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Madden NFL Football: Top 5 Features Removed From Madden Over the Years

There’s a common refrain that “it used to be better” mentioned by some sports gamers, and this usually comes back to features that have vanished over the years from our beloved sports games. Developers have introduced cool features in the past, then removed them, then sometimes brought them back and acted like they’re new again. It’s really its own cycle in a way. With that in mind, Matt Ederer hits us up with the top 5 features removed from Madden over the years.

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  1. Real nice take on what once was. I really miss being able to view any game and spectate or run Cpu vs Cpu, why EA took this option out is well...typical EA.
    Forgot some of the other options as well, it was nice to create your own uniforms and have freedom in creating your own team at any time no restrictions.
    Only EA knows why they have gone in the direction they have with this series....or maybe they don’t.
    Seems as though they have “new Developers” every year..with no connection with the previous years and sense of what the consumer wants or how to improve version to version..just gimmicks and glitter.
    Nice video though, EA was once a lot of fun.
    Not sure there's any singular sports video game franchise that's regressed so much from generation to generation more than Madden. What a disgrace.
    On topic, for me personally, it's got to be the gutting of Superstar mode. There's not really 1 particular thing that they removed, it's that they removed everything that made that mode special. What was once the premier player career mode in sports games is a shell of its former self. It started to fall off in Madden 09, but after they merged it into that garbage connected franchise in 13 I completely tapped out of the series. PS2 years were the golden years of Madden (06-08 specifically on PS2 in regards to Superstar mode).
    The retirement one and having retired players becoming HC's is a big one for me. I loved that level of immersion.
    It truly baffles me how much they continue to remove from their menus and information. I'm really glad they brought back the ability to check the roster of the entire league. I miss when it included FA players though.
    The overall lack of some stat-tracking, playoff stats, and stats bugging out really irks me. Most players in Madden 20 don't have their stats from the years 2016-2017 counted.
    Of the 4 major sports games (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), Madden is the only game that doesn't allow assistant coaches/coorinators in the game. It's also the sport with the greatest impact of assistant coaches. Figure that one out.
    I would love to see a comprehensive list of features removed, ones that should be added and features that other sports games do that Madden should copy. I’m sure there’s a nerd out there somewhere that’s got a good list going that I would love to see.
    It's a shame the number of removed quality features from previous Madden. I would take the 06-08 PS2 Madden Franchise over what we had the past two generations. I get the transition from 6th to 7th gen and Madden 12 to 13 they had to remove a lot of features and strip it down. When they made the FranTik engine, it did its job of allowing them to not have to remove features. You haven't really seen features removed since CFM was created. The problem is CFM is bare bones and anything added is never expanded on. Last several years, Madden's approach on CFM is adding 1-2 top community requested features each year like custom draft classes, draft boards, etc. Most of the top added community requests didn't require overhauling a core aspect of franchise.
    I do feel like we will be getting back Coaching staffs/Carousel. It has been overdue since NCAA 13 first had it and then NHL had it this past year. Part of reason Madden hasn't had it was because coordinators/assistants aren't apart of of Coaches Association(like Belichick). It is easier to do group licensing rather than individual licensing. Madden wants to be as authentic as possible. But I'm sure few would complain if Madden took NHLs approach with fictional coaches. I honestly think that could have been a gauge to see how gamers would respond to that. Outside of hardcore fans, the casual fan only knows a handful of coordinators especially with some HC calling plays. I would be good with fictional coordinators. But I would want coaching staffs to return for it just to be a attribute boost. Madden is a game for a long while coaches have little to no noticeable impact on gameplay. Hopefully we get vastly improved AI and CPU playcalling based on CPU skill.
    Hammerhunker
    I miss the integration of NFL Films music, those Sam Spence classics, into the playlist.**

    I thought you could still enable those songs. Or are they not available in Madden 20? They were definitely available in Madden 15 and 18. They just weren't enabled by default.
    I remember when superstar mode was first introduced in Madden 06. I was like this dope AF. Even though it was a little bare. My thinking was like just imagine five years from now how it’s going to be on newer consoles. I would smack the spit out someone if they told me that would be as good as it gets
    Quentin32
    I remember when superstar mode was first introduced in Madden 06. I was like this dope AF. Even though it was a little bare. My thinking was like just imagine five years from now how it’s going to be on newer consoles. I would smack the spit out someone if they told me that would be as good as it gets

