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Madden NFL Franchise Is Challenged With Questionable Future

The Madden NFL franchise has stood the tests of time evolving year after year with a strong creative vision but with the creative director leaving the company this year, it leaves some doubt on the direction of the future of the franchise.

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DaReapa137d ago

"The Madden NFL franchise has stood the tests of time evolving year after year with a strong creative vision but with the creative director leaving the company this year, it leaves some doubt on the direction of the future of the franchise."

Actually, Madden has stood the test of time by way of a monopoly via NFL exclusivity. There may have been different narrative had the exclusivity not been a thing.

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darthv72136d ago

Blitz was fun, I think 2K had the better NFL games compared to Madden but obviously EA had deeper pockets. Even 989 and XSN were good at making NFL games (as well as other sports titles).

rainslacker137d ago

When I read that I thought...."strong creative vision?"

Game is a football game. Not sure what kind of vision is really needed.

In any case, Madden is bland and repetitive. Maybe with a new creative director, we can see some actual improvements. Although I doubt it, because EA doesn't care.

TheColbertinator137d ago

Its easy to stand the test of time when your competition has been neutralized.

patterson137d ago (Edited 137d ago )

Some people might be too young to remember, but there was a day when 2K sports gave Madden a run for their money (ESPN 2K 2005). It was a better game and launched at only $19.99 which seriously cut into Madden sales. So to eliminate pressure from actually improving their product, EA straight up bought the rights to the NFL license and the rest is history. Since then I haven't bought a Madden game out of principle.

omegaheat137d ago

I think EA would love it more if no one remembers that ever happened. Had not bought the exclusivity to the NFL license, Madden would have suffered the same fate as NBA Live vs NBA 2K if it had to continue competing with NFL 2K. And yes, NFL 2K was a much better game even with an indie game price. 2005 sigh.

1-pwnsause-1137d ago

Yea it was a 20$ game as I remembered, character models looked better if I remembered

Hardiman137d ago

Hell yeah I loved NFL 2K and 2K1 on Dreamcast! At the time my cousin had only played Madden and he resisted at first but wound up loving them more! Good times and I wished we had more options and NCAA games as well.

JerseyDon137d ago

2k wasn't a good football game at all, though it did some innovative things. It only dented sales because it was $19.99. simple as that. Madden gets a bad wrap because they can't really improve it much more than it has. 2k has been driving their own sports games into the ground for years and not changing like EA has with Madden. Just look at NBA 2k. Don't always wish for things from the past, I agree competition is a good thing but 2k isn't exactly a great developer eithet

franwex137d ago

Yeah I recall that. EA stated that the NFL only allowed one video game from now on though I never even believed it. NFL is not exactly a good company either, so I guess it is possible.
I recall a rep from EA stating that they didn’t care about the $20 price point, that even if it came with a sandwich Madden would still sell more (which sadly did). Maybe it didn’t come with a sandwich, but it did come with higher quality at a lower price!

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The7Reaper137d ago

Good, bring back Blitz: The League

badboyz09137d ago

F**k EA and Madden for being Pu*sies and Buying the NFL License!!!!!!! Madden is TRASH!!!!!!!!

Bring Back NFL 2K!!!!!!!!!!

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