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Maddenoliday!

NFL Roster Update 13, I mean Madden 13 comes out tomorrow and as I am every year, I’m pumped.

I am one of the millions of chumps who shell out $60 every year for the new Madden.  It’s fun to have the current rosters.  It’s fun to see how the year to year changes affect gameplay.  It provides its share of entertainment every year.

For a long time, my go-to mode was Franchise mode.  In this mode, you play through a season with your team, including injuries, trades and hopefully the postseason.  Then you can go through the offseason making trades, signing contracts and the draft.  Then you move on to next season.  Sounds like a job?  I can see that, but to me, it allows me to build something rather than just playing games.  You also don’t have to play every game, you can simulate through them if you want.

A number of years ago they added superstar mode, which allows you to play a single player.  The novelty was fun but it gets old fast to not be involved in every play.

The new hotness that started 2 years ago is Ultimate Team.  It’s ultimate, so it must be the best, right?  Right!  It is admittedly, straight up odd.  Ultimate Team is a combination of a CCG(like Magic: The Gathering if you’re not familiar) and Madden.  You start off with a pack of cards of players.  The cards you have are the players you have available and your starting pack will be backups from a bunch of different teams in the league.  When you play games against the computer or against people online, you will earn coins.  With these coins, you can purchase packs of cards.  Bronze packs are cheap but have bad players.  Silver and Gold are better but cost double or triple the price.  You can also put your cards up for auction or bid on other people’s auctions.  There are also collections of cards you can complete for bonus coins and special reward cards.  Of course, you can use real money to buy coins, but you don’t need to, at least you didn’t last year.

This mode hits so many things I love.  I get to build a team that is persistent, it reminds me of collecting cards, but is easier to do on a computer, I can play games with my collection against my friends.  It’s just a blast.  I can only hope that this year’s is just as good.  I guess I’ll find out tomorrow.

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    • Deep Fried Neil
    • August 28th, 2012

    Normally I’d agree with the “roster update 13” remark but this year clearly looks and feels different. Moving to a new physics engine will no doubt improve on some of the bad elements. I’ve been playing Madden since Madden 94 on the SNES and it looks like this is one of those years where they actually did something. IMO that last great “improvement” came back on the PS2/Xbox days when they added the hit stick, these new physics will hopefully be the next big jump, I’m hoping.

      • EclecticGamer
      • August 28th, 2012

      I have not played the demo, so that was really just a joke.

      I’m generally an easy going guy, so I’ll enjoy the game even if there aren’t epic changes, and any that do exist are just bonus.

      I will say that the hit stick is the last real game changer that I remember.

      I am excited to try out the Kinect functionality, even if it’s just a gimmick.

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