    This is 100% truth, if you would have told me back in '05 that Madden 15 years later would not only not expand on what we had then, but not even have those features in the game, we would have a problem.
    Quentin32
    I remember when superstar mode was first introduced in Madden 06. I was like this dope AF. Even though it was a little bare. My thinking was like just imagine five years from now how it’s going to be on newer consoles. I would smack the spit out someone if they told me that would be as good as it gets

    The PS2 era Superstar mode was a good start they just never built on it and the 7th gen version were bare bones. Parent DNA, combine drills, draft, interviews, endorsements, and movie roles. If I'm correct, I think Madden had the first main solo player career mode. I prefer that approach compared to the current story-driven modes. I don't need the cheesy linear story that has no replayability. Just give me the full player experience so it doesn't feel like just a player lock mode.
    illwill10
    The PS2 era Superstar mode was a good start they just never built on it and the 7th gen version were bare bones. Parent DNA, combine drills, draft, interviews, endorsements, and movie roles. If I'm correct, I think Madden had the first main solo player career mode. I prefer that approach compared to the current story-driven modes. I don't need the cheesy linear story that has no replayability. Just give me the full player experience so it doesn't feel like just a player lock mode.

    Both MLB 06 The Show and Madden 06 were the first sports games to feature a player career mode. While over the years MLB The show kept with it and made it into a pretty fun game mode. Madden on the other hand never touched it after Madden 07 on PS2 and downgraded it even more with CFM in Madden 13. This was the one game mode that got me to play Madden and NCAA football, it’s a shame they never improved it, because I definitely would of bought Madden every year to play this mode if it was engaging. Madden was never going to be my main football game to play, but if they would of made a quality solo career mode it would of saw time in my rotation of games to play.
    djredalert
    live weather feed

    I see this request a lot. And I definitely agree with it, but then how do you handle future seasons?
    It would be really awesome if they could do live weather for years that have already passed in real life.
    But what I'd rather see is weather generated for the entire season as soon as you start the next year's regular season. And that weather doesn't change. And include news stories about heat waves, blizzards, earthquakes, and hurricanes that result in weather changing for a week or two for all teams in those locations.
    It is really dumb that you can replay the same game and the weather keeps changing. Or other teams/games in nearby regions don't experience the same kind of weather.
    ASZEMPLE
    Both MLB 06 The Show and Madden 06 were the first sports games to feature a player career mode. While over the years MLB The show kept with it and made it into a pretty fun game mode. Madden on the other hand never touched it after Madden 07 on PS2 and downgraded it even more with CFM in Madden 13. This was the one game mode that got me to play Madden and NCAA football, it’s a shame they never improved it, because I definitely would of bought Madden every year to play this mode if it was engaging. Madden was never going to be my main football game to play, but if they would of made a quality solo career mode it would of saw time in my rotation of games to play.

    I figured The Show was around the same time. I know NBA 2k had 24/7 mode in 2k8 before MyPlayer. I didn’t really play The Show until the mid PS3 days. I enjoyed it but I’m not into baseball like that to kept playing it. After PS2 era Madden, I haven’t bought Madden at all. I preferred NCAA. It was fun playing PS2 Era Campus Legend in NCAA then importing him into Madden. I enjoyed the PS2 era NCAA. I took them exams seriously lol. Madden never took it seriously after 6th gen. 7th gen Superstar mode was barebones outside of drills and and interviews. Then Player CFM was even more barebones because it is just Practice and play games, that’s it. I don’t like player lock because If I’m only going to practice and play games, I rather just play a regular season mode and gear the offense/defense to my player while being able to build team around him.
    I didn’t like direction of Long Shot because it was a interactive movie with little gameplay and no replay ability. Then FotF was player CFM once you got to league. You don’t need a interactive movie or cheesy story like NBA 2k has become to have a good career mode. Give me PS2 era Superstar mode or the NBA 2k11-2k13 era MyPlayer. I am a bigger football fan than basketball , but I didn’t settle to buy Madden since I’m a offline player and not enough depth for me. I was buying NBA2k from 2k11 on mainly for MyCareer. But I started fading off of it last couple years with new direction.
    ChaseB

