I should have the PC version of Madden by mid week. I’ll be blogging my thoughts on it as I prepare my GSpy review. In the meantime, there are a few people that already have the game. Blog Reader Mossfan led me to a thread at Operation Sports that is a tad disconcerting. Again, this is not ME saying this stuff to chill with calling me a gloomy gus, but if this is true it’s going to be quite the bummer.
For those of you that have not heard what the problem is, here is what Fred said:
“20 yard dropback shouldnt be an issue this year. whats going to be an issue is what we talked about on the radio show tonight, which is that animation where the CPU does a jetpack animation for you. Its tough to stop. we labbed with it online earlier tonight. You could send 3 guys in zone on that one WR and it couldnt be stopped a lot of the time.”
“ok this “jet pack” animation is definitely there and its damn easy to do. You just throw the ball high and the CPU will do the animation for you. Marcus from MM (Madden Mania) and I tested it. I’d tell him, what WR I was going to (throw to). He’d try dime, nickel quater, shading inside, and manually took his safety or DB. It worked, rarely. Most of the time the WR caught it. He could be surrounded by 3 guys and they couldnt stop it. Even when he was there manually for some reason the ball would just go above him and the wr would catch (it). Its pretty lethal on curls because the wr jumps. I havent figured out a way to stop it consistently.
BTW, it doesnt really matter how good your WR was. I was doing it with Mushin Muhammed, and he got injured and Justin Gage was just as effective. I could do it to the other side of the field as well and Bobby Wade, who sucks, would make the catch all the time.”
Ok again this is not my observation; I’m simply the messenger here but this is in fact coming from a Madden website, and not vindictive NFL2K fans (of which there are many.) This super lob was in Madden 2003 and 2004 but was fixed last year so it would shock me to see it back in ’06. I’ll be sure to test this myself with the PC edition next week and I hope that these guys are exaggerating its effectiveness or maybe it’s something a very slider tweaks can fix. I REALLY want to play a good NFL game this year, so I hope this is all being overblown.