What’s Up Peeps?
What’s up with me? I’ll tell you, I just picked up my copy of Madden 09 from Gamestop at the midnight launch event. I am exhausted, so I will keep it brief and let the pictures do the talking.
My initial review of the game is as follows:
When you load up the game, a holographic John Madden appears and asks you to take some virtual skills test to assess your Madden skills. I am the reigning Madden champion so I figured that I would be the Ken Jennings of Madden and ace the test. I was sort of confused and initially scored a 468, which is below the baseline level of 500 that they start you at. I tried the test again and bumped up to 538. I was ready to move on and experience some real live gameplay.
I did an exhibition game, I was the Eagles and played the New York Giants. As a default, they set the computer’s skill level to match your abilities on the Madden test. This made the game really challenging, challenging to the point that I could not generate any offense or defense. The computer made me it’s biz-nitch! I turned the skill level to All-Pro to give myself a better shot at a decent competition, no dice, I still could not generate yardage. I would typically start out with a 8 yard run up the gut, but then I couldn’t find a play to my fullback, and I would end up getting a delay of game penalty. I would also try passing plays that worked well in the past, nothing worked, I am going to have to start from scratch in order to defend my title as Madden champion.
Here’s some observations:
- The field seems bigger, I think if you make people miss, you will break some big plays, especially on running plays and special teams
- The players seemed a tad slower
- Pass protection was inadequate (maybe because I was playing the fearsome Giants with their outstanding defensive line
- Commentators! We finally have commentators and I’ve never been so happy to hear Chris Collinsworth
- For the first time in years, running the ball seems easier than passing
- Lots of dropped passes for my Eagles
- Less blitzing plays in the defensive playbook, I doubt this year’s online league will turn into a blitz fest, the defensive line seems to get plenty of pressure without it though
Here’s some photos from tonight.