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Old 07-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #41
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Any word on when the demo is going to be released?
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:24 AM   #42
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Cool stuff. Generally, I'd prefer this time went into the playbook/huddle, but I guess it's better than nothing.

Pre-play Mechanics sound cool.

Max Protext is welcomed.

Pre-play coverage adjustments sounds great. But...
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Quick Tip: Using this functionality mixed in with our Individual coverage adjustments is a great way to throw off opponents who may be keen to your global coverage adjustments. Individual coverage adjustments are taught in skills trainer.
is this saying these are available for individual defenders or not available?

QB contain mechanic being improved is great. I like that it's been added to some plays, but it should be added to ALL plays and simply be called contain. And I hope it helps agains outside runs.

Bluff blitz sounds incomplete. Didn't Madden have something similar where defenders would bluff blitzes PRIOR to the snap? Is that still in or has this replaced it? Both techniques should be in the game. And this is something I wish were added to the playbook/huddle in addition to pre-play.

I'm still waiting for the day they get away from the screen jump for the fake snap and use head/shoulder movement & voice inflection instead. The current function is ugly and not very sim.

Any improvements to adaptive AI are welcomed, but some of this sounds off & incomplete. Since AI QBs are audibling against our look, we need complete control over the look. Disguised Coverage Shells is incmplete. And how does the AI QB know what defense we called? Many schemes look the same.

Though some folks abuse it, I'll never like these limitations put on audibling for a few reasons: Not every adjustment requires drawn out verbal & physical communication. QBs & WRs often communication with just a look or discrete signal. Very quick. Also, the playbooks are not tiered like they should be and last I remember, route combinations are missing from most, if not all formations. Some folks "create plays" at the LOS because of the limitations of Madden's playbooks. Also, QBs make changes in & while leaving the huddle. Lastly, more icons? Really?

Play Types sound decent, but again, incomplete. Again, not sure why they didn't add contain assignments to every play. Disguising shells sounds limiting. Wide formations? I've heard of the wide 9 technique, but I'm not sure what a wide formation is. And that's not what stops outside runs. Individual assignments, discipline & technique stops outside runs.

I won't be happy with the kicking game until they get rid of the meters, but they're adding more.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:30 AM   #43
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I'm still waiting for the day they get away from the screen jump for the fake snap and use head/shoulder movement & voice inflection instead. The current function is ugly and not very sim.
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:50 AM   #44
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Now next gen madden (25) was the first madden game I enjoyed since the ps2 days. While not perfect it showed nice improvement from it 360 counterpart. EA must of been listening through my Kinect because everything I complains about has been resolved. Qbs are automatic, Fixed. I can have everybody in hook zones and still they don't play the sticks, Fixed. Defence is underpowered, Fixed. Wind is, fixed. How about qb contai... Fixed. Harder kicking, fixed. Ummm mouth guards?... There's only so much we can do! Now all in all EA still has a ways to go butt this is one heck of a year for madden if everything works.
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Old 07-25-2014, 01:02 PM   #45
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Based on this offseason I would guess that 2 months out everyones discussing the improvements they'd like added, 1 month out everyone is buzzing about all the great stuff that's being hyped by the EA train and a month after release everyones complaining about the implementation of said great stuff.

I hate to play devil's advocate, and I'll be the first to admit that they're saying all the right things, but some of you guys seem to have learned nothing the last 10 years. The higher your expectations, the further they could fall. With that said, I hope to have my tempered expectations blown away. I reeeeeally want to be surprised.
That reality set in years ago for me with regard to Madden. However, there has always been enough there for me to enjoy the game for what it was. And that's enough to justify a purchase for me. I just want to have some fun with an NFL sim and I personally get that from Madden. Is it enough? No, honestly. I know how unrealistic it is to expect Madden to be my dream football game; so I don't. I would have moved on a looong time ago. There are enough quality games out there to occupy my time. I guess it just gets to a point where you either accept the game for what it is (and attempting to be), or just move on from Madden gaming altogether. Incessantly complaining doesn't do any good so why bother. We should all have a pretty good idea of where Madden is with respect to our expectations by now. It's not likely to change anytime soon. But I am personally excited by the info contained in this new blog and cautiously optimistic about this new teams direction. I am excited about Madden now and I know full well that it wont be my "dream" NFL game. It will have some shortcomings, I see them already. But I have also seen enough to know that this will one of the better Maddens and that it will be a fun solid addition to my game lineup. It's not all or nothing.
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Very good read. First blog that actually peaked my interest.
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I'm still waiting for the day they get away from the screen jump for the fake snap and use head/shoulder movement & voice inflection instead. The current function is ugly and not very sim.
Maybe I misunderstand your message, but in real football, any head/shoulder movement by the QB to draw the defenders offsides is a false start.
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Maybe I misunderstand your message, but in real football, any head/shoulder movement by the QB to draw the defenders offsides is a false start.
Exaggerated head/shoulder movement is a penalty.

It's hard to bark out cadences without moving your head/shoulders at all.

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