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Online Scouting Coming To Madden 11

Madden 11ESPN reports that Madden 11 will feature online scouting. Gone are the days of using your go-to play for every third down conversion. Online scouting will even up the Madden 11 online playing field and oh yeah, stick a few extra bucks in EA Sports‘ pockets.

Here is the gist of the new Madden 11 online scouting option. The Madden video game will keep track of what kind of plays you run and when. So for example, if you have a go-to play that you play 75% of the time you will need to go back to the drawing board. The new online scout feature in Madden 11 will keep track of the play and reveal this information to your opponents. It is time to start expanding your playbook!

The idea behind this is to give Madden 11 players more NFL-like options in the video game. Now, Madden 11 gamers can completely scout their opponents similar to NFL teams who watch tape from week to week in preparation of their next game. Die hard Madden 11 players can now take the time and analyze their opponent’s game before the big showdown thanks to the new feature.

Madden 10 has a similar scouting mode for online players. The current scouting system shows the player’s favorite playbooks and the split of run vs. passing plays. The new online scouting system is much more robust than anything the game has ever produced.

You didn’t think you were going to get this for free did you? Well if you did, you don’t know EA Sports too well. Players earn coins for online play which they can later redeem for scouting reports. However, EA Sports will offer these coins for a charge for players that don’t want to wait to accumulate them. In other words, you can pay for the option or play a lot of Madden 11 online in order to use it.

I don’t know if I should get excited or fearful of the newest Madden 11 option. I admit, I am the kind of Madden player that has about five go-to plays on both sides of the ball. I have always found that it is better to perfect about five-eight plays from your playbook than jump around and try out plays you have never run before. The online scouting mode will definitely make me work harder to come up with a bigger playbook. At the same time, it also sets you up for some great opportunities. Say you always run a running play out of the I-form playbook. When you desperately need it most, you can probably catch someone completely off guard with a play action fake down the field.

I like the idea of online scouting, but who the heck has time anymore to use it? Madden is beginning to get so complex you need to quit your job to take advantage of all of its new features. Not to mention, the collection of DLC in Madden is bordering on ridiculous. Why buy the game if you have to spend another $20 to use every feature? Why not just charge people $70 for the game and end the dance?

Read the full story on ESPN.com.

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