Most of these involve cramming in more ‘authenticity’ via marketing deals. Hello Verizon. But these ‘improvements’ rarely make the NFL game play better on the field.
The sponsors are no doubt delighted, but when you still seem to be able to run any play with any team, with the same level of success, for example, making as basic a decision as choosing your team redundant, you’re going to upset a lot of fans who pay for the game.
But we hope for these things because some of us think NFL is one of the greatest sports, and that EA Sports is one of the most capable developers.
The biggest problem is that they have no competition. And no-one at EA seems to have heard the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Or if they have, what they think is broke and what we think is broke, are two very different things.
We can appreciate that. We just can’t seem to enjoy playing Madden NFL videogames any more. Maybe monopolies aren’t so great after all.