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The Yard in Madden 21: What We Like and Do Not Like So Far

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The Yard in Madden 21: What We Like and Do Not Like So Far

Shortly after EA took heat for not addressing critical issues with Classic Franchise mode, the Madden development team announced a new game mode, The YardThis raised eyebrows for the plethora of people pleading for updates to franchise mode, but The Yard does not deserve to be cast aside simply due to general anger about the state of another mode. It still deserves its own fair shake, and that’s why I decided to just focus on The Yard in Madden 21.

Oh, and for those familiar with FIFA’s Volta game mode, you may have an idea of where this is headed.

The Yard features 6-on-6 football and plays more like a modern-day NFL Street reboot, which is not a bad thing.

Here are my early impressions of Madden 21’s newest game mode, The Yard.

The Yard In Madden 21: What I Like

Why Have We Not Been Graced With More Stuff Like This?

A lot of us read the Gridiron Notes and probably watched a few YouTube personalities break down the latest game mode. But when you look at the concept behind EA’s new addition to the Madden series, there’s nothing on the surface that makes it an over-the-top idea. However, this also makes me wonder why we’ve seen very few things like it over the last three decades of sports gaming.

After all, all that matters is if the game is fun and entertaining. Otherwise, there’s no reason to continue. That is where I must tip my hat to the developers because The Yard is fun.

Now, I readily admit I might still be in the the honeymoon phase with the mode, but what if I’m not?

Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always held a special place in my heart for NFL Street, but that also means The Yard is having the intended effect, which seems good. A modern-day version of one of the best arcade NFL games ever created seems like a good lane to be in for a sports game. And after playing countless hours with this new game mode so far, on the surface it appears to be a suitable replacement for EA’s deceased arcade franchise.

There’s not a whole lot that sports video video games can do nowadays to redefine what we’ve become used to, so while The Yard isn’t a groundbreaking new game mode, it is something new to the Madden franchise. This is a good thing. 

Gameplay

welcome to The yard

I know EA will release a patch shortly after the game is released (and now EA has done just that). And as we’ve seen in previous Maddens, sometimes that’s not always for the better. I can remember a handful of times that I enjoyed the gameplay, speed, etc of Madden — right before the development team made changes that affected the overall game.

So, for now, I’m enjoying Madden 21’s gameplay. How that pertains to The Yard is simple: the gameplay is fantastic here as well. As I mentioned above, it’s a modern-day version of NFL Street. It’s 6 vs. 6 and allows gamers to do something a lot different than they do during an exhibition game of Madden.

The possibilities with the gameplay also feel much more limitless. It’s only a matter of time before more arenas and challenges are added, but that would not matter if The Yard did not feel unique and interesting snap to snap. Players can do things like throw the ball as often as they’d like behind the line of scrimmage, and rack up extra points in doing so.

Fortunately, it also does not seem like there will be some overpowered play that instantly shifts the game. Instead, players earn points for doubles passes, interceptions, fumbles and several other factors.

I’ll also end this section by saying nothing, and I do mean nothing, has been more rewarding in any recent Madden game for me than winning a game on a last-second touchdown pass to my center, Laremy Tunsil.

The Yard In Madden 21: What I Don’t Like

Online Play

I’ve played a ton of EA games throughout my lifetime, and I very rarely have had connection issues when competing online — unless you consider the early days at my parent’s house using their dial-up internet, then maybe there was an issue. That has not changed here as EA’s servers are responsive, and I was connected with my opponent quickly during the “early access” window.

My biggest gripe with online play early on was just the initial matchmaking. I was paired up against a guy that must’ve been playing this game for months in early development. Why do I think this you might ask? He was rocking the sexy Stealthbite jerseys, and he was doing things I had only seen in the trailers.

But so what, I lost 17-8. I could have played better, but for my first game online versus a veteran of The Yard, I wasn’t upset. I played a host of other games after that were fun and competitive, so the matchmaking irregularity in my first game was probably just due to the early access player pool being smaller. All in all, the single-user component of this works well for me.

However, part of what intrigued me most about The Yard was the ability to team up with five of my friends and play head-to-head vs. another squad of six.

Not. So. Fast.

