The first being the clutch factor which you can turn on during your franchise season with quite interesting repercussions, as it results in teams playing better depending on the circumstances.If you are playing against one of your teams rivals or in a crunch play-off match, then the opposition will be more pumped up and likely to bring their A game.What we have here is a safe sequel that is practically indistinguishable from last year's offering and makes you wonder exactly what has been changed, if anything at all.Obviously when you load the game up you’re greeted with a plethora of options, as you can instantly jump into a match or start up a franchise and try to take your favourite team all the way to the Superbowl. So I’ll take the snap, step back and survey what EA has thrown up in this year’s iteration of the most predictable entry on the release schedule. They’re responsible for some of the industry’s most recognised franchises, particularly when it comes to sports titles. I’m sure I don’t need to get into the pointless argument of whether a game played primarily with hands should be called football but suffice it to say that gridiron has always been something of an enigma to those of us dwelling outside of the U. Before I get a barrage of abuse thrown my way, let me just say that I’ve been playing Madden games in one form or another since way back in 1996 so I have a good twelve years worth of experience with the old pigskin.Frankly, I’ve played every version of Madden that has appeared on the 360 and if I were to run them all side by side on identical televisions I wouldn’t have a clue which was which.When you are scrolling through the menus you’ll notice certain tags have a big "new" sign flashing next to them, it’s almost as if the developers are trying desperately to prove that something has changed.
I suppose I should get the obvious rant out of the way early, as there is absolutely no reason for this game to exist.
The changes themselves are superficial, a few new moves that can be flicked through with the right stick, slightly prettier graphics, updated rosters, improved commentary including play by play breakdowns with onscreen highlights and explanations of what just happened (in case you weren’t paying attention), and the option to perform a few different celebrations when you score a touchdown.
Oh, and lest I forget, when you take a field goal a big old net appears behind the goalposts now to stop you knocking out someone in row Z.
To be honest, when I first saw this feature I was hoping it would do a bit more, like make the A. learn which plays you favoured and counter them more effectively, as a result, forcing you to constantly alter you plan of attack.
Sadly this isn't the case as all that actually happens is the game alters the difficulty (while staying within the confines of the standard range from Rookie to All Madden) depending on how well or poorly you're doing.