Neocrisis: I want to start by expressing my extreme displeasure with the Madden series over the last few years. EA sports has shown their ineptitude to listen to their fans by giving us the same, half-assed product over and over with a couple gimmicky new features. Oh wow, I can now direct my blocker! Tedious. I can set specific coverage patterns for every single receiver! Who the hell can do all that before the ball is snapped? And I'll admit, when I was staring at the box and saw them touting "85 new features", I got even more concerned than I already was. However, it seems by the grace of Mario we have been spared.