To all my fellow sports gamers, happy Maddenoliday! In n effort to help you get acquainted with this year’s release, I compiled a relatively short list of things to improve your Maddenoliday experience.
1. Watch the intro: The game’s intro is often overlooked by gamers who simply mash buttons until they get the main menu. However, it can be interesting to the game’s introduction in its entirety at least once. After that, if you feel the need to mash, by all means, mash.
2. Download rosters: This is an essential step before getting into the gameplay. The rosters included in the disc aren’t necessarily terrible but they just aren’t accurate, especially considering the lengthy lockout. Off-season moves were not reflected on the disc rosters, so downloading the newest rosters from the ‘Online’ menu will go a long way to enhance your initial experience. I mean, who doesn’t want to live out that Brady to Ochocinco connection?
3. Play a quick game the whole way through: This is primarily to get a feel for the game. Generally, I keep the default settings on, just as a way to familiarize myself with the gameplay, the presentation and my favorite team. Some people may jump right into online play but getting a quick game against the AI can help users get their sea legs before diving into more competitive online situations. This can also be used to familiarize players with the team they will be using online, or even play out your favorite rivalry.
4. Get involved in a community: Online gaming communities continue to grow on a daily basis, especially right after major releases. Madden in particular has a very loyal and wide fan base which produces some strong online communities to share tips, establish online franchises, adjust game settings or just engage in some trash talking. In to this year’s title are communities within Madden. This feature allows groups of likeminded users to play co-op against other communities or search for games within their community. Two solid communities that have already established a decent membership have been Pasta Padre and Operation Sports. This feature should go a long way in separating simulation players from those wanting an arcade experience.
5. Kick the tires with Ultimate Team: Ultimate Team, a unique mix between traditional Madden gameplay and card collecting, is a fairly intriguing feature. While I have covered previous versions of the mode, this year users can trade cards, unlock ‘Hall of Famers’ and work to complete unique collections. Ultimate Team may not be for everyone, but it can be a valuable alternative to traditional play and is certainly worth a browse, especially for those without any previous UT experience.
Madden NFL 12 is now available on all major consoles and can be found at Gamestop locations throughout the greater Boston area.