As we get closer to the NFL Draft and the height of Free Agency picks up steam many gamers will find a second wind for Madden NFL 12. We are currently showing the future seasons of the Cleveland Browns in Franchise Mode. As we finish the 2017 season there are many other things on tap here at NoobTubeTV.
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I noticed during my 5th season in Franchise Mode with the Browns that I could move down in the draft one spot and gain a first round pick in the next draft. While I don’t really enjoy making videos or posting blogs about Madden and some of the flaws therein, I must admit that the more I play this game and pay close attention to the trades and what I can do from a front office perspective in Franchise Mode – the more I notice exploits and flaws like this.
After skipping out on Call of Duty Elite I was feeling upset that I didn’t have the new maps that Infinity Ward released to the Elite Community. After thinking about how dumb I would feel to pay $50 for two maps that are being kept from the rest of the lowly gamers out there that don’t want to continue to bend to the will of Activision’s new subscription service – I started thinking about some of the better maps I have played (DLC or not).
Modern Warfare has a habit of releasing older maps that people enjoyed (or at least they assume people enjoyed). Some of my favorite maps from old Modern Warfare games haven’t made it into MW2 or MW3 yet. The beauty of these maps are that they are on games that you can buy used for much less money than MW3. Even if you have to buy map packs in order to play some of these, it will still be cheaper (and more enjoyable) than some of the maps in the newer game(s).
My favorite map from any Modern Warfare game has to be Broadcast –
While some maps give you the ability to do one type of strategy over another, Broadcast really allowed people to post up and snipe from either the TV station or the buildings outside. You could also run around and gun people down as you flank from the many doors and corridors inside and outside.
Another map from COD4 is Backlot
In Backlot, you need to master the art of grenades and stabbing to accompany your aiming skills for which-ever gun you prefer. I loved this map because it allowed me to approach every match with a new tweak to my style of play. New players find new ways to play maps and it was always a breath of fresh air to play this map because of that.
Modern Warfare 2 had its fair share of decent maps as well. One of my favorites was one of the biggest maps in any COD game – Derail.
It is one of the most fun and frustrating maps you will ever play. If you get into a bad run, it is really difficult to rebound… however, if you get a strong killstreak and find your ‘groove’ you will probably end up with 25+ kills. This can be said for any map really, but I really found this map to allow me to run the huge landscape and sprint-stab my way to victory by simply out-flanking the opponents.
The last map I miss is Storm
I truly enjoyed this map when I downloaded it from the Stimulus Package DLC on MW2. It is a big map with rain (it is titled ‘Storm‘ for a reason) and that is one of those things that really adds to the mood of a map. Fighting in tropical or arid places is nice, but it isn’t a true depressing/scary warzone without some rain and lightning. Not to mention the sniper/assault friendly layout gives a bit of leeway to people that prefer one over the other.
This post will be updated with gameplay from these maps to accompany the pictures.
If you are annoyed with having to wait until March to play the new maps on MW3, just go back and play the older games and enjoy some ‘new’ old maps!
If you have played Madden football on the 360 or PS3 over the past few years there is one thing that you may have scratched your head about… or maybe thrown a controller over.
Somehow the ball goes through hands, legs, heads and chests. This is one of the problems that faces all sports games, not just Madden. Madden suffers from two big problems outside of the game itself.
Problem 1 – The hardcore audience (like myself) are/is such big football fans and play the game so much that we pick this game apart like a wine connoisseur picks apart a glass of wine. The problem that EA Tiburon faces with this is that instead of one drink that lasts a few moments, their game is something that people play 365 days a year. Not only that, but it costs $60+ and comes out every year. EA has made a lot of improvements over the years but the ball is the one part of this game that suffers from more graphical clipping and ‘magnetism’ than any other aspect every single year.
Problem 2 -Exclusive Rights have killed this game on the current generation of consoles. While this discussion would get you banned from certain websites and forums it is truly one of the biggest problems facing sports games. Pay attention to what has happened to Madden since they got exclusive rights. The last truly great Madden game was Madden 2005. Since that game, their focus has changed to jerseys and how to pick the guy on the cover.
