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#21 Posted on 19.8.03 1048.00
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Have you bumped it up to Heisman? And if so, have you played with the AI sliders? I have to believe that there's a way to set NCAA up to provide a challenge for you. But maybe you're just that damn good.
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#22 Posted on 20.8.03 0349.48
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On an All-Pro setting, I made the playoffs with the Cowboys (10-6, NFC East Champs) Most games were challenging, but some games were too easy (3 INTs for TDs, playing against Aaron Brooks) or some games were unbelievably hard (Any time i play against the Redskins, and I got my ass handed to me by the Pack in the NFC Title game). I didnt use any AI slider either. The difficulty jumps from time to time, but the game is still awesome. The Owner Mode is that damn good. Lots of improvements from 2003.
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#23 Posted on 20.8.03 0636.58
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It's a football game there the same and there 20 made a year it seems like. I know there alot of fans out there, but I get bored with football so much and the games just seem to repeat. Now you want a football game what about mutant league football the best football game in my eyes and the only thing that comes close to it are the blitzs football games.
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#24 Posted on 21.8.03 1647.21
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Well hmmmm, dumped Rodney Peete(QB) and Deon Grant(FS) from my Panthers Franchise and picked up:

David Boston(WR)
Seneca Wallace(QB) Rookie
Quentin Jammer(CB)
Marcus Trufant(CB) Rookie
Roy Williams(FS)
Takeo Spikes(ROLB)

And I still have two 1st round picks and a 5th rounder left.

I passed up on Champ Bailey as I felt I was already deep enough at CB with young talent and I'd like to just see if they get better. I also skipped on Urlacher, as I've been practicing with Carolina and they're pretty damn good in the 4-3, even though I prefer the 3-4.

So in comparison: Madden 2003 let me load the Cardinals up with Donovan McNabb, Hines Ward, Chris Chambers, Roy Williams, Brian Urlacher, Ricky Williams, Kendrell Bell, Roosevelt Colvin, Tommy Polley, Champ Bailey, Rhonde Barber, Mike Brown, and still let me grab about 5 first round picks.

This year you're not going to get McNabb or Ricky Williams. And for guys like Urlacher and Bailey, the fact that teams will no longer just dump their 6th and 7th picks makes it much harder to collect the needed number of 1st rounders to take a bunch of the A+ stars.

-Jag

As a side note while I realize that by making it so the compuer no longer just dumps the 6th and 7th rounders that EA has stopped me from creating my uber teams but in one instance it really annoyed me. I was about to give up two first rounders and a second rounder for Roy Williams (a 90 overal second year FS). Except the Cowboys didn't have room to take the three new draft picks. If you were willing to jettison Williams for the three picks, why the hell would you hang on to your 6th and 7th rounders?! The computer should've been happy to give 'em to me to make room.
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#25 Posted on 24.8.03 1643.23
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You must be way over the cap or will be when it is time to re-sign those players.
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#26 Posted on 26.8.03 0527.34
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This is the first Madden game I've bought since Madden '94 on the Sega Genisis. I suck so much balls at this game it's laughable. I can't move the damn ball to save my life. I also get picked off about a 1/3 of the time. Ive been averaging about 140 yds a game with 0 points!

What good are draft picks? Who do you draft?
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#27 Posted on 26.8.03 0932.27
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If you own NCAA Football 2004 you can import graduating seniors and guys who leave early into Madden 2004. It's about the greatest thing EVER, although reading about NHL 2004''s franchise mode makes me giddy with anticipation.

Have you played the other Madden games or did you play the 989 football games instead? Going from Madden '94 on Genesis straight to Madden 2004 on PS2 seems like going from a soap box derby car to a Ferrari.
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#28 Posted on 26.8.03 1159.25
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    Originally posted by SomeRandomFag IV
    This is the first Madden game I've bought since Madden '94 on the Sega Genisis. I suck so much balls at this game it's laughable. I can't move the damn ball to save my life. I also get picked off about a 1/3 of the time. Ive been averaging about 140 yds a game with 0 points!

