GameZone's Lance Liebl gives the top five big games that need a kick in the ass. These are games that are popular and profitable but that needs to do something different in order to remain on top. The list includes Call of Duty Black Ops, Madden, World of Warcraft, Halo Reach, and Grand Theft Auto IV.
"For only the second time in the last eight years, the Madden NFL Football Super Bowl Simulation has been proven wrong. This year's prediction picked the Steelers winning with a final score of 24-20. However, real life intervened, and the Packers emerged as Super Bowl XLV champs in a 31-25 victory."
"The annual release of a sports title is something that fans of the genre have come to either celebrate, or dread. Many fans believe that their favorite franchise titles have become nothing more than repackaged versions of last year’s game, others see it as hope that the franchise will finally get their act together and turn their favorite pastime into a good game."
"EA Sports might catch a bad rap every now and then and we’re sure they usually deserve it. I mean they are a big company and how many video games revolve around the little guy fighting back against the big bad corporation? Based on the latest release of the mega franchise Madden, it looks like EA has continued to milk their monopoly and put innovation on the back burner."
"Many fans have been questioning the worth of Patriots Running Back Laurence Maroney, and with the new season right around the corner, it appears Madden's rankings have got Maroney a little flustered. When asked about his Madden rating nose dive at a recent practice, Maroney had a few choice words."
"Raptr, which formally announced its social gaming network last month, has issued its first Raptr Industry Trends Report, which takes a look at the impact EA Sports' Madden NFL 11 launch is having on other games and how it stacks up against the previous Madden."
From the opening game-winning Saints' field goal cinematic to a measly 88 rating, for any Vikings fan, Madden 11 is a brutal heartbreak. Die hard Vikings fan, Matty of Defcon: Awesome rattles off the evidence that point to what he believes is a conspiracy against the purple and gold. Slightly paranoid or spot-on? Check out the evidence after the jump.
Madden die-hards who have played the new Madden NFL 2011 might attest that there's way too many changes targeted for the casual gamer. These changes are making the game less enjoyable for veteran fans of the series. It also adds to the long list of fixes that fans are hoping EA addresses by next year's sequel.
"EA Sports decided to go in a new direction this year by creating a game that simplifies the formula for newcomers or for those returning to the franchise after a long break. To accomplish this they’ve introduced a few new features, one of which is called GameFlow that not only simplifies the play calling but also cuts the play time in half. Although casual football fans will love this feature, the hardcore fans will not and they might also feel like this year’s Madden wasn’t made for them at ..."
"Madden Gras is over, the Midnight Launches are long past and many gamers have their hands on Madden NFL 11. The Madden series is a series of yearly incremental improvements as anyone familiar with the EA Sports game knows. Madden NFL 11 is no different in this respect but it does add some new features that improve the game and are worth the try."
Issue #3 of the new hit magazine, The Luchazine, is here! Featuring interviews with Carrie Gouskos (Producer, Warhammer Online) and Dino Ignacio (Lead UI Designer, Dead Space 2), you'll also get numerous reviews for recent titles such as StarCraft II, Persona 3 Portable, Limbo, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition, and more! Plus: SSFIV highlights at EVO, an RTS retrospective, games that need HD remixes, and a bunch of other awesome stuff you don't want to miss!
"It's Madden week and the middle of the summer which means there isn't a lot being released at retail but this week's digital downloads look very promising. We've got everything from the PS3 getting a game based on the Scott Pilgrim movie to the Xbox LIVE's Summer of Arcade continuing with Monday Night Combat to the PC finally getting Puzzle Quest 2."
"Well we here at Spawnkill know how lazy gamers can be and how excited they can get for the next Madden, so we created a one-stop shop for all the videos and screen shots you could ever want. We combined all the previews into two AFC and NFC videos. We also included some great Developer Interviews where they discuss Online Team Play, the new Gameplay mechanics and what they needed to improve on from last year’s title. We also have 193 gameplay screen shots that include every single team in the..."
"Madden NFL 11 introduces a currency system to the game in the form of Madden Coins for the PS3 and Xbox 360. These coins can be used to purchase Scouting Reports, buy Madden Moments, and more. One of the things that can be bought now includes Online Team Play Boosts."
"Madden NFL 11 launches on August 10 and there are a few deals to be had on the game from various retailers both in-stores and on the internet. For those that can't wait to get their hands on a copy of the latest from EA Sports, some stores are holding Midnight Launches early Tuesday moning/late Monday night. Here's a round-up of the the deals and Midnight Launch events for the game."
"A small controversy erupted after the release of the Madden NFL 11 demo for the PS3 and Xbox 360 over the new "Strategy Pad" control scheme that is used to call audible and make adjustments on the field. Experienced Madden players disliked the using the directional pad as they felt it was too slow and cumbersome and even produced videos that go into a comparison of the ergonomics of the two control schemes. EA Sports creative director Ian Cummings has heard the complaints and responded by ..."
"News out of the NFL is that Terrell Owens has joined Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson and Carson Palmer as a Cincinnati Bengal. The concentration of showmanship between the two receivers on one team should be interesting but EA Sports has decided to go ahead and give us a look at what Owens looks like in a Bengals uniform in Madden NFL 11. Say hello to "Ocho Uno"?"
"The Playstation Store updated late this evening but it includes quite a bit of content including demos for Madden NFL 11 and Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days as well as the first pack of DLC for Transformers: War for Cybertron, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 and more. There's also a selection of PSOne Disney games added as well."
