4 Features We Wish Were in Madden 13
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Madden 2013 hits the stores on Aug. 28 and it promises to be the most in-depth Madden NFL game of all time. However, there are multiple ways to improve the game that haven't been thought of or have been disregarded despite being great ideas in the past.
So while we are all enjoying our new voice-activated play calling, here are four other features that should be added to the enhanced game play in Madden 2013.
Delay Blitzes were in 2006
As a Madden defensive coordinator who loves to create his own plays, it would be great if there was an option for a back-step, delay blitz. This is the closest play that the series has ever had and it was a side step to the A-gap blitz.
If there was a delay blitz option available, there would be much more actual football playing in the game than there currently is online.
There are always the groups of "cheese" players who use quite a few plays that a true delay blitz would not just disrupt but blow up. It's a simple NFL play, but for whatever reason, it hasn't actually been in the game for over six years.
A PC (and Mac) Version
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Console versions have been the only thing available since Madden 2008. While those have been great for profits for EA Sports, it's time they finally give their PC and Mac fans the game again.
Some people don't want to go out and spend $300 on a console when they have already spent $700 on a computer.
Either way, the sports gaming company would still get their $60 and by having compatibilities with almost any controller out there, they could appeal to a wide variety of fans. The PC version could also have the easiest to regulate online play.
Actually Regulated Online Play
There are a few people out there who are actually trying to be football purists. However, it's hard to play Madden and not fall into the same traps of money plays and cheap tricks that have always been part of online game play to win.
Notice in the picture, it's a simple I-formation going against a standard 4-3 defense. However, unlike a standard game, the play call online would be three deep streaks with the running back running a simple out route. And it will be run 10 times in a row.
There should be regulation against just running the same play over and over and actually forcing people to think. Even if it's just an opt-in league of some sort.
Cross-Format Online Play
As great as it is to play people on either an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3 in an online format, wouldn't it be more amazing to play your brother in Knoxville, Tenn., who has an Xbox 360 from your Playstation 3 in Charleston, S.C.?
That's just using a real-life example from my own life, but seriously, how cool would it be to legitimately play anyone, anywhere on any system just because it's the same game? This is a feature that Madden has always been missing. And it's something that should be added as soon as they even think about Madden 2014.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.