Draft Day Tradition: Looking Forward to the Next Madden
There have always been floating markers for the next Madden series. For a while EA tried to stretch the hype too thin, releasing blogs on fringe improvements the Saturday before the Super Bowl. The underwhelming features, such as surprise onside kicks, and an unsustainable hype period in today’s there and gone world deep sixed the normal Madden buzz.
This year the new team at Tiburon dialed back, opting for the week of the draft to start any big reveals. The only news on Madden NFL 13 until this week was the cover athlete tournament that was won by Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. The news that followed yesterday (embed below) had me flashback to a time when Madden was everything in my video game world. It was an automatic purchase, often bought at midnight, followed by a marathon gaming session with my twin brother. The features combined with the Bills upgrades this off-season have this year’s version feeling like a must buy.
That feeling is tempered a bit by the fact that EA has not supported a full online version of their franchise the last two years. That feature is long overdue. If it is not included in any of the EA titles that find their way into my 360, then they will be a pass. I can no longer sit on a couch on release night with my brother. I need to be able to play the full game with him in spite of that fact.