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  • They improved the gang tackling, but I still see alot of times a back carrying a defender for 5 yards while 4 defenders stand by and wait until he breaks the tackle to do anything. If your going to focus on improving any area you should do a very good job on it.

    Without any competition it doens't seem like they have any motivation to work hard at it.


    • And stop taking away **** that is good, like the Old franchise was so good in 06. The new Franchise is like madden 03


      • Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
        And stop taking away **** that is good, like the Old franchise was so good in 06. The new Franchise is like madden 03
        Yes, its like every time they have a good idea it goes away the next year lol


        • I think this was a CLASSY move by EA Sports. Why not celebrate the tremendous career of Favre. What's more is he had so much FUN playing the game. I think it was a great move.

          Unfortunately, I foresee an accident involving Favre. He will be hospitalized at some point during the season. The madden curse SHALL LIVE ON!!!

          Thanks BoneKrusher! The Sig King!


          • It's amazing how people seem to think they already know anything about Madden '09 and its improvements from last year.

            EA has been silent on many of its new features, but today they've finally started talking. A very big new feature is the online franchise with up to 32 players.
            Last edited by mqtirishfan; 04-25-2008, 10:12 PM.


            • Originally posted by ChargerCohen View Post
              I just have to add that this cover turns me on.
              I haven't bought a Madden game since 06, but I'll buy this one just so I can see that cover every time I open the game.

              Hitman D

              "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau


              • Ohh Really, online franchise nice. How about game play...???

                Reminds me of Brett Favre's NFL qb club 1998 had it for the 64.


                • Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
                  Ohh Really, online franchise nice. How about game play...???

                  Reminds me of Brett Favre's NFL qb club 1998 had it for the 64.
                  Sorry, I kind of mistyped. I meant online leagues, but it's an online league that has trades, drafts, etc. Almost a franchise.

                  As for everything else, here's the list that just came out:
                  Originally posted by maddenplanet
                  * Level the playing field: An all-new Adaptive Difficulty Engine assesses your proficiency in the core skills areas of football, then tailors the experience to match your playing style. An innovative, all-new virtual Training Center allows you to fine-tune your game in a holographic environment, while EA SPORTS BackTrack provides customized feedback, giving you a chance to learn from your mistakes. Then, take what you've learned and run the play again with EA SPORTS Rewind.

                  * Beyond broadcast presentation: Set your sights on the Vince Lombardi Trophy in an all-new network television-style broadcast as Cris Collinsworth and Tom Hammond call the action from the booth. A more immersive and visually stunning presentation package also includes a new Options OnDemand Picture-in-Picture playcall window giving you access to a wealth of stats, customized tips, and in-game options, all at your fingertips without having to pause the game.

                  * Online leagues 2.0: Make a run for the postseason for the first time online. Featuring trades and statistical tracking for online leagues, up to 32 teams can battle it out using all-new flex scheduling.

                  * New look and feel: With an enhanced graphics engine and new player models, linemen battle in the trenches with more bulky physiques, while backs and receivers fly around the field with a more sleek and slimmer look. Featuring the most realistic-looking grass and field turf ever in a sports game, new weather and stadium lighting effects, and active exterior stadium views, Madden NFL 09 is hands down the best looking sports game ever made!

                  * Most authentic gameplay ever: Built from the ground up, an all-new Total Control Animation System allows for instantaneous combo moves while bringing new aspects to the game, including missed field goal returns, bobble catches, wrap-up/break-out tackles, user controlled celebrations, and more.


                  • GameTap: What features are you most excited to finally showoff in Madden 09?

                    Phil Frazier: There are three really big things this year that I'm really excited about. The first is actually a collection of features that we call Real Football Intelligence. That's the theme for this year's product. Part one of that is a feature that looks really cool and that's a holographic training environment. In this mode, you choose to go to the holographic training center and you have a bunch of training drills for you to practice. You can do things like work on pocket presence, you can work on receiver timing, focus on defense. I believe we have a total of 12 different drills that you can try. The mode looks really nice -- the players are holographs, you're in a holographic stadium -- it's pretty cool looking. And coming out of that mode, we actually assess your Madden skills, giving you a Madden IQ. Obviously, you want to do as good as possible in those drills, and from your Madden IQ, we actually set your game skills, so if you have a high score, we're going to make the game really challenging for you. So the folks that are really hardcore with the game are going to get a really challenging experience right out of the gate. Those who aren't so good, we'll adjust the game accordingly so the game is still fun for them, just not quite as hard. This is what we call Adaptive AI, setting the game up to be played on your level. It's one of the first sports experiences where the game actually adapts to you without having to adjust the game yourself.

