLING 11TEENYEAROLDS ON WHAT THEY WANT AND START BY RECREATING WHAT WE SEE HAPPEN ON THE FIELD THROUGH OUR TV SCREENS!
 
# 14 jmik58 @ 01/30/12 03:32 PM
I say no. They need to scrap the programming logic and build something that is based on read-and-react. Currently they use a setup where "Action A" is going to result in "Result Z" and then animations fill in the middle.

There are so many things that happen throughout the course of the play in real life, but EA Sports has taken those little things and made them "filler animations".

Let the players have keys that they react to with a success rate that incorporates their ratings.

That is the single greatest improvement the game can achieve to be "real".
 
# 15 Vikes1 @ 01/30/12 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by DJ
Great? No, I don't think so. I think we will see a good game, though.
I agree, Dan. Good yes, but most likely not "great'.
 
# 16 BenGerman @ 01/30/12 04:12 PM
Three things can make NCAA 13 a great game.

1) Fix Gameplay: NBA 2k has good gameplay, FIFA has good gameplay, MLB The Show has good gameplay, and NHL has good gameplay. Make ratings, weight, height, and vision matter. Also, fix the ball physics. I can't tell you how stupid it looks when the ball bounces off my WR's helmet.

2) Add Atmosphere: Use stat overlays, adjust crowd noise (very important), give the sidelines life (why is NCAA/Madden the only two games with absolutely terrible looking sidelines?), and give us dynamic commentary.

3) Change Recruiting: There needs to be more to it than just the stars. Diamonds in the rough, 5*'s who turn out to be busts, and let there be a difference between the guy who is loaded with potential talent and the guy who comes in and knows the game of football. Making sure weight and ratings actually matter is huge when it comes to recruiting.


There you go EA, 3 things you can do to make a great game. And why do I know I'm not being unrealistic? Because every single fix I listed has already been done in a another game. It can be done EA, so win all our hearts back and go do them.
 
# 17 CM Hooe @ 01/30/12 04:36 PM
I'd argue we've already had a few great football games: Madden NFL 10, NCAA Football 11, and NFL Head Coach 09.
 
# 18 RedPhazon8 @ 01/30/12 04:39 PM
A start would be to return to having PC Versions of their games... the last game I played was Madden NFL 08, I could care less about the franchise's direction if they don't care about a fan base they used to provide for. Until then, no, there won't be a great game in this generation.
 
# 19 CM Hooe @ 01/30/12 05:10 PM
Another thing:

This poll is inherently invalid, given that by Operation Sports' own admission there have been several EA Sports football games that have been described as "great" this console cycle:
  • NCAA Football 12 (OS Review Score: 8.5)
  • NCAA Football 11 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • Madden NFL 11 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • Madden NFL 10 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • NFL Head Coach 09 (OS Review Score: 9)

If OS writers are going to call out EA Sports for making not-great games, they need to call these games not great at first blush rather than well after the fact, as to serve a particular bias amongst a subsection of the website readership.
 
# 20 jkra0512 @ 01/30/12 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CHooe
Another thing:

This poll is inherently invalid, given that by Operation Sports' own admission there have been several EA Sports football games that have been described as "great" this console cycle:
  • NCAA Football 12 (OS Review Score: 8.5)
  • NCAA Football 11 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • Madden NFL 11 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • Madden NFL 10 (OS Review Score: 9)
  • NFL Head Coach 09 (OS Review Score: 9)

If OS writers are going to call out EA Sports for making not-great games, they need to call these games not great at first blush rather than well after the fact, as to serve a particular bias amongst a subsection of the website readership.
While I agree with what you're saying, I don't think the original question was OS's admission that there hasn't been a "great" EA football game this cycle. It was merely a question posed to facilitate discussion.

While I understand publications needing to get their reviews out in a timely fashion, I think it can sometimes make the writer and the site look foolish. Since more companies are releasing these "release-day patches" many reviewers are not playing/reviewing the same game (since they get the game a few days or even a week earlier than the rest of us) as the one their audience will play when they first start up the game. Furthermore, there are a few issues, especially in the NCAA Football, that were undetectable until a few weeks after playing the game. (Transfer Fail anyone?)

Sadly, I don't think we'll see a groundbreaking football title this generation. NCAA Football was on a good roll before this year. They shook my allegiance so much that I will not buy their product on release day ever again and will search for a used copy before buying it new.
 

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