Ok, so the presentation has improved dramatically, I think we call all agree on that. But.... before we start celebrating that we finally have a decent Madden, I think there are still a ton of problems with this game:
1. The Default camera angle is "too" close to the action. It's a zoomed in camera angle, that might make the game seem a little more next-gen, a little better graphically, but that camera angle is too close from a gameplay standpoint.
"So, why don't you just go into the options and change the camera to a more backed out viewpoint ? "
Well, actually, that is exactly what I did. I changed the camera to a more backed away view, the classic view, but then it seems that you're "too" far away from the action now. Even farther than normal. This might just be a case of having played it with the zoomed in camera too long, that the normal camera seems abnormally far away. I'm not sure yet (only been playing for 2 hours).
2. They keep playing the same damn jingles over and over in the background, just like last year. This would slowly but surely drive me insane last year. The play by play would repeat too often, causing me to turn off the play by play, but that would just mean that the stadium jingles that they would play, would become even more obvious and tiresome. How many times will they play the same intro of a AC/DC song, or Ozzy Osborne's Crazy Train, or whatever. I mean, look.... I know they play these jingles at the real stadium, but when you hear the same 7 jingles over and over and over, it can literally drive you insane. I haven't checked yet to see if there is way to turn off the jingles without turning off the PA announcer at the stadium. They could be linked to the same sound channel.
3. I played a couple of different games, and a number of various players scored touchdowns, but not once was the PLAYERS NAME MENTIONED AFTER HE JUST SCORED A FREAKING TOUCHDOWN!!!! What the F is up with this ? I don't understand this at all. You know when you are watching a real NFL game, and Frank Gore rips off a 25 yard run for a Touchdown, the announcers will say something like "Frank Gore rumbles his way to a 25 yard touchdown!!! How about that Frank Gore, he still has it after all these years!! " .... while it goes to a commercial break, showing a closeup of Frank Gore hugging his offensive linemen after the score, and Kaepernick running up to him and patting his helmet.
Come on.... When people score an NFL touchdown, it's a big deal, and you should hear the players name REPEATEDLY after a touchdown. Watch any regular season NFL game, and see if a player scores a touchdown, and there is no mention whatsoever of the player that just scored the freaking touchdown. I just don't understand this. Does anybody remember Tecmo Super Bowl from the late 80's ? They had the NFL players license in that game, and they took full and total advantage of it:
How many freaking years ago was this ? I think it came out in like 1989 if I'm not mistaken. This is the year 2014, 25 years later, and yet Tiburon doesn't know how to fully take advantage of their NFL players license ? Does this make any sense to anybody ? I'm serious, I watched like 5 or 6 different touchdowns, and not one time was the players name mentioned at all, just absolutely bizarre and a total waste of the NFL license.
4. As for the actual gameplay of the game, I've only been playing for 2 hours, and I'm not ready to make a judgement yet, but it doesn't seem like the gameplay is improved all that much from last year. I need to play more to see how I feel about the gameplay.
Also, it might seem like all I have to say about the game is negative, but I will admit that the presentation has improved by leaps and bounds. At least they finally improved that a wee bit.