You may not recognize Kenny Bell by name, but if you've played an EA Madden title in the last decade, there's a good chance you've seen him in motion. A veteran motion capture actor, Bell has lent a level of authenticity to EA's football franchise for nearly eight years running. Now, after many seasons of running plays for the mo-cap cameras, the 30-year old former wide receiver is quitting his gaming gig for a long shot at the (real) NFL.
More more more! Sequels need more! But not just more of what you already liked, NEW things! New things that are DIFFERENT and look good on the back of the box! Or maybe they don’t.
We can just about understand the way things used to be. When games came on cartridges, the only way you could play a sports game with the correct player names was to either type them all in yourself (which took hours), or buy the newest licensed version. But things have changed.The advent of DLC has meant that all games could, in theory, be updated via a patch downloaded from the internet. This could either be for free (like the
Where are the flying cars? For years, our science fiction promised us that in the 21st century, we’d all be zipping around the country with speed and style in shiny hovering vehicles. Sadly, we all know how that turned out. It sure seems like we were made the same kinds of promises about our “next generation” of sports games too.
“Move Forward” is a common phrase in the sports world. Your best player gets injured? Someone else needs to step up so you can Move Forward. Your coach has an indiscretion with someone else’s wife? It’s in the past and you have to Move Forward. Teams have conditioned themselves to forget about whatever’s just happened, almost from the instant it occurs. They just keep Moving Forward.
The NFL has long prided itself on parity. Each new season has little, if anything, to do with the year that preceded it; players come and go with astonishing speed as 5-11 teams become Super Bowl competitors and champions fall apart. In many ways, the Madden games of the PS360 generation mirror this erratic arc.
We love it when a plan comes together. After years of warmed-over PS2 ports and half-baked attempts at making their hyper-complicated games more accessible, the gang at EA Sports has hit their mark. This season, Madden 10 not only nails the gaming habits of the system’s demographics – i.e families that aren’t hardcore Madden maniacs – but also uses Wii’s strengths to the max.
The NFL has long prided itself on parity. Each new season has little, if anything, to do with the year that preceded it; players come and go with astonishing speed as 5-11 teams become Super Bowl competitors and champions fall apart. In many ways, the Madden games of the PS360 generation mirror this erratic arc. They’re (almost) always entertaining, but dedicated franchise fans still haven’t been given a truly definitive high-definition gridiron experience
Summer’s right around the corner (starting tomorrow in fact) and despite the glorious weather that comes with it, this time of year is usually thought of as the unsufferable months until the real games come out this winter. Seriously, we’re getting tired of a hundred games flooding stores between October and December. Spread the love throughout the year, dummies!