There’s game modes…and then there’s Franchise Mode.
Franchise Mode has been officially taken to the next level. This is the most compelling Franchise Mode since it was introduced in 2004.
It’s difficult to pinpoint a favorite addition. The Dynamic Player Performance consisting of hot and cold streaks and the return of player roles give you a true NFL experience. Your team and players can change from game to game depending on how you perform.
I think I speak for everyone when I sigh and say thank you!
It’s about time we had something of this magnitude. Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are the most clutch quarterbacks in the league—it’s about time Madden rewarded them for their heroics! Your consistency will play a role during your season too since your confidence can be altered throughout. Say goodbye to making that rookie QB an elite superstar in his first season. One bad game and you don’t know what you’re going to get next.
EA finally allows you to play with a 75-man roster in preseason. That means each year you’re probably going to find yourself signing a massive amount of free agents just to test them out. Veterans and rookies make a difference. You can cost yourself a quality rookie in exchange for a scrub vet or you vice versa as you keep a youngster unprepared for a legitimate role after cutting a wily veteran. This is the gamble you take from the new and improved progression of Franchise Mode. Your decisions finally matter.
This is also true when scouting players for the draft. Hopefully you have NCAA 12 and can input a real rookie class or else you’ll have to settle for generated players. If you like a couple of players in that draft class, why don’t you trade a 2013 pick to move up in the draft or acquire a veteran? The option is finally there!
All rookies will have to be scouted during the preseason to see their ratings full locked, giving Franchise Mode a bit of a mysterious and interesting touch. Start a franchise with the Lions? You don’t know exactly how Nick Fairley will translate, but he could be a 99 overall when it’s all said and done according to EA! Wait, after Week 1 of the preseason Fairley is down a potential 93? What in the world will his true rating be!?
It’s time we start playing the preseason instead of simulating it because it will have a positive or negative effect on your team just like real life.
For the first time ever, injured reserve comes into place. It is a realistic touch to a true season as your players will get hurt in Madden as you’ve seen in recent years.
I just played a game with the Eagles and Chargers—yes, the Eagles are just as amazing as you thought they’d be—and LeSean McCoy and Vincent Jackson suffered some form of an injury on their first touch. It’s a good thing injured reserve is in effect, I may have to sign Terrell Owens if the increasingly fragile DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith go down!
Back to the offseason, we can now change the teams we control. Get tired of playing with Michael Vick and don’t want to go through another 2011 season? Continue on with the Bills and give yourself an actual challenge!
Nothing will be more exciting in the offseason of your franchise than the free agent bidding war. Coming off the most exciting free agency in history, it would have been disappointing to play Madden and have to simulate each day. Instead, we now enter a fast-paced bidding war. Don’t blink, you might miss out on the guy you needed to win the Super Bowl!
Hopefully people don’t take advantage of this, but you can actually change the ratings of players in your Franchise.
If you start a Franchise with the Dolphins and play throughout the season only to find out Reggie Bush has returned to his dynamic USC-days, you might feel compelled to make your Franchise correlate. If you start a franchise with the Lions and think Calvin “Megatron” Johnson deserves to be the highest rated receiver in the game, go for it. Change his attributes to give him that 99 in Spectacular Catch.
You get the idea. Let’s not abuse it, shall we?
This is the Franchise Mode we’ve wanted and the one that will keep us entertained for more than just one or two seasons. The RPG elements of the player roles, week-to-week player changes and offseason frenzy with free agency bidding and scouting provides gamers with a phenomenal experience.
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