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Old 08-10-2004, 01:34 AM   #1
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Well that was... different

So I played my first game, default All-Pro, with all the aids off. My Bears at home vs. Rams. 7min quarters, no accelerated clock.

The thing that really struck me as weird was the final score. I won 16-3. I can't remember the last time I scored under 20 in a game of Madden, much less hold the CPU to a field goal, and on All-Pro.

The defense really *is* stepped up this year, and I like it. But I don't think the Bears should have been able to hold the Rams to 3. And when I play, I play LB's exclusively on defense. All the DB stuff is handled by the AI.

I rushed for 160+ yards with the Jones/Thomas combo. The running game was pretty damn easy just by putting in audibles the ran in two different directions. If the CPU stacks the strong side, audible weak. And vice-versa. They never adjusted after I called my audible.

Another thing I found wonky was that well into the game, when it was all but a given that I would run on 1st down, the CPU lines up in a Nickel. A lot. Or a 3-4, with the LB's spread out real thin. Easy pickings for runs up the gut.

But it wasn't all gravy, not by any means. Especially considering the score. I kicked 3 FG's, and was able to grind out a rushing TD on a 3rd & goal from the 2. In the end, I lost the ball twice on fumbles, but picked off Bulger three times.

Obviously, I'm going to play more to see if the CPU continues to be the victim of the defensive AI, but I was really surprised at what a defensive battle that game was.

Oh, and kicking is a whole lot harder than what I'm accostomed to. I think I shanked 2 punts, and booted a kickoff out of bounds. You really gotta watch that friggin meter.

So far, I am impressed. The AI does a fine job of playing the pass, and guarding the flats. About the only thing I saw from an AI stand point was when your receivers finish running their routes, they just stand there. Like, frozen.

Ah well, I'll be putting some serious time into this game tomorrow.
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Old 08-10-2004, 01:38 AM   #2
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i actually thought passing was extraordinaryily easy on All-Pro, but that's what sliders are for. i was 34-36 with 400 yards... first game.

crazy though i'm sure sliders will help me out.

i couldn't run inside AT ALL, but outside all day. still, i'm impressed with how Madden feels now. less scripted and i can tell there are a ton more animations
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i actually thought passing was extraordinaryily easy on All-Pro, but that's what sliders are for. i was 34-36 with 400 yards... first game.

crazy though i'm sure sliders will help me out.

i couldn't run inside AT ALL, but outside all day. still, i'm impressed with how Madden feels now. less scripted and i can tell there are a ton more animations
Wow. Quite a difference from what I saw. I should have noted my pass stats, but I didn't. I completed some, but just as many were knocked out of my receivers hands with a big tackle, or were swatted down altogether.

I was very pleased with how the CPU defended against my passing game.
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Actually, that's a good thing. i was probably on fire or something, which is fine with me. i'm sure sliders will improve the quality of games for me.

i still think the running game in Madden is horrible though. that's one lesson they need to learn from ESPN. ESPN flat out gets the running game right. their DB AI sucks buttholes, but man, running is just feels good.

I'll have to tweak Madden, but it looks to be a pretty decent game out of the box, which is better than what i've thought in years past. it feels less scripted this year to me, like not every tackle is the same, and that it's more like real football. i don't know, just early impressions.
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Actually, that's a good thing. i was probably on fire or something, which is fine with me. i'm sure sliders will improve the quality of games for me.

i still think the running game in Madden is horrible though. that's one lesson they need to learn from ESPN. ESPN flat out gets the running game right. their DB AI sucks buttholes, but man, running is just feels good.

I'll have to tweak Madden, but it looks to be a pretty decent game out of the box, which is better than what i've thought in years past. it feels less scripted this year to me, like not every tackle is the same, and that it's more like real football. i don't know, just early impressions.
Well, I'll say this much for the running game vs. ESPN. In ESPN, my blockers blow assignments ALL THE TIME. I can't tell you how many times I've been on an off-tackle run out of the I, and my FB takes off to block the CB or some crap, while the OLB comes in and smashes my face.

That didn't happen once in the game of Madden I played. The blocking was perfect.
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i agree there. ESPN pisses me off there. "WTF was he doing!!!!!!!"

but the feeling of ESPN is right on, how the RB moves through the line... now running up players asses. Madden is getting a little better though, that's for sure. 3 years ago Madden's running game was absolutely horrid, now it's bearable. it'd be nice to see VC and EA come together and make a football game where they could mix the best of both. aint gonna happen though. for now, we're left with like some of this and some of that and choosing what's truly important.
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i agree there. ESPN pisses me off there. "WTF was he doing!!!!!!!"

but the feeling of ESPN is right on, how the RB moves through the line... now running up players asses. Madden is getting a little better though, that's for sure. 3 years ago Madden's running game was absolutely horrid, now it's bearable. it'd be nice to see VC and EA come together and make a football game where they could mix the best of both. aint gonna happen though. for now, we're left with like some of this and some of that and choosing what's truly important.
That about sums it up, yep. The thing I like most about ESPN's running game is how it animates. That's really what it comes down to, I think. When your HB skirts between two guys and gets skinny, and the blocking and tackling animations,.. it's just perfect. If Madden could do that, which I wouldn't be surprised to see some steps toward next year, it'd be nirvana.
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with ESPN, i've always felt like i'm watching a real game, with Madden, i always feel like it's a video game. though this year Madden feels more fluid, more lifelike. strange. but yep, you're absolutely right. sometimes i'll be playing ESPN and i'm like, "damn that's how it'd be in real life" when i see the running.

stupid DB AI sux in ESPN though...
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