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Old 05-11-2018, 12:19 PM   #1
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‘Member When Madden Had These Features?

I came across this gem on reddit that shows all the features that were gutted over the years:
https://m.imgur.com/a/SbrjRsy

Some of these features are roughly 15 years old...
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:28 PM   #2
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Flawed? Sure. But much, much better than nothing. Nothing more to say.
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Oh, almost forgot.


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I came across this gem on reddit that shows all the features that were gutted over the years:
https://m.imgur.com/a/SbrjRsy

Some of these features are roughly 15 years old...
Now I have a crazy strong need to play Madden 2005...
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Reading this I just bought madden 04 lol

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Oh. This again. Let's see:

- the Minicamp games in franchise mode were replaced by a subset of the drills in Skills Trainer, and Skills Trainer is a far more effective tool for teaching people how to play Madden.

- League and team news is a feature in current franchise mode with the same function, it just doesn't look like a newspaper because newspapers are archaic

- Live Opponents would be a nice feature to have back but it's way down the priority list given that online franchise now exists. If I want to play my friend in a franchise game, I'll just invite him in.

- WR Spotlight is still in the game, I use it all the time

- Madden Moments is still in the game, it was rebuilt into Ultimate Team's weekly content drops

- the current Weekly Gameplan feature is a more effective teaching and training tool than any weekly gameplan feature which existed in past Maddens

- player retirements are still viewable in the league transaction screen during the offseason

- per-player career stat tracking is very much a part of M18's franchise mode in the player card

- career-ending injuries are still in M18's franchise mode

- injury rehabilitation options are part of M18 franchise mode within the Big Decisions component

- player training drills are part of franchise mode in the Weekly Training feature

There's some legitimate stuff here - restricted free agency, coaching staffs, draft classes - but there's a lot of inaccuracy, misrepresentation, and padding because "EA keeps taking stuff out of the game" is an easy thing to post on Reddit for upvotes.

Finally, as a statement of opinion, I think Owner Mode is terrible and should be cut entirely from the game, so any omission with respect to ticket prices, concessions, stadium upgrades and sponsorships, etc. I simply do not care about at all.
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Oh. This again. Let's see:



- the Minicamp games in franchise mode were replaced by a subset of the drills in Skills Trainer, and Skills Trainer is a far more effective tool for teaching people how to play Madden.



- League and team news is a feature in current franchise mode with the same function, it just doesn't look like a newspaper because newspapers are archaic



- Live Opponents would be a nice feature to have back but it's way down the priority list given that online franchise now exists. If I want to play my friend in a franchise game, I'll just invite him in.



- WR Spotlight is still in the game, I use it all the time



- Madden Moments is still in the game, it was rebuilt into Ultimate Team's weekly content drops



- the current Weekly Gameplan feature is a more effective teaching and training tool than any weekly gameplan feature which existed in past Maddens



- player retirements are still viewable in the league transaction screen during the offseason



- per-player career stat tracking is very much a part of M18's franchise mode in the player card



- career-ending injuries are still in M18's franchise mode



- injury rehabilitation options are part of M18 franchise mode within the Big Decisions component



- player training drills are part of franchise mode in the Weekly Training feature



There's some legitimate stuff here - restricted free agency, coaching staffs, draft classes - but there's a lot of inaccuracy, misrepresentation, and padding because "EA keeps taking stuff out of the game" is an easy thing to post on Reddit for upvotes.



Finally, as a statement of opinion, I think Owner Mode is terrible and should be cut entirely from the game, so any omission with respect to ticket prices, concessions, stadium upgrades and sponsorships, etc. I simply do not care about at all.


I’d like to address some of this.

-People still get their sports news from newspapers/magazines. Saying that they’re archaic is a bit...incorrect, IMO. The old NCAA games had a Sports Illustrated cover that was really, really cool. Why can’t Madden do that?

-The drills in Franchise weren’t for people learning to play Madden (while they can be and are encouraged), but for player development. This whole XP system is severely flawed as a whole.

-Where is this WR Spotlight you speak of?

-I don’t want to count MUT Moments as Madden Moments. Throwback to Madden 02’s Greatest Games where you could go to any era and, yes, play through some of the greatest games ever. Those are true Madden Moments IMO.

-The weekly gameplan feature is okay. Not on the level of 2K5, but I’m not opening up that can of worms.

-I hardly see career-ending injuries and I’ve dabbled in about 30-40 Franchises since release. Do they happen? Yes, but not on the level that they should. MLB The Show is a great example of implementing this.


Lastly, EA DOES take stuff out of the game. Quality in Franchise Mode. Superstar Mode. The ability to completely customize any player. Create-A-Team. Create-A-Fan. Create-A-Play. Out-of-franchise salary adjustments. Contract holdouts.

Just because you don’t like it, doesn’t mean it should be scrapped...
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Old 05-12-2018, 02:02 AM   #8
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I put this in the Rex Dickson thread, but it seems appropriate here:

And here's the rub that a lot of people don't understand or follow: Moonlight Swami asking people what they want to see in CFM/Franchise mode:

While there are plenty of real reasons as to why its not simple to bring those things back, especially the way they were, I totally understand the frustration
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