Same thing this year.
This year's version is terrible..
The "new and improved" presentation is nothing more than a few shots of the stadium prior to each game. There is no sports show, radio broadcast, half time show, anything. Nada. Zero. The menu screen for Franchise mode is the most bland piece of garbage I have ever seen in a video game of this tier. What happened to the old days of sports game where the menu screens had almost an RPG element to them? And of course, once again, EA didn't make use of the ESPN license, as they can't admit how far behind 2k they were.
I have to say the worst addition to the game this year is the new "traits" system, which allow each player to act like "himself" which sounds great in theory, but turns out to be the most infuriating feature of any Madden game. In other words, if the lone man who does the ratings at Madden deems my player "inconsistent" then by golly, he is going to throw passes anywhere he chooses, regardless of where I am trying to aim the ball.
Let me explain.
I had Jeremy Shockey running a mesh patten in front of me today. He had the linebacker beat by a good 3 yards. So, I, trying to make sure I got the first down, threw the ball at Shockey, and aimed it to be down and away from the defender to ensure he couldn't make a play on the ball.
INSTEAD, the LB stops exactly where he is, faces me, and Cam throws the ball right to him for an INT, nullifying any of the thought process that I had put into the throw.
It completely took the controller out of my hand for a pre-determined INT.. And this kind of thing happens on almost every play
In other words, unless you pick a select groups of QB's that the ratings "guru" has deemed worthy, you are stuck with a QB who is doomed to at least try to throw an INT every few passes or so. It may seem like an attempt at being "true to life," but all it does is take away the player's ability to play to the fullest extent of his ability-kinda like LameFlow last year, but now it's actually affecting gameplay.
Oh well. :banghead:
I just miss the days of being excited for these football games and being rewarded for it. Instead I've spent all day screaming at my television. Sadly, there are loads of other pestering issues with the game (challenge system is still broken 8 years after they initially added it) but I just needed to vent my main problems. Hope you guys are enjoying it.
Edited by Cat'sGrowl, 30 August 2011 - 10:05 PM.