Latest character-model snafus highlight why EA isn’t for effort. “E-A Sports… it’s a bad game”
Football, both college and the NFL, is my favorite sport, right along with Formula 1. I would love to buy a quality NFL game. I haven't played a Madden since 2008. I haven't seen anything that has made me want to pay EA for the bullspit they keep rolling out year after year. I wish more people felt similarly to force them to either give up the license, or make some real meaningful improvements.
Honestly outside of the Fight Night series I have thought of EA as a poor sports game developer since the early 2000s. Their sports games were great in the 90s, but they couldn’t keep pace with the competition when more publishers of sports games arrived. Lucky for them they have had exclusive rights to Madden since I think 2005. Otherwise somebody would have knocked them off their football sim pedestal a long time ago.
Used to love EA Big games though
And yet it sells gangbusters. The real problem here are the consumers. If it didn’t sell like crazy it would force this company to try something else, but since they can maximize profits with low development cost and micro transactions, then why the hell would they spend more money making a better game?
The last Madden I enjoyed was Madden 15.
Madden is what happens when there is a lack of competition in the marketplace. They were threatened by the quality and the cost of 2k5 and EA immediately purchased exclusive rights to the nfl because they knew that their product couldn't compete on its own merits.
Agreed. NBA2K was already beating the quality of the NBA Live product by a significant margin in in the early 2000s and the same could be said with respect to NFL2K vs. Madden. Unfortunately for us gamers EA had the $ and the connections and secured long term licensing. They couldn’t compete from a talent standpoint.
Definitely not the worse, but everyone knows if 2K had an NFL license they would be eating EA’s lunch like they did NBA Live, which is still MIA. I’m guessing bc it’s really hard to make a realistic sports game that’s fun. I buy Madden every year no matter what, it is part of gaming culture for better or worse and when my friends come over Madden is one of the games we always play. Is it perfect? No, but to say ridiculously things like consumers should boycott or EA just phones it in is insane. We have no other choice, so we should live without to make some statement? Yeah I’ll just buy it, but thanks you casual fans that don’t play or love sports games
EA does just phone it in unless it's the mutt and they can continue to monetize a 60 to 70 dollar game. If we actually decided to speak with our wallets and "lived without" it for 1 year, im sure the next years product would be 100 percent better instead of bootleg cut and paste glitchy gameplay.
Facepalm for real, smh. What you're saying makes absolutely zero sense. How old are you?
As a consumer you do have a choice. I was an ardent NBA2K fan and had about a decade and a half worth of NBA2K entries in my library. Then 2K18 hit which turned out to be grindy and full of micro transactions. I emailed support to tell them that after years of support I wouldn’t purchase their product until I felt they provided a better value to their consumer again. I have stuck to this and found that there were tons of games I was missing out on in the process. My voice alone makes no difference to them, but hopefully one day enough people will get sick of their shenanigans and I will be able to enjoy an NBA2K sim again. When I read post like yours, it gives me little hope.
Sucks compared to NFL 2K5.
I still can't figure out the button combination to take a knee :S
NFL Fever, 2K, etc were all better than Madden. Then EA had the audacity to get an exclusive license.
That's what you get when there is a monopoly at work. NFL 2K series was much better.
Ever since EA cancelled out 2K's football license I made sure to never purchased a Madden title. They finessed that right out from 2K's move towards digital football excellence.
Love that this is coming from deadspin.
The last good EA Sports title that didn't lack quality and content was Tiger Woods All Play on Wii. Anything after that lacked care creativity and content. The later editions of TW PGA Tour on PS3 were case after case of regression. Lots of tacked on half baked features that barely adds to the franchise,and graphics were god awful how they make Tiger Woods looked like drug addict in later games was quite an insult. Funny both franchises slipped in terms of quality at the same time and not recovered since.
It's EA what do you expect wash, rinse, repeat, same shit different year maybe new players, new team logos, new expansion teams, new microtransactions. I always preferred Sega made sports games over the shit EA spits out I bought NHL11 used for $2 for my PS3 I was like meh same shit from the year before and the year before that. EA monopolizing the sports game market is just trash. I haven't bought any new sports game since the Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, PS2 days and those were Sega made sports games that I bought brand new.
That would be GTA though
I mean the player likeness thing is ridiculous. It's a beta, they're adding players in the meantime for release, I don't see the issue. It's not a terrible game at all, people buy it year after year because they love it, they would not keep buying it otherwise. If you don't like it then go play something else.
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