If Roger Goodell had it his way the NFL would be relegated to flag football or two-hand touch (but the latter might involve too much contact). The issue at hand for Madden is the fact that they are marketing their newest and most important gameplay fix in years – real time physics.
What is real time physics? It strictly means that as a player’s leg makes contact with another player in motion it will bounce off in realistic fashion rather than clipping through the other player or simply rubbing off in some strange way.
What might take away from this new way of players moving is when they smash their knees on someone’s helmet or fall on their head… or god forbid, get laid out by Patrick Willis and they somehow don’t get injured. The NFL is making it more and more difficult for EA Tiburon to implement realism so long as they have the NFL’s license to make Madden with real players and NFL likeness’.
If EA wants to be a simulation, they need to include real-time injuries with this new physics engine… otherwise, they are just giving people a watered down version of football that is better left to Saturday morning kids shows.
Spec Ops: The Line is a game that is coming in under the radar. As far as being noob friendly, this could be one of the games that new gamers will want to jump into. Any time a developer pushes a new series, noobs should look at it as an opportunity to become skillful and improve with everyone else that is learning the game with you. While some people will have certain skills like reaction times and gaming reflexes, you will be able to learn the nuances and idiosyncrasies of Spec-Ops if you jump in off the bat.
Keep in mind, this game is a THIRD-Person Shooter in the demo and looks like it is trying to draw more attention from Ghost Recon than COD or Battlefield. If you consider the fact that this is also being published by 2K Games, it has a chance of gaining a foothold with some of the dedicated 2K Gamers.
The only trouble is, will the game be able to take the attention that Call of Duty will have in November and still be widely played online?
It will be an interesting situation as we take a quick look at what Spec-Ops has to offer –
for their coming FPS game Medal of Honor Warfighter we became somewhat skeptical about the game coming out in the next few months. You get the typical small bonus weapons and little advances that temporarily give you a small advantage it is often our experience. We aren’t saying that you should expect the moon (or anything at all) as a bonus for pre-ordering a game. It is really just a guaranteed sale for whichever company you are purchasing the game from and they want to thank you in a small way.
For a game like Medal of Honor to come out with this type of non-news during E3 it is driving us to think that they might not have much up their sleeve. They might not even have sleeves at all. Wait and see as we hope for the best but expect the worst from EA on the front of their military FPS games, especially Medal of Honor.
The Madden team has recently had it’s feet put to the fire here at NoobTubeTV for some of the improvements that should be made either this year or five years ago. Today the EA Tiburon dropped some of the best news they could have and it is connected to all career modes, literally.
Throughout the next few days we will be bringing you the latest information from E3. There are many details expected by the gaming community and some rumors that might be validated or debunked.
Some of the rumors we hope to validate are –
Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance/Rising – A game that had many people talking about the joy of running around with a cyborg version of Raiden has the opportunity to get people excited again… until they finally cancel the project and make the gaming world cry. Metal Gear games are notorious for being tough to learn but usually worth the time it takes to master them. The problem is that it is now veering away from the storyline of Solid Snake and towards the character ‘Raiden’… he is highly preferred in Japan, but most American fans hated him in MGS2: Sons of Liberty.
Medal of Honor: Warfighter – Is most likely going to focus on the multiplayer aspect but they are doing this with the last development crew they used (Danger Close) rather than Battlefield’s DICE team. Chances are good that this game will either gain a little bit of fanfare or completely flop at E3. Don’t expect this game to be the big news, but the outcome of EA having another failed attempt at taking down Call of Duty might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for EA having anything worth bragging about for this generation of consoles. Sales talk in the gaming industry and EA hasn’t been able to talk for a long time.
Half-Life 3 – In terms of games that have had an amazing quality and storyline, Half-Life is a series that continues to amaze everyone that jumps into the foray. Chances are good that this will once again be the best FPS out there but it will probably lose out in some circles because of the Call of Duty crowd.
Which games are you looking forward to seeing come out of E3? Chances are good that some games (Warfighter) will flop hard while some other games (Half-Life 3) will make people want to go out and pre-order immediately. Then you will have the previews for games like Metal Gear Solid: Revengeance that will make you want to hide in a cardboard box and wait for a game that will never be released while having people walk past you thinking “?”.
For those of you looking for a reason to get excited about upcoming games such as Call of Duty, Future Soldier, Madden, NCAA Football or Halo – E3 is something you are going to be watching and/or reading about over the course of June 5-7. Otherwise, you might be disinterested.
It is a new and strange development that has happened with what was once the ‘must see’ for all gamers just 5-10 years ago.
It used to be an expo that focused on gaming as a whole with the spotlight on innovation. However, now it seems to be more focused on the big-budget titles that will over-shadow many of the other games out there that might need that moment in the spotlight just to garner enough interest to continue in their development.
With the recent closure of 38 Studios it should come as no surprise that many of the smaller developers (even if they are owned by huge companies like Electronic Arts) are the first to get cut if they aren’t producing the highest profile games out there. The issue that this brings to the forefront hinges directly with the tagline for E3.
The issue is that most of the innovation that occurs is from upstart companies. Whether it is gaming, internet development or something else. The whole process of creating apps and independent games has been the driving force behind better and more intriguing innovation in gaming. If you consider what will happen if expos like E3 continue to focus on the big budget/’big box’ games rather than pushing innovation in smaller or less publicized games and/or developers.
Over the next couple weeks we will be focusing some attention on games that you might not know about and whether or not they should be on your list as something to look into for a fantastic gaming experience.
*We have had multiple posts about Madden since this article. Please check those out for more details. We will have full reviews of Madden as soon as it is released!
The improvements being made to Madden 13 are catching some eyes around the sports gaming world. The problem is that outside of some improvements being made to make the game’s eye-candy stick out we are still waiting to hear about the much needed improvements to Career Modes. They have already announced that there will be something that ties career modes to an interactive web-based experience. However, the fact that Online Franchise Mode has been bare-bones for three iterations is something that really takes away from any sort of community experience.
With the still struggling interactions between O-Lineman and D-Lineman rendering many plays broken (Play Action Passes, just for one example) and then coupling that with other poor AI and animations… you have many questions still left unanswered. Granted, we still have a few months until the game is released, it is worth considering whether or not Madden 13 will be something you are better off buying pre-owned rather than brand new. Rest assured that the game isn’t something you will need to pre-order in most cases as it is often readily available on launch day.
Outside of the chance that Madden 13 blows everyone away with some sort of new gimmick that EA will remove (See ProTAK, Procedural Awareness, Tuners, etc.) it will remain as a game that should be approached as nothing more than a roster update with a slight graphical facelift. You can find Madden 12 online for around $20 on Amazon right now; if you are having that football itch that requires Madden to fill the gap, you would probably be okay to spend $20 on Madden 12 before pre-ordering Madden 13 at this point.
The moments of truth will hopefully come around the time that E3 starts in June. Keep in mind that in our last brief write-up for Madden we focused on the hype machine and how it can suck people in early on in a game’s cycle. You should keep your hopes up but also keep your expectations low. Even with the reactions from EA Tiburon’s Community Days and the ‘dedicated Madden fans’ being posted, it would be a good idea to take their impressions with a grain of salt. Remember, they have to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and you don’t often hear too much negativity coming from people that get preferential treatment (why would you bite the hand that feeds?).
Once we get to June and July there will be a lot more information out there that EA wants to release. In that case, you shouldn’t lose total hope in Madden or NCAA Football just yet; but you should also keep yourself grounded if you are hoping for groundbreaking improvements.