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Gamers Passing On Madden 2010

Madden 2010 coverEarly estimates indicate that initial Madden 2010 sales are disappointing. Out of the gate, Madden sales are lower than expected. Even with the new Madden Online Franchise mode, gamers seem to be taking a pass on this one. Can Brett Favre and Mike Vick bring Madden a winning record?

I am not surprised at all by the slow sales. I generally wait until September to buy Madden. By opening day, rosters are set, players are adjusted, and trades are accounted for in the game. I like playing the franchise mode and I’d rather wait a few weeks to start off with a true roster than the makeshift one that comes with the game. The only risk here is that your favorite player gets hurt and is sent to injured reserve ala Tom Brady last year.

I think another reason for the slow sales is the lack of big pre-order promotion. I did a blog about pre-order Madden deals last week. Honestly, nothing was very impressive other than a chain down south that offered the game for $30. There are rarely any great giveaways that come with Madden, but in this day of competitive gaming sales I think EA really needs to change that next year. I hate the idea of exclusives, but it may be time to offer exclusive content to get the pre-order buzz going next year.

Every year I say I am going to just stick to my old Madden game and wait a year. However, they sucked me in this year with the Online Franchise Mode. Overall, the game features little changes from year to year. I think people are just getting sick of the minor changes EA makes year to year. Most people don’t have the time to invest in the online franchise play anyway, so it becomes a null selling point for a lot of gamers.

I have played the game a bit for a few days. I can’t offer a full review because I just don’t have the time or desire to check out every mode of the game. I can say that I do enjoy the game. EA scaled back the Madden IQ and I applaud that. I found the game play pretty easy to slide into as opposed to when I would play new Madden editions in the past. The transition is pretty flawless from last year to this year’s Madden 10.

One thing that greatly disappoints me is EA’s obsession with the right analog stick. EA changed the way you control a defensive lineman and juking with a running back. I love playing with a lineman and battling for a sack. I feel like I am just sitting back and watching a simulated game on defense with the new changes. I never understand why games make changes just to change from year to year when they have something good.

I haven’t jumped into the world of online franchise playing. I am still not sure whether I want to commit the time to that. Most importantly, I want to wait a few weeks until player ratings and rosters are adjusted. Once again, why bother committing to an online franchise with a team that hasn’t even played their second pre season game yet?

Overall, I would definitely recommend the game. The graphics are improved and EA has already offered Xbox 360 and PS3 users a roster update to include Michael Vick and Brett Favre. The new offenses like the Wildcat have been a lot of fun to play around with as well. At the same time, there is no harm in waiting it out a few weeks. In one week we have had Brett Favre and Michael Vick return to the NFL. Who knows what else is going to happen before the season starts?

Thanks to escapistmagazine.com for the tip.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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