So I’ve had my chance to play Madden 13 for a while now and I’ve been spending most of my time, as with last year, playing Ultimate Team. Now I will admit that it feels more and more like a micro transaction cash grab but I’m still having a blast without spending anything.
You can buy packs of cards with coins that you earn from playing games and selling things on the auction house but you can also pay Microsoft Points(read: cash) for them. I already paid $60 for the game, I don’t want to spend more on virtual cards. I might buy some at some point but I absolutely will not play if I can’t have fun without spending cash. I don’t have any problem with other people being able to spend cash if they want to though. I don’t like playing online so I don’t care what other people do.
Last year the, the key to the coin economy was the collections. You could send your cards to a collection from which they were irretrievable. If you got all the cards for that collection, you were rewarded with bonus coins and sometimes bonus cards. These were decent amounts of coins too. You could get 50k coins for some of the collections where good packs cost 9k. This did two things. First, you could collect the collections yourself, but that was hard when you start. More importantly, it made cards worth something. You could sell those bronze and silver uniforms on the auction house and get money from people trying to complete collections.
This year, the collections aren’t worth nearly as much, so we’ve got to find another way. So far, I’ve got a system that seems to be working reasonably well. They have added solo challenges for those of us who don’t want to play online. They’re adding some on weekly but the ones there are enough of to do consistently are the regular season challenges. You play against all of the weeks of a team’s schedule in order. There’s one for each of the 32 teams. The games are worth progressively more and more and get harder and harder.
As I said, the games get harder and harder, so pick a team who’s week 16 opponent is really bad and the 11-15 aren’t too hard.
The first 4 or so games are on rookie difficulty and are absurdly easy to beat. The next couple are pretty easy too. If you have any good players, sit them and play the scrubs from your starter pack, you can still win easily. Doing this for each team will get you 3k+ coins. Once you’ve gotten a good team, you can use this money to buy contract extensions for your good players. If you’re just starting, you can buy a couple of the 3k packs to get you some halfway decent players. Alternatively, since they have removed the minimum auction start, you can actually find some good players on the auction house. Buy yourself a nice RB or QB. I got a 92 Steven Jackson for 1,700.
You can build your team up like this for a bit and put your good players back in to complete the season challenge. In addition to getting a good amount of coins from this(usually enough to get a 9k pack) you get a “Key Pack” for completing the last game. This contains 1 card which is needed to complete a specific collection. You can sell this on the market or use it, they’re pretty good cards.
For now at least you can repeat this process to earn some coins to get some good packs without paying cash. My team is at 89 now and going strong.
Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.