"EA Sports has introduced a new take on last year's Madden Moments with Madden Moments Live for Madden NFL 11 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. In NFL 10, you were able to take exciting moments from the previous real-life NFL season and replay them to try to get the same result. Now those moments will come weekly for Madden NFL 11 but there is a catch."
"After all the work required to win a Super Bowl, one of the best parts is all the celebrations afterwards and that is what EA Sports is trying to capture for the first time with Madden NFL 11. Catch videos of the New Orleans Saints repeating and unlikely Super Bowl victories from the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars."
"For the final week of Madden NFL 11previews from EA Sports we head to the NFC North (aka Norse) division. The conference has a bit of intrigue this year with whether or not Brett Favre returns to the Minnesota Vikings (notice there are no pictures of a Vikings QB for the game), whether or not the Chicago Bears can pick themselves back up and whether or not a young Detroit Lions team led by Georgia's Matthew Stafford can play spoiler. We've got fresh screenshots and video for all four teams."
"EA Sports has sent out another batch of screenshots for Madden NFL 11 this time focused on the teams of the NFC East. We've got a preview video and screenshots of the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins along with the team ratings."
"The first chance to try out some of the new features in Madden NFL 11 is coming on July 27 to the PS3 and Xbox 360 with a matchup between the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. This year's demo offers gamers the chance to play longer and experiment with the different features of the game"
"The Madden NFL 11 achievements list have made their way out and show how far EA Sports has come since the very bland Madden NFL 07 which had achievements like "Madden Gamer Level 2". Instead Madden NFL 11 includes more creatively named and creatively earned achievements."
"Madden NFL 11 is just a month away so it is time to start heavily promoting the game. The AFC North, AFC South and AFC East have been covered and now the AFC West closes out the conference. We've got the preview video and screenshots from EA Sports starring the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers below along with team ratings."
"Madden NFL 11 is just a month away so it is time to start heavily promoting the game. We've gone through the AFC North and AFC South and now it is time for the AFC East. Screenshots, video, and team ratings from EA Sports for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets are all below."
"Madden NFL 11 is just a month away so it is time to start heavily promoting the game. The AFC North teams of the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns and are on display next with team ratings, screenshots, and a "Sizzle" video from EA Sports."
"Madden NFL 11 is just a month away so it is time to start heavily promoting the game. EA is releasing screenshots and videos highlighting the different divisions. First up on the block is the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Tennessee Titans of the AFC South."
"Last year the Madden NFL franchise finally came into its own. Expectations will always be high for the only football game on consoles but expectations will be even higher for the upcoming Madden NFL 11. The big features that will be appearing in Madden NFL 11 include GameFlow, new running controls, and more online modes including a 6 player co-op. Last week I was able to get my hands on Madden NFL 11 and was able to play an entire game using GameFlow. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to play onli..."
"Madden NFL 11 redefines the way you experience the game of football.
SIMPLER: From 350 plays down to 1, the all-new GameFlow system puts you in the helmet of an NFL quarterback to execute an authentic, situational game plan, one play at a time.
QUICKER: 60 minute game times reduced to as little as 30 minutes; spend more time on the field..."
"Even with Madden NFL 11 still many months away, Donny Moore from EA Sports sat down with Gamespot to discuss the Team Ratings for the upcoming game. Even though OTA’s aren’t yet over, somehow EA Sports has come up with which teams are the best and worst in the league. It should be no surprise that the New Orleans Saints come in as the number one rated team for Madden NFL 11 and the St. Louis Rams come in as the lowest rated team. However, there are some surprising teams that might be higher o..."
"Playing football games online with strangers has always been a bit of a crapshoot because you don't always know the tendencies of the random people you play versus the buddy you play with often. Do they throw alot of medium passes or do they like to run off the left side? EA Sports is now giving up gamers a leg-up with the introduction of online scouting to Madden NFL 11."
"Electronic Arts' 'Project Ten Dollar' has already been introduced to games such as Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Mass Effect 2. The concept is to restrict access to online features of games only to those that buy games new and to charge those that purchase games used $10 if they want to play online. Project Ten Dollar has now been added to all future EA Sports titles."
"The mantra from EA Sports for this year's edition of Madden NFL is "Simpler, Quicker, Deeper" and how gamers will call offensive and defensive plays is a big part of that theme. Madden NFL 11 introduces Game Flow and Game Planning in an effort to "make play calling more authentic" as the Madden Blog explains."
"Earlier in the year EA announced that they would let the fans choose who will be the next cover athlete for Madden 11. I’m sure everyone in Minnesota, New Orleans and Indianapolis were all hoping that their star player wouldn’t get on the cover. At some point someone had to win, whether the results were skewed in some way to make sure Brees won we’ll never know. In recent years the year after a team wins a Super Bowl hasn’t gone that well. The last thing you want is your star QB having to dea..."
"GameTrailers TV is hosting a 30 minute special for EA Sports' Madden NFL 11 tonight at 12 AM EST on Spike TV. GTTV Presents EA SPORTS Season Kickoff will include the first gameplay footage shown of the next iteration of the Madden franchise as well as an interview with the Madden NFL 11 cover athlete, Drew Brees."
"In a contest that EA Sports held to determine the cover athlete for Madden NFL 11, New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was selected by the fans. The Super Bowl MVP won out over defensive end Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings and wide receiver Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts."