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Old 12-18-2017, 04:36 PM   #9
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Re: Madden 18 is 4th Best Selling Game of 2017

Ok...I'm going to be Debbie Downer.

The fact that Madden is the only NFL football game could be a reason why the game sold so well. With that said, there could be other reasons......

Maybe the buying public doesnt think the game is as bad as OS and other online forums think it is?

Maybe the buying public doesnt care about CFM that much and is happy that they are focusing MUT and other online games?

Maybe the buying public likes modes like Longshot?


EA just released a game where the devs were open about not adding much to franchise (the focus of most hardcore sports gamers) and that had screwed up offline gameplay for the first 3 mos of release because of the QB AI issue...and its still in the top 5.
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Old 12-18-2017, 04:43 PM   #10
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I ask this question as sincerely as possible:

Why should we as gamers care about Madden's sales numbers? How do those numbers materially affect our individual and shared experience with the game we have in our hands?
I personally don't care. Madden, like COD is a successful game by the only metric that really matters and that's sells. COD gets a lot of hate for being the same every year, every year it's one of the best sellers. Madden isn't that different.

I won't lie though and say that I don't like the fact that an NBA game that technically has competition is not only outselling Madden, but breaking its own records every year. That to me shows that a yearly sports game can serve different masters in terms of depth and "sim" features (not either or) and still be a critical and commercial success.

From a business perspective I understand, Madden doesn't have to change a thing and it'll still make money. NBA2K doesn't either. But I also believe that 2K's success, which is insane for an NBA game and growing, is in part because of it's depth. Madden makes money and is a success , but aren't sales actually down? 2K is breaking its own records each year. More than anything I just feel like 2K being where it is at least warrants a look at more depth and features. If 2K wasn't outselling Madden you think that Rex would have responded the way he did? I don't. I think that's good for gamers, all of us. Now whether anything comes of it, IDK. But I think a better case can be made if you can point an example of another game doing it and being successful. That's about the only value I see as a gamer in knowing the sales.
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I ask this question as sincerely as possible:

Why should we as gamers care about Madden's sales numbers? How do those numbers materially affect our individual and shared experience with the game we have in our hands?
You know the answer to this. The underlying tone here is hope that the game will not sell well. And that the lack of sales will somehow correlate to mass dissatisfaction with CFM/Sim aspects of the game which would in turn inspire developer's to prioritize/focus on sim aspects to improve sales. Longshot (no pun intended) in so many ways.........
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Ok...I'm going to be Debbie Downer.

The fact that Madden is the only NFL football game could be a reason why the game sold so well. With that said, there could be other reasons......

Maybe the buying public doesnt think the game is as bad as OS and other online forums think it is?

Maybe the buying public doesnt care about CFM that much and is happy that they are focusing MUT and other online games?

Maybe the buying public likes modes like Longshot?


EA just released a game where the devs were open about not adding much to franchise (the focus of most hardcore sports gamers) and that had screwed up offline gameplay for the first 3 mos of release because of the QB AI issue...and its still in the top 5.
Why is this being a Debbie Downer? I don't think anything you said is particularly controversial.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:52 PM   #13
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You know the answer to this. The underlying tone here is hope that the game will not sell well. And that the lack of sales will somehow correlate to mass dissatisfaction with CFM/Sim aspects of the game which would in turn inspire developer's to prioritize/focus on sim aspects to improve sales. Longshot (no pun intended) in so many ways.........
And with the hopes and dreams that Madden sales will tank so badly that the NFL takes notice and hands the keys to another developer.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:34 AM   #14
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Overall total sales units are what EA will care about...not necessarily what place in game sales they finish the year at.
Every company has a goal of increasing sales on THEIR previous year, while also hopefully lowering expenditures.
Even if Madden finished at the top of the chart, if sales were down year to year, they're not going to be happy.

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Could quite also be the most returned sports game this year, maybe second to 2K. Most of my friends who bought it returned it within a week. Iím not using that as my point of reference, but from what Iíve seen, thereís a lot of negativity surrounding this game, and most of it is deserved.


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Could quite also be the most returned sports game this year, maybe second to 2K. Most of my friends who bought it returned it within a week. Iím not using that as my point of reference, but from what Iíve seen, thereís a lot of negativity surrounding this game, and most of it is deserved.


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I canít see how this would matter from EAís perspective. Moreover, with the increase in digital downloads and profit margins for downloads vs physical copies the ability to return the game, will be a thing of th past.


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