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Old 12-15-2022, 10:18 AM   #1
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What Are Your Thoughts on Madden's Franchise Mode as We Head Towards Madden 24?



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Old 12-15-2022, 11:03 AM   #2
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Re: What are your thoughts on franchise mode going into 2023?

A few years ago we wanted them to innovate and make the mode better... Now i just wish i could play my franchise consistently without insane bugs, crashes, or the whole league disappearing.


They've done such an awful job with franchise that I have no more hopes and dreams for the mode. It's a total lost cause to think they'll ever meaningfully invest in the mode.
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Old 12-15-2022, 11:20 AM   #3
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Get what they have now to work without glitches. That shouldnít be a high bar, but it is for this dev team.
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Old 12-15-2022, 11:25 AM   #4
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They've done such an awful job with franchise that I have no more hopes and dreams for the mode. It's a total lost cause to think they'll ever meaningfully invest in the mode.[/QUOTE]

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I am an old idiot and don't have know how or time to have a gif just play but I get it. I have zero expectation that Franchise Mode will be much better any time soon. This is the first year ever that I have not started an Eagles franchise. I haven't played the game in at least a month. I started a 32 team franchise to get my sliders right and just haven't come back. I haven't had any desire to play this game .

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Itís decent for what it is, pretty much just a hub to hold annual stats. Thatís all it will be until they breath a life into it. All it really needs is an interactive news feed with actual sportscasters. They didnít really need to remove the background with the coach sitting at the desk, just replace that with a news desk and some sportscasters that say random things from around the league. That would significantly increase immersion.
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Old 12-15-2022, 01:18 PM   #6
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Re: What are your thoughts on franchise mode going into 2023?

Personally I think they need to start from scratch unfortuantely.

The user interface is pretty bad and sluggish and the franchise mode itself lacks depth. I would personally like to see the following done.

1. Scheduling is an absolute mess. Year two of my franchise I had FIVE straight homes games with my bye in the center. Also, the logic of when games occur is odd, but you have to walk before you run.

2. The draft and scouting needs a major glow up. These items should both have their own page with lots of analysis and variety but the scouting just feels weird and clunky. As for the draft, I literally cannot believe how poorly it is represented. 2 mins per pick, no cpu initiated trades, no drama, itís just brutally basic. The nfl draft creates so much buzz in real life.

3. Free agency is actually better but I wish theyíd take a page out of the NBA 2k playbook here.

4. Training, practices and how you manage your team should matter. Iíd love to again see implementation like 2K where individual and team workouts could have more of an impact.

5. There needs to be more to the Owner mode where relocating a team or managing expenses mattered. Right now itís really boring.

I know this is a lot but I know Iíve forgotten a ton of things. Itís sad when Madden 04-07 had more depth to its franchise mode than we do in Madden 23. Graphics and gameplay have improved IMO but part of these new systems is the CPU power and AI improvements around logic and being dynamic. EA, please put in some effort or I truly hope you lose your exclusive license
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Other than just getting rid of the various bugs, some things I would like to see:

-There should be different levels of franchise just like there are different modes of gameplay. Rookie mode should be easy to build a team, develop players build out your coaching skills etc, All-Madden should make trading, FA and player development much harder.

-Coaching skill trees need a major overhaul. There are two major problems with them as I see them: they are exactly the same for everyone, and the buffs they create are crazy OP. If you get the XP multiplier you can have a team of players at or near 99 in just a few years. The draft tree basically allows you to trade up for free. I intentionally stopped building the coaching trees to try to make the game a little harder.
Coaches should inherently be better and worse at certain things. I almost think it would be better like OOTP where there's some fog of war as to what impact you and your coaches actually have and you just sort of have to best guess it based on the coach's reputation and success.

-Scouting and drafting needs updating. I actually think it is much better than 2k is (2K's scouting/draft presentation is lowkey one of the worst things about it), it's just so slow and clunky. You can't sort by combine results or skills or anything like that. The menus jump around and are so glitchy. There's no actual in-game way to look at a player until you've drafted him. The draft presentation is totally non existent. Draft stories are not in the drafting/scouting tab.
IMO scouting should be a full-year experience; maybe you have pulse moments in certain weeks but you should learn more and more as the season goes on consistently. Maybe each week you can choose certain positions or players or regions to focus on to uncover more info. And you definitely shouldn't start at 0% like it does now, who knows 0% about the top prospects in the first week of the season?

-Get rid of the pre-loaded faces unless you have enough so that the entire league has unique faces. I have 5 identical guys in my starters. It's immersion breaking.

-I also think there should be more fog of war about your drafted players once you've drafted them. Maybe you don't see their actual rating but a range that their rating could be, like 73-81. Same with hidden dev maybe you see it's either normal/star, star/superstar, and superstar/xfactor. And over training camp and the season it becomes clearer and clearer what their actual skills are. That would be a cool and immersive way to figure out what you want to prioritize and make training camp (if they bring it back) or preseason fun.

-Free agency should be more conversational. Its too forced the way it is, you just make an offer, see if it's more appealing than the competition, and you can adjust until it is. That's not how it would really work. You should be able to make an offer and wait for a response: either accepted, or a counter, or to hear that another team is offering more that you can choose to match, beat more, or rescind your offer.

-Trades should have more than 3 slots per side.

-There should be a cap table page that helps you understand what your cap actually looks like and what certain moves would do to it. The NFL cap is so complicated and trades aren't clear about the actual stuff you're doing to your cap when you make trades.

-There should be more and easy ways to see historical stats. The "hall of fame" is just a list of players with their "legacy score" whatever that is. You should be able to jump in, see a player's stats & ratings across each season, specific trophies and specific awards they won, etc.

-Also it would be cool if players retired and became coaches like in 2K.
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Itís decent for what it is, pretty much just a hub to hold annual stats. Thatís all it will be until they breath a life into it. All it really needs is an interactive news feed with actual sportscasters. They didnít really need to remove the background with the coach sitting at the desk, just replace that with a news desk and some sportscasters that say random things from around the league. That would significantly increase immersion.

So agree, on a personal level this is all I really need to enjoy franchise mode for a few years. IMMERSION, Active investment of what's going on IN YOUR FRANCHISE with stats, record breaking and playoff immersion, the last college football game had it, don't see why another EA football game can't do the same.
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