New video game analyzes football plays
Madden NFL 11 gives annotated details on game
The new video game Madden NFL 11 offers players the opportunity to analyze football plays with an amazing new interactive system. The game is the latest addition to Electronic Arts' signature sports franchise.
Players of Madden NFL 11 can customize gameplans before playing, creating strategies for most scenarios, including a 2-minute offense.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Thanks to "GameFlow," the game's chief feature and component, players are allowed to complete games quickly and focus strictly on the action. However -- veterans are warned to finely tune their game plans, or expect calls that might leave them scratching their heads.
In previous Madden NFL installments, players would hop into the diverse team playbooks and choose their next move between plays on both offense and defense. Players previously could spend almost three-quarters of the time during a game just picking plays or navigating menus.
GameFlow eliminates that need by delivering a computer-controlled coordinator to call the plays for you. Decisions on plays are based on down and distance, such as first-and-1o, third-and-long, first-and-goal. If players don't agree with the call, they can always switch to the full playbook after any play.
Players can customize gameplans before playing, creating strategies for most scenarios, including a 2-minute offense. They can even create multiple plans to use depending on their opponent.
According to early tech reviews, GameFlow works quite well. Players can speed through games, and the emphasis is placed more heavily on what happens on the field.
Madden veterans are cautioned against the default gameplans - and they should create their own. If you have a handful of go-to plays that you use regularly, gameplans need to be overhauled to ensure GameFlow calls them consistently.
In addition, the default gameplans are solid, but GameFlow does make some odd decisions. For example, inside the 10-yard line on the verge of scoring, Gameflow calls a deep pass play. There's also a tendency to call the same play back-to-back on multiple occasions, even if it hasn't proven successful. Don't expect GameFlow to show mercy. Up by more than 30 points late in the second half of one game, GameFlow wanted to keep throwing the ball.
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