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Next-gen realism or regression? The greatest (worst) “Madden” glitches
What's the next step for next-gen Madden? EA Sports will prohibit players from returning to games after being concussed in Madden '12. John Madden approves of the concept as he suggests that children need to be aware of the dangerous effects of head injuries. With so many children playing Madden, EA Sports considers themselves as a role model on educating children to not play through injury.
I was an avid Madden gamer from Madden '94 through Madden '06. My sole experience with the next-gen versions of Madden was with Madden '09. After a few months, I was more entertained by apexisfree's YouTube Madden criticisms then watching Brad Johnson(notes) truck-sticking numerous defensive linemen and linebackers on the Green Bay Packers via a quarterback scramble in online combat (true story). With a monopolistic stranglehold of the video game football market and the negative feedback that I've heard for the past couple of versions, my childhood hobby is becoming a distant memory, at least in terms of purchasing newer versions.
Here are a few of the best and worst glitches that plagued Madden throughout the years. Some of these glitches were hilarious while others were extraordinarily irritating because they actually interfered with the gameplay. Regardless, they all made folks question whether EA Sports should implement their own concussion policy for their programmers.
No one despised their job more than the Madden ambulance driver during the early 1990s. The driver's road rage appeared to combine the frustrations of a Buffalo Bills fan, alcohol, schizophrenia, and the realization that this was a dead-end occupation. Madden '92 became a symbol for why kids shouldn't mix drinking and driving.
The glitch never impacted gameplay. After #4 was injured by #75, an ambulance would arrive to remove the injured player from the field. The driver would run over multiple players from both teams en route to the hospital, destroying everything in its path.
The Madden ambulance is the true definition of a videogame flaw that actually needs to return to the Madden series.
Aaron Brooks Glitch
Life hasn't always been a "Brees" for the New Orleans Saints. As the Saints quarterback, Aaron Brooks had one of his career gaffes in a 2004 match-up against the San Diego Chargers. Brooks mistakenly threw a pass backwards after being intensely pressured.
The backward pass would resurface in the European version of Madden '07. Instead of a forward pass, the quarterback would throw it in the opposite direction. Basically, it would lead to a fumble that, at best, would result in a huge loss.
WR Direct Snap
NCAA Football simulation gamers had been demanding that EA Sports repair a glaring pre-snap issue that was jeopardizing the integrity of online play. While sim gamers prefer a realistic style of football, many arcade style gamers don't abide to these unwritten codes of Madden ethics. If it's in the game, then it's fair game.
WR direct became a prominent goal-line and two-point conversion offense in Madden '09. Instead of snapping the football in the backfield, the center snaps it through offensive linemen to various receivers. Without manual control, it's nearly impossible to contain this short yardage specialty play as the cornerbacks don't respond quickly enough.
Possessed Flying Safety
Madden '09 won't be remembered for much more than its glitches, useless player ratings, and horrendous defensive back AI. The players appeared to be demoralized from this game as they were soaring through the skies and traveling into underground worlds. Wait, what?
The possessed flying safety glitch randomly occurs on the Xbox 360 version. A player will occasionally start flying through the sky and/or shake uncontrollably. The glitch can prevent users from snapping the ball, prematurely ending their game if the error persists. All the user can often do is watch their player in desperate need of an exorcism from the Madden ambulance.
Honorable Mentions: Disconnect Glitches, 3-4 Nano Blitz, Phantom Pass Interference, Invisibility
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