There are artefact managers on the Madden aggregation who apperceive how to advance in-depth, advantageous authorization modes. They apperceive what actualization are important to consumers and they apperceive what bodies enjoy. If they don't apperceive those things afresh they're in the amiss field.
But they do apperceive how to do that -- they did that with Madden 2005, they did it with NCAA Football 2012, they did it with MVP Baseball 2005 and MVP Baseball 2006. Of advance they still accept aptitude on the aggregation that knows how to do this, the teams are fabricated up of committed sports admirers and accomplished developers.
The problem, for us, is the investment it takes to achieve that a absoluteness is beneath than the acknowledgment that EA sees, abnormally compared to the investment of crapping out accession annular of Micro-G.O.A.T. Purple Panther Bo Jackson trading cards, and the banking acknowledgment that they get from that.
MUT is a agilely buried bank simulator. It's the coin-operated admission dispensing amateur that were aperture machines for babys at arcades. On one wall, you'd accept a brace arcade cabinets of the latest amateur and you'd accept 1 or 2 of them in every arcade, and afresh the centermost boardwalk of an arcade would be arranged with amateur breadth you'd put in a badge in hopes of added tokens/tickets bustling out to animate gambling.
Those machines were strategically placed all over the arcade because they were the money makers, while the accepted amateur were placed abaft them, so maybe you'd absorb $0.50 on Street Fighter 2, but afresh you'd absorb $5 on those bread munching bank games, all to win a few tickets to get abundant beneath than $5 of bonbon or artificial toys. Those machines appropriate no work, no upkeep, complete little investment.
That's what MUT is. It's the affair that EA puts on every bend of Madden, on every loading screen, "Download BABY GOAT Ray Lewis White Suit 2001 Edition and alleviate 4 Ravens aggregation tokens to advancement to GOAT Ray Lewis Stained White Suit special edition!" If you barrage Madden it bombards you with ads for microtransactions and boodle crates, "Sign up for our accomplice business websites to alleviate Legends of Twitch!"
Behind MUT is a burlesque of football. It's mobile-game actualization acid modes advised to accord you a aftertaste of football, auspicious you to absorb $5 actuality and there to get the abounding things. You body these afflicted fantasy football rosters of players that accept no affinity to their complete activity counter-parts (seriously, there accept to be 4 or 5 variations of Tom Brady with about no resemblence to how Tom Brady anytime played in his career; it's just a name on a accidental agenda of ratings), and afresh if you body those afflicted teams, you get the affluence of maybe arena a bold of football... But not too much, you accept to buy tickets, acquirement contracts, buy credibility for packs, participate in bank mini-games on Sundays breadth you can alleviate added points.
And if you do bullwork these modes or auspiciously hit your Vegas parlay in 'Predictor' mode... WHat's your reward? It's not Tom Brady, Leveon Bell, or Julio Jones. It's a boodle crate that has accidental boodle in it that you ability barter for more loot, and ability be able to body up a aggregation that about resembles the Patriots or Giants or Packers. Aah, if abandoned you had that one added amateur to achieve your Giants Aggregation Chemistry, but the boodle crate never gives you a Giants amateur you need, but, here, it's just $10 abroad if you buy some bill and go to the bargain house!
The development accent of Madden NFL Football is to achieve a bank simulator. The absolute focus of the bold is to advance small-scale bank to aboveboard NFL admirers and accouchement who don't apperceive any better. The $60 retail bulk of Madden NFL Football is the awning allegation to accretion access to the world's a lot of ailing accountant casino.
But that's breadth the money is. That's breadth EA's bigger payday comes, and breadth their aboriginal development investment is. If they spent $50m to defended the absolute NFL/NFLPA videogame license, they didn't buy that authorization to achieve great NFL videogames, they bought the authorization with the absorbed of anytime axis the bold into a agee casino, and that's in actuality what we accept today.
There is no ablaze for this franchise, and even if there was antagonism in the amplitude from 2K, that wouldn't go over any better. 2K is somehow worse than EA at microtransactions, boodle crates, and bank mini-games. Breadth 2K Amateur and EA somehow had abundant foundations for football, baseball, and basketball videogames 11 or 12 years ago, now they've just got accountant cars for announcement small-scale acknowledged bank to amateur and aboveboard gamers.
Sports amateur from the big publishers are dead. It's a black reality. And this is advancing from me, who ability be one of the bigger Madden apologists around, I freaking ran websites committed to Madden in my adolescence and accept been chatting about Madden and NCAA Football for 15 years on this forum, traveling on 20 years if we go aback to the predecessors of OS. But now I'm just too old to accept a absolute bend on this franchise, as its steadily gotten worse over the last 12 years.
Today, I would be altogether agreeable exchanging $60 for a alive adaptation of videogame football that allows me to body NFL franchises in a fantasy apple that about mimics the best locations of the NFL, or at atomic tries to. But, unfortunately, what gets arise is a $60 belvedere for a football mini game, a buggy blend that has the aforementioned bugs year over year for a decade, no improvements, Madden mobile coins and the abandoned aspects of the bold that actor absoluteness are unimportant boner features that cipher in their appropriate apperception would anytime anticipate is important if they're aggravating to actor the best locations of the NFL.
To me, Madden's approaching of CFM isn't alarming, it's depressing.