                    The last part of the Real Football Intelligence feature set is something we call the EA Sports Backtrack. This is our chance to give you feedback as you play our game. What good is letting you practice these drills if we're not going to give you feedback along the way. As you're playing the game, when the game recognizes that you're doing something improperly, we're going to break the moment down for you. It's a higher, nicer version of instant replay with the graphics laced on the field. We actually showcase guys with colors and arrows -- very cool. So if you take a sack for example, when there was a receiver wide open in the field, we're going to tell you that. We're even going to show you why he was wide open and how he ran into the space between the zones. And for those who have a high Madden IQ, we even add another layer of information where we break down the actual plays that were used, the hot routes that were called, and we show you on a statistical basis how successful that play typically is versus that defense. And the nice thing with backtrack, we don't want to just tell you what you did wrong. We're actually letting you rewind a play now. We call it EA Sports Rewind, and by just hitting a button, that situation actually rewinds and you're able to try the situation again, and hopefully take the game's advice. That's the big feature.

                    Outside of Real Football Intelligence, the next thing that really has me excited are the visuals. I believe this is the biggest graphical improvement we've ever had year-to-year in Madden. You could argue that the jump from PS1 to PS2 was a pretty big jump, but Madden 09 looks absolutely stunning. All new lighting models, all new player models -- we actually went in and did full body scans of real athletes. We have shadows over the field, we have field goal nets, and footprints in the snow. We actually have snow. Last year, the rain and particle effects were so expensive that we couldn't put too many on the screen at the same time without impacting the framerate, but this year we've actually upgraded our particle system and we can have lots and lots of snowflakes. The field is covered in snow. There are shoveled lines on the field. Then lumped in with these visuals, we have all new presentation. We're going back to broadcast. We've used the radio guy ever since next-gen came out, and I think at first people were okay with it, but we received a lot of feedback from fans and media that said this guy's got to go. We've got Tom Hammond and Cris Collinsworth as our play-by-play and color guys. We didn't have any in-game stat banners in next-gen at all, but we have a lot of them now. After every play almost, we have banners animating in like you see on broadcast, and I'm pretty sure a lot of our fans will appreciate this level of polish and presentation.

                    GameTap: How are online leagues going to be implemented in Madden 09?

                    Phil Frazier: For the first time ever in Madden, you'll be able to get together with 32 of your friends and participate in a league where you can play through a schedule, play through the playoffs, play your own Super Bowl. There's draft support, there's trade support, and we actually implemented flex scheduling in the online leagues. We've had tournaments before online, but the problem with tournaments is that having more than two or three people together at the same time to complete a series of games is very, very challenging. So with flex scheduling, you can actually play your games in any order. It's more like a round-robin style. We did this because it's online and we wanted to make sure people can actually play through their seasons. If you and I are scheduled to meet in Week 10 but we're both online today, we can just play our Week 10 game now. I know there are possible issues or questions about what happens to the rosters if you get injured, but we're not worrying about that right now. We wanted to set up a system where leagues would actually get used and are very user-friendly in terms of the coordination required. It's all server based. There are no files to manage. There's no data whatsoever being saved on your box.

                    GameTap: With the online leagues, are gamers going to be able to make trades online using their computer or is it all through the game system?

                    Phil Frazier: You'll do it through the game. Everything is done through the product itself. Web support is a big factor and we definitely want you to be able to go to the Web and take a look at league statistics, but a lot of the interaction will have to take place using the product itself.

                    GameTap: Favre is on the cover, but not currently in the league. How are you going to incorporate him into the game?

                    Phil Frazier: Favre isn't on the Packers roster…at this point, but if that was to change we could always add him back in the game using a roster update. Brett will be the starting quarterback of our NFL Greats team. You'll be able to play as him on the team and you'll also be able to bring him into franchise mode because those players are available in franchise. So if you want to sign him to your Packers roster as part of your franchise, that's all you. If you don't want to have to admit the fact that he's officially retired, you can live the dream through our game.