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    For me, its simply the amount of teams you can choose from! Real Classic teams, All-Time teams all with correct names, jersey numbers, etc... allowing users to choose to play online without playing in a franchise. More teams prevent boredom from settling in. Each year after roster updates there are only a handful of competitive teams to use, ie Chiefs, 49ers, etc... where as so many favorite team may have struggled this year and the overall team rating is garbage. Classic teams and All-Time teams prevent this because most of them have a good enough rating to compete against other solid teams.
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    once microtransactions and MUT came into play, all of these cool features went by the wayside. sad to see. took madden forever just to get madden share. no historic teams a la madden 2005. no create-a-team option or customization options and league expansion. no myleague or custom leagues (to create nfl europe? usfl? xfl?). it's basically paint by the numbers every year for this franchise.
    I've got to where I predominantly play Madden 08. I just have more fun with it than the new ones between the training camps, the wider varieties of the rookies in the draft classes, and just how much smoother the game plays. 
    I miss everything from the ps2 era.  Oh how I wish they built off that instead of starting from scratch and setting the series back a decade 
    snc237
    I miss everything from the ps2 era. *Oh how I wish they built off that instead of starting from scratch and setting the series back a decade*

    Definitely think that was a bad decision by EA Sports to have their sports games start from scratch transitioning to 7th gen. Madden and Live never truly recovered from start of 7th gen.
    Even though they have the FranTik engine now, I hope Madden overhauls Franchise. The scrambled news feed that we have had past few years needs to go. The static repetitive locker room sequences need to go as well. They just need to go to the traditional franchise menu and add depth on to it
    They've been doing it with their design decisions for a while now, but once the development team members started using the "fast to fun" mantra in their marketing of the game, it became clear to me that a lot of features that may have been in the game before, were probably never coming back. Stuff like the chain gang and a lot of former franchise features aren't going to be added back for the old school Franchise heads.
    jfsolo
    They've been doing it with their design decisions for a while now, but once the development team members started using the "fast to fun" mantra in their marketing of the game, it became clear to me that a lot of features that may have been in the game before, were probably never coming back. Stuff like the chain gang and a lot of former franchise features aren't going to be added back for the old school Franchise heads.

    Yeah things like chain gang, walking up to LOS, coin flips, even referees might not come back. I get it for the online/Esports and Exhibition/H2H when it comes to fast to fun. But when I'm playing Franchise, I want the full experience. This past gen it feels like Madden has been geared towards Esports/Online H2H where you want quick fast games with no interruptions. That has been why Madden has lacked atmosphere past couple generations. NCAA atmosphere dwarfs Madden still.
    illwill10
    Yeah things like chain gang, walking up to LOS, coin flips, even referees might not come back. I get it for the online/Esports and Exhibition/H2H when it comes to fast to fun. But when I'm playing Franchise, I want the full experience. This past gen it feels like Madden has been geared towards Esports/Online H2H where you want quick fast games with no interruptions. That has been why Madden has lacked atmosphere past couple generations. NCAA atmosphere dwarfs Madden still.

    It’s crazy because Madden was already a fast pace game. Now with removing walking up to the los. It makes ever play the hurry up offense. So stupid imo
    illwill10
    Yeah things like chain gang, walking up to LOS, coin flips, even referees might not come back. I get it for the online/Esports and Exhibition/H2H when it comes to fast to fun. But when I'm playing Franchise, I want the full experience. This past gen it feels like Madden has been geared towards Esports/Online H2H where you want quick fast games with no interruptions. That has been why Madden has lacked atmosphere past couple generations. NCAA atmosphere dwarfs Madden still.

    There will be a lot of differing opinions on those features. I personally welcome the removal of the chain gang and coin toss. I forgot about the refs, which also shows how much I care about them. I do miss walking up to the LOS, because it ruins hurry up situations with the way they set it up.
    But features added/removed to improve quality of life are welcomed changes for me. I'm glad I can skip through everything after a play now as well. If I want to watch replays I can, but I like the option to skip everything. Sure, they could bring all that additional stuff back and make the default options to skip it all, but that is more work for some benign features.
    Great video!
    It makes no sense that we can't play any game we want, and that they don't tell you things like who retires.
    I wish we had more customization ability in our Franchises.

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