This year’s game unfortunately does not have 6-on-6 multiplayer. Instead, you can play 3 vs. 3, and players can change into any of the other three characters on a given play.

Overall, I wanted more from my multi-user experience here. Games were often smooth, but the gameplay could get choppy at times and players would drop like flies. While it’s not a unique problem for The Yard, it feels like playing with randoms will be a bit of a mess, so you’ll want to try and find a group to play with if you play in multi-user games.

In general, online play is a work in progress, but in the longer term it will be the heart and soul of The Yard. This is part of the reason why I wish it felt easier to bond with and believe in randoms you connect with for games.

the yard in madden 21

Where Are My Replays?

As I mentioned above, the gameplay is one of my favorite things about The Yard. And when you pull off some razzle-dazzle touchdown, the first thing you’d hope to do is pause the game and check out the replay.

Again, Not. So. Fast.

Unless there’s some Da Vinci Code puzzle I must crack before unlocking this secret feature, there is no option for this right now. Yes, I can manually capture the latest video clip on both PS4 and Xbox One, but sometimes you like to watch the replay over and over from a variety of different angles.

While you’re at it, why not just add a highlight creator. A lot of the plays I witnessed early on with The Yard are worthy of the spotlight. Add a highlight creator, and let’s ride!

Early Bugs

One of the most noticeable flaws I’ve personally experienced pertains to the screen you see after completing or failing a challenge. Each time I would complete a solo challenge, a “failed challenge” menu would appear. The game would progress appropriately, but it took me by surprise. If you receive a failed challenge screen when completing a task, that must mean a “completed challenge” screen appears when you fail. Yes, this is true.

And then there’s the invisible player bug that we’ve seen scattered throughout some various videos. Although this has only happened to me once, it’s still an issue you would hope to avoid at all costs. A lot of these bugs are going to be patched out day one or most likely be fixed soon after, but it just seems like a lot of these small issues should have been caught during the beta stage of things.

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Bottom Line

This is only the first year of EA’s vision for its newest game mode. I’ve only played it now for a couple days, but I truly believe The Yard could become EA’s most successful game mode since Madden Ultimate Team.

It’s not perfect and will benefit from the addition of more customization options, the inevitable face scan, and a user 6-on-6 option in the future. But for now, it’s the perfect way for Madden to show off glimpses of what the future might look like. 

Madden Ultimate Team isn’t for everyone, and we know the gripes currently with franchise mode. On top of that, Face of the Franchise still does not quite hit the mark this year, so The Yard is perhaps the mode right now that has the most momentum behind it as we head into next-gen and next year.

In short, The Yard might only be the rookie QB hoping to get a chance in 2020 right now. But if my early impressions are any indication — and EA can build upon The Yard’s core gameplay — I don’t see any reason why it can’t be a long-term starting QB for the foreseeable future.

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  1. What I like : Proof that expanded equipment is available in Madden
    What I do not like : Everything else about it
    I am sure it's great, it's just not my cup of tea! More power to those that are loving it!
    EA is missing the boat on what makes football fun. It’s about 53 guys. Building a team, finding players that fit your coaching scheme, training, preparing, and going out on Sunday and seeing how it all shakes out. The fun of football is not about one guy or an avatar. That works in NBK2k cause you can have a guy on a roster who can completely take a game into his own hands and score 50-60 points on a court and get all the glory. The sport of football does not work that way. It’s just another way for EA to copy 2k sports and try to find way to make more VC in game. It’s been their focus for the last few years. If your a fan of true sim football and want an NFL experience this is not the game for you. This is the first madden that I really feel there is no need to buy this game. The 10 hour trial proved that to me.
    Oh wait, was I also supposed to say something I liked???
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    I find it incredibly fun, especially when you're playing with friends.
    My only gripe currently is that the matchmaking drops a lot. It's hit or miss if you get into a game or get stuck at a black screen where you can move around what looks like a flashlight. That's irritating, but once you're in we're having a good time.
    Cato06
    EA is missing the boat on what makes football fun. It’s about 53 guys. Building a team, finding players that fit your coaching scheme, training, preparing, and going out on Sunday and seeing how it all shakes out. The fun of football is not about one guy or an avatar. That works in NBK2k cause you can have a guy on a roster who can completely take a game into his own hands and score 50-60 points on a court and get all the glory. The sport of football does not work that way. It’s just another way for EA to copy 2k sports and try to find way to make more VC in game. It’s been their focus for the last few years. If your a fan of true sim football and want an NFL experience this is not the game for you. This is the first madden that I really feel there is no need to buy this game. The 10 hour trial proved that to me.
    Oh wait, was I also supposed to say something I liked???
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    Cato, you walked into the wrong classroom. The class you're looking for was Why Franchise Mode Is Very Good 204, this is The Yard Positives And Negatives 102.
    Give me your hand, I'll guide you there, you have a great teacher waiting for you.
    (But seriously, I mean I don't even think what you said is wrong, it's just probably not ideal to get on the soapbox in this particular thread when there's plenty of topics about what you want to riff about. Also it's dismissive to think other things can't be fun in a football game, but you probably know that.)
    MajorSupreme
    I find it incredibly fun, especially when you're playing with friends.
    My only gripe currently is that the matchmaking drops a lot. It's hit or miss if you get into a game or get stuck at a black screen where you can move around what looks like a flashlight. That's irritating, but once you're in we're having a good time.

    EA needs to be driving AAA games to crossplay. At the very least, it would help sports games a ton. Even though SMB3 has far fewer players, cross play makes Pennant Race more fun, making the matchmaking monumentally larger for each platform (PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC).
    For a mode like The Yard, which may struggle to ramp up, crossplay would solve matchmaking much quicker.
    I’d like to play some 3v3. So far it’s just 1v1.
    JayhawkerStL
    EA needs to be driving AAA games to crossplay. At the very least, it would help sports games a ton. Even though SMB3 has far fewer players, cross play makes Pennant Race more fun, making the matchmaking monumentally larger for each platform (PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC).
    For a mode like The Yard, which may struggle to ramp up, crossplay would solve matchmaking much quicker.
    I’d like to play some 3v3. So far it’s just 1v1.

    I'm frankly shocked that cross-play isn't a leading feature of this year's batch of EA Sports games, given that Need For Speed Heat so publicly boasted about it. Cross play in EA Sports games makes way too much sense to not happen.
    As to The Yard: I get the appeal, it's designed to replicate playing with your buddies in the backyard. That is universally relatable to anyone who has ever thrown a football around with a friend. You don't have to have pads, a 120-yard field, officials, coaches, etc. to have a fun game of football. The idea of "sim" shouldn't be considered when evaluating this mode.
    All that said, The Yard is not clicking with me yet, probably because I'm playing solo. Cross-play would help with that, as you said.
    What’s good: It’s a fun mode. Leveling up different positions is cool. The ways to get bonus points is a good addition.
    What’s bad: There are ways to manipulate AI. There is no disguising coverages. There’s no skill based matchmaking so you could get matched up against maxed out players when you are leveling up a new character, making it a bit of a grind with no reward at the end. No post game stats is annoying too.
    It’s a nice mode, but there’s just not enough to it IMO. I have no idea what the post game scoring is supposed to be either.
    Lack of cross play and matchmaking for 2v2 or 3v3 are killing it for me.
    I was excited to play this game mode with friends that I use to play squads with, but they have console and I have PC. You should also be able to coop with randoms.
    If they add that, the mode will be a major win for me.
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    ChaseB
    Cato, you walked into the wrong classroom. The class you're looking for was Why Franchise Mode Is Very Good 204, this is The Yard Positives And Negatives 102.
    Give me your hand, I'll guide you there, you have a great teacher waiting for you.
    (But seriously, I mean I don't even think what you said is wrong, it's just probably not ideal to get on the soapbox in this particular thread when there's plenty of topics about what you want to riff about. Also it's dismissive to think other things can't be fun in a football game, but you probably know that.)

    Sorry, I don’t know what else to say. The topic is likes and dislikes, and that’s what I don’t like about it. Period. I don’t even really care that EA is trying to find ways to get more VC. It’s more that the mode promotes individualism in a sport that is not designed to be played that way. It feels like the mode just doesn’t belong in the football world. It does not reflect a authentic NFL experience for me.
    Instead of having a mode revolved around building 1 guy, why not use the same concept in a way that helps you build your team. They could add features like this to franchise mode. Why not come up with ways for us to build better training rooms for our players in franchise mode? Or purchase better practice fields, The more equipment and practice fields you buy the better you can train your players, etc. Picture having a crappy gym when you start your franchise and the more success you have after years you can slowly build a state of the art gym and staff to help build and condition the team. What if we could purchase individual practice gear and accessories for certain players on the roster and actually see that when practicing with the team. As you earn more Xp or VC maybe pay for better team travel arrangements, and access to better hotels for them to sleep in when on the road. How bought building better stadium features like different sound effects and team entrances, stadium lights, different fireworks that could all be based on VC? What I’m really trying to say is the concept of The Yard is not being used properly when it comes to football. It could be used in a franchise mode as well which is more based on building a team, not an individual.
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    CM Hooe
    I'm frankly shocked that cross-play isn't a leading feature of this year's batch of EA Sports games, given that Need For Speed Heat so publicly boasted about it. Cross play in EA Sports games makes way too much sense to not happen.
    As to The Yard: I get the appeal, it's designed to replicate playing with your buddies in the backyard. That is universally relatable to anyone who has ever thrown a football around with a friend. You don't have to have pads, a 120-yard field, officials, coaches, etc. to have a fun game of football. The idea of "sim" shouldn't be considered when evaluating this mode.
    All that said, The Yard is not clicking with me yet, probably because I'm playing solo. Cross-play would help with that, as you said.

    I'm a long ways from being sold that this mode will work long term. Honestly, I think it needs to be 6v6 to get to a point that it matters.
    At some point I started trying to chain passes and see if I could start being more deliberate in how I run plays. I started seeing more about how the plays are intended to work, and it was fun not just ping ponging the ball around the field, but to have a plan that opens a guy up.
    Defensively, I just bounce between zone and man, and blitzing or going more passive, trying to find things that work. But I'm nowhere near close to a defensive strategy yet. But playing defense can be fun, and at this point, you can start picking up tendencies and freelancing a little.
    Last night I had Stafford, and really, it just made more sense to be more straightforward, and let him find open receivers. But I am also learning how snapping to others can actually get Stafford set with the ball with receivers deep, and no pressure. Pick a play that the QB rolls out on, snap to one guy, have him throw to a receiver that just dropped into the backfield a few steps, and then have him fire it to the QB on the other side of the field, with no blitzers close.
    It forces defenses to be super disciplined. You start chasing the ball ,and you are done.
    Gameplay is there. There are balance issues, but nothing that can't be tweaked. But we need more playbooks, more fields, more jerseys, and crossplay. There is more strategy in stetting up a KO Superstar Squad than in The Yard, and that is dumb.
    Talking to a guy tonight, and said it was nowhere near enough to be why someone buys Madden. And if EA does not nurture it, it will be another dead mode. I mean, KO Superstar was great, and I still like it. But last year was a proof of concept. I assumed this year would be expanding on the idea, but it is as cut and paste as franchise.
    Cato06
    Sorry, I don’t know what else to say. The topic is likes and dislikes, and that’s what I don’t like about it. Period. I don’t even really care that EA is trying to find ways to get more VC. It’s more that the mode promotes individualism in a sport that is not designed to be played that way. It feels like the mode just doesn’t belong in the football world. It does not reflect a authentic NFL experience for me.
    Instead of having a mode revolved around building 1 guy, why not use the same concept in a way that helps you build your team. They could add features like this to franchise mode. Why not come up with ways for us to build better training rooms for our players in franchise mode? Or purchase better practice fields, The more equipment and practice fields you buy the better you can train your players, etc. Picture having a crappy gym when you start your franchise and the more success you have after years you can slowly build a state of the art gym and staff to help build and condition the team. What if we could purchase individual practice gear and accessories for certain players on the roster and actually see that when practicing with the team. As you earn more Xp or VC maybe pay for better team travel arrangements, and access to better hotels for them to sleep in when on the road. How bought building better stadium features like different sound effects and team entrances, stadium lights, different fireworks that could all be based on VC? What I’m really trying to say is the concept of The Yard is not being used properly when it comes to football. It could be used in a franchise mode as well which is more based on building a team, not an individual.
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    You know, we can all actually read what you said. You said football is about X, then said this was bad because it's Y.
    Now, when called out, you act like you had all these actual topical ideas. But you didn't. You want a better franchise mode, and decided to whine about that in this thread.
    People that buy Madden are not your enemies, anymore than the guys who had the gall to buy and enjoy Madden over the 15 years I mostly avoided it were my enemy. When you crap on a thread like this, that's who you are actually crapping on. People who bought the game and are enjoying it. EA could care less.
    Rondo is GOD
    I like how in the picture they used the center is completely sideways

