The debut of Madden NFL‘s new suite of career modes—called “Connected Careers”—seemed to be drowned out by the noise of E3 and by the announcement that same day of the game’s new real-time physics engine. That’s a gameplay enhancement gamers could easily understand. Connected Careers wasn’t so easily reduced, and as such, its debut sounded like Maddenwas getting rid of some bread-and-butter game modes.
It’s not. It’s merging them into a single universe, which offers some cool features and conveniences. But there are some details, mainly appealing to those in the game’s hardcore base, that will be going away. On the whole, Connected Careers seems to offer much more than Franchise and Superstar did as separate modes. But in meshing those together, some things had to be left out.
What It Has
Basically, it’s a first shot at creating a sports MMO. Though not truly that (there won’t be huge populations all interacting on one server), had Madden‘s handlers sold this aspect a little more it might have gotten a stronger and happier reaction. In Connected Careers, players may choose to be a single player or a coach—whether created or existing in real life (with some hall-of-fame retired types thrown into the mix).
Choosing to be a player means, basically, you’re taking the route of the old Superstar mode; choosing to be a coach means you’re embarking on Franchise. The difference this year is that Connected Careers’ online component means you and up to 31 other friends can play as different players and coaches in the same league, and thus have your personal stories play out together (though you will not, as a single player, be able to play on a team controlled by another user coach). Continue reading What Exactly is Madden’s New Career Mode Giving You—and What Is It Taking Away?
Since 2K Sports has yet to discuss either Association mode or online play – and NBA 2K12 is set to release in less than a week – it’s no surprise that now details are starting to leak out from individuals who have obtained the game early.
It’s far from the most ideal way to collect information or check out gameplay videos especially since they all seem to be coming from cell phone cameras so far. This is the situation 2K created though by holding off so long (retailers don’t even have full feature lists to promote or educate with) as they lose control over how the info ends up coming out.
From these two videos below we can ascertain the following regarding NBA 2K12:
•Association mode looks to be largely unchanged at least as it relates to playing in the standard offline manner. We do know however that there will be Online Association for the first time ever which represents the big advancement this year. Users will be able to compete in the franchise against other users and/or CPU controlled teams. Outside of that the structure to how it will all work remains shrouded in mystery.
•The website nba2k.com will be launching (presumably next week coinciding with release) and will feature the ability to manage Online Associations – completing trades, managing rosters, and running drafts. The site will also house uploaded highlights, screenshots, and ‘My Player’ career mode progress/stats.
•There are no online leaderboards found within the game menus. Instead they will be located on the website.
•There are no online lobby rooms. Team-Up looks to be easier to organize however.
•There is still no ability to save playbooks for use online.
•’Crew’ mode online appears to have been removed. That would then suggest that the only way to play online w/ one’s My Player may be through the paid DLC that was discovered yesterday.
EA Sports has taken a lot of criticism recently for the failure to address Online Franchise in Madden NFL 12. Instead what they have done is introduce “Online Communities”. That feature was finally detailed today.
Madden NFL 12 will allow you and up to 2000 other like-minded gamers to create or join a Community where you can play head-to-head games against each other. All games will be ranked on your Community Leaderboard, individual stats will all be tracked and ranked, and recent game results will be displayed for your entire Community to see. What makes Communities different is that the creator of the Community will be able to create Community “house rules”. Every single game option and slider in Madden NFL 12 will be editable and will apply to all head-to-head games within your Community.
Continue reading Madden 12 Online Communities Detailed