Please focus on the most important part of the game first and move on from there.
This game focuses on the ball. In real life and in the video games – it is all about the ball. Naturally, if the focus is in one spot for the majority of the game you are going to notice these things. If EA were to focus less on where the ball is and more on what the ball is and how it moves this game would improve drastically.
Ask yourself how many times you have punted in Madden and the ball bounced backwards? I bet you have seen the ball bounce 25 yards downfield or a few yards sideways, but you haven’t seen it go backwards. The ball is a living creature on the field and it has a mind of its own. The ball is a solid part of the game that you can’t put your hand through. One finger on the ball can change the outcome of a pass play in real life.
I realize that I am not in developer’s studio and they put a lot of work into the miniscule details of this game, but from an outside perspective – I don’t think that matters. Neither do the 5-7 million people that buy Madden every year… and that includes the few hardcore guys that get upset about the wrong chinstrap on the backup punter for the Patriots. Focus on the name of the game… football. I don’t care about what dance someone does, what color shoelaces they have or how they come out onto the field if the football itself doesn’t matter.
This isn’t a rant as much as it is a plea for gamers to notice and demand a better game from the most simple existence of the game – the football itself.
In a world full of wonderful people that are pleasant and well-meaning there is always that one jerk that seems to poke his/her/its head out and ruin what might have been a great day. The problem is that while this is a mere possibility in the everyday existence of humanity outside in what some people think of as the ‘real world’ it is a more than common occurrence in the world of online gaming.
The problem with this starts with the assumption that many people have once they go online – the assumption of anonymity.
You aren’t anonymous online and in the world of online gaming, you are surrounding yourself with a lot of socially maladjusted kids that have grown up on Sponge Bob and Crack (Mountain Dew). So, when you start hearing that kid on your headset say something about your gamertag being gay or stupid just do the smart thing. Mute, avoid and report the rugrat.
This also goes for any of the typical punks you come across – Mute, Avoid and Report. (Think Wash, Rinse, Repeat)
I will be posting some videos to show exactly how to do this as the week progresses.
Share your favorite interactions in our comments section!
My personal favorite so far was when I was teamed up with my friend Wonky Britches <—- Real Gamer Tag!!!!
and some guy’s (I am assuming a minority) trash talk was – “You’re just some white guys with good credit!!!!”
I am still trying to figure out if this was meant to offend us or simply imply that he admired our credit scores. Either way, keep your language clean when you are online because all it takes to find out your name or other stuff is a simple google search of your gamertag.
For those that are new to gaming it is vital that you learn a few things about how the schedule of a hardcore gamer works. This will allow you to understand much more in gaming than simply how to play a certain game, but when to play a certain game.
The first quarter of a new year is usually the most dead time of the year for any game to be released. It is easily observed that most of the biggest titles to be released come some time in the months leading up to the celebration of commerce we commonly know as Christmas. Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Arkham City…the list goes on. However, there is a nice part about this for people that are casual gamers or maybe even what we (super-nerdy, ‘hardcore’ gamers) call Christmas Noobs (people that just got the game for Commerce Day and still don’t fully know some of the important factors of the game —– aka, NoobTubeTV’s Target Audience)
With the lacking amount of top-tier (popular) titles being released during the worst retail months of the year (January-April) you will have a lot of time to learn how to fine-tune your skills in games like Call of Duty. Not to mention the fact that these are typically the worst weather months of the year as well and you may have some other reasons to hang out in the recliner, couch or sticky bean bag chair in your dorm room.
Just remember, it isn’t a crime to be a noob and like Will Hunting – it’s not your fault… it’s not your fault… it’s not your fault.
If you aren’t crying like Matt Damon right now, please keep your attention on NoobTubeTV.com for more updates on games and what we are referring to as Gamer Etiquette – the one thing lacking so much online that it is a pandemic that has infected 85% of online gamers.