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Old 09-27-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Exclamation EA drops ball on "Madden 06" for PSP

I was hoping to submit a user review of EA's "Madden 06" for PSP, but this game is buggy beyond belief. For days, users have been trying to get EA's attention through their "EA Nation" forums, to little or no avail. As a heads up, here's a quick run down of the situation.

In Franchise mode, the game will power off the PSP console under disparate conditions and at random times. EA's 'work arounds' to date (after ignoring the problem for days) is to:

- Pick up a high-rated Free Agent (they suggest Ty Law, who apparently isn't an FA, but there is a 'roster' issue to be discussed later)

- 'Sim' the first two weeks of the regular season

- Disable all music

- Enable 'both' lines (Line-of-Scrimmage and First Down)

Based on the user reports over in the EA forums, none of these tips have individually, nor in any combination, alleviated the lockup/shutdown problem.

In addition to the lockup/shutdown issue, the game also suffers from virtually unplayable 'Online' mode via wireless, contrary to the back of the box which claims 'Compete head-to-head via local wireless or against anyone, anywhere over the Internet.' Apparently, there are stability issues with the gaming server, resulting in an extremely low number of successful game connections. Those players who do manage to get a game going typically report random disconnects, with resulting 'stat' damage (DNF %, W/L ratio, etc.).

As if randomly shutting down the users console and lack of reliable online gaming weren't enough black eyes for one game launch...EA is also advising users to *not* download the online roster updates, as they are corrupt and will result in an inability to play online. There have been no reports of corrupt roster issues affecting single-player modes.

When you take in the big picture of what these individual bugs add up to, it isn't pretty. Essentially, "Madden 06" for PSP is an expensive, single-player vs. CPU, no-franchise/no-career/no-online football simulation. On the positive side, what I can see of the graphics are incredible, the game play is well executed with the exception of occasional pauses, and the music tracks are decent, if a little heavy on the hip-hop. As a preview for "Madden 07," it's not half bad. Right.

Some members over there (on EA) have reported that calls to EA support are ineffective, as EA is claiming not to know anything about the bugs. Sony customer support says EA hasn't notified them of any problems with the game or the hardware, either. Most retail outlets won't take the opened game back for a refund but will cheerfully exchange it for an unopened copy of the same buggy game.

After the 'player size' issue with the Madden 06 roster update, one has to wonder if EA isn't sitting on fourth down and long...and attempting to go for it.

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Old 09-27-2005, 07:39 PM   #2
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Thanks for the heads up.
I hope they took the extra time that they didn't use on the psp version to sexy-up the 360 version. Two months away guys!!
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Old 09-27-2005, 07:41 PM   #3
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Hurray for EA. Not often do you see a game get out that is real buggy (on consoles/handhelds at least).
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:02 PM   #4
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that really sucks, but i'm sorry i'm gonna chuckle at this one.

it's too bad the consumers end up losing out because of EA's bullshit though. first they make sure they are the only ones that can release an nfl football game, then they fuck it up.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:17 PM   #5
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Is anyone really surprised? They're the only game in town. Of course the quality of their games is going to decline.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:17 PM   #6
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I'm sure they'll patch it sooner or later.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:19 PM   #7
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This is what happens what a publisher gets so powerful they can strongarm through the console manufacturers QA pass.

Sony QA "Uhh theres issues..."
EA "These arent the bugs you are looking for, in fact there are no bugs it is your imagination. Also we are considering not supporting PS3."
Sony QA "SHIP IT!"
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:21 PM   #8
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Boycott EA if you want the bullshit they do to stop.

I haven't bought an EA game since Burnout 3.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:22 PM   #9
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this is probably the game where EA sent all their internships
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:28 PM   #10
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Also boycotting EA... also since Burnout 3 and damn was Battlefield 2 tempting.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:29 PM   #11
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Boycott EA if you want the bullshit they do to stop.

I haven't bought an EA game since Burnout 3.

I agree with you 100%. The only way that EA will listen is to not buy their games. I haven't purchased an EA game since 2000 and will continue not to purchase their filth for many more years to come.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:38 PM   #12
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I hope they took the extra time that they didn't use on the psp version to sexy-up the 360 version. Two months away guys!!
Why would they need to do that? Just make everyone work 80 hours a week instead of 60.
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:51 PM   #13
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Well we can always look to other developers to make an NFL game for the PSP that isn't buggy as sin... oh wait...
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Old 09-27-2005, 08:51 PM   #14
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Just use the Ken Kutaragi approach, say it's working as intended and that no fixes will be made because no problem exists.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:27 PM   #15
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That's an impressive and informative first post, mille.mots.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:35 PM   #16
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I agree with you 100%. The only way that EA will listen is to not buy their games. I haven't purchased an EA game since 2000 and will continue not to purchase their filth for many more years to come.

I too have no purchased an EA title since 2000, not counting those blasted Sims titles. They look so tempting and shiny on the shelf, and I just give in.

CURSE THEM ALL!!
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:38 PM   #17
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EA free since SSX3.

Yelling on a forum only brings attention from other gamers, who don't seem to fit into EA's demographic. Hit 'em where it hurts, the bank.
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Old 09-27-2005, 09:57 PM   #18
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:14 PM   #19
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So the Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machines have been fighting against is EA... Wow, that's pretty terrible butchering...
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:29 PM   #20
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I'm boycotting, too. Frankly, EA just doesn't release the games that I want to play. The only time I have played the new madden is when my friend rented it. Honestly, this is bullshit, and I am happy to see it. This shows that lack of competition and greed only breed shitty titles.
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