It is that time of year again, when everything on TV starts to dry up, it gets hot out, and men across the country start to get antsy. Yes, the National Football League pre-season is starting up soon, which means that Madden ’11 is going to be out soon as well too. They just released the Madden ’11 Demo for PS3, and Xbox360 last night for free in their respective online stores.
I was playing an unhealthy amount of Madden ’10 last year, and the differences between the games are pretty easy to spot. It took about 10 minutes to get used to the new announcer but other than that same great game with a few improvements.
Madden 2011 Features:
- A new announcer for the play-by-play, Gus Johnson (well known for his March Madness coverage on CBS).
- 6 player capability instead of 4 in all previous games
- “Ultimate Team” is a combination of card collecting, fantasy football, and regular gameplay. It is an improved version of what came out during playoffs for Madden ’10
- More realistic controls – Madden ’11 tackles seem much more realistic and more control is put into the control sticks rather than the buttons.
- “GameFlow” is the biggest new feature Madden ’11 which acts more like a real NFL game – You create a game plan at the start of the game for different scenarios based on the opponents weaknesses and instead of choosing a play the coach will tell you via headset which play to use and how to pull it off.
- Faster game play, when using the GameFlow system you can spend about half the time to complete a game as less time is wasted choosing between 350 plays for each down. For those that don’t like the idea of this, of course GameFlow is completely optional but it is a cool feature after you play with it for a bit.
I was a big fan of the new controls in Madden 11, the buttons obviously still do the same job but now you don’t need to rely on them as much. When I was playing my buddy I was getting destroyed by his control stick jukes and he was doing a great job of working through the seem. The Jets could quite possibly be my favorite team this year simply because they have such a powerful lineup of running backs; I was averaging near 6 yards per carry which makes it very easy to go straight down the field.
The game for whatever reason just seemed slightly more realistic than Madden ’10, the graphics are about the same but I think the ambient sounds and better tackling system was what made it feel just a little better. Every year EA changes just enough things in the game to make it so that people end up wanting the new version, and once again they have succeeded.
The Madden 11 demo allows you to play full matches but you can only do so as the Jets or the Colts. I enjoyed the demo was great but as always it just left me wanting more and made me start looking up stats for when the season starts back up in full. I want more football, more sports, and I want the new Madden game once it comes out in a couple weeks. Pre-order Madden ’11 directly from EA to avoid the lines.
Madden ’11 Release Date: August 10, 2010 – Available for PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, and Wii.
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