    That's a common snap position in flag football.
    JayhawkerStL
    You know, we can all actually read what you said. You said football is about X, then said this was bad because it's Y.
    Now, when called out, you act like you had all these actual topical ideas. But you didn't. You want a better franchise mode, and decided to whine about that in this thread.
    People that buy Madden are not your enemies, anymore than the guys who had the gall to buy and enjoy Madden over the 15 years I mostly avoided it were my enemy. When you crap on a thread like this, that's who you are actually crapping on. People who bought the game and are enjoying it. EA could care less.

    I wasn’t trying to be combative with anyone on here. I was just stating what I didn’t like about it and why.
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    Rondo is GOD
    The more i learn about the new game more the less interested in it i am.

    I'm not going to lie, but it did remind me of my youth and drawing up plays in my hands or grass.
    I enjoyed it for now, we will see how long the nostalgia last.
    roadman
    I'm not going to lie, but it did remind me of my youth and drawing up plays in my hands or grass.
    I enjoyed it for now, we will see how long the nostalgia last.

    I never played flag football, so im pretty ignorant on its nuances admittedly. Just looks weird. Looks like one of those glitches that's been in the game for years that they just don't care about so I was feeling sensitive lolol
    Rondo is GOD
    I never played flag football, so im pretty ignorant on its nuances admittedly. Just looks weird. Looks like one of those glitches that's been in the game for years that they just don't care about so I was feeling sensitive lolol

    Even before I played flag football at the age of 10 or so, 4 on 4 touch or tackle football, always had either the QB hike it to themselves or center turn sideways.
    roadman
    Even before I played flag football at the age of 10 or so, 4 on 4 touch or tackle football, always had either the QB hike it to themselves or center turn sideways.

    I played nothing but tackle my entire life. 10+ years. I'm familiar with the qb just snapping to himself but the sideways center thing is totally new to me. Learn something new every day.
    Bet EA could do a nice flag football game though lol lord knows they're not committed to making an authentic linear football game.
    Rondo is GOD
    I played nothing but tackle my entire life. 10+ years. I'm familiar with the qb just snapping to himself but the sideways center thing is totally new to me. Learn something new every day.
    Bet EA could do a nice flag football game though lol lord knows they're not committed to making an authentic linear football game.

    Ah, gotcha, the ole switchero going strong for you.
    A thread about The Yard with a subtle jab on authentic.
    Not the first time it happened already in here and probably not the last.
    roadman
    Ah, gotcha, the ole switchero going strong for you.
    A thread about The Yard with a subtle jab on authentic.
    Not the first time it happened already in here and probably not the last.

    No way, tensions surrounding this overall game are way too high.
    I personally wasn't ready to give another game mode, no matter the gimmick, a chance while the other mode, which I shall not name, is so much in ruins.
    Its hard to not be such a b*tch about it lol ill admit it
    It was ok, had fun, only part that felt off was that it felt like a regular mode.
    I grew up in a neighborhood where we played a lot of tackle backyard football. Not as organized as this street mode is. They need to make it more about player skill and athleticism. Maybe only have freestyle audibles, or game on the line play calling. The only time we called plays as a kid was when it truly mattered.
    Rondo is GOD
    No way, tensions surrounding this overall game are way too high.
    I personally wasn't ready to give another game mode, no matter the gimmick, a chance while the other mode, which I shall not name, is so much in ruins.
    Its hard to not be such a b*tch about it lol ill admit it

