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Madden NFL 13 Playbook 1 & 2 Videos: Highlighting Presentation & Gameplay Improvements

Following up on last week’s release of the first gameplay details and presentation enhancements EA Sports has rolled out additional videos today that delve further into those areas for Madden NFL 13. Mark Schlereth hosts the videos – which are obviously much more concise than the initial 90 minute presentation but more valuable than the first trailer – featuring a number of development team members. They do a good job of communicating why the improvements are valuable while also providing some brand new replay footage in the process.

Some of the topics discussed include work on the graphics, the new presentation package and commentary team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, the introduction of the Nike uniforms, additional pass trajectories and different types of passes, the work done with play action, read-and-react defensive AI, and the disguising of defensive coverages and proper coverage assignments. Continue on to check out the two videos – one presentation based and the other focusing on gameplay – and leave any thoughts in the comments! 


Top Rated WRs & Linebackers in Madden NFL 12

All this week, ESPN’s Gamer Blog and SportsNation are teaming up to bring you the Top 5 rated players at key positions in “Madden NFL 12.” And while the list of Top 5 quarterbacks will spark some serious debate from Michael Vick and Big Ben from fans who feel their favorite players have been wrongly left off the list, I’m sure Bears fans will be just as passionate when asking why Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs fell just short of making the “Madden” cut in the Top 5 Linebackers (especially when there are six players on the list due to a tie for fifth place). Do they have a case? Let the debates begin.

When I think about the most dominant wide receivers in the history of “Madden,” one name instantly comes to mind: Rand Moss. Even last year, EA Sports boosted Moss’ spectacular catch rating to a perfect 100 after “The Freak’s” one-handed grab over Darrelle Revis stole headlines (and highlight reels) across the country.

But with Moss retiring, this really is an end to one of the greatest careers in video game sports. That’s because wherever Mr. Jet Pack went, “Madden” gamers followed, as he made any virtual team an instant contender with his speed, jumping ability, and Spider-Man-like sticky hands.

So who will step up now that “The Freak” is out? Continue reading Top Rated WRs & Linebackers in Madden NFL 12

Patrick Peterson Garners 82 Overall As Madden 12’s Top Rookie (ESPN)

Patrick Peterson

Jon Robinson had an interview with Patrick Peterson, Rookie CB of the Arizona Cardinals & the highest rated rookie in Madden NFL 12.  Robinson known as a video game football nut since Bo Jackson in Tecmo bowl had this to say in his blog & interview over at the “mothership”:

I’ve been obsessed with cornerbacks ever since I first saw Lester Hayes dip his hands in a bucket of Stickum.

And growing up in the Bay Area, I’ve seen some greats run by me backwards, from a young Ronnie Lott to Mike Haynes to even a season of Deion Sanders.

Next in line to go “primetime” is the Cardinals first-round pick, Patrick Peterson. With P-Squared, we’re talking ball hawking, blanket coverage, and the type of return skills that make you think back to the days of Deion dripping in jewelry.

But I’m not the only one high on Peterson, as “Madden NFL 12” ratings guru Donny Moore has informed me that Arizona’s electrifying corner will be the highest-rated rookie in the game with an 82 overall, including 97 speed, 96 agility, 93 acceleration, 93 jumping, 77 catching (highest for any rookie CB), and 91 return. In terms of his defensive skill set, Peterson clocks in with 89 man coverage, 82 zone coverage, and 90 press.

Not bad for a kid who grew up gaming, dreaming of the day when he’d finally see his face in the “Madden” franchise.

“When I was a kid, my grandmother bought me and my brother every game that came out for PlayStation,” he told me at a recent EA Sports event showcasing “NCAA Football 12.” “We had like 72 games in our room, and we’d just play everything. My favorite was ‘Grand Theft Auto,’ but then my grandmother banned us from playing that game once she found out what was going on. So we’d play games like ‘Madden’ at home, but then sneak over to a friend’s house to play ‘GTA.’

“I have the PlayStation 1, PlayStation 2, and the PlayStation 3, and when Sony comes out with another system, I’ll get that one too. I guess I’m just a PlayStation kind of guy.”

Continue reading Patrick Peterson Garners 82 Overall As Madden 12’s Top Rookie (ESPN)

NFL’s Jeff Pash: Progress made in talks (ESPN)

MINNEAPOLIS — The court-ordered mediation between the NFL and its locked-out players ended early Tuesday afternoon but the league’s lead negotiator said progress is continuing to be made in mediation.

“I’ve said it many times the only way we’re going to get this accomplished is face-to-face dialogue and really digging into the issues and I think we had a good step in that direction today. And I hope that we’ll continue, confident it’s going to continue and we’ll be back early next month to continue that process.

— Jeff Pash, NFL’s lead negotiator

The sides will resume talks June 7 just days after a June 3 hearing in a federal appeals court regarding a lower court’s ruling that temporarily lifted the lockout. Continue reading NFL’s Jeff Pash: Progress made in talks (ESPN)