One of the biggest disappointments for me in the Madden 12 game was that one of the most recognizable figures in the sport looked like hundreds of other players in the game. Cam Newton had a generic face scan.
For the life of me, I could not figure out why the NFL's one and only football video game title would neglect having the reigning Heisman trophy winner and eventual Rookie of the Year's custom face on the game.
My favorite video game series of all time is the MLB: The Show titles. The main reason actually isn't the game play. What keeps me coming back and pushing the power button on my PlayStation 3 long after my wife has gone to sleep is the great detail—the "little things" that really add up and make it a great game.
There are illustrations like the chalk lines getting torn up uniquely as a game wears on. The immersion factor of updating out-of-town scoreboards each night. You have the sense that when you are playing in your franchise on The Show, you're really in another world of video-gaming wizardry.
Most of all, the face scans in that baseball game are spectacular. And it's not just the fan favorites and superstars. We're talking the 40th and 45th men on the roster who you wouldn't recognize at the local grocery store. Compare their in-game face with their virtual player card, and the producers of this game have nailed it.
I feel like Electronic Arts has sold the consumer short in this area.
Anyone who shared the frustrations with me can rest easy now. Cam Newton has been scanned and will indeed appear as the real Cam Newton. I took the screen shot from this YouTube video that came from the recent E3 convention.
Baby steps, I suppose. Maybe by the time the game is on the PlayStation 4 console, they'll even have Jon Beason and Luke Kuechly done correctly. That's probably asking for too much.
While it seems everyone who plays Madden is searching for something different, this old football gamer just wants his meat and potatoes back. It's all in the small details.