    Yeah I don't have a problem with people feeling some level of spite or whatever, but self-control in this regard is probably for the best. It's not a good look for franchise peeps if they out of hand try to tear down every single mode that isn't franchise mode because it would simultaneously ignore that every sports game tries to include various ways to play -- and also just would come off as petty.
    The message I'm sure is generally "we want as much put into franchise as other modes get" which is valid, but when it's just "every mode sucks and doesn't matter and shouldn't exist until we get our feature improved" then it gets into shaky territory.
    ChaseB
    Yeah I don't have a problem with people feeling some level of spite or whatever, but self-control in this regard is probably for the best. It's not a good look for franchise peeps if they out of hand try to tear down every single mode that isn't franchise mode because it would simultaneously ignore that every sports game tries to include various ways to play -- and also just would come off as petty.
    The message I'm sure is generally "we want as much put into franchise as other modes get" which is valid, but when it's just "every mode sucks and doesn't matter and shouldn't exist until we get our feature improved" then it gets into shaky territory.

    I hear you, I enjoy playing devils advocate and appreciate the dialog. With that being said, when do we start asking why they keep perverting the game we all love (MUT or The Yard) and ignore the basic reason the game should even exist in the first place?
    I would be fully on-board with any new game mode they come up with if that one game mode, which i still won't name, was even half what other games provide in the same type of game mode.
    I wish I could get excited about the yard but unfortunately the bad taste in my mouth (mostly with EA) is still very much present.
    Rondo is GOD
    I hear you, I enjoy playing devils advocate and appreciate the dialog. With that being said, when do we start asking why they keep perverting the game we all love (MUT or The Yard) and ignore the basic reason the game should even exist in the first place?
    I would be fully on-board with any new game mode they come up with if that one game mode, which i still won't name, was even half what other games provide in the same type of game mode.
    I wish I could get excited about the yard but unfortunately the bad taste in my mouth (mostly with EA) is still very much present.

    I hear you Rondo, but if you go into every thread and play your devil's advocate, then it becomes trolling.
    I don't think you want that to happen, either.
    Rondo is GOD
    I hear you, I enjoy playing devils advocate and appreciate the dialog. With that being said, when do we start asking why they keep perverting the game we all love (MUT or The Yard) and ignore the basic reason the game should even exist in the first place?
    I would be fully on-board with any new game mode they come up with if that one game mode, which i still won't name, was even half what other games provide in the same type of game mode.
    I wish I could get excited about the yard but unfortunately the bad taste in my mouth (mostly with EA) is still very much present.

    Yes, you are so oppressed. That discussion isn’t allowed anywhere on these forums. Good thing you found this thread, where it’s all people want to talk about.
    You would think there would be other threads more about this topic. But I guess you are right, OS has just said, “No” to discussing franchise. Sorry.
    roadman
    I hear you Rondo, but if you go into every thread and play your devil's advocate, then it becomes trolling.
    I don't think you want that to happen, either.

    As long as a real discussion is being had in an appropriate manner i don't see a problem but I have definitely seen it go south quickly and can agree there are huge trolls regarding the topic.
    I hope you're not implying that I'm trolling? I don't honestly think so i just want to clarify just in case.
    Rondo is GOD
    As long as a real discussion is being had in an appropriate manner i don't see a problem but I have definitely seen it go south quickly and can agree there are huge trolls regarding the topic.
    I hope you're not implying that I'm trolling? I don't honestly think so i just want to clarify just in case.

    Nah, you are just advocating for the devil. Not a trollinsh thing about it.
    JayhawkerStL
    Nah, you are just advocating for the devil. Not a trollinsh thing about it.

    I'm trying to express my opinion in a way that can allow real discussion. Please take your sarcasm somewhere else.
    You are concerned about me derailing the thread topic and are acting this way? I'm confused.
    Is this thread not titled "What we Do/Don't like" about a game mode?
    roadman
    I'm not going to lie, but it did remind me of my youth and drawing up plays in my hands or grass.
    I enjoyed it for now, we will see how long the nostalgia last.