    What good are draft picks? Who do you draft?



I have the same problem with Madden. I found that the NFL 2k series by Sega was a lot easier to pick up and start with. I've played 2k, 2k2, and 2k3 and they are all pretty good for the amount of Football that I want to play.

I hear that Blitz is pretty good too, but it seems even faster than Madden. I'm not so sure that I want to play twitch football.
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#29 Posted on 26.8.03 1333.59
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Blitz was good. At least all Blitz's through 2001 were good. I don't know about 2002, but Blitz 20-03 was absolutely awful. They made the field smaller and the players bigger, and then made it so that all you had to do to intercept the ball would be to stand somewhere near the pass and press the jump button. Then you would jump 40 feet into the air and grab the pass.

Hooray for stupidity.

Hopefully the new Blitz Pro will be better. But it's definately an arcade game, not sim like at all.

-Jag

As for Madden, yeah the picks and fumbles have been turned way up this year as they made the defensive AI smarter. In 2003 I threw about 10 interceptions total per season. This year I've thrown 29 (using Seneca Wallace though, so it's not like he's aiming the ball or anything). My suggestion is to try out the 'Football 101' mode. It helped my game a bunch when I started playing Madden 2003, as it allows me to see what the hell I'm supposed to be doing on these plays.

My other suggestion would be to get a scrambling QB, set your audibles up so you can switch pass/run in your favorite formations and run your offense from the line of scrimmage. Also, you can't throw to a covered WR anymore, not even in single coverage. Wait for your WR to get the CB off his back, or throw it away (or tuck and run if you can).
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#30 Posted on 26.8.03 1735.26
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim

      Originally posted by SomeRandomFag IV
      This is the first Madden game I've bought since Madden '94 on the Sega Genisis. I suck so much balls at this game it's laughable. I can't move the damn ball to save my life. I also get picked off about a 1/3 of the time. Ive been averaging about 140 yds a game with 0 points!

      What good are draft picks? Who do you draft?



    I have the same problem with Madden. I found that the NFL 2k series by Sega was a lot easier to pick up and start with. I've played 2k, 2k2, and 2k3 and they are all pretty good for the amount of Football that I want to play.

    I hear that Blitz is pretty good too, but it seems even faster than Madden. I'm not so sure that I want to play twitch football.



This looks like a job for me...the MADDEN MASTER!!!1

(cracks knuckles) ouch.

Franchise mode certainly turned things around for the Madden series, IMO. One of my favorite strategies upon entering franchise mode is to use draft picks to help trade for a better player. Generally, the game seems to make younger players more valuable than older players. Through the power of Madden 2000, I was on my way to the playoffs w/the Browns w/CHRIS MILLER~! (Hey, he was around 35 w/a 75 rating, with Tim Couch ready to be traded in a year or to with his 69 rating along with a $6 million contract and seemingly low potential.)

Actually, I liked the Dreamcast incarnations of the NFL 2k series. The play editor was superior, the playbooks were more realistically concise, and the passing game was a little easier. All in all, those games still couldn't beat Madden.
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#31 Posted on 27.8.03 2129.46
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    If you own NCAA Football 2004 you can import graduating seniors and guys who leave early into Madden 2004. It's about the greatest thing EVER, although reading about NHL 2004''s franchise mode makes me giddy with anticipation.

    Have you played the other Madden games or did you play the 989 football games instead? Going from Madden '94 on Genesis straight to Madden 2004 on PS2 seems like going from a soap box derby car to a Ferrari.



I take it that the NCAA game uses just numbers to represent it's players. They can't use the names can they?

