As I said, I jumped right in and wanted to figure it out on the fly... But obviously, I used my all account, as I expected there to be some growing pains considering I haven't played online the last year or so. I was immediately reminded why I hadn't. Mind you, I was top 20 one year (09 or 10 IIRC)... BUT, imo the game has changed so much, for the worse since then. To me, the passing game is ridiculous and it's hard to replicate success even with a good play call. The game, to me, when I really enjoyed playing it online, felt like a simulation, whereas now, it feels like an arcade game, and to me that's the biggest difference.
I tell you no lie, I had a dude run hail mary for an entire quarter or two and was completing them like it was a sound offensive strategy lol. He was completing over 50% of them against cover 2 man... In the old days, that was virtually impossible to complete, as each reciever is covered with help over the top, and generally the safety has plenty of time to come over for help on all go routes... But, thanks to this "revamped" play style aka NFL Blitz, this asshole was throwing lobs high and using the aggressive catch feature to pull them in over two people with fuging Carlos Hyde and Anquan boldin. What a joke... That's what is so frustrating with the current engine to me, all of the zooming out and in during plays, it takes away from actual game play and ability to defend or catch... How about keeping the fuging camera at the same distance throughout?
Anyway, I know I rushed into it, and I used our team exclusively because I'm loyal to a fault. Which brings me to another point which I briefly mentioned earlier here, but these ratings are absolute horseshit. Ted Ginn with 88 speed? Lol... KB at 85? He's not faster than half the TEs in the league lol. Stew went from 90 speed a couple years ago, to now 86. Good luck getting the corner on outside runs with that bullshit. Want a change of pace back? Todman has a blazing 90 speed lol. We literally have no legit speed threat on offense... Imo, you always need one to create match up problems (ex. Come out in a 2 TEs set, with them spread wide and a guy with 95+ speed in the slot, defense comes out in base personnel and a LB is stuck on the speedy slot). I just can't reiterate enough, how fuging horribly they rated us... But, that just pisses me off all over again with our real life neglect of speed on offense. But still, we aren't THAT slow. II can only hope Damiere Byrd makes this team now lol, otherwise I'm gonna have to find a cheesy team to use online. Speed isn't everything, but you have to have more than a little to have success.
Otherwise, I do have to say, in order to win the way we are currently constructed has to give Mike Shula the biggest boner in the history of the world. I played 4 games, and the first three I really fuged myself... I'm very familiar with the built in bullshit of Madden that punishes you for rage-filled football, and yet, I still succumbed to it lol. The first three games I caused like 4 turnovers each. And yet, I lost all of them thanks to repeated attempts to go for it on 4th and long because I was pissed off about the previous play not working and non-stop failed rage-fueled no huddle drives that die in 4 downs... SO, I had to compose myself and think, "what would Mike Shula do?" so I slowed the poo out of the game, milked the clock, and ran a million times for about 200 yards and threw maybe 15-17 times for less than 200 yards, and... SURPRISE! I WON. But, that's my exact issue with this game and why I fell out of love with online play. How fuging boring is it to run like that and be hamstrung in the passing game. Look, I know we aren't the Packers, but poo... Give the game some fuging balance. And that was what I was referring to regarding the camera zooming in and out during pass plays as well compared to years past... When you look at the defense pre-snap and see what they're set up in, but then snap it and attempt a pass only to have a mutant LB teleport 10 yards in a millisecond, something is fuging wrong, and the camera combined with those unrealistic jumps in movement are disorienting.
I'm sure guys who have played religiously online since the camera dynamics I've mentioned were implemented probably don't even think twice about it, and I'm sure the more I play, the less I'll notice it. But right now, it's just extremely unsatisfying... So my Guinea pig account record is currently 1-3. And as I said, I take credit for my losses as I was playing like a dumbasses and knew it, but thus game is extremely unrealistic and unforgiving.