                    GameTap: Last year saw the addition of player weapons. Are there any new weapons in the game or anything included to enhance the old ones?

                    Phil Frazier: Weapons are back in the game. People liked the fact that you could easily identify who are the go-to guys on your team. It's back and there will be new players in each category. Players who might have been weapons last year aren't necessarily weapons this year. As far as new weapons, I think a lot of the weapons have stayed the same, it's more about switching out the players and making sure the guys who had breakout seasons last year are rewarded by becoming an official Madden weapon.

                    GameTap: Have there been any enhancements to the game's franchise or owner mode?

                    Phil Frazier: The big thing we did with franchise, and it's a really big one, is that we completely re-did our simulation engine within franchise. The simulation is what drives the games you play, the statistics, the offseason, whether or not players get traded, and last year we received a lot of feedback that our simulations weren't perfect. The simulated statistics -- we had too many running backs over 2,000 -- so now the results you'll see in Madden 09 will be much more realistic. Now when you go to make trades or go through the various functions in the game, it should be a much more realistic experience. We've also added a rivalry mode so when you play a rivalry game, we really up the intensity. Graphically, rivalry games look different. The colors of the game are a little more dark or colorful, and on top of that, rivalry games are going to be a little harder. Even if you have the two worst teams playing against each other, when they're rivals, they still bring their A-game and it's special. We want you to have that same feeling when you're playing Madden, so if you're playing a rivalry game in your season, it's going to feel special. We even use specific cameras in rivalry games that you won't see anywhere else. For example, if your running back has a breakaway run, the camera will zoom in on the player to help heighten that intensity.

                    GameTap: Celebrations have also been given an overhaul with hot spots in the end zone. How is that going to work?

                    Phil Frazier: When you cross the line of scrimmage, we leave you in control of the player. Typically in Madden, when the play is dead, we give control over to the AI, but now when you score a touchdown, you still have control and if you run to one of the hot spots and hit the Y button on the 360 or the triangle button on the PS3, he'll do a celebration depending on where you are. So if you're under the goal post, he might dunk the ball or if you run to the hot spot by the wall and you're in a stadium that supports it, you can do the Lambeau leap. Hit the button and jump up in the crowd. You won't be able to do anything that would draw a penalty in the NFL, but that doesn't mean that you can't have a little fun.

                    GameTap: What other AI tweaks have been made to the gameplay?

                    Phil Frazier: Everything. The biggest thing in gameplay is something we call Total Control Animation. The game is much more responsive now and you don't need to wait for animations to completely play out before starting a new animation. Now you can string together jukes or do a double juke or a triple juke as you come up on a guy. You can also now do animations while you're involved in a wrap. That's something we've never been able to do in Madden before. In the old days, once a tackle animations started, you were done. The game determined whether or not that tackle was successful. But now, once a tackle starts, you still have a window where you can hit spin and try to break out of the tackle. The play lasts longer now as a result giving you an added level of control.

                    Other things of note: Smart routes are back, we have formation subs, you can return field goals this year. Just all around Madden you're going to see improvements.

                    GameTap: What's the one new animation you've seen in the game that has blown you away?

                    Phil Frazier: The biggest thing is bobble catches. We had a lot of drops in the game last year and it's no fun when you drop a pass. We're going to turn a lot of those drops into bobbles. It's definitely cool when you see the ball hit a guy's hands then it goes flying into the air and then he goes and tries to make that catch. It looks really cool the first time you see it because you think he's going to drop it but then he turns around and makes the catch.

                    GameTap: What about the PlayStation 3 version? Are we finally going to see a Madden that's equal on the 360 and PS3?

                    Phil Frazier: They are equal, and they're both running at 60 frames-per-second this year. An interesting thing to point out is not only are they both running at 60 fps, but we've also made a huge leap in terms of graphics. It was definitely a struggle. We had to go back and rebuild assets. We had to rebuild stadiums and players so they were a little more economical in terms of how much memory they took and how much space they took, but we finally found a way to get to 60 fps on both and the game looks better than ever. We're proud of that and I think our fans on PS3 this year should have no reason to feel disappointed.
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                    • Originally posted by mqtirishfan View Post
                      Wow. The Holographic center or w.e sounds amazing.

                      Sig by yours truly.


                      • Wow sounds like I might buy this madden



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