games are never the same when they are free. If you paid the $60 for it, you would think it was awesome and encourage others to buy it.
bad games cause more resentment..
I will agree that the fluff is really unnecessary, but the core game play is solid.
I play Ultimate Team, which I believe is the best way to play (Pick your players, tailor your team to a play style, pick uniforms, play online head to head), but it takes some investment and patience. But you avoid "crappy" teams and players for the most part, allowing you to rely on your game play and skill.
Fluff and such aside, the core game play is excellent, and a lot has been invested in it to make it legit. I'm not sure what your issues are, but unfortunately my opinion has always been that complainers of the core game play just aren't good at this type of video game. You have to be good to have fun. Madden isn't really a game you just pick up and play.
I am pretty good at the game so I have a lot of opinions.
pretty much the truth. Most things people complain about aren't things that hamper my game.
However, as someone who has played Madden over the last decade and more, I'm done with EA... at least for a while.