    Am I the only one who grew up playing without a center when in the backyard? QB just held the ball out in front of him and backed up if he wanted to be in shotgun. Lol
    JayhawkerStL
    Nah, you are just advocating for the devil. Not a trollinsh thing about it.

    Why?
    Seriously. He asked why you think he's trolling, looks to me like he was trying to have a conversation.
    I don't understand why you have to be so confrontational all the time. It's okay to be an adult and have a conversation from time to time.
    Rondo is GOD
    As long as a real discussion is being had in an appropriate manner i don't see a problem but I have definitely seen it go south quickly and can agree there are huge trolls regarding the topic.
    I hope you're not implying that I'm trolling? I don't honestly think so i just want to clarify just in case.

    No, not I'm implying, but I find it difficult to have discussions with people in a thread you don't have the game and wish to discuss the new mode. It's similar to talking to my wife who doesn't have a clue what I'm talking about, but wants to say something for the sake of saying something.
    Hope that makes sense.
    roadman
    No, not I'm implying, but I find it difficult to have discussions with people in a thread you don't have the game and wish to discuss the new mode. It's similar to talking to my wife who doesn't have a clue what I'm talking about, but wants to say something for the sake of saying something.
    Hope that makes sense.

    Uh that's pretty insulting if you are directing that at me personally. I've edited more of madden than most people even know exists and have played for 20 years. Just because i didn't give ea my money this year doesnt mean I shouldn't get to talk about the new game mode.
    I'm not your wife thats just trying to pacify your need to talk about video games with her.
    xCoachDx
    Am I the only one who grew up playing without a center when in the backyard? QB just held the ball out in front of him and backed up if he wanted to be in shotgun. Lol
    Always depended on the number of people playing for me hahaha. Usually would start out with everyone wanting to play receiver.
    After college football, I stared playing in a flag football league with some high school friends and it really opened my eyes to having smaller plays hike the ball.
    Yeah I could beat them all day with a pass rush move, BUT did I beat them or did they let me go so they can get a dump off and make people miss.
    I noticed the same thing in The Yard. When picking a MLB/Center, it can really set the dynamic of your offense.
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    JayhawkerStL
    Yes, you are so oppressed. That discussion isn’t allowed anywhere on these forums. Good thing you found this thread, where it’s all people want to talk about.
    You would think there would be other threads more about this topic. But I guess you are right, OS has just said, “No” to discussing franchise. Sorry.

    Mate you're instigating to a large degree that doesn't need to happen. Please stop. This is not a heated conversation and you're trying to turn it into one.
    Rondo is GOD
    I'm trying to express my opinion in a way that can allow real discussion. Please take your sarcasm somewhere else.
    You are concerned about me derailing the thread topic and are acting this way? I'm confused.
    Is this thread not titled "What we Do/Don't like" about a game mode?

    What liking/not liking about the game mode implies what you like about the game mode itself though is the general implication here, which was my point about turning everything into franchise mode talking points lessens the efficacy of championing franchise mode.
    For Simpsons fans, it's like the "Where's Poochie" corollary -- "Whenever Poochie's not on screen, all the other characters should be asking, 'where's Poochie?'"
    For a closer example, it's like using #FixMaddenFranchise in every little tweet to every developer and about every Madden tweet when people are just talking about gameplay or MUT etc. The hashtag is initially important because it got attention and took EA by surprise. It loses power if it's just jammed into every discussion and talking point and becomes a meme all its own if it's not used to actually focus conversations where it should be focused.
    Sure, you can say I don't like this mode because it takes away from franchise mode, but that's not really the point of the article in any sense, that's just a general issue you would have with the development of the game overall.
    ChaseB
    What liking/not liking about the game mode implies what you like about the game mode itself though is the general implication here, which was my point about turning everything into franchise mode talking points lessens the efficacy of championing franchise mode.
    For Simpsons fans, it's like the "Where's Poochie" corollary -- "Whenever Poochie's not on screen, all the other characters should be asking, 'where's Poochie?'"
    For a closer example, it's like using #FixMaddenFranchise in every little tweet to every developer and about every Madden tweet when people are just talking about gameplay or MUT etc. The hashtag is initially important because it got attention and took EA by surprise. It loses power if it's just jammed into every discussion and talking point and becomes a meme all its own if it's not used to actually focus conversations where it should be focused.
    Sure, you can say I don't like this mode because it takes away from franchise mode, but that's not really the point of the article in any sense, that's just a general issue you would have with the development of the game overall.

