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Old 11-18-2017, 10:18 PM   #17
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If I stand correct, the biggest gripe about this yearís game is the micro-transactions. Gameplay from what Iíve seen is amazing.


The micro transactions definitely were a complaint at launch, but i think after an early adjustment in pricing, it has died down a little bit.

Most people seem to appreciate the gameplay, although Iíve seen it as a step back from last year. I think a large part of that is due to the new engine tho. Just my opinion.


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Big difference between 2K and Madden is that 2K actually gets a lot of realistic gameplay aspects right whereas Madden gets hardly any at all. 2K can do what it wants because their gameplay backs it up. Madden has been an atrocity for years so it cannot follow the same path.


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You are correct about the gameplay aspect, but publicly, on metacritic, a lot of people let 2k have it for the microtransactions and the score reflected at the time.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:22 PM   #19
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You are correct about the gameplay aspect, but publicly, on metacritic, a lot of people let 2k have it for the microtransactions and the score reflected at the time.


I think it goes back to being such a big issue at launch, whereas it isnít now. Accessories and cosmetics were too expensive, and on top of that, many game modes werenít giving currency payouts like they were supposed to. It honestly appeared as though 2K was trying to sucker people into buying additional VC at launch. Once things got ironed out, it didnít seem to be as much of a problem. Iíve had more gameplay gripes such as clipping issues and pitiful AI more so than micro transactions.


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I think it goes back to being such a big issue at launch, whereas it isnít now. Accessories and cosmetics were too expensive, and on top of that, many game modes werenít giving currency payouts like they were supposed to. It honestly appeared as though 2K was trying to sucker people into buying additional VC at launch. Once things got ironed out, it didnít seem to be as much of a problem. Iíve had more gameplay gripes such as clipping issues and pitiful AI more so than micro transactions.


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I was just referring back to your initial post where you said 2k can do anything it wants.

I disagreed with that because of the initial outcry of the microtransactions and I agree, it's died down since then.
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Make it sound so simple that is so easy to tell the NFL that EA is doing an injustice to it's customers when the sales don't confirm that, the NFL and EA have a pretty solid agreement and the NFLPA and EA are strong, too.
I don't even think the upset fans are EA's biggest problem at this point.

Belgium is currently investigating Battlefront II and EA for Gambling tactics.
http://fortune.com/2017/11/15/star-w...oot-box-crate/

What happens if microtransactions are looked into a little more deeply within EA? Now Battlefront is under the microscope, but that could in turn lead to FIFA, Madden, and other titles....

With the stress EA has put on competitive gaming, and the money that is circulating around that, one could easily make the argument that MUT packs are a form of gambling to enhance your chances to win money from one of these tournaments.

It's a slippery slope, and I think with the attention that Battlefront has drawn with microtransactions, that this could be the beginning of another Sam Keller like event.

So with all the issues the NFL is dealing with now, would they be willing to fall on their sword for EA if something like that ever went to court?
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You are correct about the gameplay aspect, but publicly, on metacritic, a lot of people let 2k have it for the microtransactions and the score reflected at the time.
EA or 2K doesn't give a hoot what their user reviews on Metacritic are, those bad reviews are from people who bought the game. I would be willing to wager that 90% of the people who gave it a negative score will be back next year with the same complaint.

As far as EA implementing loot boxes into madden franchise mode, it could easily be done. Madden has gone to a XP system with upgrading coaches, players, or scouting an opponent. Just reduce the amount of XP earned in games by 2/3 and supplement that with a loot box system.

I don't play MUT, because I hate loot boxes and pay to win. Hopefully MUT satisfies EA's money thirst enough to leave the other modes alone.
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I don't even think the upset fans are EA's biggest problem at this point.

Belgium is currently investigating Battlefront II and EA for Gambling tactics.
http://fortune.com/2017/11/15/star-w...oot-box-crate/

What happens if microtransactions are looked into a little more deeply within EA? Now Battlefront is under the microscope, but that could in turn lead to FIFA, Madden, and other titles....

With the stress EA has put on competitive gaming, and the money that is circulating around that, one could easily make the argument that MUT packs are a form of gambling to enhance your chances to win money from one of these tournaments.

It's a slippery slope, and I think with the attention that Battlefront has drawn with microtransactions, that this could be the beginning of another Sam Keller like event.

So with all the issues the NFL is dealing with now, would they be willing to fall on their sword for EA if something like that ever went to court?
A lot of if's being thrown about.

Madden keeps the status quo with MUT, there will be no issues going forward.
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EA or 2K doesn't give a hoot what their user reviews on Metacritic are, those bad reviews are from people who bought the game. I would be willing to wager that 90% of the people who gave it a negative score will be back next year with the same complaint.

As far as EA implementing loot boxes into madden franchise mode, it could easily be done. Madden has gone to a XP system with upgrading coaches, players, or scouting an opponent. Just reduce the amount of XP earned in games by 2/3 and supplement that with a loot box system.

I don't play MUT, because I hate loot boxes and pay to win. Hopefully MUT satisfies EA's money thirst enough to leave the other modes alone.
I was pretty sure that Madden took the Metacritic scores pretty seriously. I couldn't tell you about 2k about how seriously they take their Metacritic scores.

I don't play MUT and I agree with you on leaving the other modes alone.
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