It’s been a while since I’ve bought a new Madden. Before today, Madden 10 was my most recent copy.
After reading some pleasant reviews and raves about how the new Careers Mode is so much better than the old Franchise Mode I decided to buy it.
Sixty-five bucks with tax. That ain’t chump change.
I’ve spent the evening with Madden 13 and I am so pissed at EA Sports right now I can barely contain myself.
Maybe I’m not your typical Madden player. I love Franchise Mode. Don’t f**k with it. Make it better, but don’t f**k with it. I’ve been playing Franchise Mode for almost a decade and there are plenty of suggestions I could make that would improve the experience.
And don’t bring up that NFL Head Coach game again. It sucked.
I didn’t play Madden to actually play the game. I love the feeling of being a GM. Running a franchise from top to bottom. Hiring and firing coaches, training staffs, managing ticket prices to ensure profitability, stadium renovations, the ability to relocate — all that. Those were my favorite parts of the game.
This year EA Sports has removed so many of the features I loved that I feel like I’m playing a completely different game. It’s mind boggling.
Let me list the things that you can’t do that I’ve found so far (in no particular order):
You can’t import NCAA Draft classes. That’s right, this is half the reason people bought NCAA Football in the first place. Nice one, EA.
You can’t have more than one Franchise at a time on the same console. You and your roommate now need two different XBOX’s, an internet connection, and two different copies of Madden 13 to play against each other in the same league. This is true for OFFLINE MODE ALSO. WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?
There is no player editing of any kind in Coach Career. I used to love to summon my inner Belichick and make an awesome LE out of a strong, but quick LOLB. Or make a big SS a ROLB. That’s how I built a strong defense over the course of 4-5 years.
But that’s not all. In addition to not being able to change player positions, you can’t edit player numbers, you can’t edit their equipment, nothing. The roster EA made is the roster you are stuck with. You didn’t want all that freedom anyway did you?
You can’t be a GM. Only a coach or a player. As I mentioned above, this removes almost everything I liked about Madden.
The menus suck so bad, I can’t believe someone got paid to design them. If you like jumping around from screen to screen, with as many button presses as possible, then this game is for you.
Example: I am looking at the depth chart and I wonder how my RB2 is doing this season. No player cards here. Nope, you gotta go back out of the Personnel Menu and then to the Statistics Menu where you click on the Season Stats menu where you see the stats. Then you have to go all the way back to the Depth Chart again to do whatever it was you were doing. By the time I get back there I forgot what I was doing. I used to be able to press the right stick. Unf**kingexcusable.
You can’t import a created player into Coach Career. Sometimes it was fun to make a sweet prospect to see who drafted him. Then you could follow up a few years later to see if he ever ended up being worth a s**t. Not anymore.
You can’t even WATCH your own team play without playing. Did you like watching the team you built play a game on their own? Well, f**k you, it’s not in this game. You either gotta play or simulate. Did you like the play-by-play simulation? It’s gone too. and even after you hit simulate, it doesn’t simulate right away. You guessed it! It makes you go to another f**king menu to see who won. At least you can access game stats from that same menu.
No “Simulate to End” or “In-Game Saving”. If you do happen to be playing and are taking a severe ass kicking (or giving one) and you don’t feel like playing the game anymore then you have two choices: keep playing or quit.
No Fantasy Draft. Also fun. Also not in this game.
IF YOU LOVE MADDEN FRANCHISE MODE, DO NOT BUY THIS GAME. THEY TOOK OUT EVERYTHING THAT WASN’T NAILED DOWN. I WANT MY GOD DAMN MONEY BACK.
If I’m wrong about some of these things and they are possible and I couldn’t find them, then it’s still EA Sports’ fault for not making the s**t easy to find. I’ve been playing this game for 15 f**king years — I should know how to find s**t. Did I mention how much these menus suck?
F**k this game. I’m booting up my Madden 10 right after I put this fraud up on eBay.► Read more articles written by Jp14.
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