    Completely understand and I definitely did not come into this thread take away from The Yard discussion. I went so far as to not even use the F word when referencing it.
    I have seen the hashtaggers spam it in all sorts of places so I understand why its become a problem. The entire discussion started because I didn't know flag football rules and misunderstood why the center was totally sideways, mistaking it for a glitch or oversight.
    So while I see where you are coming from, I hope you see where I'm coming from when I say it was not my intention to turn this into a F word thread at all, this just happened to be the place the conversation unfolded. It was going pretty well for a few minutes lol
    Rondo is GOD
    Completely understand and I definitely did not come into this thread take away from The Yard discussion. I went so far as to not even use the F word when referencing it.
    I have seen the hashtaggers spam it in all sorts of places so I understand why its become a problem. The entire discussion started because I didn't know flag football rules and misunderstood why the center was totally sideways, mistaking it for a glitch or oversight.
    So while I see where you are coming from, I hope you see where I'm coming from when I say it was not my intention to turn this into a F word thread at all, this just happened to be the place the conversation unfolded. It was going pretty well for a few minutes lol

    All good man. Again, the only thing I even really side-eyed was this:

    "when do we start asking why they keep perverting the game we all love (MUT or The Yard) and ignore the basic reason the game should even exist in the first place?"
    -- since that seemed to imply perversion was that MUT or The Yard existed.
    ChaseB
    All good man. Again, the only thing I even really side-eyed was this:
    -- since that seemed to imply perversion was that MUT or The Yard existed.

    I stand by the statement but I understand completely. I'd go into why but we are off topic enough already. I appreciate the level headed dialog.
    Just finished my trial and used the last half of the hours to play the yard and give it a real honest shot.
    Likes:
    1) proves EA is capable of creating a better create a player mode.
    2) noticed fans walking up and down sidelines while playing, proving that EA is capable of making sidelines, fans, and stadium atmosphere more life like.
    3) games were quick and fills the need for people who are looking for a quick fast pace experience.
    4) has potential to be fun if players had more control over their own moves and plays.
    Dislikes:
    1) Game mode revolves around building an individual. The gameplay isn’t creative enough to actually enjoy that experience. I don’t feel like there’s enough control over my players moves and animations. NBA 2ks gameplay is not perfect but has way more variety of moves and play styles to give the user more control and a sense of actually performing there own moves. More creative freedom when performing jukes, spins, etc is needed to make this mode work with gameplay. When my guy levels up I want to actually feel that in the gameplay. Not just have a few abilities that just get used over and over and look the same every time. I must have saw the around the back juke 15 times in the 5 or 6 games I played.
    2) equipment and accessories did not impress. Maybe you have to level up a lot to see the other content? Maybe it’s because I was playing the trial? Way more authentic brands need to be available for clothes and accessories. Where is all the Nike, under armor, Adidas accessories? Where is all the wristbands, gloves, cleats etc? Can we edit the color ways for cleats? I only saw like 4 pairs of cleats, and just a bunch of EA sleeves and shorts. Why would I ever want to spend money on virtual non authentic gear? I just didnt see the point of leveling my guy up. What is there to look forward too?
    3) mode feels forced in a sport that is meant to be team oriented. The 6 on 6 allows for more individualism but the gameplay just isn’t fun enough to only want to control one player. I find maddens defense gameplay has always been boring and frustrating when controlling just one player and offensively not enough moves or abilities.
    I have more likes and dislikes but dont want to go on and on. These were the major things that stood out for me. I honestly don’t have any desire to continue to play this mode if I ever decide to actually purchase the full version of the game. Gameplay just isn’t fun and creative enough to enjoy it. Not looking to bash the mode. If they improve it I could see why some people would enjoy it. I guess it has some potential, but it’s just not for me and what I’m looking for in a sim football oriented game.
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