I actually haven't played a football game since my old Sega.
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#32 Posted on 27.8.03 2318.59
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That's something. NCAA Football 2004 does have only the numbers for the players but they do correspond to the actual players and you can input the rosters by hand or download them and use a Gameshark to input the names. When you recruit new players they are named as well.
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#33 Posted on 1.9.03 2251.17
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Is there any way to edit the uniform number? They've given Shaun Barber number 58 for the Chiefs, but he's wearing 59 this year. This wouldn't be such a problem if 58 wasn't DT's number.
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#34 Posted on 2.9.03 0003.37
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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
    Is there any way to edit the uniform number? They've given Shaun Barber number 58 for the Chiefs, but he's wearing 59 this year. This wouldn't be such a problem if 58 wasn't DT's number.


You can go into the roster screen and edit the numbers, as far as I know.
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#35 Posted on 3.9.03 1452.29
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I'm curious to find out how the rest of you play defense. Lately I've been playing as the left defensive end to rush the QB off the edge, which works effectively if you can get to the QB on time and is extremely important if you have shit for a secondary.
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#36 Posted on 3.9.03 1627.43
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I just use the best defensive lineman I have and try to get to the QB every play. I suck at using the secondary, and using the LBs means having to defend the run and the pass, and my wrong moves usually cost me. I also usually call a QB spy play, in case the offense try to get easy yards with a short route down the middle of the field. I let the CPU handle the other positions.

Right now, I only allow 13 pts a game on an All-Pro setting, with no sliders.
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#37 Posted on 4.9.03 1026.39
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I'm allowing about 24 points per game, but most of them are because of field postion because of turnovers. Your beloved Patriots are 2-8 in their first season. Which leads me to this question - What happens five years into a franchise? Do all the players suck or retire?
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#38 Posted on 5.9.03 0920.39
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What do you guys mean by "sliders"?

Is that where you go into settings and select "AI" on the screen and boost up the performance of your offense, defense, and special teams and either not change or decrease the AI's performance?
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#39 Posted on 5.9.03 0941.18
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Yes. You can use sliders to do one of three things:

1) Make the game easier by lowering the CPU and boosting the Human sliders.

2) Make the game harder by lowering the Human and boosting the CPU sliders.

3) Make the game more realistic through adjustment of sliders and quarter length, hopefully coming out with game stats that closely mirror the NFL in real life.

As for my defence (which is always the most important thing for me to have), in 2003 I always played in the 3-4, but in 2004 I'm playing with Carolina who play in the 4-3 and they have a great 4 man Dline. So I stuck with that (even though I have enough good LBs to go 3-4 in my second season) and have gotten pretty good with it. Last night I blew out the Bears 54-3 on All Pro (no sliders). Rex Grossman threw 6 interceptions as his OLine just could not contain the Crash Left Blitz. I also sacked him 5 times, one of which lead to a fumble and another Defensive TD. On Defense I always control one of my blitzing linebackers. The game doesn't zoom out enough for me to accurately control a Db, so I only control the guys who are blitzing. If no one's blitzing then I just let the computer run the play.

-Jag
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#40 Posted on 5.9.03 1037.55
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Okay, thanks. I have boosted my performance and left the computer's alone. I'll probably stick with that until I feel the need for more challenge, but even then, I'll probably just boost the AI.

I've been going with "Ask Madden" for defense. I'm still trying to find the "perfect" defense that I had in Madden 2001 and Madden 2002 (dime back blitz, led to 20+ sacks per game) Playing the Raiders on All-Pro with 6 minute quarters (with sliders) I'm 15-0. Phillip Buchanon has 9 punt returns for TDs and 16 picks (7 for TDs). Charles Woodson has 14 picks (2 for TDs). Charlie Garner is having a great year (1900 yards, 21 TDs). After 1 game with Gannon I relented and created a "perfect" QB, then to save cap room, I cut Mirer and Tuiasosopo, I traded Gannon for Couch and a draft pick to be my back-up, then I signed Jamie Martin as a free-agent.

The owner mode does rule, but I still can't get a sell-out, even though I've cut ticket prices and fan interest is maxed out.
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